Best Colleges for Business Majors

By Andrew Hasik

The Basics

Students majoring in business will do tasks such as:


  • Analyze a business strengths and weaknesses
  • Figure out best ways to make a profit
  • Steer companies through difficult situation



It often helps to be someone who enjoys leadership roles. You also need good communication, planning, and problem-solving skills. Also, most students in this major enter the business world after graduation, while some pursue a master's degree in business administration.


Post-Graduation - Related Careers:


  • Marketing and Public Relations Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Financial Managers
  • Human Resources Managers

1. Univeristy of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, the University of California system’s flagship campus, tops my list of universities offering the best undergraduate business programs. Because of a median salary of $138,300 for graduates who are 10 years or more out of school — the largest salary on our list — those who studied business will be well positioned to pay down their student loans.


General Information

  • Cal - Berkeley is ranked 20th on US News National Universities Rankings
  • Located in Berkeley, California, overlooking the San Francisco Bay
  • 16% of applicants accepted in 2014 - 2015 school year

2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Kenan - Flagler Business School boasts a number of prestigious graduates. UNC Chapel Hill's notable business administration alumni include Hugh McColl, former CEO of Bank of America, and Gary Parr, vice chair of Lazard, a financial advisory and asset management firm.


General Information

  • UNC Chapel Hill is ranked 30th on US News National Universities Rankings
  • Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 28.5% of applicants accepted in 2014 - 2015 school year

3. Brigham Young University

With the 2014 - 2015 only $5,150, Brigham Young is one of the most affordable schools on this list. BYU is one of the country’s largest religious universities. According to U.S. News and World Report, 12% of the student body majors in business, management, marketing and related support services, making this area of study the most popular on campus.


General Information

  • BYU is ranked 66th on US News National Universities Rankings
  • Located in Provo, Utah
  • 47% of applicants accepted in 2014 - 2015 school year

4. University of Virgina

The University of Virginia has very rigorous academic standards. Its median SAT scores for incoming students, 1362, is the highest among colleges on these rankings. This public university counts business as one of its top majors, as a large percentage of students attend the Darden School of Business.


General Information

  • UVA is ranked 26th on US News National Universities Rankings
  • Located in Charlottesville, North Carolina
  • 29% of applicants accepted in 2014 - 2015 school year

5. College of William and Mary

The second-oldest college in the country, the College of William and Mary has been cited by Travel and Leisure as one of America’s most beautiful campuses. The school also has the second-highest median SAT score on these rankings at 1358. This suburban university has an undergraduate population of over 6,000.


General Information

  • William and Mary is ranked 34th on US News National Universities Rankings
  • Located in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 33% of applicants accepted in 2014 - 2015 school year