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Best Undergraduate Business Schools

Top Undergraduate Business Schools

Have you ever wondered ...

• Why do some companies fail while others grow into multi-billion-dollar success stories?

• What is your favorite marketing campaign really trying to motivate you to do?

• How do you get a startup business off the ground—and competing on a global scale?

If you’ve ever wondered how “business” works—or found yourself wanting to ask the CEO of a global corporation “Why?”—then you owe it to yourself to explore the possibility of becoming a business major as you pursue your undergraduate degree.

The business world changes—constantly. From high-tech startups to multinational corporations, commerce is boundary-less, opening up endless possibilities and exciting opportunities you can be a part of. A bachelor's degree in business provides a solid foundation of the principles and practices used every day by companies around the world, while at the same time challenging you to think “outside the box” and bring your own unique insight to the classroom.

With a chance to learn from professors who have been in the business world, earning a degree in business is the perfect way to get a sneak peek into what it’s really like—and how the things you’re learning in class—are applied to actual business problems.

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question—one you’ve most likely heard hundreds of times so far—is always tough to answer. But it does get you thinking about the future and what you can envision yourself doing. When considering a degree in business, there are a lot of different options to consider: Are you interested in accounting? Marketing? Business strategy? Finance? Or do you want to have a good foundation in each area, allowing you flexibility in your next career choice? Or perhaps you want to further your education and pursue an MBA.

There are a lot of factors to consider, and making these decisions can get overwhelming. But start your search process early, keep an open mind, and ask questions.

Choosing a Quality Program

One of the easiest ways to determine whether the degree program you are interested in will be recognized by global employers and other institutions is by searching for schools or programs that have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB Accreditation is globally recognized and is the most rigorous accreditation that a university can earn for its business degree programs. AACSB-accredited school graduates are in high demand and often continue on to top graduate business programs once they’re ready.

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    Careers and Salaries for Business Graduates

    Business is everywhere—from the small corner deli where you get your favorite sandwich to global companies like Apple, FedEx, Coca-Cola, and BMW. And each day, new challenges arise that require creative thinking, a passion for solving problems, a desire to forget about status quo, and for leaders to take business to the next level.

    As a business professional, there is a chance to show leadership around every corner—whether you’re developing a marketing plan to launch a brand new product, have to adjust your budget and forecast financial projections, lead a team of colleagues through a corporate-wide initiative, or create strategic plans that will compete against other rival organizations.

    The demand for qualified business students and business professionals is on the rise. During the last 10 years or more, business graduates have often received higher starting salary offers than other majors. For instance, according to one source, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (a U.S.-based nonprofit association), average salaries for business professionals was found to be higher than many other professional areas. On average business professionals in 2014 were earning 51,901 USD, which was higher than professionals in communications, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, education, and math and sciences.

    > National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey, April 2014 

    Additionally, graduates of AACSB-accredited schools often peak average starting salaries. For example, Louisiana State University's E.J. Ourso College of Business in the United States reported that in 2014 bachelor’s degree recipients earned:

    Bachelor Degree Major Average Salary Offer (USD)
    Accounting 46,997
    Economics 44,000
    Finance 46,634
    General Business 46,904
    Information Systems & Decision Sciences 46,794
    International Trade & Finance 39,000
    Management 42,032
    Marketing 40,167

    Click on the job type below to view a description, common starting salaries, and more information about the career type.

    > Accountants
    > Departmental and Executive Managers
    > Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
    > Financial Advisors and Managers
    > Human Resources Managers
    > Marketing, Advertising, and Sales Managers
    > Management Information Systems (MIS)
    > Nonprofit Managers
    > Real-Estate and Property Managers