Colleges With Great Business Programs in the Midwest

Whether you're looking to study Business at home or internationally, on campus or online, these colleges based out of the Midwestern US are all smart choices!

Interested in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, or another branch of the wide world of business? The following colleges and universities are all great places to earn your degree in the Midwestern United States. If a school catches your eye, just click their green “Connect me” button to let them know you’re interested. They’ll send you more information in no time, and you’ll be that much closer to finding your best-fit business school.


Asbury University

Asbury UniversityAsbury University is a private Christian liberal arts college based in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and located on a 700-acre campus in Wilmore, Kentucky—15 miles south of Lexington. Asbury’s Dayton School of Business offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, and Sport Management, plus minors in Accounting, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Sport Management. The distinctively faith-focused programs and curriculum are based on over 3,000 verses in scripture that talk about God’s view of wealth and how to handle business and finances.  

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Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve UniversityCase Western Reserve University is a private research institution on a 267-acre campus in Cleveland, Ohio—just four miles from downtown. The Weatherhead School of Management offers undergraduate academic programs in Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management as well as a customizable Business Studies program. Students often compete for highly regarded internships as early as the summer after their first year, with 84% of CWRU Management majors completing two or more internships before graduation. 

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Earlham College

Earlham CollegeEarlham College is a Quaker-affiliated liberal arts college on an 800-acre campus in Richmond, Indiana—45 miles west of Dayton, Ohio. The College offers 46 academic programs, including a Global Management major that provides students with a global perspective of modern business and nonprofit management. Students interested in starting their own ventures have access to resources and connections through Earlham’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity. 

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale College is a private, selective liberal arts college on a 400-acre campus in Hillsdale, Michigan—approximately 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Toledo, Lansing, and Fort Wayne. The College’s liberal arts education, coupled with intensive study in a particular specialty, is the best preparation for a career in the business world and provides students a foundation on which to think, evaluate, and act effectively. Opportunities for involvement outside the classroom include honor societies in Accounting, Business, and Marketing as well as the Investment Club and Management & Consulting Club. 

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John Carroll University

John Carroll UniversityJohn Carroll University is a Jesuit, Catholic university with a 60-acre campus in residential University Heights, Ohio—just 10 miles from downtown Cleveland. The Boler College of Business offers majors in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning & Wealth Management, International Business with Language & Culture, Management & Human Resources, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Around 95% of Boler undergraduates complete at least one internship, with most students participating in paid opportunities and 70% of interns receiving an offer for employment at the conclusion of their internship.

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Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological UniversityLawrence Technological University is a private university on a 107-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan—20 miles from the center of Detroit. LTU’s College of Business and Information Technology is accredited by AACSB International and offers majors in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Technology, and Marketing, plus graduate certificates in Project Management and Cybersecurity, an MBA, and an MSIT. The College emphasizes project-based learning, individual mentoring and coaching, and a student-centered focus with faculty who are leading researchers and practitioners in their fields. 

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Maryville University of St. Louis

Maryville University of St. LouisMaryville University of St. Louis is a private coeducational institution located in St. Louis, Missouri. The John E. Simon School of Business offers majors in Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Business Administration, Cyber Security, Financial Services, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Sport Business Management, with five-year MBA options as well as a five-year MBA and five-year master’s in Software Development. The University’s many business partnerships are a great source of internship opportunities, professional instructors, and guest speakers. 

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Miami University

Miami UniversityMiami University is a public coeducational institution with a 2,100-acre campus in Oxford, Ohio. In addition to the Farmer School of Business (FSB), students can also choose from business-related majors across the University, from Sport Leadership & Management to Data Analytics to Organizational Leadership. Students who aren’t pursuing a major within FSB still have access to 14 minors, four certificates, and eight thematic sequences (such as Business Legal Studies, Information Systems and Analytics, and more) within the Business School.

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Michigan State University

Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University is a comprehensive public land-grant university on a 5,315-acre campus in East Lansing, Michigan—80 miles northwest of Detroit. The Eli Broad College of Business offers majors in Accounting, Finance, Hospitality Business, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. There are business-related majors at several other MSU colleges as well, including one of the top 15 undergraduate Entrepreneurship programs in the nation for 2021, as ranked by The Princeton Review. 

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois UniversityNortheastern Illinois University is a public university on a 67-acre campus just eight miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois. The College of Business and Management offers Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in Accounting, Finance, General Business Administration, Management, and Marketing. Students can also take advantage of nine undergraduate minors and a number of  clubs, the student-run International Business Conference, and a new Business Innovation and Growth Center.

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a public comprehensive institution on an 1,800-acre campus in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. The College of Business offers programs in Accounting, Applied, Management, Business Analytics, Business Economics, Business Pre-law, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management & Strategic Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Sport Management. Students benefit from the hundreds of employers and alumni that come to campus each year to host networking experiences, recruiting opportunities, and other professional development events. 

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Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma State University is a public comprehensive university with an 840-acre campus located in Stillwater, Oklahoma—70 miles west of Tulsa. The Spears School of Business offers eight departments, 21 different degrees, a 23:1 student-faculty ratio, hands-on teaching projects, and 25 student organizations. Outside of Spears, students can pursue all other facets of business, from Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences to Food Science and Product Development in the Ferguson College of Agriculture.

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Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State UniversitySaginaw Valley State University is a public comprehensive university on a 782-acre campus in University Center, Michigan—35 miles north of Flint. The Carmona College of Business offers a variety of programs such as a BPA program that reaches far beyond the typical undergraduate level of accounting, plus concentrations like Family Business Management or Professional Sales. Undergrads can also take advantage of 11 business-specific student organizations, frequent career fairs and networking opportunities that lead to student co-op appointments and job offers, and competitive scholarships for every major. 

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Trinity International University

Trinity International UniversityTrinity International University is a private church-affiliated university with a 111-acre campus in Deerfield, Illinois—25 miles north of downtown Chicago. Students can pursue a Business major with emphases in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, or Organizational Leadership, with the opportunity to earn your degree 100% online. All Business Majors must demonstrate proficiency in algebra and general computer skills while taking interesting courses such as Survey of International Business, Leadership Dynamics, and Advertising. 

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University of Cincinnati

University of CincinnatiThe University of Cincinnati is a public research institution on a 250-acre campus just two miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The Carl H. Lindner College of Business offers a variety of majors, minors, graduate certificates, and BBA and MBA programs both on campus and online. Lindner students work locally, nationally, and even internationally—earning an average of nearly $10,000 per semester—and 85% obtain a full-time job within three months of graduation. 

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University of Dayton

University of DaytonThe University of Dayton is a private Catholic university with a 398-acre campus in Dayton, Ohio. The School of Business Administration’s (SBA) eight undergraduate degree programs help prepare students for careers in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, MIS, management, marketing, and OPS. The University also offers 10 student-focused experiential learning centers and programs, 19 SBA-sponsored student clubs and organizations, and up to $109,000 in merit scholarships over four years.

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University of Evansville

University of EvansvilleThe University of Evansville is a private church-affiliated liberal arts university on a 75-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana. The Schroeder School of Business is accredited by AACSB International and offers majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Global Business, Management, and Marketing. Students benefit from a wide variety of global opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, including two required semesters of a foreign language, a nationally recognized study abroad program, and opportunities to study on UE’s British campus in Grantham, England.

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University of Iowa

University of IowaThe University of Iowa is the state’s first public institution of higher education, located on a 1,700-acre campus adjacent to downtown Iowa City, Iowa. Areas of study for Business undergraduates include Accounting, Business Analytics & Information Systems, Economics, Enterprise Leadership, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Sport & Recreation Management. The John and Mary Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center also offers coursework, expert instruction, funding competitions, founders’ clubs, and other business development resources for students from any area of study. 

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University of Minnesota, Duluth 

University of Minnesota, Duluth The University of Minnesota, Duluth is a public comprehensive regional university with a 244-acre campus in Duluth, Minnesota. Accredited by AACSB International, the Labovitz School of Business and Economics offers majors in Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Planning, Health Care Management, Marketing, Professional Sales, and more. Students gain critical-thinking skills and experience by participating in internships, studying abroad, completing real-life projects with local and Fortune 500 companies, and competing in national and international student competitions.

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Wayne State University

Wayne State UniversityWayne State University is a public comprehensive university with a 194-acre main campus in Detroit, Michigan. The Mike Ilitch School of Business (MISB) offers its 2,900 undergraduate students majors in Accounting, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Information Systems Management, Management, and Marketing; an undergraduate certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation; and minors in Business and Law. MISB also has a dedicated Career Planning & Placement staff to guide students through the process of landing internships and jobs, plus myriad student organizations that match various interests and the drive of the University’s business community. 

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Western Illinois University

Western Illinois UniversityWestern Illinois University is a public multipurpose university on a 1,050-acre residential campus in Macomb, Illinois—70 miles west of Peoria. The University offers programs in Accountancy, Agriculture, Business Analytics, Computer Science & Cyber Security, Engineering, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management, with Business and Accounting accredited by AACSB International. Students also benefit from intense professional development seminars, business-focused career fairs, and corporate networking opportunities. 

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