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Great Colleges and Universities for Business 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. 

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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DePauw University

DePauw University logoDePauw University is a private liberal arts university in a residential area of Greencastle, Indiana—40 miles west of Indianapolis. The University offers more than 50 majors and 60+ minors, including business programs in Actuarial Science, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, and more. Opportunities for leadership, alumni connections, and mentorship are magnified through the Business Program’s connections with the McDermond Center for Management& Entrepreneurship and the Management Fellows Program.

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Grace College & Seminary

Grace College & Seminary logoGrace College & Seminary is a private evangelical Christian institution in Winona Lake, Indiana. Undergraduates can choose from more than 90 major and minor programs, including Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Education, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurial Management, Facility & Event, Information Systems, International Business, Sport Business, and more. Students can also take advantage of opportunities like The Grace College Business Plan Competition, a Shark Tank-like event that challenges students to think like a CEO, innovate like an entrepreneur, and pitch like a salesman (for the chance to win prize money).

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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 with 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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Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology logoIllinois Institute of Technology is a private specialized STEM university in Chicago, Illinois. The Stuart School of Business is a leader in bridging technology and business, offering distinctive education that trains students to become leaders in management, public administration, finance, operations, analytics, economics, marketing, and business. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Management or one of two dual degree programs in Business Administration/Computer Information Systems (BS) or Business Administration (BS)/Information Technology & Management (BAC).

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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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Madonna University

Madonna UniversityMadonna University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university on a 97-acre campus in Livonia, Michigan—just west of Detroit. MU uniquely prepares our graduates to contribute and respond to the current business environment with knowledge, skill, and high regard for ethics and integrity in business practice. School of Business undergraduates can major in Accounting, Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management, or Sport Management.

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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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Millikin University

Millikin University logoMillikin University is a private comprehensive university in Decatur, Illinois. Milikin offers its 2,000+ students more than 50 majors to pursue, including Accounting, Business Communication, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Organizational Leadership through the Tabor School of Business. Students develop successful business practices through Performance Learning, with projects such as business consulting teams, client projects, internships, auditing, business plans, student-managed investment funds, and more.

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute logoMoody Bible Institute is a private church-affiliated institution in Chicago, Illinois. Students can choose from more than 20 areas of study, including a Bachelor of Arts in Missional Leadership with options in Interdisciplinary learning or Nonprofit Management. Moody offers a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology in all academic programs, while ministry experiences, chapel, internships, conferences, and mission trips help students learn outside the classroom to be business leaders as well as religious leaders.

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Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University logoOhio Northern University is a private Methodist comprehensive university in Ada, Ohio. The Dicke College of Business Administration at ONU is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and offers five majors and minors, including an Accounting major where students can add a fifth year and earn a Master of Science in Accounting. Students benefit from programs like Polar Innovation Exchange, which focuses on creative innovations and presenting a new business idea to a panel of judges, and the Student Investment Group.

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a public comprehensive institution on a 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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Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University logoSaginaw 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, networking opportunities that lead to student co-op appointments and job offers, and competitive scholarships for every major. 

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St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University logoSt. Catherine University is a comprehensive liberal arts institution located on a 110-acre campus in central St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Kate’s School of Business offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Business-to-Business Sales, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Healthcare Sales, and Marketing as well as an MBA and master’s in Organizational Leadership. The Katie Leadership Impact program helps Business students explore and apply their leadership strengths as well as foster skills needed for the business world.

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University of Akron 

University of Akron logoThe University of Akron is a public research institution in Akron, Ohio—within walking distance of downtown. With over 11,300+ undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, including Business Data Analytics, Economics, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Sport Business, and more. UA graduates enter the workforce well-prepared thanks to extensive internship, mentoring, and leadership opportunities along with our Professional Development Center.

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University of Chicago

University of Chicago logoThe University of Chicago is a private comprehensive university located seven miles south of downtown Chicago, Illinois. Approximately 6,800 undergraduates pursue over 50 majors, including an accelerated MBA program that allows Business students the opportunity to fast-track their way to a top career. The Office of Career Advancement partners with the Booth School of Business to help students bring what they learn in the classroom into the boardroom, with expert advisers, substantive internships, MBA-level coursework, and an extensive employer network.  

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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 Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis logoThe University of Indianapolis is a private Methodist liberal arts university just southeast of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. UIndy offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees, including  Accounting, Business Administration & Management, Finance, Information Systems & Applied Business Analytics, Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management. School of Business classes are taught by top-notch faculty with decades of experience that will prepare you to enter the business world after graduation. 

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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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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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