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2022 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

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370

Graduates Per Year

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$82K

Average Salary

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#304

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

370

94% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

11

94% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

303

Non-Profit Management

374

304

Retailing and Retail Operations

370

305

Teaching English as a Second Language

365

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,808

16% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

256

Retailing and Retail Operations

$26,808

257

Pre-Physical Therapy Studies

$26,790

Salary

High Salary

$47,763

24% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

84

Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations

$47,763

85

Retailing and Retail Operations

$47,763

86

Sales and Merchandising

$47,763

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

98

Interdisciplinary Studies

99

Retailing and Retail Operations

100

Rhetoric and Composition

Students

Not Diverse

2.9/5

19.45% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

335

Physician Assistant Studies

336

Retailing and Retail Operations

337

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SUMMARY

Choosing to study Retailing and Retail Operations is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a requisite first step for undergrads intending to begin a career as a retail executive, a merchandising psychologist, or a consumer behavior economist. Interestingly, retailing and retail operations is a very rare degree ranking as the 304th most popular major. Last academic year alone, there were 370 retailing and retail operations diplomas received. In-state tuition at public universities is more expensive than their private counterparts by 0.01%.

With just 11 institutions having programs for retailing and retail operations you may have a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other retailing and retail operations majors, consider institutions in South Carolina which have more undergrads admitted to retailing and retail operations than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to study retailing and retail operations is in the Southeast region with University of South Carolina-Columbia and American Public University System best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to major in retailing and retail operations is the Big Ten Conference with University of Minnesota-Twin Cities representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for retailing and retail operations is University of Wisconsin-Madison, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school might not actually be the best school for you. There can be a bunch more angels to weigh when deciding on college. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely modify your choice of where to go to university. Here at authority.org, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which retailing and retail operations university is home to the top campus, the answer is Central Washington University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university has the finest campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life here and from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for retailing and retail operations is University of Wisconsin-Madison. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Some of our picks will probably shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about University of Wisconsin-Madison. University of Wisconsin-Madison is our most expensive school for retailing and retail operations, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive colleges that could put the price tag of University of Wisconsin-Madison into perspective. You may also want to know that retailing and retail operations is the 256th most expensive major in the US, with an average bill of $26,800. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for retailing and retail operations in the nation is Wisconsin with costs at the primary school, University of Wisconsin-Madison, of $36,333. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for retailing and retail operations is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for retailing and retail operations is the Plains region which is represented by University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a cost of $31,616 and Bellevue University with a cost of $7,176. On the bright side, the most affordable university for retailing and retail operations is American Public University System. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $11,700 for a degree in retailing and retail operations. The cost decreases a small amount to an average of $32,200 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our choice for the school constituting the best value for retailing and retail operations: University of Wisconsin-Madison. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for retailing and retail operations students differ a lot, but two-years after completing the major graduates will often earn around $82,100. While there is much variation in earnings potential; top positions can bring in up to $147,500. Straight out of college, the lowest end positions within the retailing and retail operations field earn $46,100, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads from retailing and retail operations have come from University of Wisconsin-Madison and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of retailing and retail operations ranks in the bottom, falling within only the 15th percentile of all majors. The college with the highest composite diversity for retailing and retail operations is Bellevue University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Retailing and Retail Operations only is within the 5th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 12th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share at 78% of students majoring in retailing and retail operations. Additionally, 75% of students pursuing a retailing and retail operations major are women.

The median score for retailing and retail operations professors is 4.2 stars, which is 5% above the median across every major; which is a good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular retailing and retail operations professor in the country, consider looking up Bernadette Dickerson from Oakland University. This may be a shock, but the top ranked retailing and retail operations instructors from student rankings come from Oakland University. If we incorporate data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing comprehensively the best instructors for retailing and retail operations is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top examples of professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for retailing and retail operations is University of Wisconsin-Madison. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we hope you believe that approaching higher education through a lens only formed from superlatives might create issues. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different universities and peruse a couple of our helpful background pages on important things to consider as you progress with your college search.

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

#1 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

University of South Carolina-Columbia is a very large public university located in Columbia, SC ranked 267th in the nation. It has a total of 28,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.65% of applicants. University of South Carolina-Columbia offers 300 different majors and is best known for its Retailing and Retail Operations, Non-Profit Management, and Exercise Physiology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,288 for students from South Carolina and $33,528 for those from out-of-state, University of South Carolina-Columbia is reasonably expensive. 65.2% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn about $44,900 per year, which is 8% over the national median.

Columbia, SC

www.sc.edu/

A-

Rating

69%

Acceptance

37,510

Students

#267

Ranking

$33,528

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#2 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large public university located in Madison, WI ranked 106th in the nation. It has a total of 34,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.41% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 492 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language and Literature, Genetics, and French Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,273 for in-state students and $36,333 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Madison is rather pricey. 81.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $56,200 per year, which is 35% greater than the national median.

Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

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Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

#106

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#3 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

Bellevue University

#4 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

Bellevue University is a large private institution located in Bellevue, NE ranked 14th in Nebraska. It has a total of 8,674 full-time undergraduate students. Bellevue University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Customer Service Management, Retailing and Retail Operations, and Network and System Administration programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,176 per year, Bellevue University is quite low-priced. 43.69% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

Bellevue, NE

www.bellevue.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

12,588

Students

#1340

Ranking

$7,176

Tuition

Central Washington University

#5 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

Central Washington University is a large public college located in Ellensburg, WA ranked 18th in Washington. It has a total of 16,355 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.92% of applicants. Central Washington University offers 302 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Nursing Studies, Retailing and Retail Operations, and Environmental Control Technologies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 5th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,318 for in-state students and $21,999 for those from out-of-state, Central Washington University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.1% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in close to $46,500 per year, which is 12% greater than the national median.

Ellensburg, WA

www.cwu.edu

C+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

17,678

Students

#908

Ranking

$21,999

Tuition

American Public University System

#6 Best Colleges for Retailing and Retail Operations

American Public University System is a very large for-profit university located in Charles Town, WV ranked 10th in West Virginia. It has a total of 72,068 full-time undergraduate students. American Public University System offers 165 different majors and is best known for its Critical Theory and Analysis, Retailing and Retail Operations, and Homeland Security programs (nationally ranked 6th, 6th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,804 per year, American Public University System is quite inexpensive. 14.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make close to $62,400 per year, which is 50% above the national median.

Charles Town, WV

www.apus.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

87,085

Students

#1853

Ranking

$6,804

Tuition