Best Value Colleges For Business Careers

A business or finance career path can definitely lead to a healthy salary—or better—but before you command a boardroom or ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, you'll probably need a college degree.  Read More

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1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$1,057,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,200
2Stevens Institute of Technology(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$928,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$45,800
3United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)(Federal)
20 Year Net ROI$891,000
Total 4 Year Cost$33,100
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$12,300
4Colorado School of Mines(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$888,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
5Georgia Institute of Technology(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$829,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,200
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
6Colorado School of Mines(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$823,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
7Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$813,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$45,500
8Babson College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$810,000
Total 4 Year Cost$246,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
9Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$802,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,400
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
10University of Pennsylvania(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$790,000
Total 4 Year Cost$252,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
11Harvard University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$788,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate98%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
12New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$785,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,900
13Cornell University - Ithaca, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$752,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
14 (tie)Dartmouth College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$751,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
14 (tie)Georgia Institute of Technology(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$751,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

And since you're a future mogul, you should be thinking in terms of college return on investment for business majors before you choose a college.

When it comes to entering the business world, Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, often ranks on the College ROI Report. Considered one of the "Little Ivies," Trinity is also well known for its emphasis on "study away" programs and international travel, with roughly 70 percent of undergrads choosing to study abroad or in a another U.S. city before graduating.

Palo Alto's Stanford University perennially appears high on a number of lists in PayScale's College ROI Report, as does Ivy League Cornell University. Located in Ithaca, New York, business is just one area where Cornell alumni shine, but if you are interested in a business career, or a finance career path, you may want to aim high and dress warm, because Cornell is not only a great value, it's pretty cold in the winter.

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business is world-renowned, and is one of the only business schools in the United States with a strong undergraduate program, so it's no surprise that Penn provides one of the highest returns on investment for alumni who go on to work in business and finance. UPenn is the alma mater of Peter Lynch of the Magellan Fund, Elon Musk and even Warren Buffet. (Warren Buffet dropped out of Wharton's undergraduate program after just two years as a student there.)

A career path in business can lead to hundreds of different types of jobs, including anything from business analyst, to investment banker, to buyer, to accountant, to underwriter and many, many more.