Best Value Colleges For Business Majors

A business major typically provides a high return on investment and prepares students for management and general business professions.  Read More

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1University of California - Berkeley(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$1,270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
2University of California - Berkeley(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$1,170,000
Total 4 Year Cost$225,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
3Georgetown University - Washington D.C.(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$979,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
4University of Pennsylvania(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$951,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
5 (tie)Santa Clara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$873,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
5 (tie)University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$873,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
7Lehigh University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$772,000
Total 4 Year Cost$226,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,100
8University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$766,000
Total 4 Year Cost$210,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
9Babson College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$756,000
Total 4 Year Cost$238,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
10University of Notre Dame(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$745,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
11Loyola University - Baltimore, MD(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$744,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
12Georgia Institute of Technology(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$743,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,500
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
13Cornell University - Ithaca, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$742,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
14Washington University in St. Louis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$727,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
15SUNY - Binghamton University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$714,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800

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

Business majors typically study multiple aspects of business including accounting, marketing and finance.

Tom Cruise's Joel Goodson might have had the right idea when he planned to major in business in the 1983 classic film Risky Business. (He also made a shrewd decision by choosing to attend New Jersey's Princeton University, the number one Ivy League school in our overall rankings.) Business accounts for up to one-third of all bachelor's degrees granted in the United States, and business majors learn a versatile set of skills, making them some of the best-paid alumni in PayScale's report. Business majors are popular and have the potential to prepare you for a high-paying career, but it's very important that you select a college with a proven track record for providing business majors with a high return on their investment.

Unfortunately, not all business degrees are created equal. But PayScale's College ROI Report shows business majors often get good value from their education if they attend the right school. This table shows you the best value colleges for business majors across the nation so you can make an educated guess as to where your educational dollars will be best invested. So without further ado, here are the top-ranked business schools in PayScale's College ROI Report:

A business degree from this golden university is worth its weight in gold, literally. Coming in the number one (for in-state tuition) and number three (for out-of-state tuition) spot for best value colleges for business majors on PayScale's College ROI Report is none other than University of California, Berkeley. The Golden Bears take the top spot on the list for in-state business students, with an estimated 20-Year Net ROI of $1,330,000 for students collecting financial aid ' that turns out to be a 16.6 percent net annualized return on investment. Talk about more bang for your buck. This goes to show why Berkeley's Haas School of Business has such a stellar reputation.

UC Berkeley also came in at number three on the College ROI Report for best value colleges for business majors for students paying the slightly higher out-of-state tuition. For out-of-towners who collect financial assistance, return on investment for a business major is $1,240,000 over 20 years, a net annualized ROI of 11.7 percent. If you're considering pursuing a business degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, you'll be joining the likes of Intel's Paul Otellini, Gap Inc.'s Donald Fisher, and Levi Strauss & Co.'s father-son duo Walter A. Haas Sr. and Walter A. Haas Jr., along with a plethora of notable politicians and U.S. representatives.

Which school grabbed the number 2 spot on the College ROI Report for business majors? Georgetown University, and considering the elite company, they probably don't mind too much. A business degree from this historic and sought-after institution not only looks impressive on your resume, but business majors can expect a 20-Year ROI of $1,120,000 and annualized return of 13.1 percent, assuming financial aid is being collected. The numbers don't look too shabby without financial assistance, either. Georgetown business majors who don't use financial aid have a return on investment of $979,000 over 20 years, with an 8.6 percent net annualized ROI. The Hoyas work hard, but they play hard, too. This university is famous for producing some of basketball's best-ever big men, including perennial NBA all-stars Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo, and legendary Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing.

Pursuing a business degree is not only versatile and applicable to nearly every industry, but, more importantly, it's a wise investment that promises healthy returns after graduation, especially if you attend one of the best value colleges for business majors listed in PayScale's College ROI Report. Consider coupling your business major with a minor that compliments your personal interests so that, after graduation, you are more equipped to pursue a career that suits your personality, or, better yet, turn your passions into a business of your own.