Best Value Business Schools

If you count Warren Buffet and George Soros among your heroes, and if you dream of ruling Wall Street or commanding a Fortune 500 Company, you might want to consider a college that focuses on business and related areas of study like accounting, marketing and finance.

Surviving in the world of business can be a battle -- just ask Bruce Wayne -- but by earning a degree from a well-regarded business school, students can increase their odds of enjoying a successful and lucrative career down the road.

Located on the Bronx's Throgs Neck peninsula, directly across the East River from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, SUNY - Maritime College comes in number one overall for public schools on PayScale's 2016 College ROI Report.  Read More

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1SUNY - Maritime College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$945,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
2SUNY - Maritime College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$908,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
3Babson College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$794,000
Total 4 Year Cost$238,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
4Bentley University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$580,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
5Indiana Institute Of Technology(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$557,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
6CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$536,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
7CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
8Park University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,600
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
9Bryant University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$425,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$46,200
10Albertus Magnus College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$358,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
11Northwood University - Midland, MI(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$347,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
12Post University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$299,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,500
13Nichols College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,300
14Cardinal Stritch University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,600
15John Brown University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$225,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,200

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

It also comes in number one overall for business schools. Founded in 1874, most of the degree programs at SUNY - Maritime may be completed while concurrently preparing for the United States Merchant Marine officer's license as a third mate or third assistant engineer, and its business administration degree is focused on marine transportation. The school costs $89,000 for in-state students and $126,000 for out-of-state students for a four-year degree, but provides a median return of investment of $945,000 and $908,000, respectively, over 20 years, assuming no financial aid is being collected.

With its 12th-place ranking on our national 20 Year Net ROI list, Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is easily among the best value business schools a person can attend. Its MBA program has been ranked number one in entrepreneurship for more than 20 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report, and alumni report a median return on investment of $794,000; with financial aid, that figure skyrockets to $928,000. Founded in 1919 and situated on a 355-acre campus, this small, private business school is among the highest ranked in the U.S. Of its many programs, the Bachelor of Science degree in business management is among its most popular.

Another private Massachusetts university appears at the head of the class in terms of business college return on investment. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is ranked 75th nationally in terms of 20-Year Net ROI, which equals $580,000 without financial aid and $677,000 with it. Founded in 1917, Bentley confers Bachelor of Science degrees in 11 business fields, and its business programs consistently appear in the top 50 rankings published by U.S. News and World Report. For your educational dollars, you would be hard-pressed to find many other undergraduate business schools that deliver this kind of ROI.