Best Value Business Schools

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1Babson College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$812,800
Total 4 Year Cost$230,200
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,880
2Bentley University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$546,600
Total 4 Year Cost$216,400
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,520
3CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$489,600
Total 4 Year Cost$103,400
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,960
4CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$465,600
Total 4 Year Cost$127,400
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,960
5Park University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$435,500
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,880
6Bryant University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$429,000
Total 4 Year Cost$204,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,200
7Albertus Magnus College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$324,400
Total 4 Year Cost$178,600
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$39,160
8Northwood University - Midland, MI(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$291,300
Total 4 Year Cost$131,800
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$26,040
9Post University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$290,300
Total 4 Year Cost$162,700
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,760
10Cardinal Stritch University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
11Friends University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$259,100
Total 4 Year Cost$133,900
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,760
12Southern New Hampshire University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$238,200
Total 4 Year Cost$164,800
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800
13Fort Hays State University (FHSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$229,500
Total 4 Year Cost$63,500
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
14Fort Hays State University (FHSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$195,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
15Southern Wesleyan University (SWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$173,500
Total 4 Year Cost$129,300
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,320

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

Students and their families can use the College ROI Report for business schools to determine which business-focused colleges and universities provide the best return on their educational investments. The world of business is highly competitive. By earning a degree from a well-regarded, business-focused college or university, students can increase their odds of enjoying successful and lucrative careers down the road. Of course, no one wants to sink a lot of money into an education that doesn't deliver, so it pays to identify the best value schools that grant more than 50 percent of their undergraduate degrees in business. No matter why you'd like to attend one of these schools, consider using PayScale's data to pinpoint the best value business schools prior to applying.

With its fifth-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 $812,800; with financial aid, that figure skyrockets to $946,500. 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, its 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 colleges return on investment. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is ranked 75th nationally in terms of 20-Year Net ROI, which equals $546,600 without financial aid and $643,800 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.

Officially known as CUNY - Bernard M. Baruch College, Baruch College in Manhattan's Gramercy Park neighborhood is ranked 112nd nationally when it comes to 20 Year Net ROI. A senior college of the City University of New York system, this public school is best known for its Zicklin School of Business, which is widely regarded as one of the best business schools in the U.S., as well as one of the largest. It also happens to be one of the oldest business schools in the entire world, so it's easy to see why so many students apply to attend school there. Baruch College alums report a median return of investment of $489,600, and that figure increases to $519,500 with financial aid. Offering MBAs in 14 business-related areas, Baruch College is an excellent choice for students who want to get the most bang for their business school buck.

With a 20-Year Net ROI of $435,500 without financial aid and $473,400 with it, Park University in Parkville, Missouri, rounds out our list of the top best value business colleges and universities. Ranked 173rd nationally in terms of 20 Year Net ROI, the private, not-for-profit university has an 800-acre campus but is also well-known for its online degree programs. Park University offers 46 undergraduate programs and seven graduate degree programs, and its online Master of Business Administration is among its most popular options. With a degree from this well-regarded school, students can launch successful, strong careers that will serve them well throughout their lives.