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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136Trinity University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$457,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
137James Madison University (JMU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$456,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
138Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,200
139 (tie)College of the Holy Cross(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,300
139 (tie)Pace University - New York, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,500
139 (tie)Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
139 (tie)University of Alaska - Anchorage Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,700
139 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$453,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
144Washington University in St. Louis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
Total 4 Year Cost$256,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
145 (tie)Bryant University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$218,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$46,200
145 (tie)California State Polytechnic University - Pomona(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
145 (tie)LeTourneau University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
145 (tie)Saint Peters College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
145 (tie)South Dakota School of Mines & Technology(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
145 (tie)Texas A&M University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100

*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.