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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1501Norfolk State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$19,300
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
1502University of Maine at Farmington (UMF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$16,700
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
1503Hendrix College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$16,000
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
1504North Central University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$15,700
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
1505Nazareth College of Rochester(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$12,900
Total 4 Year Cost$179,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,000
1506Massachusetts College of Art and Design(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$11,600
Total 4 Year Cost$182,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,000
1507Missouri Valley College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$10,200
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate28%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
1508Hamline University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$9,600
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
1509Ripon College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$7,500
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,400
1510Fort Valley State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$6,200
Total 4 Year Cost$128,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
1511University of West Alabama(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$5,800
Total 4 Year Cost$74,100
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
1512SUNY - College at Potsdam(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$4,800
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
1513University of Pittsburgh - Bradford Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$3,400
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
1514Xavier University of Louisiana(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($5,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
1515Savannah State University (SSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($7,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate28%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,600

*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.