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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-University of Maine at Augusta (UMA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate11%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
-New York City Technical College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate15%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,900
-CUNY - Medgar Evers College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate12%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,300
-Purdue University - North Central Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,900
-University of Colorado - Denver Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
-St Petersburg College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate33%
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$23,700
-Bluefield State College - Bluefield, WV(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
-Louisiana State University - Shreveport(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,100
-Calumet College of Saint Joseph(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
-Miami Dade Community College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate33%
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$13,400
-University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
-Purdue University - North Central Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,900
-National Louis University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
-University of Texas (UT) at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate28%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$15,600
-CUNY - College of Staten Island(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,500

*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.