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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196 (tie)California State University - Hayward(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
196 (tie)Marist College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
196 (tie)University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
196 (tie)University of Connecticut (UConn) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$189,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
196 (tie)University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
196 (tie)Victoria University - Victoria, TX(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$422,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,900
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$22,900
202University of California - San Diego (UCSD), Warren College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$421,000
Total 4 Year Cost$217,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
203 (tie)Norwich University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$420,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
203 (tie)University of Oklahoma(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$420,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
205 (tie)DePaul University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$419,000
Total 4 Year Cost$200,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
205 (tie)Sacred Heart University - Fairfield, CT(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$419,000
Total 4 Year Cost$215,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,700
205 (tie)University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$419,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
208 (tie)North Dakota State University (NDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$418,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,600
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
208 (tie)University of Chicago(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$418,000
Total 4 Year Cost$265,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
210 (tie)California State University - Long Beach (CSULB)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$417,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*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.