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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223 (tie)University of St. Thomas - St Paul, MN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$409,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
227Southern Methodist University (SMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$408,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000
228 (tie)Central Washington University (CWU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$407,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
228 (tie)Providence College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$407,000
Total 4 Year Cost$234,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
228 (tie)University of Mary Washington(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$407,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,400
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
231 (tie)California State Polytechnic University - Pomona(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$404,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
231 (tie)San Francisco State University (SFSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$404,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,100
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
231 (tie)Shorter University - Riverdale and Rome Campus(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$404,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
231 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$404,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,800
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
235 (tie)CUNY - City College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$403,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
235 (tie)Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$403,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,200
237 (tie)California State University - Northridge (CSUN)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
237 (tie)Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
237 (tie)University of Minnesota - Twin Cities(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
237 (tie)Utah State University - Regional Campuses and Distance Education(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,800
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900

*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.