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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301San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$369,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
302 (tie)University of Texas at Dallas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
302 (tie)William Paterson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
304 (tie)Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$206,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
304 (tie)North Carolina State University (NCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,200
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
304 (tie)Stonehill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
307 (tie)Northern Illinois University (NIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
307 (tie)Western New England College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,700
307 (tie)Westminster College - Fulton, MO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700
310 (tie)Aurora University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
310 (tie)California State University - Fullerton (CSUF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
310 (tie)Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
310 (tie)University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
310 (tie)University of Washington - Tacoma Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
310 (tie)Washington State University (WSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$364,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100

*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.