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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345 (tie)Lamar University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$352,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
345 (tie)University of Nebraska - Lincoln(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$352,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,100
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
345 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$352,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,500
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
349 (tie)Chicago State University (CSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,100
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
349 (tie)SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
349 (tie)Towson University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
352 (tie)California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
352 (tie)Montana State University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,500
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
352 (tie)Saint Leo University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
352 (tie)Texas Christian University (TCU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$50,800
356 (tie)California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$14,500
356 (tie)Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
356 (tie)Louisiana Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,100
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
356 (tie)Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,800
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
356 (tie)SUNY - College of Technology at Alfred(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,300

*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.