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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391 (tie)Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$217,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
391 (tie)Pepperdine University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
391 (tie)Temple University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
394 (tie)Hampden-Sydney College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,400
394 (tie)Nova Southeastern University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
394 (tie)Rutgers University - Camden Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
394 (tie)Texas State University - San Marcos Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,800
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
394 (tie)University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$207,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
394 (tie)University of Florida (UF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
400 (tie)Bradley University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
400 (tie)Carleton College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$246,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,300
400 (tie)Dowling College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
403 (tie)Northern Kentucky University (NKU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$337,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,200
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
403 (tie)Simmons College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$337,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000
403 (tie)University of Indianapolis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$337,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,300

*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.