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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475 (tie)Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$319,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
482Baylor University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$318,000
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$47,000
483 (tie)University of the Pacific (UOP)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$317,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
483 (tie)Wayne State University - Detroit, MI(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$317,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
485 (tie)Eastern Oregon University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$316,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
485 (tie)Mississippi State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$316,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,100
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
485 (tie)Portland State University (PSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$316,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,500
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
485 (tie)University of Kansas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$316,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
485 (tie)University of Kentucky (UK)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$316,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
490 (tie)Minnesota State University - Mankato Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,400
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
490 (tie)University of California - Riverside (UCR)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
490 (tie)University of Mississippi(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
490 (tie)West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,400
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
494 (tie)California State University - San Marcos (CSUSM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
494 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500

*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.