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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505 (tie)University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
505 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
513 (tie)Pomona College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
513 (tie)University of Findlay(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,700
515 (tie)Elizabethtown College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$309,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,500
515 (tie)Illinois State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$309,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
515 (tie)Susquehanna University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$309,000
Total 4 Year Cost$210,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
515 (tie)University of North Texas (UNT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$309,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
519 (tie)Albion College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,000
519 (tie)Emmanuel College - Boston, MA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
519 (tie)Gettysburg College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$237,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,200
519 (tie)University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
519 (tie)University of New Mexico (UNM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
524 (tie)Ferris State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$307,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,700
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
524 (tie)Mount Olive College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$307,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,800

*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.