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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45 (tie)Virginia Military Institute (VMI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$607,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
47Santa Clara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
48Massachusetts Maritime Academy(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$600,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
49Williams College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$599,000
Total 4 Year Cost$252,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,700
50Duke University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$598,000
Total 4 Year Cost$252,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
51Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$596,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
52University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$590,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
53Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$587,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
54Brown University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$584,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
55SUNY - Binghamton University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$582,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
56CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$575,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
57University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
58Michigan Technological University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$572,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
59University of Richmond(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$570,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
60University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$564,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700

*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.