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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61Thomas More College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$552,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
62University of Maryland - College Park(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$551,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,600
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
63 (tie)The College of William and Mary(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$550,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
63 (tie)University of Michigan - Ann Arbor(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$550,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
65 (tie)Culinary Institute of America (CIA) - Hyde Park, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$41,100
65 (tie)Johns Hopkins University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
65 (tie)University of Redlands(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
Total 4 Year Cost$238,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
68CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$548,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
69University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$547,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
70Wabash College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$544,000
Total 4 Year Cost$193,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,400
71Case Western Reserve University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$541,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
72 (tie)Manhattan College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$540,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,300
72 (tie)Purdue University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$540,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
74Lafayette College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$538,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
75San Jose State University (SJSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$534,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,900

*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.