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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731 (tie)St. Mary's College of Maryland(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$264,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,500
731 (tie)Tarleton State University (TSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$264,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
731 (tie)University of Texas at Tyler(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$264,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
739North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
740 (tie)Warner University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,900
740 (tie)West Chester University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
740 (tie)Youngstown State University (YSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
743 (tie)Cleveland State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
743 (tie)Florida State University (FSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
743 (tie)Youngstown State University (YSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$85,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
746 (tie)Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$65,200
Grad Rate28%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,400
746 (tie)Emporia State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,200
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
746 (tie)Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
746 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UWM) - Milwaukee(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
746 (tie)Westminster College - Salt Lake City, UT(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100

*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.