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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883 (tie)Pacific Lutheran University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
883 (tie)Robert Morris University (RMU) - Moon Township, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
888 (tie)Ithaca College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$225,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
888 (tie)McNeese State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
888 (tie)Mount Holyoke College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$227,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,100
888 (tie)Sewanee: The University of the South(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
888 (tie)University of Nebraska at Omaha(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,600
888 (tie)University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
888 (tie)University of South Dakota(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,800
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
895 (tie)Averett University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$232,000
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$48,200
895 (tie)The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$232,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,100
895 (tie)Western Carolina University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$232,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,400
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
895 (tie)Wichita State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$232,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
899 (tie)Elmhurst College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$231,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,100
899 (tie)Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$231,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400

*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.