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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1064 (tie)Western Kentucky University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
1067 (tie)Gustavus Adolphus College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
1067 (tie)Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
1067 (tie)Tennessee State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
1067 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
1071 (tie)Belmont Abbey College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$17,500
1071 (tie)Castleton State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
1071 (tie)Clark Atlanta University (CAU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
1071 (tie)Friends University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
1071 (tie)Long Island University - Brooklyn(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$204,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
1071 (tie)Marietta College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,900
1071 (tie)South Dakota State University (SDSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,700
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
1071 (tie)University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
1071 (tie)Western Carolina University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
1071 (tie)Winston-Salem State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,300
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 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.