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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106 (tie)Indiana University (IU) - Bloomington(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,900
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,000
106 (tie)SUNY - College at Old Westbury(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
108University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$481,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
109Hofstra University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$479,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,400
110University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$478,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
111Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$476,000
Total 4 Year Cost$204,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,700
112Sonoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$474,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,900
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
113 (tie)Bucknell University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$473,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
113 (tie)University of Houston (UH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$473,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
115 (tie)Lawrence Technological University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$472,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
115 (tie)The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$472,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
115 (tie)University of Maryland - College Park(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$472,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
118Central Connecticut State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$471,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
119Emory University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$470,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
120 (tie)Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$469,000
Total 4 Year Cost$259,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300

*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.