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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1185 (tie)Rollins College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
1185 (tie)University of South Carolina - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
1188 (tie)Southeast Missouri State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
1188 (tie)Transylvania University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
1188 (tie)University of Arkansas - Little Rock Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
1188 (tie)University of Missouri - St. Louis Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,100
1188 (tie)Webster University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
1193 (tie)California Baptist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$165,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
1193 (tie)Grand Valley State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$165,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
1193 (tie)Hollins University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$165,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
1196 (tie)Avila University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
1196 (tie)East Tennessee State University (ETSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
1196 (tie)Eureka College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
1196 (tie)Georgia College & State University (GCSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
1196 (tie)New Mexico Highlands University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,100
Grad Rate17%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,300

*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.