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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1276 (tie)Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
1276 (tie)University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
1276 (tie)University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,600
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,900
1276 (tie)University of South Carolina - Upstate Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
1280 (tie)Briar Cliff University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$157,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,100
1280 (tie)Southeastern Oklahoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$61,700
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$14,600
1280 (tie)University of Southern Maine (USM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
1283 (tie)Mansfield University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,100
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700
1283 (tie)Ohio Northern University (ONU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,300
1283 (tie)Valdosta State University (VSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
1286 (tie)Mars Hill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$140,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000
1286 (tie)SUNY - Institute of Technology (SUNYIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$140,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,900
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
1286 (tie)Saint Mary's College - Notre Dame, IN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$140,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
1289 (tie)Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
1289 (tie)Grace College and Theological Seminary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,400

*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.