Best Value Colleges For Marketing Careers

If you love making deals, telling stories and convincing people how to spend their money, you may want to consider a career in marketing or sales.  Read More

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239 (tie)University of Chicago(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$378,000
Total 4 Year Cost$265,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
239 (tie)University of Dayton(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$378,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
239 (tie)University of Iowa (UI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$378,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
244Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$377,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
245Quinnipiac University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$376,000
Total 4 Year Cost$226,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$45,700
246California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$375,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,600
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
247 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
247 (tie)Western Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
247 (tie)Westfield State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
Total 4 Year Cost$85,700
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
250 (tie)California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$373,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$15,600
250 (tie)Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$373,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
250 (tie)University of Wyoming (UW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$373,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
253 (tie)California State University - Northridge (CSUN)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$372,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
253 (tie)Denison University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$372,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,000
253 (tie)Gettysburg College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$372,000
Total 4 Year Cost$237,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

In terms of college return on investment, marketing careers and sales jobs are often a good investment. PayScale determines the ROIs for each school based on the salaries of their alumni who go on to work in marketing and sales jobs, regardless of their major.

Marketing and sales are good career paths if you love people or want a job that lets you use your creativity but still earn a high income. These jobs are in high demand -- every employer needs employees to convince their customers to purchase their product or service -- and you need good communication, writing, and analytical and interpersonal skills to succeed. If you are interested in studying English or communications in college but don't know what to do with those degrees, consider marketing and sales as a career path.

In PayScale's College ROI Report, marketing careers and sales careers perform very well. Rhode Island's Ivy League Brown University often delivers a high 20-year net ROI for alumni who go into sales and marketing jobs. Brown alums include seven Nobel Prize winners and eight billionaires, and the school is one of the most selective in the country. On top of that, the University's neighborhood is a federally listed architectural district with a dense concentration of Colonial era buildings.

Business moguls of all types have studied at the University of Pennsylvania. Also an Ivy League school -- and founded by Benjamin Franklin -- UPenn has produced more than its share of famous businessmen, and more billionaires went to UPenn for their undergraduate degrees than any other college in the world. You might call it the nexus of the Three-Comma club.

Stanford University in Palo Alto, California consistently reports a high 20-year net ROI for alumni who go into sales and marketing jobs. Stanford is a pricey school, but with its high ROI, it's worth going into debt for if you get accepted.

The University of California, Berkeley, home to the famous Haas School of Business, is a real deal for California residents who want to work in sales or marketing. Like Stanford, these students probably benefit from proximity to one of the hottest job markets in the country, the Silicon Valley and San Francisco areas. Even the coolest tech start-ups need marketing and salespeople to push their products.