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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764 (tie)York College - York, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$224,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$43,100
767 (tie)Eastern Kentucky University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$223,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,300
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
767 (tie)Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$223,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,500
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
769 (tie)University of Hawaii at Manoa(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
769 (tie)University of Portland(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
769 (tie)West Georgia College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
772 (tie)Franklin Pierce University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
772 (tie)Hawaii Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
772 (tie)Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
775 (tie)South Dakota State University (SDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$220,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
775 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UWP) - Parkside(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$220,000
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
777 (tie)Alverno College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
777 (tie)Hartwick College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$206,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,600
777 (tie)Linfield College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
777 (tie)Louisiana Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*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.