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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990 (tie)Valdosta State University (VSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$134,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
992 (tie)Morehead State University (Kentucky)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$133,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
992 (tie)Pittsburg State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$133,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
992 (tie)University of Southern Indiana(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$133,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
995Loyola University - New Orleans, LA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$207,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
996SUNY - Fredonia(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
997Spring Arbor University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$130,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
998SUNY - College at Plattsburgh(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
999 (tie)Edinboro University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$128,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,800
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
999 (tie)Marywood University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$128,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
1001University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,700
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
1002 (tie)University of Nebraska at Kearney(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$124,000
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
1002 (tie)University of St. Francis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$124,000
Total 4 Year Cost$163,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
1004Tennessee Technological University (TTU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
1005Geneva College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$121,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700

*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.