Best Value Colleges For Business Majors

A business major typically provides a high return on investment and prepares students for management and general business professions. Business majors typically study multiple aspects of business including accounting, marketing and finance.

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School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
112.0%12.9%16.3%18.6%$1,194,000$1,216,000$1,268,000$1,290,000$139,000$118,00092%4$23,90023%
1University of California-Berkeley(In-State)
Annual ROI12.0%
Annual ROI12.9%
Annual ROI16.3%
Annual ROI18.6%
20 Year Net ROI$1,194,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,216,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,268,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
29.0%9.5%11.1%11.9%$1,097,000$1,118,000$1,171,000$1,193,000$236,000$215,00092%4$23,90023%
2University of California-Berkeley(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI11.1%
Annual ROI11.9%
20 Year Net ROI$1,097,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,118,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,171,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Total 4 Year Cost$215,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
311.8%11.8%18.1%18.1%$947,000$946,000$1,023,000$1,022,000$114,000$114,00094%4$30,10012%
3University of Virginia-Main Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI18.1%
Annual ROI18.1%
20 Year Net ROI$947,000
20 Year Net ROI$946,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,023,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,022,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,100
Grant Money Received12%
4N/AN/AN/AN/A$919,000N/A$919,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
4United States Military Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$919,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$919,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
57.9%7.9%13.1%13.1%$887,000$887,000$1,040,000$1,040,000$249,000$249,00091%4$25,80019%
5Emory University(Private)
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI13.1%
Annual ROI13.1%
20 Year Net ROI$887,000
20 Year Net ROI$887,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,040,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,040,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,800
Grant Money Received19%
67.6%N/A12.8%N/A$872,000N/A$1,034,000N/A$263,000N/A94%4$26,10013%
6Georgetown University(Private)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI12.8%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$872,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,034,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$263,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,100
Grant Money Received13%
712.1%13.1%14.4%16.0%$846,000$861,000$877,000$893,000$95,600$80,10083%4$29,60025%
7SUNY at Binghamton(In-State)
Annual ROI12.1%
Annual ROI13.1%
Annual ROI14.4%
Annual ROI16.0%
20 Year Net ROI$846,000
20 Year Net ROI$861,000
20 Year Net ROI$877,000
20 Year Net ROI$893,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,600
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received25%
87.5%7.5%13.6%13.6%$842,000$842,000$1,018,000$1,018,000$262,000$262,00095%4$28,60014%
8University of Pennsylvania(Private)
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI13.6%
Annual ROI13.6%
20 Year Net ROI$842,000
20 Year Net ROI$842,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,018,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,018,000
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,600
Grant Money Received14%
97.8%7.8%10.0%10.0%$838,000$840,000$919,000$921,000$242,000$240,00086%4$44,40014%
9Worcester Polytechnic Institute(Private)
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$838,000
20 Year Net ROI$840,000
20 Year Net ROI$919,000
20 Year Net ROI$921,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$44,400
Grant Money Received14%
108.0%N/A11.4%N/A$832,000N/A$937,000N/A$228,000N/A82%4$28,10016%
10Yeshiva University(Private)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$832,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$937,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,100
Grant Money Received16%
118.0%8.0%10.2%10.2%$831,000$831,000$908,000$907,000$229,000$229,00094%4$30,10012%
11University of Virginia-Main Campus(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI10.2%
20 Year Net ROI$831,000
20 Year Net ROI$831,000
20 Year Net ROI$908,000
20 Year Net ROI$907,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,100
Grant Money Received12%
127.7%N/A13.2%N/A$821,000N/A$974,000N/A$243,000N/A92%4$23,6006%
12Washington and Lee University(Private)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI13.2%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$821,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$974,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,600
Grant Money Received6%
13 (tie)7.6%7.6%12.0%12.0%$801,000$801,000$933,000$933,000$240,000$240,00089%4$37,40015%
13 (tie)Lehigh University(Private)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI12.0%
Annual ROI12.0%
20 Year Net ROI$801,000
20 Year Net ROI$801,000
20 Year Net ROI$933,000
20 Year Net ROI$933,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$37,400
Grant Money Received15%
13 (tie)7.4%7.5%10.3%10.3%$801,000$803,000$904,000$905,000$251,000$249,00089%4$26,4009%
13 (tie)Santa Clara University(Private)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI10.3%
Annual ROI10.3%
20 Year Net ROI$801,000
20 Year Net ROI$803,000
20 Year Net ROI$904,000
20 Year Net ROI$905,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,400
Grant Money Received9%
159.8%10.4%11.1%11.9%$796,000$811,000$827,000$843,000$146,000$130,00083%4$29,60025%
15SUNY at Binghamton(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI11.1%
Annual ROI11.9%
20 Year Net ROI$796,000
20 Year Net ROI$811,000
20 Year Net ROI$827,000
20 Year Net ROI$843,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received25%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

Tom Cruise’s Joel Goodson might have had the right idea when he planned to major in business in the 1983 classic film Risky Business. (He also made a shrewd decision by choosing to attend New Jersey’s Princeton University, a highly ranked Ivy League school in our overall rankings.) Business accounts for up to one-third of all bachelor’s degrees granted in the United States, and business majors learn a versatile set of skills, making them some of the best-paid alumni in PayScale’s report. Business majors are popular and have the potential to prepare you for a high-paying career, but it’s very important that you select a college with a proven track record for providing business majors with a high return on their investment.

Unfortunately, not all business degrees are created equal. But PayScale’s College ROI Report shows business majors often get good value from their education if they attend the right school. This table shows you the best value colleges for business majors across the nation so you can make an educated guess as to where your educational dollars will be best invested. So without further ado, here are the top-ranked business schools in PayScale’s College ROI Report:

A business degree from this golden university is worth its weight in gold, literally. The University of California, Berkeley’s Golden give business students an enormous bang for their buck. This goes to show why Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has such a stellar reputation. If you’re considering pursuing a business degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, you’ll be joining the likes of Intel’s Paul Otellini, Gap Inc.’s Donald Fisher, and Levi Strauss & Co.’s father-son duo Walter A. Haas Sr. and Walter A. Haas Jr., along with a plethora of notable politicians and U.S. representatives.

Georgetown University always grabs a high spot on the College ROI Report for business majors. The Hoyas work hard, but they play hard, too. This university is famous for producing some of basketball’s best-ever big men, including perennial NBA all-stars Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo, and legendary Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing.

Pursuing a business degree is not only versatile and applicable to nearly every industry, but, more importantly, it’s a wise investment that promises healthy returns after graduation, especially if you attend one of the best value colleges for business majors listed in PayScale’s College ROI Report. Consider coupling your business major with a minor that compliments your personal interests so that, after graduation, you are more equipped to pursue a career that suits your personality, or, better yet, turn your passions into a business of your own.


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