Best Value Colleges For Economics Majors

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75 (tie)University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$606,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
77California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$603,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,600
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
78 (tie)CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$599,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
78 (tie)San Jose State University (SJSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$599,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,900
78 (tie)Wake Forest University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$599,000
Total 4 Year Cost$246,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,100
81Eastern Illinois University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$598,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,700
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
82 (tie)St. Cloud State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$597,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,400
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
82 (tie)Tufts University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$597,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
84 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
84 (tie)University of St. Thomas - St Paul, MN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
84 (tie)Western Michigan University (WMU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
87 (tie)CUNY - Queens College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$593,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
87 (tie)California State University - Chico(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$593,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
87 (tie)Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$593,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,800
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
90 (tie)Boston University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,900

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

*zing!* Students who major in economics learn the analytical, quantitative, writing, and thinking skills that are needed in the business world. If you major in economics, you're likely to see big returns on your investment, provided they've done the research to choose a school that pays you back.

Economics is usually grouped within the social science family, but it's becoming an increasingly popular major, since it forces students to learn a variety of valuable skills, like statistics, critical thinking, finance and more. If you use PayScale's College ROI Report, you'll find that there are many colleges where an economics degrees leads to a high return on investment. This list can help you find the best value colleges for economics majors.

High on our list is the University of Pennsylvania, often referred to simply as "Penn". This Ivy League school is revered as one of the top research academies in the nation and his home to The Wharton School of Business, the most famous business school in the nation, so it should come as no surprise that it takes the cake for rewarding its economics alumni with a hefty return on investment for their educational dollars.

Penn is a private school, and an expensive one at that, but many of the best value schools for economics majors on our list are public colleges and universities. (Leave it to economics majors to find a good value, right?) The University of Maryland at College Park ranks highly on our list of best schools for economics majors in terms of college ROI. Located just four miles from Washington, D.C., it's no surprise that econ majors find career success - they are in a prime location for amazing internships.

Economics majors at The University of California, Berkeley can also expect ROIs that rank highly. Even out-of-state Cal students see an excellent return on investment despite much higher tuition.

America's eighth-oldest university and "The Birthplace of College Football," New Jersey's Rutgers University, is another excellent school for economics; Scarlet Knights who pursue an education in economics are looking at an impressive net ROI over a 20-year period.

Looking at the numbers from the College ROI Report, economics majors can surely count on a decent return on their educational dollars, especially from these top-tier schools. Consider a higher education in economics because the career opportunities are nearly limitless and are in high demand, plus you'll get your money's worth.