Best Colleges for Business Majors

Business is the most popular major on campus today, but there’s wide variation in the payoff of the programs. These colleges beat the competition on education quality, affordability, and the career payoff for undergraduate business majors.

Published on August 25, 2020. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
Money
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Graduation rate
Average student debt
Early career earnings of business majors
College Name
Overall
Money
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Graduation rate
Average student debt
Early career earnings of business majors
33
1
1310/NA $4,300 60% 69% $11,500 $55,500
132
2
Wellesley, MA
1360/30 $30,900 46% 91% $23,250 $64,800
139
3
1330/30 $40,000 66% 89% $25,000 $61,800
30
4
1490/34 $27,400 52% 95% $19,500 $75,600
123
5
1250/26 $14,300 77% 69% $20,350 $55,700
24
6
1150/23 $15,200 62% 65% $15,720 $60,500
58
7
1260/28 $12,500 64% 78% $20,500 $58,800
11
8
1280/28 $20,000 55% 82% $18,500 $57,000
34
9
1130/22 $8,600 69% 68% $15,000 $49,700
93
10
1330/30 $16,200 86% 85% $18,750 $57,100

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318
11
Atherton, CA
1030/21 $27,900 97% 59% $21,500 $62,800
305
12
Smithfield, RI
NA/NA $39,800 89% 81% $27,000 $57,400
102
13
1350/30 $19,500 66% 84% $20,500 $55,800
37
14
1290/28 $19,200 50% 84% $22,900 $58,200
6
15
Charlottesville, VA
1420/32 $18,600 43% 94% $17,760 $71,600
60
16
1480/34 $31,600 61% 97% $19,000 $65,900
55
17
1210/26 $16,900 53% 80% $25,000 $58,100
156
18
1440/32 $37,800 61% 92% $19,500 $64,600
186
19
1220/25 $16,700 61% 59% $19,000 $56,400
108
20
Atlanta, GA
1440/33 $28,000 57% 90% $18,000 $72,100
110
21
Bethlehem, PA
1360/31 $28,000 50% 87% $23,250 $66,300
15
22
1140/23 $13,300 68% 71% $17,790 $48,500
114
23
1380/32 $25,700 72% 87% $19,990 $62,200
22
24
1330/29 $16,500 52% 84% $19,000 $60,900
49
25
1470/33 $30,200 52% 95% $14,000 $66,800
29
26
1360/30 $14,800 49% 83% $20,000 $60,200
148
27
1180/25 $9,600 72% 58% $18,000 $46,800
12
28
1420/33 $22,900 59% 95% $19,500 $62,900
85
29
Chestnut Hill, MA
1410/33 $27,700 45% 92% $16,940 $66,000
51
30
1340/29 $20,900 53% 82% $19,500 $61,700
45
31
1030/19 $8,900 73% 54% $14,490 $52,700
4
32
1420/32 $17,600 51% 92% $16,610 $63,700
79
33
1210/25 $15,200 51% 74% $15,340 $52,800
78
34
1300/28 $17,000 51% 80% $22,030 $56,700
109
35
1060/20 $15,600 63% 55% $16,810 $56,000
28
36
1370/30 $14,800 42% 87% $20,500 $59,300
83
37
Washington, DC
1450/33 $29,800 42% 94% $15,400 $66,800
96
38
1280/28 $13,900 91% 83% $19,970 $50,900
46
39
1320/29 $20,500 61% 85% $21,500 $61,800
41
40
1260/28 $16,600 60% 83% $24,390 $57,600
23
41
West Lafayette, IN
1300/29 $12,400 51% 81% $19,500 $56,600
181
42
Santa Clara, CA
1360/30 $43,400 69% 91% $20,390 $68,100
16
43
Gainesville, FL
1360/30 $11,800 82% 90% $16,250 $54,700
40
44
Harrisonburg, VA
1210/26 $18,500 35% 84% $20,500 $58,700
143
45
1250/27 $13,600 64% 73% $18,750 $45,400
155
46
1450/33 $35,800 64% 88% $25,000 $60,200
27
47
1150/23 $9,900 71% 69% $15,000 $49,700
73
48
1380/30 $17,200 53% 81% $19,500 $63,200
105
49
1220/27 $19,900 50% 70% $20,000 $58,100
20
50
1340/30 $10,200 46% 84% $15,000 $61,000

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Rank
1
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
37
Est. price after average aid
$19,200
2
Houston, TX
Money rank
186
Est. price after average aid
$16,700
3
Pomona, CA
Money rank
15
Est. price after average aid
$13,300
4
Champaign, IL
Money rank
22
Est. price after average aid
$16,500
5
Ithaca, NY
Money rank
49
Est. price after average aid
$30,200
6
Austin, TX
Money rank
29
Est. price after average aid
$14,800
7
Chestnut Hill, MA
Money rank
85
Est. price after average aid
$27,700
8
Newark, DE
Money rank
41
Est. price after average aid
$16,600
9
West Lafayette, IN
Money rank
23
Est. price after average aid
$12,400
10
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
40
Est. price after average aid
$18,500

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11
Vestal, NY
Money rank
73
Est. price after average aid
$17,200
12
Tempe, AZ
Money rank
123
Est. price after average aid
$14,300
13
College Station, TX
Money rank
11
Est. price after average aid
$20,000
14
Fullerton, CA
Money rank
34
Est. price after average aid
$8,600
15
Athens, GA
Money rank
93
Est. price after average aid
$16,200
16
Smithfield, RI
Money rank
305
Est. price after average aid
$39,800
17
Bethlehem, PA
Money rank
110
Est. price after average aid
$28,000
18
San Luis Obispo, CA
Money rank
51
Est. price after average aid
$20,900
19
Ann Arbor, MI
Money rank
4
Est. price after average aid
$17,600
20
San Diego, CA
Money rank
79
Est. price after average aid
$15,200
21
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
78
Est. price after average aid
$17,000
22
Santa Clara, CA
Money rank
181
Est. price after average aid
$43,400
23
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
132
Est. price after average aid
$30,900
24
Philadelphia, PA
Money rank
30
Est. price after average aid
$27,400
25
San Jose, CA
Money rank
24
Est. price after average aid
$15,200
26
Charlottesville, VA
Money rank
6
Est. price after average aid
$18,600
27
Atlanta, GA
Money rank
108
Est. price after average aid
$28,000
28
Miami, FL
Money rank
148
Est. price after average aid
$9,600
29
San Francisco, CA
Money rank
109
Est. price after average aid
$15,600
30
Madison, WI
Money rank
28
Est. price after average aid
$14,800
31
Tallahassee, FL
Money rank
96
Est. price after average aid
$13,900
32
Gainesville, FL
Money rank
16
Est. price after average aid
$11,800
33
New York, NY
Money rank
33
Est. price after average aid
$4,300
34
Bloomington, IN
Money rank
58
Est. price after average aid
$12,500
35
Columbus, OH
Money rank
102
Est. price after average aid
$19,500
36
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
60
Est. price after average aid
$31,600
37
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
156
Est. price after average aid
$37,800
38
Lexington, VA
Money rank
12
Est. price after average aid
$22,900
39
Storrs, CT
Money rank
46
Est. price after average aid
$20,500
40
Boston, MA
Money rank
155
Est. price after average aid
$35,800
41
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
105
Est. price after average aid
$19,900
42
Waltham, MA
Money rank
139
Est. price after average aid
$40,000
43
Atherton, CA
Money rank
318
Est. price after average aid
$27,900
44
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
55
Est. price after average aid
$16,900
45
Richmond, VA
Money rank
114
Est. price after average aid
$25,700
46
Northridge, CA
Money rank
45
Est. price after average aid
$8,900
47
Washington, DC
Money rank
83
Est. price after average aid
$29,800
48
Orlando, FL
Money rank
143
Est. price after average aid
$13,600
49
Long Beach, CA
Money rank
27
Est. price after average aid
$9,900
50
Seattle, WA
Money rank
20
Est. price after average aid
$10,200

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