By Kim Clark
December 9, 2015

See 2016’s list of the 10 best colleges for business majors.

Business is the single most popular major for college students today. But one of the first lessons future business leaders have to learn is “buyer beware.” Some colleges’ business programs seem to provide little in the way of an earnings boost for graduates, while other schools’ names help get their grads’ résumés to the top of job recruiters’ lists.

Here are 10 high-value colleges where alumni with bachelor’s degrees in business tend to out-earn their counterparts from most other schools.

These colleges scored the best overall when we combined MONEY’s measures of each institution’s educational quality and affordability, including graduation rates and student and parent debt loads, with the earnings reported to Payscale.com by alumni who earned a bachelor’s in business and didn’t go on to earn an MBA or other graduate degree.

Each of those main factors—educational quality, affordability, and post-graduate success—was given an equal weight of 1/3.

For more business-savvy advice, see our companion article “Find Your Best College for Majoring in Business.”

 


10. University of California–San Diego

University of California–San Diego
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Location: La Jolla, Calif.

Estimated net price of a degree: $125,593

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $52,100

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 32

Read more about University of California–San Diego.


9. Cornell University

Cornell University
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Location: Ithaca, N.Y.

Estimated net price of a degree: $201,768

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $60,300

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 34

Read more about Cornell University.


8. Brigham Young University–Provo

Brigham Young University
Jaren Wilkey—BYU

Location: Provo, Utah

Estimated net price of a degree: $80,988

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $56,300

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 15

Read more about Brigham Young University–Provo.


7. Clarkson University

Clarkson University
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Location: Potsdam, N.Y.

Estimated net price of a degree: $140,258

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $64,400

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 59

Read more about Clarkson University.


6. Georgia Institute of Technology–Main Campus

Georgia Tech
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Location: Atlanta

Estimated net price of a degree: $111,093

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $56,100

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 30

Read more about Georgia Institute of Technology–Main Campus.


5. University of California–Berkeley

The University of California–Berkeley
Virginia Yeh

Location: Berkeley

Estimated net price of a degree: $133,549

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $72,800

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 9

Read more about University of California–Berkeley.

 

 


3. University of Virginia–Main Campus

University of Virginia
Cole Geddy—U.Va. Public Affairs

Location: Charlottesville, Va.

Estimated net price of a degree: $97,028

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $61,300

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 17

Read more about University of Virginia–Main Campus.


4. University of California–Los Angeles

University of California–Los Angeles
Stephanie Diani

Location: Los Angeles

Estimated net price of a degree: $127,664

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $59,900

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 26

Read more about University of California–Los Angeles.


2. University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
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Location: Philadelphia

Estimated net price of a degree: $194,148

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $69,400

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 12

Read more about the University of Pennsylvania.


1. Babson College

Babson College
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Location: Wellesley, Mass.

Estimated net price of a degree: $200,891

Average annual early career earnings for business majors: $59,800

MONEY Best Colleges overall ranking: 2

Read more about Babson College.

 

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