Babson College
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10 Great Colleges for Business Majors

Dec 09, 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."

University of California-San Diego
University of California–San DiegoJohn Durant Photographer

10. University of California–San Diego

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.

Ho Plaza looking south from atop McGraw Tower, Cornell University
Cornell Universitycourtesy Cornell University

9. Cornell University

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.

Brigham Young University
Brigham Young UniversityJaren Wilkey—BYU

8. Brigham Young University–Provo

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.

Clarkson University
Clarkson Universitycourtesy Clarkson University—© 2012 Ashley Waldron Photography

7. Clarkson University

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.

Skyline views of Atlanta and Georgia Tech taken from the roof of the library.
Georgia TechRaftermen Photography—Georgia Institute of Technology

6. Georgia Institute of Technology–Main Campus

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.

Students walking on Sproul Plaza, Sather Gate in back, University of California-Berkeley
The University of California–Berkeley Virginia Yeh

5. University of California–Berkeley

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.

Pavilion Seminar Class, University of Virginia
University of VirginiaCole Geddy—U.Va. Public Affairs

3. University of Virginia–Main Campus

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.

University of California-Los Angeles
University of California–Los AngelesStephanie Diani

4. University of California–Los Angeles

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.

University of Pennsylvania
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2. University of Pennsylvania

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.

Babson College
Babson Collegecourtesy Babson College

1. Babson College

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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