By Kaitlin Mulhere
October 17, 2018

Business is now the most popular undergraduate degree of all. In fact, nearly one in five 2017 graduates studied a subject that falls in the category.

But not all programs are the same, and a business degree isn’t an automatic ticket to a lucrative career.

To help future CEOs and budding entrepreneurs find the colleges that stand out for their accounting, finance, marketing and management classes, we started with our Best Colleges ranking, which identifies the 727 schools in America that perform best in terms of affordability, educational quality, and alumni success. Then we narrowed the list down to schools with the strongest records in the field of business.

We looked at how many business degrees a college awards each year, both as a raw number and as a share of all the degrees awarded. We also weighed the earnings business-degree holders reported to Payscale.com within three years of graduation, excluding alumni with graduate degrees. The 10 colleges at the top of the list have average early career salaries of more than $66,000.

See the top-ranked colleges below and check out the full list of 50 here.

1. University of Notre Dame

Victor Dodig, President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies speaks during Notre Dame's Boardroom Insights series in 2016.
Barbara Johnston—University of Notre Dame
  • Overall MONEY rank: 30
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $28,700
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $70,500

The list of notable Notre Dame business grads includes leaders of large companies, presidents (Ernesto Perez Balladares, former president of Panama), TV stars (Phil Donohue), fashion designers (Thom Browne), and football stars and owners (Robert “Rocky” Bleier and Eddie DeBartolo Jr). See full profile here.


2. Babson College

Babson College
Paige Brown—Babson College Babson students work on a group presentation.
  • Overall MONEY rank: 69
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $29,500
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $68,600

Babson offers just one undergraduate degree: a B.S. in business. Students get hands-on experience from the start, launching a business as part of a freshmen team (profits go to charity) and, in later years, through continuing interaction with local companies and via internships. See full profile here.


3. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Students gather at Baruch College.
Mathieu Asselin
  • Overall MONEY rank: 8
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $10,200
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $57,200

Students in Baruch’s well-known Zicklin School of Business benefit from the college’s New York City home—they’re just a few miles from Wall Street and close to the headquarters of many major corporations. See full profile here.


4. Bentley University

Bentley Trading Room, Bentley University
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  • Overall MONEY rank: 85
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $38,200
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $62,800

Like nearby Babson College, Bentley specializes in teaching business. The school has its own trading room, complete with dual-screen monitors and Bloomberg terminals, to train students in trading, portfolio construction, corporate finance, and risk management. See full profile here.


5. Washington and Lee University

Washington & Lee University
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  • Overall MONEY rank: 24
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $25,600
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $71,600

An elite liberal arts college, Washington and Lee’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics offers business courses within a larger liberal arts curriculum. The mix produces results: Recent W&L business grads report the highest earnings on this list. See full profile here.


6. University of Richmond

University of Richmond
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  • Overall MONEY rank: 104
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $24,100
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $63,700

The Robins School of Business’s Q-camp sets up undergraduate University of Richmond students with programming outside of their normal courses to learn about networking, building a personal brand, and competing for top business internships and jobs. See full profile here.


7. University of Southern California

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
Chris Flynn
  • Overall MONEY rank: 113
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $35,400
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $66,500

Among the dozens of degrees available at USC, business administration is a runaway favorite. About 25% of the 19,000 undergraduate students declare it as a major. See full profile here.


8. San Jose State University

The Boccardo Business Complex at San Jose State University.
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  • Overall MONEY rank: 61
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $14,800
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $59,900

Thanks to its Silicon Valley location, business grads from SJSU regularly have a foot in the door at Google, Intel, Oracle and other competitive technology firms. See full profile here.


9. Fairfield University

Fairfield University
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  • Overall MONEY rank: 160
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $41,400
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $65,300

Students who think they have a knack for entrepreneurship can test their talents at Fairfield’s annual StartUp Showcase, a “Shark Tank”-like competition in which teams of student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors in front of a live audience. See full profile here.


10. University of Pennsylvania

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  • Overall MONEY rank: 14
  • Est. 2018-19 price with average grant: $24,600
  • Early career earnings for business majors: $78,100

No surprise here: the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is synonymous with elite business training. Students take courses with some of the country’s leading thinkers on business topics, including long-established academics such as Peter Cappelli and Olivia S. Mitchell, as well as rising starts such as Adam Grant and Katherine Milkman. See full profile here.

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