Best Colleges for Business Majors

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

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 2017-18 without aid
Est. price 2017-18 with avg. grant
% who get need-based grants
% who get merit grants
Business major early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2017-18 without aid
Est. price 2017-18 with avg. grant
% who get need-based grants
% who get merit grants
Business major early career earnings
4
1
1370/32 $37,220 $17,929 48% 1% $72,100
16
2
1390/32 $65,737 $23,089 41% 10% $60,000
27
3
1460/33 $71,074 $25,838 47% N/A $69,200
34
4
Providence, RI
1440/32 $69,809 $24,794 44% N/A $64,100
58
5
Wellesley, MA
1280/28 $68,214 $29,805 42% 6% $59,200
40
6
1430/33 $69,232 $28,834 42% 24% $67,400
16
7
1400/32 $30,660 $13,755 38% 25% $61,000
2
7
1240/NA $31,365 $9,845 51% 8% $52,100
3
9
1380/31 $29,495 $17,018 32% 24% $62,600
138
10
Santa Clara, CA
1300/30 $67,215 $40,174 33% 15% $69,000
56
10
Washington, DC
1420/32 $71,355 $28,889 34% 12% $61,400
78
12
1240/28 $66,000 $35,784 43% 7% $61,800
11
12
1360/31 $31,221 $15,702 27% 2% $64,300
5
12
1330/30 $35,253 $14,921 52% 1% $61,100
13
15
1230/28 $28,541 $10,524 35% 2% $60,000
88
15
Chestnut Hill, MA
1370/32 $70,329 $28,387 36% 1% $62,300
59
15
1420/32 $70,113 $30,948 45% N/A $62,800
33
18
1290/29 $27,020 $17,367 40% 3% $57,100
20
18
1320/NA $26,538 $15,873 34% 3% $58,800
149
20
Lewisburg, PA
1310/30 $69,819 $38,531 39% 9% $65,100
127
20
Atlanta, GA
1370/31 $66,573 $28,002 39% 12% $67,600
9
20
1210/28 $36,294 $18,188 60% 1% $56,300
34
23
1200/27 $26,153 $14,821 39% 3% $53,500
114
24
Bethlehem, PA
1320/30 $66,123 $29,932 39% 6% $65,100
31
24
1290/29 $27,789 $18,755 33% 12% $57,600
130
24
1500/33 $71,528 $35,922 41% 2% $62,900
116
24
1380/31 $72,611 $33,895 36% 18% $60,400
118
28
Winston Salem, NC
NA/NA $69,245 $26,923 31% 18% $55,900
37
29
1240/28 $30,936 $20,445 41% 20% $57,700
7
29
1160/26 $33,892 $15,835 62% N/A $50,900
23
31
1220/NA $26,241 $19,870 31% 15% $56,700
104
31
1230/28 $26,831 $19,697 38% 1% $59,300
45
31
1290/29 $26,049 $17,345 36% 3% $54,600
22
34
1390/29 $31,423 $18,188 38% 5% $56,700
30
35
1120/26 $27,507 $15,769 35% 13% $56,300
76
35
1370/31 $37,019 $15,455 28% 12% $59,800
49
35
1220/NA $32,093 $17,139 39% 9% $54,500
36
38
1240/29 $37,166 $17,508 57% 1% $57,000
210
38
1350/30 $72,213 $37,914 47% N/A $63,000
60
40
1320/30 $25,706 $11,648 41% 2% $56,500
205
41
1100/25 $64,640 $35,721 69% 17% $53,600
62
41
1240/28 $26,535 $14,342 40% 7% $54,700
136
43
1310/30 $67,520 $34,201 44% 13% $61,100
73
44
University of Richmond, VA
1330/31 $65,990 $23,484 39% 7% $57,700
261
45
NA/NA $65,564 $37,443 51% 16% $57,900
305
45
1250/28 $71,218 $38,785 61% 11% $57,900
111
45
Wheaton, IL
1300/30 $48,288 $30,015 53% 17% $54,300
105
48
1260/29 $18,706 $13,932 39% 21% $58,200
54
48
Stony Brook, NY
1250/28 $26,016 $14,583 48% 3% $52,900
204
48
1300/29 $70,325 $35,351 36% 2% $60,500
1
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
5
Median SAT/ACT score
1330/30
2
College Park, MD
Money rank
20
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/NA
3
Lewisburg, PA
Money rank
149
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/30
4
Saint Louis, MO
Money rank
130
Median SAT/ACT score
1500/33
5
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
116
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/31
6
Bethlehem, PA
Money rank
114
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
7
Storrs, CT
Money rank
37
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/28
8
Chapel Hill, NC
Money rank
60
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
9
Athens, GA
Money rank
62
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/28
10
University of Richmond, VA
Money rank
73
Median SAT/ACT score
1330/31
11
Stony Brook, NY
Money rank
54
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/28
12
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
58
Median SAT/ACT score
1280/28
13
New York, NY
Money rank
2
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/NA
14
Ann Arbor, MI
Money rank
3
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/31
15
Washington, DC
Money rank
56
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
16
Waltham, MA
Money rank
78
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/28
17
Atlanta, GA
Money rank
127
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/31
18
Irvine, CA
Money rank
7
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/26
19
San Luis Obispo, CA
Money rank
104
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/28
20
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
23
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/NA
21
Champaign, IL
Money rank
22
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/29
22
Moraga, CA
Money rank
205
Median SAT/ACT score
1100/25
23
Lexington, VA
Money rank
16
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/32
24
Providence, RI
Money rank
34
Median SAT/ACT score
1440/32
25
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
40
Median SAT/ACT score
1430/33
26
Chestnut Hill, MA
Money rank
88
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/32
27
Davis, CA
Money rank
9
Median SAT/ACT score
1210/28
28
Austin, TX
Money rank
31
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
29
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
30
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/26
30
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/NA
31
Santa Barbara, CA
Money rank
36
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/29
32
Villanova, PA
Money rank
136
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/30
33
Berkeley, CA
Money rank
4
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/32
34
Atlanta, GA
Money rank
16
Median SAT/ACT score
1400/32
35
Charlottesville, VA
Money rank
11
Median SAT/ACT score
1360/31
36
Seattle, WA
Money rank
13
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/28
37
Vestal, NY
Money rank
33
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
38
Winston Salem, NC
Money rank
118
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
39
New York, NY
Money rank
210
Median SAT/ACT score
1350/30
40
Baltimore, MD
Money rank
261
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
41
Provo, UT
Money rank
105
Median SAT/ACT score
1260/29
42
Philadelphia, PA
Money rank
27
Median SAT/ACT score
1460/33
43
Santa Clara, CA
Money rank
138
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/30
44
Ithaca, NY
Money rank
59
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
45
College Station, TX
Money rank
34
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/27
46
Madison, WI
Money rank
45
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
47
Williamsburg, VA
Money rank
76
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/31
48
Bronx, NY
Money rank
305
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/28
49
Boston, MA
Money rank
204
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/29
50
Wheaton, IL
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/30
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