The 23 best colleges for your money if you want to go into business

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These colleges offer the biggest bang for a business major’s buck.
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Facebook/UC Berkeley

Here’s a quick financial lesson for aspiring business majors: Which schools offer the best return on your investment?

For those hoping to keep their costs down and increase their earning potential, some colleges are better than others.

To find the ones that offer undergrads the greatest return, PayScale analyzed the cost of attending for a 2015 graduate and the median 20-year total earnings for a business major compared to those of a high-school graduate. (Click here to read more about the methodology.)

The following schools provide the best monetary return for on-campus business majors.

Some colleges may not appear on this list because PayScale did not have enough data on alumni that studied business. Public school ROIs are for in-state students only.


23. Brigham Young University

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Brigham Young University/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $69,400

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $665,000

Overall graduation rate: 79%


22. The College of New Jersey

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Facebook/The College of New Jersey

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $118,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $666,000

Overall graduation rate: 87%


21. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Facebook/California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $96,300

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $668,000

Overall graduation rate: 75%


20. New York University

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NYU Stern School of Business/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $250,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $684,000

Overall graduation rate: 83%


19. Wittenberg University

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Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $202,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $686,000

Overall graduation rate: 69%


18. University of Washington, main campus

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Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $104,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $690,000

Overall graduation rate: 84%


17. University of California, Los Angeles

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Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $129,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $695,000

Overall graduation rate: 91%


16. Boston College

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Boston College/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $239,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $699,000

Overall graduation rate: 91%


15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Shutterstock

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $94,100

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $700,000

Overall graduation rate: 90%


14. Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Facebook/Wentworth Institute of Technology

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $181,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $704,000

Overall graduation rate: 64%


13. SUNY, Binghamton University

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Greynol1/Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $89,600

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $714,000

Overall graduation rate: 81%


12. Washington University in St. Louis

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Facebook/Washington University in St. Louis

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $247,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $727,000

Overall graduation rate: 95%


11. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $242,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $742,000

Overall graduation rate: 93%


10. Georgia Institute of Technology

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Georgia Tech/Facebook

Type of school:Public

Total cost: $91,500

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $743,000

Overall graduation rate: 82%


9. Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland

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Facebook/Loyola University Maryland

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $230,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $744,000

Overall graduation rate: 82%


8. University of Notre Dame

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Facebook/notredame

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $236,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $745,000

Overall graduation rate: 96%


7. Babson College

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Babson College/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $238,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $756,000

Overall graduation rate: 90%


6. Lehigh University

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Lehigh University/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $226,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $772,000

Overall graduation rate: 87%


4. (TIE) University of Virginia, main campus

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University of Virginia/Facebook

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $102,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $873,000

Overall graduation rate: 94%


4. (TIE) Santa Clara University

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Facebook/Santa Clara University

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $235,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $873,000

Overall graduation rate: 85%


3. University of Pennsylvania

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $243,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $951,000

Graduation rate: 96%


2. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

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Reuters

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $245,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $979,000

Overall graduation rate: 95%


1. University of California, Berkeley

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Via Flickr

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $133,000

Net 20-year ROI for business majors: $1,270,000

Overall graduation rate: 91%