In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a business degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,112 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,370 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

11% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,572 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

9% below average compared to other degrees

What do business graduates earn?

Business students make an average of $80,212 per year after graduation. This is 20% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

17% of business graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 80,212 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 83% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

14% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular business schools in the US

There are 942 schools in the US that offer a business degree. The business schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, University of Southern California and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in business per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Fordham University$50,986
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533
University of Pennsylvania$53,534
Harvard University$48,949

Top US schools for a business degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering business degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of Notre Dame19%$51,505
Tulane University of Louisiana21%$52,960
Emory University22%$49,392

Cheapest US schools for a business degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a business degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute$1,095
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126


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