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2023 Best Colleges for Finance

There are about 114,078 students enrolled in Finance in the USA.

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popularity

Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

55,164

Vs. National Avg.

249%

popularity Rank

#26

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$28K

Vs. National Avg.

17%

cost Rank

#170

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$43K

Vs. National Avg.

9%

salary Rank

#159

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

4%

professors Rank

#204

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

2%

students Rank

#210

SUMMARY

Going to school for Finance is not only a valuable choice, but generally an essential first step for pupils coveting to enter a career as an investment banking analyst, a wealth management advisor, or a corporate finance analyst. Interestingly, finance is a surprisingly popular degree choice, ranking as the 12th most popular degree. Last year, there were 45,223 finance diplomas received. In-state tuition for finance at private institutions is, on average, 3.7 times more expensive than their public equivalents.

There are 701 universities that offer finance. 701 universities is on par with other majors offered in the United States. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other finance undergrads, consider looking at universities in Texas which have the most undergrads admitted to finance annually. Zooming out, the top region to pursue finance is in the Southeast region with Florida International University, Florida State University, and University of Georgia best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in finance is the Big Ten Conference with University of Iowa, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus representing the conference. From our list of the best colleges, our choice for the best college for finance is University of Pennsylvania.

The overall 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There can be tons more perspectives to weigh when choosing school. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely impact your feelings on which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are intrigued by which finance college is home to the top campus, the winner is Georgetown University. If, for example, you are very interested in which university has the finest campus, then we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more in order to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the universities with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our choice for the college with the best student life for finance is Georgetown University. Are you curious why? Continue reading to learn more about our top choices. Some of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If price is a primary factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Boston College. Boston College&nbspappears to be the most expensive college for finance, at least for out of state attendance. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the price tag at Boston College&nbspinto perspective. You could also care to know that finance is the 115th most expensive degree in the US, with an average bill of $37,700. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for finance in the country is District of Columbia with tuition and fees at the main three institutions American University of $49,070, George Washington University at $54,453, and costs at Georgetown University of $54,453. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for finance is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Bentley University with a cost of $50,060, Boston College with a cost of $56,780, and Providence College with a cost of $51,490.

Our cheapest region for finance is the Southeast region which is represented by Southern University and A & M College with a cost of $4,972, Western Carolina University with a cost of $5,000, and College of Charleston with a cost of $70. On the bright side, the most affordable university for finance is CUNY Bernard M Baruch College. Our entire list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $9,800 for a degree in finance. That cost increases by a lot to an average of $21,600 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the school constituting the best value for finance: University of Pennsylvania. On this page you can see our comprehensive list about the universities we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. Bear in mind, this list is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for finance students can vary, but within two-years of finishing the degree graduates will typically earn in the neighborhood of $63,800. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; top earners can rake in up to $134,200. Right out of school, the minimum earning jobs within the finance field earn $30,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads for finance graduated from Bentley University&nbspand if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of finance is on the higher end, coming in the 54th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for finance is University of Pennsylvania&nbspand here you can find our general list of the schools which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Finance major is only within the 12th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 51st percentile. White collegians compose the largest share, 61%, of those studying finance. Additionally, 71% of undergraduates seeking a finance major are men.

The median score for finance professors is 4 stars, a ranking which is exactly the median score for every major; which is a fine. If you are looking for the most popular finance professor in the nation, consider looking up Steven Hirohama from Cerritos College. This might come as a surprise, but the top rated instructors of finance according to students are found at Chapman University. If we consider data other than just rankings it becomes clear that the school with the overall best instructors for finance is University of Pennsylvania. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the best professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for finance is University of Pennsylvania. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that looking at university from examples only derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our other pages on individual colleges and explore a couple of our helpful background articles on important things to look for as your university search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Finance

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA | www.bc.edu/

26%

Acceptance

16,502

Students

#32

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Georgetown University

Washington, DC | www.georgetown.edu/

17%

Acceptance

22,720

Students

#19

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Georgia

Athens, GA | www.uga.edu/

48%

Acceptance

42,941

Students

#120

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

19%

Acceptance

13,268

Students

#16

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Villanova University

Villanova, PA | www.villanova.edu/

31%

Acceptance

12,231

Students

#64

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX | https://www.utexas.edu/

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL | https://www.fsu.edu/

32%

Acceptance

47,836

Students

#138

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Bentley University

Waltham, MA | www.bentley.edu/

58%

Acceptance

5,579

Students

#78

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX | https://www.smu.edu/

53%

Acceptance

12,963

Students

#100

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL | www.miami.edu/

33%

Acceptance

19,971

Students

#73

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA | www.lehigh.edu/

50%

Acceptance

7,445

Students

#59

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC | www.wfu.edu/

32%

Acceptance

9,266

Students

#60

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA | https://tulane.edu/

11%

Acceptance

14,652

Students

#71

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA | www.scu.edu/

51%

Acceptance

9,509

Students

#82

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA | www.sandiego.edu/

59%

Acceptance

10,181

Students

#165

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Finance

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA | www.wlu.edu/

25%

Acceptance

2,269

Students

#43

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

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