Best Schools and Colleges with a Finance Major

Read up on some of the best schools and colleges to offer degree programs in finance. Learn about these schools' program offerings and rankings as well as other distinguishing characteristics that set them apart.

School Overviews

Many of the best business schools in the U.S. offer degree programs with a finance concentration, if not a specific finance degree program option. Programs are often available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and may include co-op working opportunities or other unique attributes to bolster a curriculum. Two of the top schools to offer such programs for undergrads include New York University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, both highly-ranked 4-year institutions.

1. New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight: In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU #11 on its list of best business schools.

New York University (NYU) is a 4-year private, not-for-profit school. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked NYU as the second-best undergraduate finance school in the nation and eleventh best business school. The first two years at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business consist of business core classes; students wishing to pursue finance can select it as their area of specialization at the end of this prerequisite period. As undergraduates work toward a Bachelor of Science in Finance, students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and work closely with experienced faculty through a paid work-study option.

2. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

School Highlight: U-Mich ranked #29 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business ranked #3 in the nation among schools offering undergraduate finance programs and twenty-ninth overall, according to a 2015 list compiled by U.S. News and World Report. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and allows students to focus on one of nine career paths from general finance to entrepreneurship. Completion of the BBA program requires at least 45 business school credits and a minimum of 54 non-business credits (comprised of general education and elective courses).

Top Finance Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University BusinessWeek ranked BYU's undergraduate finance program #21 in the nation. Provo, UT
Indiana University, Bloomington The Kelley School of Business hosts a weekly seminar series with visiting scholars and a Biennial Symposium. Bloomington, IN
Ohio State University OSU is ranked as a top-ten research school, having published research in publications such as The Journal of Finance and The Journal of Financial Economics. Columbus, OH
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Students can access several resources such as the Business and Economic Library, the Finance Department Server and the Market Information Lab. Champaign, IL
University of Maryland Students have access to real-world financial databases, such as Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. College Park, MD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill The Economist ranked UNC's MBA alumni network #8 in the nation as far as networking potential. Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania The university ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of schools with the best undergraduate programs in finance. Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT-Austin #5 on its list of best undergraduate finance schools. Austin, TX

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