CoB finance program makes nation’s best list

by Stephen Briggs

Three students studying with laptops in Showker Lobby (with GradReports Best Colleges badge) - 2020

Above: Students study in Showker lobby

Good financial news for CoB finance and quantitative finance majors: JMU’s finance program has earned a spot on the 2020 Best Colleges list compiled by GradReports.

JMU is at No. 20 on the nationwide list of schools, which is based on median early-career salary data of over 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education's “College Scorecard.”

While JMU graduates’ salaries are high enough to merit inclusion on the list, the notable difference is that the tuition cost is the lowest of any school to make the top 20, in some cases almost half of the cost of other schools that made the rankings. That is a return on investment that even those without a financial degree can easily identify.

College of Business dean Mike Busing is enthusiastic about the ranking, saying, “I am particularly impressed that we are one of the lowest cost schools, yet we hold our own with respect to starting salaries.”

You can read about the methodology used by GradReports and see the full list here.

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Published: Monday, March 16, 2020

Last Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2022

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