If you’re a financial whiz kid able to calculate tall stacks of numbers at a single glance, design an investment portfolio that generates client income and are blessed with an empathetic ear, then a career as a financial advisor might be for you. But first you need to find the right school to prepare you for it, says College Factual, a website created to help students discover a college and a career they love without wracking up a ton of debt in the process.
Last year, more than 50,000 college students earned a degree in finance and financial management, an important step toward a career as a financial advisor.
In compiling a list of 2021’s best colleges for finance and financial management, College Factual examined 317 schools, using such factors as degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and the all-important post-graduation earnings. While U.S. college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in finance and financial management earned an average annual starting salary of $48,186, graduates of colleges on College Factual’s list earned an average annual starting salary of $64,032 .
Here, in ascending order, are the 10 best colleges for finance and financial management 2021.
10. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.
Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit University founded in 1851. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in finance. SCU finance undergraduate students borrow a median amount of $19,500 in student loans, and earn a median post-graduation salary of $68,100 a year.