Colorado School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Missouri Institute of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) were some schools ranked in the top 10 of engineering colleges in the United States, as reported by USA Today in 2014. College Factual performed the rankings without basing them on any specific engineering major, such as chemical, electrical, mechanical or civil engineering.
Colorado School of Mines was ranked highly due to its competitive admissions process, high starting salaries for graduates, reasonable tuition cost and degree offerings. MIT, on the other hand, ranked highly for its diversity, high student outcomes, student diversity and popularity of its mechanical engineering program. Georgia Tech ranked highly for being a best value school, while Missouri S & T ranked highly for its student outcomes and the popularity of its civil and mechanical engineering majors. Stevens, which is both expensive and selective, ranked highly for having high academic standards. RPI, on the other hand, ranked highly because its students were less likely to default on their student loans and earned higher salaries on average.
When looking for an engineering school, prospective students should consider how well the school will prepare them for engineering careers. Some factors to look for include the skills taught, the school's brand value, degree selection, professor credentials and campus features.