If you’re a high schooler who’s good with numbers and comfortable in labs, engineering may be the college path for you.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Median SAT/ACT score: 1540/35
- Estimated price with average grant: $19,800
- Early career earnings for engineering majors: $81,600
MIT is well-known for its STEM focus, and there’s a reason for that: Some 70% of its undergraduates pursue engineering degrees. The School of Engineering is the largest at the Cambridge, Mass., college, featuring eight departments, more than 250 professors and a slew of amenities. Students can check out the MakerLodge, where they can learn how to use 3D printers, bandsaws and laser cutters, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, through which they can team up with faculty to take on innovative projects.