Earning an engineering degree is arduous.

Engineering is a valued and respected profession in contemporary America, and the college degree that a person earns to be an engineer is difficult to attain. Even though there are colleges and universities that don’t offer engineering classes, there are many institutions of higher education that offer engineering courses and engineering degrees.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is ranked by "U.S. News and World Report" as the top engineering program in the country. MIT offers degrees in biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering and several others. The school is a private institution, has an acceptance rate of 9.7 percent and focuses heavily on scientific and technological research.

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University offers a wide range of undergraduate engineering majors that include biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and civil engineering. Even though earning an engineering degree is difficult, Michigan Technological University legitimizes the hard work by the salaries that engineers make after graduating. For example, the median salary of a mechanical engineer, one of the engineering majors offered at Michigan Technological University, is $84,550 as of 2013.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has an in-state tuition of $10,098 as of 2013 and is positioned on a campus that’s 400 acres. "U.S. News and World Report" ranked the school at No. 5 on the list of best undergraduate engineering programs in the country. Even though there are nearly 20 areas of engineering to specialize in, the industrial engineering and biomedical engineering programs are among the most respected and highly ranked.

Cornell University

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is ranked at No. 8 by "U.S. News and World Report" for their undergraduate engineering programs. With a full-time faculty of 202, the practice-based educational engineering experience that Cornell offers has 15 areas of specialization, ranging from geological sciences to biomedical engineering. With more than 30 engineering centers where students train, there are few schools with such a highly developed hands-on experience.