No. 7/8 (Tie) Colorado School of Mines
Tying with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for the No. 7/No. 8 spot on PayScale's list is Colorado School of Mines. Mines undergraduates earned average starting salaries of $64,200, slightly more than RPI's $59,000, and average midlevel salaries of $105,000, the same as RPI. Mines' engineering program offers a variety of undergraduate engineering degrees, ranging from chemical and biological engineering to civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. It even offers a minor in humanitarian engineering. Mines also boasts the largest student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers in the country, according to the school. In-state tuition comes in around $13,590, slightly less than Cooper Union ($19,275) and significantly less than Carnegie Mellon ($46,670). In addition to its degree-seeking programs, Mines has a rich continuing education program that includes workshops, conferences, certificates and courses.