What are good colleges for mechanical engineering?
The big 3 categories at least for most are:
- Academic Focus
If you want to stay in Cali then UC Berkley, Stanford, and CalTech are great schools! If location isn't a priority then there are a ton of other great schools that can more closely fit with your needs in the other categories
If you want to have in-state tuition for public schools then staying in your state will be best. If you're open to out-of state schools or private schools then that expands your list and you'll have more options depending on what your location and academic preferences are
This is in terms of how important other factors are in a school. Are you really interested in research and pursuing a graduate degree, if so then there are great schools that offer awesome research programs and you'll have to deep dive those to make a decision.
These schools also offer very different communities - city life vs rural, different activities, different climate, and so on... The cost is also VERY different. In the end, a person with a degree from MIT could get the same quality education as a person with a degree from Michigan Tech.