It is up to STEM to solve the greatest problems that we face – from the development of green, sustainable energy; to solving climate change, transforming how we communicate and interact as a species, which became so critical during the pandemic. Engineers change the world, we make the impossible possible, and it sounds like you have the enthusiasm to do it.
Finding the right school is more of a personal fit. I’d recommend talking to your guidance counselor for ways to network with existing engineers. I think getting feedback from your guidance counselor on schools that might be the best fit for you would be beneficials, as well as the personal experiences of other engineers would be very helpful. While it is good to attend a school with a strong program, you should also consider other elements i.e. travel, expense, job placement, practical application, as well as internships.
I'd recommend putting together a list of the schools that you are interested in, whether it's based on rankings or geographic locations. Be realistic as well based on your high school performance and schooling costs. Then short list the ones you think there is a good chance of getting admitted. If you have the opportunity to visit the school campus before making a decision I'd highly recommend it. The college years will pass by quickly but the memories will last for rest of your life.
Similarly, the US News & World Report also has a ranking for top global engineering schools:
David C’s Answer
This is one example and there are others.
You may be guided by touring the college facility and other forms of interactions.
College ranking, scholarly success and innovations by academic staff, students' academic performance, quality of academic infrastructure (libraries, laboratories, workshops and studios), access to funds, research breakthroughs, and career success rate of graduates from an engineering college can help you in choosing your best college.
You may search for college ranking websites like:
If you want to go straight to a university, you’d have to do some research and determine the rankings, class size, graduation rate, tuition/scholarships, etc. Some people prefer to go to a smaller university where they will have more one-on-one time with their professors. So, it really depends on what you want and how you can succeed. I suggest going on some campus tours to determine which type of setting will be the most comfortable for you.