I say eek since I know of Rensselaer through their medal program:
For more than 85 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal. This is awarded to promising secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. The responsibility for selecting the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the participating secondary school.When I got the medal, it was work $10k a year at RPI (though apparently it's now worth $15k). I don't know why someone would want to go to school in a dismal town like Troy, NY.
I knew a guy when I was co-oping at IBM that was an RPI student, and all he ever did was complain about how weird the school was - mainly because it was too stereotypically an engineering school - which is slightly ironic since he was sort of a stereotypical engineer.
On a related note, it's funny that I was having a conversation with a UMich alumna, and she kept ranting about how engineers were dorks, and then felt bad after she found out I was an engineer . . .