The most important thing I learned from RPI was how to fail. It was an important life lesson, but it had nothing to do with my degree. I worked way harder and got way worse grades than I ever did in high school. From what I've heard MIT is a worse version of the same thing. I graduated with an embarrassingly low GPA. But I learned it's more important for me personally to fail at something hard than succeed at something easy.
The upside is that pretty much everyone around the world have heard of MIT, where RPI is only know in the serious engineering community. My first job out of school was working for the Army. No matter how many times I corrected my boss, he still thought I went to RIT.