What type of engineering are you going to do? Are you going to do a lot of CAD work? If yes, then basically only look at laptops with Quadro cards.
If you are just starting on the education, then basically any basic laptop is going to get you through the first 2 semesters.
A T420s has been able to get me through the first two semesters of mechanical engineering and when I talk to mechanical engineering students that go to different universities, then the place I go seem to focus more on CAD and give bigger CAD assignments.
Ofc it isn't the smoothest experience once the CAD models start to become a bit complicated.
The things I would recommend that you look for are.
Quadro GPU or maybe a AMD GPU
A high performance CPU, so no CPU that ends with a U.
Dell, Lenovo and HP are all releasing new workstation laptops with Pascal Quadro GPUs and 8th gen CPUs, but these laptops are probably also going to run you $2000 or more, maybe $1600 for one with the most basic configuration.
So Dell precision 7K series, Lenovo ThinkPad P series and HP zBook series.
The reason why I don't say that you should get a gaming laptop, is that GTX GPUs are pretty useless in CAD. A Quadro even beats a GTX GPU in CAD programs that support GTX GPUs.
I completely understand if you don't have the kind of money a new workstation laptop cost, but you could always look used or do as I did and use a old laptop that still is snappy and then save up during the first and maybe second semester.