Well, here's some important advice I heard from a number of people.
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU GO! GO WHERE YOU ARE MOST HAPPY AND ABLE TO GET THE MAJOR AND EDUCATION YOU WANT!
Of course, that is null and void if they don't offer the major you want, or their program is the worst in the country or they're not an accredited school, and for several other minor reasons, such as it matters where you are happy at.
When I was looking for colleges, I was very, very confused...I applied to 20 colleges, and I hated how it sounded like everyone was trying to 'sell' me their school, because I wasn't getting how the school really felt. One very small private college (which no one should go to, unless you're I to the extreme) did things to interest me differently, and I never heard the 'small private college entrapment' thing before...or anything else, so I decided to go there, because I felt like I could relate to people there, plus they had one of the top pre-med programs in the country...sadly though, even though it was impossibly tough for me, I could've gotten the same classes done elsewhere much easier just to get to medical school.
I didn't. It was possibly one of the most terrible year of my life.
Don't listen to people who tell you 'College is all the same.' because that is utter bullshit. That's all I heard at my old school, and when they said that it made me remember that I'm living around a bunch of psychotic crazy fucks. Like every person, every college is unique and different, when you visit a college, try to observe how you would react to certain situations (aka rooming with people in certain dorms, how big classes are, how difficult do you want your classes to be, does this place offer a decent social life to students etc.).
Although you want to be happy and enjoy college, getting your degree and doing well in classes is the most important thing, but you probably already know that.
Ivy Leagues and small private colleges aren't all what they're cracked up to be, so look elsewhere, maybe a big state school is for you, maybe a middle sized private college, just see what you're more comfortable with.