Picking a college should be a task that is focused on your needs, not a "brand name" or decided on because a school looks nice. Surprisingly, many students do not do enough research on themselves before applying to universities.
One of the biggest questions you should ask yourself is, do I have the discipline? Getting that college degree is a four year job, or at least, a two year job for an associates degree. You have to study, which means dedicated time and effort on a consistent basis in order to graduate. And, you do not want to just graduate, but you want to with the best grades possible so that potential employers will consider you first above the competition. Also did we mention the cost of going to college? The cost of tuition and books is skyrocketing, so you should have a long, hard talk with yourself before you make the investment to make sure you're ready to put in the work that it takes to start and finish college.
After you've determined that you have what it takes to persevere, then you want to research which schools would be a great fit for your situation. Some things to consider:
A final thought when you are deciding to go to college: have a plan. This sounds simple, but not having a plan is a set-up for failure. Do you know what you want to major in, or do you have a passion and a clear, defined goal for what you want to do upon graduation? If not, then you should either hold off on attending college, or, pick an area of study that will make you the most money when you graduate and enter the workforce. Starting college with an "undecided" major is usually a plan for dropping out of school before you finish, with a large debt and no job. If this is you, do not get discouraged! Holding off on college and re-evaluating your interests is MUCH better than just going to school because your friends are doing it, and failing out with a student loan to pay. Find out first what you love, the education will come naturally, and then the money will follow :o)