Before you explore and compare different schools, first decide what you're looking for in a school. Ask your parents to do the same thing. Then compare your answers and come to some agreement as to what you want in a school. Search for a school that fits you well academically, socially and culturally:
campus setting (urban, suburban, small-town or rural)
diversity of student population
extracurricular organizations and events
faculty experience and expertise
financial aid availability and deadlines
housing availability and cost
length, time and location of classes
number of students enrolled
percentage of graduates employed within one year
percentage of students who graduate
percentage of students who return the following year
programs of study, majors, and course selection
school facilities and equipment
school or program reputation
student-to-faculty ratio (class size)
support services (meals, counseling, job placement)
transportation availability and cost
tuition and fees
If you're still having trouble deciding, ask yourself:
Why do I want to go to college?
What do I want to get out of college?
How will college help me work toward my goals?
Which college will best/least help me work toward my goals?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of going now rather than later?
Does it matter how many students are enrolled with me?
Do I want to be with students who have diverse ideas, viewpoints and backgrounds?
In which type of campus setting am I most/least comfortable?
Don't eliminate a school solely because it's outside your comfort zone. The challenge of dealing with the unfamiliar can help you grow as a person.