With all the college hype, many students do not realize that they will be admitted to most of their colleges. There are a few colleges that are extraordinarily selective, but most colleges accept most of their applicants. Here is a link to an article.
If you are an artist, National Portfolio Day is an important event in choosing a college. This is a place where you can bring your portfolio and get feedback from artists representing a number of excellent art schools. The national schedule is posted at portfolio day.net. More information about the January 12, 2014 event in Portland, OR day is listed here.
This would even be a place to talk about the advantage of an art school vis a vis a four year university with an excellent art major. There are two major differences. An art school tends to boast more of an artist culture. The second is the difference between a BA or a BFA degree. With a BFA, art will likely occupy 67-75% of your curriculum. With a BA, generally fewer than 50% of your classes will be art courses. If you are interested in other subjects (psychology, physics), in addition to art, the BA degree will likely serve you best. If you can't imagine doing anything other than art, the BFA may be your best choice. Make sure you are interested in working on art for 12 hours a day; I have met art students who almost live in their studio.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.