The best thing that you can do to make yourself better prepared and more attractive than others is to take part in coop and intern programs while in college.
This will enable you to help pay for your school, but more importantly gain valuable information and experience in your course of study. When I was doing college recruiting, the most frustrating thing that I encountered was the graduate who came onto the job and then found out that it was not what he/she had thought it would be. That was very bad for hem and for me. I had to go out and try to recruit another person. And that person who did not like the job probably had to go back to school for another major.
Here is a site that will help with the above: http://www.fastweb.com/
Starting your college experience at the local community college is a good way to start, since they have great courses at low prices (that transfer to 4 year colleges) and they have coop programs that allow you to earn and learn as you go along.
Go to the alumni relations person at your local community college to arrange to meet and talk with graduates of that school who majored in your area of interest.
Send thank you notes to those who help you. Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress!