When applying to college what should I look for to decide which is best?
I would look at how they are ranked according to the major you are interested in. Also, I would be interested in the competitions they compete in. For example, I would be very interested in joining a university with good competing record in Formula SAE. Moreover, location might be something you should look into. Living close to home has its advantages. Also, you have to compare these universities from a financial point of view. That includes tuition, living expenses, rent, transport, the flight home, ... Lastly, it is best to go to college close to the industry you are interested in.