Ill break this into the academics part of college, and the campus life aspects.
As for academics, you need to know where you stand in terms of being able to handle work loads or being able to pay expenses. If you are in accelerated programs in high school currently (AP or International Baccalaureate), then you may want to consider a University.
Community colleges are in the most part cheaper and a bit easier. If high school academics is a bit harder than you had hoped, then 2 years of community college followed by 2 years at a University may be more suitable. If you choose to do a community college, don't feel like it's demoralizing to go to one over a 4-year institution. When it comes down to it, you still graduate with the same degree, same qualifications, and the same chance of landing a job that a university graduate leaves with.
If you really, really, really know what you want to do with your life, then a technical college could be suitable.
Universities are for openness and exploring many different fields to pinpoint what truly interests you. Technical colleges have set tracks that you don't deviate from.
So lets say you know for a fact you want to become an engineer and nothing else, then there are engineering technical colleges that get you through the engineering program as fast as possible without any other "electives".
Personally, I would suggest go for a university experience. Take as many varying classes as you can. I ended up taking science classes for my major, followed by history and archaeology classes for my minor. I was also able to slot in philosophy, economics, and even an art ceramics class. See everything the college has to offer, and take chances.
I know that I probably wont ever get a chance to make ceramic sculptures ever again, so Im glad that I got the chance to while I could. And you should try the same; if you find something that interests you, go for it.
As for campus life, I strongly recommend that you get a place on campus. Look at different dorm room options, because not all of them are the stereotypical "everyone on the floor shares 6 bathrooms and 6 showers at the end of the hall".
Some come with 4 people sharing one bathroom, some come with single occupancy rooms, full kitchen sets, etc.
But make sure you have access to meet people, such as a common room. You meet a ton of people, who could become life-long friends, future classmates, study groups, etc. who will be invaluable to your success in college.
A university will most surely have hundreds of campus organizations ranging from Greek life to video game clubs to cancer fundraising opportunities and to saving the whales activism groups. Be sure to engage with and join a few. Once again, it will be invaluable to your social experience on campus, and help further your success.
Think of it this way, a college with great academics but little to no access to meet new friends, no places to hang out, and no time but to just study = boredom, dullness, and a grueling 4 years.
People who are tired of their college don't stay too long.
That is why your campus life is vital to your success. When you take a tour of your preferred colleges, make sure to look at the student union. Look to see if the campus has a gym, some dining halls, on-campus restaurants, movie nights, free concerts, county fairs in town. Free football games? Free basketball games? See what the city around the campus has to offer. Semi-liberal-tea-and-boba-drink-cafes, grocery stores to stock up on food, places to do things.....
Let me know if you have more specific questions.