As a high school teacher, I see so many of my senior students make the short-sighted assumption that they will graduate from the college at which they start. Thus, some do not take the AP Exams for which they've prepared all year (and in essence, their whole school career), because, "the school where I'm going doesn't accept AP's."
Oh really?, I ask. And you know that you will stay at that college?
Do you not realize that you might start somewhere and then realize your passion is X major, which isn't offered by your college? That you, like many many of us, might transfer?
I think this applies to all the kids - they need to realize that they can/must transfer if their first college is going to be useless. That college loan for that expensive school may be worse than "useless," too.
Taking a year off to work before college might be the best advice of all for many, though. Kinda wish I had...