Howdy! Welcome to the forums! :) Glad to have you here. The college question is a good one, but really, it doesn't really matter where you do your undergrad, nearly as much as it matters WHAT you do with your undergrad.
So go somewhere where you can get research experience working in a lab. Get good grades. Take the harder math and science courses. Get to know your professors. Do summer internships. Work hard and learn lots. That's what matters in college, not where you go.
That being said, go where you can. If you have the opportunity, go visit the school before you commit to it. Talk to professors there. Look for research. I'm in one of the best PhD programs in the world now, and there are students from all over.
~IzzyBiological OceanographerIf you think Education is expensive, try Ignorance.
"The inhabitants of the sea have much to teach us." ~Wyland
"I have slipped the bonds of Earth to dance with dolphins." ~Wyland
"If human civilization is going to invade the waters of the earth, then let it be first of all to carry a message of respect." ~ Jacques Cousteau
NOSB: A great way for high schoolers to learn about the oceans.
A whale killed a dolphin but he was acquitted because he didn't do it on porpoise.