<p>I would always at least open and skim everything colleges sent me (half the mailbox full some days), even if I wasn't interested in the school. Give them the benefit of the doubt. I was less generous with emails.</p>
<p>I applied to a couple schools that advertised free, easy applications (I can get fee waivers, but not an unlimited amount). I didn't apply to them solely because of this, but because it made me look into them.</p>
<p>An acceptance, a lot of research, and a large scholarship later, one of them is looking pretty good, up there with colleges I chose without any prompting. </p>
<p>Some schools got me interested via mail, but I decided against after research or a visit.</p>
You're foreclosing yourself already? You don't know what kind of person you're going to be in two years, so therefore you don't know what kind of college you're going to want to go to. Why don't you, instead, focus on high school for the moment? See what interests come your way; see what subjects fascinate you; see how your philosophies and opinions take shape. Then, when you have a decent idea of yourself, decide what college(s) you want.
This is very good advice. One year before I was applying to the several out of state universities that have already made it possible for me to attend, I thought I was going to graduate early, take an AA to a local state university, and leave with a BSW. My plans radically shifted in six months. Before that, for several years I was convinced that I was going to be a priest or monk. Almost everyone I know has changed their minds as to what they want to do, where they want to go, who they want to be. I try to communicate this to freshmen I meet who have their plans set ("I'm going to Duke, then Yale Law because everyone in my family went to an Ivy League Law School and Harvard Law is anti-Semitic." "..."), but few accept it. The thing is, though, whether you listen or not, life will happen.</p>
<p>But I'm glad you're getting interested in your future. Good luck.</p>