specific question: Will both myself and my best friend get into the university we are aiming for?
Well, it does look like you will but-BUT you must work on your studies, I'm seeing a line of separation from what you want and what you need... You always get what you need even if you don't want it. School won't be as easy as you think. You are very smart but if you don't focus, it won't do you any good. I'm seeing so much unrest. I don't know if you are the party type person or extremely social but you will run in to many people that are, this would be a dark path for you, full of disappointment. Be well grounded in reality, study, make sure you have a calm environment and remember, this is your future, you can shape it anyway you want. Take the lead for your friend, it looks like he might get sucked in to the party scene too.