SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I don't know a thing about Illinois admissions, but my recommendation would be to contact someone in their admissions department and ask if they have time (after they're done with this admissions cycle, of course) to sit down with you and help you plan this coming year. I did this with my IS school and met with an amazing person in admissions who gave me great direction and kept in touch with me throughout the application process. I also feel as though this helped me "make my mark" so that I stood out when they started reviewing files. If Illinois is definitely the school you want to attend, there's nothing wrong with emailing someone in admissions, telling them that, and asking for some direction.