So i'm in the most fortunate of situations, where I can either choose to apply with either California residency or Illinois residency. California: Went to high school here, so thats why. Illinois: Parents moved there almost a year ago, so since I am part of their 'domicile' I can claim residency in Illinois: read this on the UIC website. So my dilemma is to pick either one before I apply, but I would really love to go to California, however it's not the most realistic option for me since scores are uber competitive. But at the same time I feel that I might be losing a shot at California schools, no matter how grim the outlook. Schools in Illinois, however are not as competitive as California when it comes to numbers, but the winters of Illinois are the main thing that makes me not want to go there. Would you try to take a shot at California schools or try to play it a little safer? Any advice?