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And how do I know whether or not a school is a safety? Can I consider it a safety if the acceptance rate is at least 40%?
What I suggest: you can finalize reaches in 4 months. For now start looking hard for safeties,
While your grades are low for direct admit to CS at UIUC
and admission at all at Case Western, you
may be able to get into UIUC and work your way into your major. Check that carefully.
However OP may be stuck with getting into a school where a student must work one's way into engineering and CS. such as Purdue, U of Colorado Oregon State or UIUC. That may be his only option, so he needs to keep that option open.