I had all of my stuff in over a month and a half early... and I still have yet to hear from 3 schools. USD, Santa Clara among them... so getting your stuff in earlier does not mean that one hears back early, period.
I feel your pain. I am still waiting on any reply from Santa Clara. I have been waitlisted at UC Hastings and USF but I really want to be in the bay area.... I hope Santa Clara lets me know soon. As long as it is not another waitlist that is!