It seems to me that everyone that has successfully transfered to a higher ranked school did so based on high grades or ranking. But has anyone done so for family, job related, etc reasons. Now, I'm not talking about for example, a 4th tier to a 1st tier, I'm talking like 2nd to 1st, or 4th to 3rd (just one move up).
Do schools take into considerations other than grades and ranking? And if so, do you put it in the personal statement?