Personal Reasons, I think, are more convincing sometimes than academic so I don't think that works against you. If anything, it helps. Basically I agree with the other poster, but disagree on one important thing. If you're transferring up to Buffalo from a much lower school, yes top 15% is absolutely necessary, but it really depends on what school you;re attending now. The strict 15% cut off number is misleading, that's all I'm saying. I've talked to one or two admissions directors and some say 20-25%. Buffalo is mid tier 2 so I would say the number is more like 20%, but again that depends upon where you're transferring from, how many people want to transfer to that school, their comparative gpas, and your situation. But yeah, personal reasons are actually what some schools are looking for. University of Connecticut, I know, explicitly says on their website that they encourage those with personal reasons to apply. Hope this helped. I'm not disagreeing with the other poster, please other poster do not come to knock my head off as I usually have that done by other members on this board.