I was top 1% at my T4 and I got dinged by GULC. I did get into another T1 school though and am very happy here. I dont know how I would have afforded GULC anyway
I did/do have an interesting work/life history but for every "good" thing, there is a 'thing' going against me in admissions too.
Definately cast a wide net because your class standing will get you into some good schools.