I too noticed they seem to have lowered their standards a bit. I think this might be the result of a gradual increase in transfer-friendliness. Two years ago they took 40, last year they took 61, this year it seems like they may take even more. I think it will end up easing the transition for us, though, since accepting more transfers (hopefully) means they'll be making more accommodations to meet our needs, and we'll have more fellow transfers to socialize with.
I'm anxious to get to DC! Hope you guys are as excited as I am.