I finished first semester with a 3.86 at a 75-100 school and was admitted EA as well.
I don't know my first semester rank. I went down slightly...finished the year with a 3.79 and was ranked 5th. I don't remember the exact dates. But I was complete late--because my school forgot to send the transcript. However, I was complete within the EA timeframe. I found out the same time that everyone did in the first round. I went "Decision" and went home and had an acceptance letter in the mail. Those who did not go "Decision" that day were waitlisted. I didn't know anyone rejected in the first round.
I too went Decision at Midnight and got in EA from a T4 where I had a 3.93 first semester, which put me in the top 3%. OCI went well, summering at a V50. I got minimal resistance regarding the transfer, and only from one or two employers. The seat deposit was due ~2 weeks after I got the letter, and was something like $500.To answer some of the other questions that have been posed: a) My second semester grades slipped a little, probably due to a drop in motivation since I knew my GPA was going away. b) The school is big, and there are a lot of transfers, so it's easy to fit in. c) I was a little apprehensive about losing my GPA, but I knew the end result was going to be well worth it.d) I gave up some scholarship money (~25-30% of tuition), but again, I knew the payoff in the end would more than make up the difference. e) Overall I'm incredibly happy with the decision to transfer. I love the school (though I don't care much for DC). The opportunities, both curriculum and career, are far and away better than at my old school. I too got a lot of help from this board and the Yahoo group when I was going through the process, and I'm happy to "give back" by answering any questions.
any insight on how they would view a similar percentile ranking with a lower g.p.a. due to a presumibly more strict curve (around 2.7ish)? think that it is all about the rank in comparing you with others in your class or that the actual g.p.a. will be a big factor?