I only applied to 3 schools the first time around so I decided to go big with the applications and cast a wide net. I think all of the schools I have applied to are reaches and if I get into any one of them this whole process will be worth it. The way I see it, if I am not getting into a national or strong regional school than I am better off staying and keeping my good grades.
LS: Tier 4 school, top 3%
I had a strong first semester and as a result got the ball rolling early on the transfer process. I got 2 faculty recommendations which I sent to all schools. I only used an UG rec on the Michigan app (it had some language about "recommending" three recs).
Grades/Rank are not yet official but I sent in unofficial copies with all the apps.
EDIT: Ok so I pulled off an acceptance today and extremely excited about. 4 schools on the list I have completed apps for but have not actually submitted them. I was planning on doing that this weekend but the acceptance has changed that. So the striked out schools below I intended to and prepared apps for but did not submit. Due to the time it will take to officially get the snail mail stuff and to actually deposit I do not plan to withdraw the remaining apps until it is locked in 100% that I will be attending so at least some of the remaining schools I will here back from and be able to report the results.
EDIT #2: I officially committed to Berkeley today to get the ball rolling on getting set-up out there so I will be withdrawing my other apps tonight. It is unfortunate that I won't get to hear back from everywhere for data purposes but then again if I thought I would get in somewhere and it be this early I wouldn't have applied to so many schools. The ride was fun while it lasted but I am glad to able to organize the move early. Good luck!
Chicago - ED dinged
Berkeley - IN and attending
Penn - withdrawn
Cornell - withdrawn
GULC - EA deferred
UCLA - withdrawn
USC - withdrawn
Notre Dame - withdrawn
tOSU - withdrawn
Any suggestions on what I could add to make this more helpful in the future is appreciated.