Not sure how many times I was reviewed before that, as I wasn't checking compulsively - after I got accepted to STCL, I started making plans to move to Houston and whether I get accepted to UH or not will have minimal impact in terms of what my life will be like in 6 months and the preparations that need to be made this summer.
Q: What is the difference between early decision and regular decision?
A: Early decision applicants whose files become complete by December 1 should expect to receive a decision by the end of February. Regular decision applicants should expect to receive a decision by mid May if applying to the full-time program, and by mid to late July if applying to the part-time program. The early decision option is not binding, and the only difference between the two options is the timing of the review of the application.
I'm not holding my breath (both because we have some time and because I don't have strong expectations of my chances).