I agree! I can't say I had the most stellar GPA when applying (definitely did better in my prerequisites than my undergrad GPA!), but it really seems like the school looks at the candidate from a holistic approach.
Also, I applied back in January for this fall semester (lol, #overeager), so I'm thinking that may be why I heard back early. I do think they send out notifications on Tuesdays and Thursdays from reading past year's posts. Next week will bring some good news! Everyone enjoy their weekend!! :)