I am trying to figure out when I should give up hope on my first choice of school. I am accepted at SLU, which is a decent school to attend, but would like to attend Loyola, which I prefer for several reasons. I interviewed in February and am still waiting to get off the alternate list. Loyola begins orientation on July 29 and SLU begins on August 5. According to Loyola, you can be accepted through the first week of class. Ideally, I would like to wait through the week of Loyola's orientation before I move to St. Louis. If I am not accepted at Loyola, this would only leave me just a few days to find an apartment and move in before SLU starts their orientation. I was planning on filling out rental applications next week and have a few places in mind that I can move into in the case I am not accepted at Loyola. Do you think I am being foolish to wait for Loyola that long? Do you know how other people have approached a similar situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.