Waitlist vs Alternate List

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Anyone know what the difference is between the waitlist and the alternate list?
Which one is better?

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Most people use those terms interchangeably. Schools use one or the other - but they mean the same thing.
not always.... some schools I have heard have an alternate list that has priority to a list that they keep as a waitlist.... The alternates move to acceptances and the waitlisters move to alternates.... I would expect this type of organization to be at schools with a large amounts of movement.
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I agree, one of the schools I am waitlisted at distinguished between the waitlist and the alternate. When I called to check on whether they received a letter I had sent, I was asked if I was on the waitlist or the alternate list. I don't know exactly what the difference is though...