Second, if you are in fact waitlisted at UMich, I would be surprised - shocked, actually - if you didn't get accepted to Iowa, W & L and W & M, let alone Kent or American. Have you informed those schools that you have been waitlisted at UMich? I take it you were rejected from Northwestern? Did you not apply to UIUC?
I did apply to UIUC, and didn't bother to apply to NU. My numbers are not all that great, which made the UMich waitlist really surprising (trust me, I am in fact, on that waitlist. I read and re-read the email about a million times as I cried for joy =). Would it do any good to tell them I'm on that waitlist? I mean, all my problems would pretty much be solved if Kent got back to me. I would put in a deposit there and ride out the waitlists during the summer. Because of my numbers, which I would think we would be average if not slightly above, for Kent, it seems that they are holding me until the people with the high numbers, who are accepted, to accept or withdraw.
As for the Jesuit environment of Loyola, I know it's not like undergrad, but I have a very low....tolerance...for religious imagery, and I'm not sure what I might be getting myself into. I'm sure that sounds slightly silly to most people, but I just am not sure I could deal day after day...which leads back to Matthies point of being happy.
Matthies, thank you so much for your insight - I really am thinking now about exploring Loyola some more, but , as I said, a lot of it depends if I could be happy there.
OWK - sorry for not being able to quote you correctly!