I can't get over how helpful this site is. Last year I applied to Miami (and a few other schools) and went the whole summer on the waitlist. I started out like some of you, in the "hold" category until May when they moved me over to the waitlist. I deferred at the school I ended up accepting and am trying again this year. I think they were impressed that I reapplied, since they put me as an "alternate" this time immediately. Is that the classification you guys are getting: alternate? ...or are they saying waitlist? I talked with admissions and they said that alternate was much higher than hold, but who knows what categories are above alternate?
Anyone have insight? Good luck to all!