Mine says “early alternate.” It basically says they reviewed my application, couldn’t make a decision on me yet, and will meet every month to decide if they will pull me from the alternate list. If they don’t pull me from the list by the time of their last meeting, I will be ranked with other alternates and will have to wait for those that are accepted to decline their offer. Is that what yours said? I think the true “alternate list” is when everyone is ranked and offers have been made and the “early alternate” are those in consideration still. That’s what I took from it.