Even if transferring is hard, if you don't get in is it possible to apply as a 1L and matriculate without advanced standing, ie, as a 1L?
I'm not asking if this is advisable, just if it is possible.
no, this is not possible. why would it be? why would you want to do that anyway? you'd have wasted a year of your life and 1 year's tuition/fees. why not just wait a year and then apply to the top schools? don't be foolish/rash.