Waitlist as a freshman, transfer preference?

<p>I hadn't even considered this until recently, or else I would have asked in a previous thread of mine. If one was wait listed as a freshman (not freshman transfer) but ultimately rejected, will they be given any sort of recognition for having made some progress toward admission in a previous application cycle? Say, for Sarah Lawrence College? Furthermore, if one had a satisfactory (at best) high school record, would it still be best to apply as a junior given that the college claims to see past GPA (which is true to some extent, seeing how I made it on to the waiting list. Or is it?)</p>

<p>I tried to call the admissions office but they were closed. Would they give out that sort of information?</p>