The only person who might possibly know the answer to my question is the parent of another Class of 2021 kid, I guess. Or maybe a friend of Class of 2021 kid.
Here it is: Has anyone been told that the advisors are able to switch kids into [not-full] classes this week? Has anyone heard of it actually happening?
DD wasn't able to request any of the classes she most wanted in pre-registration, since the classes available to first years through pre-registration were so limited (core classes and like 5 other classes, the only desirable one of which was at that point listed as full, though not full at this point).
Weeks ago, she emailed the teacher of the class she most wanted to take and sought consent to take the class (it's unclear whether consent is required for the class - the course listing says yes, the department website seems to say no and offers no method for requesting consent, and the teacher himself emailed her that he didn't think registering for the class required his consent but he gave it to her via email anyway).
She had also emailed the summer advisor on call re inquiring when add/drop for class of 2021 starts, and someone emailed her back and said he is now her assigned advisor, and add/drop starts the first Monday of classes, but that he could help her add/drop a class during meetings this week. Meetings with advisors are not mandatory this year, but she signed up for one so that she could hopefully make this change.
Today they had their 40-kid group meetings with their advisors, and it sort of seemed like the advisor was telling them NOT to come for meetings to change classes. He did say specifically that he can't add them to a class that is full. But it wasn't clear to DD whether (1) he could make the schedule change she wants if her Most Desired Class (mentioned above) is NOT full but requires instructor consent (which, she has gotten via email, but through no other method)), or (2) he could at least change her this week into a More Desirable Class that is not full and does not require instructor consent. Versus whether she has to wait until the first Monday of classes to do (2) or until Friday afternoon of the first week of classes to get paper consent form, then turn it into registrar, then do that other step online of swapping classes. (So much work, so much stress, so much change to go wrong somewhere ... we we were warned that this process was not anything like Pareto optimizing.)
There is no button for add/drop on her portal for any classes (including class that was listed as a permissible class for 1st years and is not currently full). So it it's doable at all, I guess it's doable only by the advisor.