I'm a professor and signed up for an Academic subscription. Before the class start date, is there any possibility that I could get full access in order to prepare for my course?
The start date in your application signifies when an Academic Organization will be given access to DataCamp content. Before that date, the Organization's members and administrators will not have access yet. The custom track also cannot be created by the admin at this time.
If you need access before your class's start date, the start date entered during the sign-up process should reflect that.