Twenty anxious students crowded the back of Phillip Kazanjian's business law class Monday at Glendale Community College, waiting to add their names to the sign-in sheet.
The 39 desks in the room were already filled.
“If you are on the waiting list, you probably won't get in,” Kazanjian said, before moving on to the syllabus and attendance policy.
Some disappointed students quickly cleared out, but others remained, hoping that a spot would open.
“It is harder now than before,” said 21-year-old Yeprui Boyadzhyan, who was No. 10 on Kazanjian's 22-person waiting list. “[Previously] it was so easy. I would just go, add my classes, and I would automatically get in.”
GCC roared back to life this week after an extended break — the campus remained closed through January after officials canceled the six-week winter session as a cost-saving measure amid ongoing state budget cuts.
The start of a new semester is always hectic as students move in and out of classes. But with the per-student unit load higher than past semesters, and a reduction in the number of courses being offered during the length of the year, faculty members say they are facing unusually long student waiting lists.