Long Lines, Full Classes Frustrate Students at CSN - 8 News NOW

Long Lines, Full Classes Frustrate Students at CSN

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LAS VEGAS - The start of a new year in college often brings excitement.

"I'm pretty excited for college," College of Southern Nevada student Jose Matadamas said. "I mean, I want to do this. I start in a couple of weeks, so I'm excited. I want to do this."

This year, frustration also comes with that excitement. Thousands of students are likely running into obstacles while registering or enrolling at CSN.

"I don't get much personal help, because there are a lot of people that are trying to get into this college," Matadamas said. "There are lines everywhere. They're really long. There are a few people that help. The counselors are available half the time."

Administrators predict a repeat of last fall when 5,300 students tried to register for classes they needed, couldn't get in, and walked away.

"Trying to get into classes is painful," CSN student Nichole Tripoli said. "Science classes especially, and math, they're consistently full."

The problem stems from the state's financial problems, which are forcing CSN and other higher education institutions to slash budgets. Students are feeling the impact.

"I came last semester, and they didn't have a lot of the classes that I wanted available," said CSN student Tiffany Ponder. "I came back again to try this time, and four of six weren't available."

"It's hard, because you want to further your education and do better and do more," Tripoli said.

In a statement to 8 News NOW, CSN officials say, "We empathize with students' frustration over not being able to get into the classes they need. As an open-access institution, CSN would love to be able to handle all student needs, but we simply cannot."

CSN is also in the process of implementing a new online student platform that has experienced some glitches. Plus, new rules are creating confusion regarding financial aid.

Classes begin August 29th.

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