Community College Spotlight has a post on the California community college system that says that students can’t get their classes because the spots are all full and the schools aren’t opening more classes. My guess is this is a California-only problem, due to their budget issues. (I also wonder about the student. Was she not registering early? Did they make her register each semester after all the courses were closed?)
It’s not happening at my school and we had a 25% enrollment increase since last year. You don’t get that kind of increase if you don’t add classes. And I know you can register (relatively) late and still get in because my husband did that for a summer class that was offered in the evening.