Applications for the summer session at Pierce College will be available beginning Monday.
The session, one of the largest in the Los Angeles Community College District, "is very difficult to get into," according to Richard Moyer, acting dean of academic affairs.
About 120 day and evening classes will be offered, almost the same number as last year, Moyer said. He added that nearly 3,000 students are expected to enroll.
"All the classes tend to fill up fairly early," he said. "Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference is given to those who apply first."
The class schedules will be available beginning May 19.
"We would like to have a larger summer program if only the money were available," Moyer said. "At Pierce, we have always felt that we could double or triple the amount of classes with no problem."
Many people who enroll in summer classes at Pierce are students from four-year universities such as USC or Cal State Northridge, he said. They come to Pierce because costs are "so much less than at a four-year school. We are the bargain," Moyer said.
Only entry-level courses, such as beginning English, and other general-education classes that transfer to four-year colleges and universities will be offered.
Continuing students can pick up permits to register for summer classes in the campus Admissions and Records Office beginning May 26. They can register in person June 18, 22 and 23. New student registration, June 24 and 25 in the Campus Center, will by appointment only.