Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (73)
I wholeheartedly DO NOT recommend Full Sail Universitys UX program while Shawn S. is in charge. He is literally the worst leader/teacher I have ever met. Business is his #1 priority, and he will use you for cheap labor while taking advantage of his students, especially internationals. S. does not care about your situation and will not help your employment status. He never held a single class for me while flaunting his PHD status. He promised me job security after graduation. Instead he refused to pay me for my first months salary and then decided it would be a good idea to cut my hours from what he promised. After you graduate and leave, S. will think its funny to forget your name. He will spy on his students using overhead intercoms but wont actually do anything about the problems he overhears. I was a Pixar Technical Director for 5 years, and I functioned as the labs Lead Producer for a year. Ive worked with some of the best professionals in the world, and it way eye-opening to see how horrible the labs morale spiraled into the toilet. He is quite literally one of the worst, most unprofessional people I regret meeting. I STRONGLY urge you to not give this man a single minute of your time. He doesnt care about anything other than his own paycheck and his precious contract with W********. If you really want to go to Full Sail, pick a different specialty.
Absolutely terrible school. The instructors and administration are unprofessional and small minded. You learn more from Lynda.com then from your own instructor (who takes forever-and-a-day to grade your assignments.) I wish I never went to this school and I would advise anyone out there who's looking for a real education as well as a real college degree to go else where.
Full Sail fails at a lot of things, but so do most colleges. There is nothing you can learn at a university that you cannot learn from Youtube and Google. However, I have had directors, casting agents, production companies, and so much more just interview me because I went to Full Sail. When I did get the job I had to prove myself, when I didn't I only had myself to blame. All of the negative comment on here are, more than likely, from students who could not make it by themselves. Full Sail is fast paced and a lot of what you will learn you can find out on Youtube or Google, but there are a few things that you would never know to research without the help of the professors. Full Sail is hard as any other school will be and you gamble either way, but I, personally, believe it is worth it. However the career services, for me, are not up to par! I found all my jobs myself, but fill sail gave me the skills to get those jobs.
I just want to forewarn anybody who is considering Full Sail Online (that's all I know of it, I was not a campus student) that the school is solely a piece of paper (if you make it to the end.) I feel like it was a waste of years and that I need to continue learning by myself (which we mostly had to do) but now I'll have the time to learn what I want and actually get in depth details. Most instructors took forever to get grades back, and each class lasts a month long-- if an assignment builds upon the assignment before it, it's just not fair to not receive any feedback in time. Materials are so unorganized. I don't think information was presented the best way it could have been. With a school like this they should have had a well thought out program from class 1 to the last class. So it flows and everything is covered. But many important things are skipped and easy thing are covered over and over again. No option for physical text book. I hate that. I love flipping through pages and highlighting THEN KEEPING THE BOOK IN MY OWN LIBRARY. But they have a Safari online library that expires when graduation expires I'm assuming. I just think I would have learned so much more by only spending money on the Lynda.com account originally. I would feel a lot more confident about my skills and a lot less stressed about money right now. The only good thing about the school is the "friendships/networking" with my classmates. PS, it's just been 2 days since my "graduation" date and within that amount of time I've learned a heck of a lot more on Lynda than I did in my last three classes combined.
It's not worth it unless you really want to work on a degree they offer (Meaning you really know what you will be doing) and even then, it's too expensive and the classes are really shallow, most of the learning you end up doing on your own (so if you're dedicated enough, they are basically charging you to force onto you deadlines.) I wish i would have went for a normal solid Software Engineering degree taught by teachers with background on pedagogy and then breeze over the stuff they force me to learn on my own anyway. There's so many things wrong i'll just say I don't recommend it.
Full Sail University offers great programs for anyone looking to improve their resume but not for people trying to enter into their perspective field of interest. You get to learn and have real hands on experience with the latest technology and my complete experience while attending was rather excellent. However, besides being rather pricey (even for a "for profit institution"), it is only Nationally accredited NOT regionally accredited. If you're thinking about trying to transfer your credits to a state institution, forget about it because they will not recognize your degree. You have to start from square one, even with your Gen. Ed. classes. I feel like I've wasted my time and GI Bill but I do not blame the school. Do your research. Hopefully this review will prevent others from experiencing the same set back that I'm now having to endure.
Full Sail is a very fast paced school. Before a student decides to attend here you must make sure school is your only priority. The staff is what makes this the best school in America! The networking is awesome if you have to apply yourself. I still communicate with everyone m, and my professors reach out from time to time to make sure I'm doing good.
Where do I begin!? Okay, well this is a FOR PROFIT ...lets call it organization that will be MORE than happy to accept your money! The credits are as useful as a mosquito bite, the instructors are often rude and take 2-3 weeks to grade your material, the work is that of "writing a personal statement " ...seriously! They do monthly plans that take days worth of discussions, the work most has nothing to do with anything! You can EASILY get and maintain a 4.0 gpa here! So if you want to pay gobs and gobs of money for an education that isn't worth the paper that the "degree" is printed on, then this is the place for you!! Oh yeah, get 12 "credits" and your still in the hole 5k.
After attending a "digital art" program at a tradition school, I was very frustrated not to be on the cutting edge of technology. Full Sail has provided a much better learning environment, and I LOVE the 20 month undergrad program...not having to slow down for summer and long winter breaks is the way every school should be. This also translate to more value for your money. For the record, Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education. I wouldn't had attended otherwise. As a fairly new program, there is always growing pains but I am having a great experience at Full Sail
This school most has a lot more cons than it does pros. The pros of Full Sail University is the launch box and...... that's about it. The cons of this school is that it lacks diversity among teachers, and they expect you to teach yourself the assignments. Half the time they could not provide me the material to complete my assignments. Most of the teachers there are angry condescending has beens who peaked in the 1990's who cannot find work now. Paying 60,0000 to be taught by know it all has beens. I withdrew from the course and an now attending a new University that gives me everything that I need. Thank You.