Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (80)
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.
You would be better off saving your money and investing in something like Lynda (which we use), YouTube (which we use), and other online videos and tutorials that teach Game Design (which we use). Hardly any of our material comes from lectures or books, as you'd expect with a real college. Half the time the instructors don't bother to teach you the material and instead expect you to find it on the internet on your own. The other half don't bother to grade or review material you've turned in and give you a half-assed grade that they made up at the last possible moment before the class ends. This "college" is a waste of time and money. Please, please don't bother. (Also, please keep in mind I am currently attending this "school" online.)
Full Sail University is not a real university. They are not regionally accredited. When I applied for graduate school, I had to take so many classes before admittance because Full Sail does not require the same type of classes a typical or regionally accredited college would require. If you want to go to Full Sail for the fake BA and then the fake MFA, then go for it. But if you wish to continue to your master's at another university, Full Sail's program will not be enough.
I loved Full Sail University for it's year round curriculum and highly dedicated instructors and staff. I gained skills that helped to propel me through my term in the military as a collateral public affairs officer and now after earning my GI bill I am planning to go back to school and earn my Masters of Fine Arts in Film!