Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
It is not worth it. Full Sail is a "for profit" institution, that means it is a business. I didn't know the difference. Today after almost 20 years I can say the degree is not worth it. I am working today as a project manager and that "project management" course I took back in 2009 I what is bringing food to my table and it was less than $1000. I called Full Sail in 2015 to get the bachelors and they wanted to charge me $40K. I asked them the specifics about the class, basically you can take all that education for less than $10K. How do I know? because I did it! They want you to learn analytics, well, get a Google certification and a Youtube. They wanted to give me a Mac Book Pro with Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro, I have both softwares already and they are not industry standard. No one is using FCPX, people are using Premiere or Avid. FCPX is just an option. How do I know? because I manage a Youtube multichannel network company! I mean, I can go to Full sail and just take the tests and actually give them a real world education to them. Not to mention that with that degree you are getting, you will never are going to make ore than $4K a month. You are a technician, that is it. How are you going to pay your degree? NEVER. Ask Full Sail to give you an estimate of earnings. Full Sail is sending people to work at PSAV, that is like the crappiest production company ever that do installations in hotels, you will be making $12 an hour for the next 4 years and then get a raise to $12,75. I knew managers in that company making $50K a year after 5 years, I am making $110K on my own as a project manager use using a bit of Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and Google Drive. After I left Full Sail I went back to do what I used to do that was audio engineering, that was the degree I got from my previews school. Why? because I was nothing! I just knew a bit of everything but I left Full Sail being good at nothing, I just knew to talk about things. All they gave to study me where the same tutorials that came with the software. It was sad I lost so much money from my parents back then. I didn't know. I would recommend you to go to a real school and learn for real, get a real bachelors. Full Sail will train you to be a show off good at nothing. I know guys that graduated from there and the ones that are good is because they are good as a person but not because of the school. I went to a Full Sail convention in Miami and it was sad to see so many latinos with the bright eyes getting crappy jobs. That student loan will hunt you for a few decades.
If you want to be taught by Lynda.com and Professor Google then this is the school for you. Most of the teacher do not have one lecture not one thing to contribute. This is such a rip off had I know I would have gone to another school. I personally called the director to ensure this was not going to be a Professor Google school but it is... Don't do it for the Business Intelligence Program you get no intelligence from it.
This review is to give you a real world perspective on what life is like once you finish with Full Sail University. To start the professors and support team around them are great and are really there to help you as much as possible. They only have you for a month and your one of 30-60+ students. I learned a lot from them staying after class and asking as much questions as I could. The biggest thing that I would like to warn perspective students who are thinking of going here would be to really stop and look at what job you want and go onto Indeed or LinkedIn an see where other people went to school if that information is available. A lot of the requirements of jobs will say "4 year school" which Full Sail is not. Before I attended Full Sail I overheard one of it's staff at a opening ceremony saying they think of themselves as the Harvard of MultiMedia Schools. I can assure they are not. Furthermore I would like to add in how hard it will be to obtain a job once you get out. To pay bills and the enormous student debt I now carry from Full Sail I took a job as a Technical recruiter. This job would have calling on job seekers for some of Orlando's best companies to work for. When I had to chance to speak with the hiring managers of EA Sports, Disney, NBC and other larger companies I asked them what they thought of Full Sail and it's graduates without disclosing I was a graduate of that school. They had told me that many of their positions that they hire for at an entry level positions they will not even look a Full Sail resume due to lack of skills and education the school puts into their students. Not to say that the teachers and professors aren't doing their job, but more so teaching programs that aren't used in near by companies students might work for someday. To add to this, they do hire right out of school students from University of Central Florid (UCF) which will be A LOT CHEAPER to attend then Full Sail and is right down the street. I still keep in good contact with a lot of my former friends who I met at Full Sail and the trend I have noticed the most is that 75% of them have posted they have either enrolled in a better and more well known school like Penn State, LSU, UCF, NYU among others that employers know and want to hire from. The fact is Full Sail just isn't that well known and because it accepts anyone with a heat beat and will graduate anyone who just barely pays attention, the few that do know Full Sail have mixed reviews and more often then not lean on the negative side. So if you're reading this and you have just finished high school or are thinking of going back to finish school just know that the debt you will carry from this school will eat up all of your paycheck once you finish. If you think you will delay your payments don't, they will only grow and grow. If there is any wisdom I can share is find another school that is more affordable and well known. I worked my butt off while I was there completing 3 internships for COX Radio, an internet marketing start up and a recording studio to gain experience. I worked in the media center and was a teachers assistant to save on expenses so my debt would be lower and I still have a enormous amount of debt and I'm now looking into going back to an accredited school for a degree that is employable. Thank you and best of luck in your future!
I agree with the comments that what you put in, you get back, and some teachers will help you if they see you are putting in the work. But I have to say I did some online classes and the online experience is really not worth it! I think FS can be good on campus, depending on what degree you are and what you want from it. Having attended a lot of classes with students from the Recording Arts degree, I discover that you learn more about recording, mic settings, signal chain than actually mixing. They have 2 classes on mixing, and a lot of other classes on soldering, mic techniques, recording consoles, audio post, etc. I felt some teacher didn't really care if you were motivated or not and only wanted to be done with their day, and some questions were left ignored. I feel the worst though, is the atmosphere some degree have. Most of Recording Arts students don't really care about their classes, most of my classmates spent their entire day watching netflix, facebook or basketball matches! Most of the students in RA are just here to make beats and don't really care about most classes, and that can make your classroom experience suck! You could say that I shouldn't pay attention to those students, but it's a fact that when teachers see 99% of students not caring, they stop to care after a while. In my degree, Music Production, the first 6 months were basic classes like Math, Physics, English, a little bit of psychology and some introduction to the jobs in the audio industry. Then it was half music theory, half composition/mastering of the tools in Logic, such as quantizing, sampling, learning how to different music styles, orchestration with sample libraries, arrangement, and so on. All the teachers from our degree give us feedback on our assignments or compositions, but when you finish the class, most of the teachers will rarely see you in person, but a feedback on email is always possible. I still have months to go to finish my degree, so I can't speak about career development yet. I would say, for 3d art/video game it is a very good school, for Recording Arts you're better working as a teaboy in a studio, I won't cost you anything and you'll learn quicker and earn money quicker that way. Although I have some friends who graduated and after a few months already were doing good freelancing, it depends if you've already built a strong network. For networking, I must say there's some pretty interesting opportunities sometimes, but most of the students I've connected with are really not on top of their game or show any real professional drive. Music production can be helpful to learn music theory and how to use LogicX and some production techniques. We only spent 3 classes in the studio so far, so most is done in the box. Some teacher are really good teachers and have a lot of work experience in the music industry, so it can be a good learning experience. Be warned that the less you know about mixing techniques and DAWs, the more difficult it will be for you to retain all the information you'll get at school, because the classes are intense and crammed into 1 month if you don't know anything about mixing, you'll only get 50% of the info, it needs practice to retain most of the info we learn in class. We learn a lot and very fast!
I did not graduate. I write this review to caution future students to think twice about enrolling. I do not want to give details because I do not anyone to retaliate. I am appalled at the callousness, in a word, of the faculty and administration. Buyer, beware.
Full Sail is an amazing school! Definitely a hands on experience with incredible professors. There was constantly new industry professionals coming to campus to talk about their jobs and give advice on your future careers. There is always an event on campus catering to your degree. Be ready to work long hours and have short breaks. But in my opinion, getting a 4 year degree in 2 makes it all worth it in the end.
This school is what you make of it. It can be great if you apply yourself or give very little if you try very little.
THEY ARE JUST OUT FOR MONEY!!! LISTEN TO ME AND DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT COME TO THIS EMBARRASSMENT OF A SCHOOL. The instructors aren't helpful and the lessons are taught by Lynda.com. Just go straight there and join, you'll be much better off. Use treehouse too. I regret everyday for coming here but it's too late for me, not for you.
As someone who had a terrible high school experience and wanted to go to college but was afraid of another 4 years of negativity, I chose Full Sail and loved my decision. My college is in session all year long in order to allow the students to graduate in around 2 years, depending on their course. Full Sail allowed me to work at my own pace, is super hands on/interactive, VERY major specific, and even the basic education course (math, science, english, etc.) all catered to my career path and didn't make me feel like I was wasting my time. Whether on campus or online the curriculum is quality and all of the staff and instructors are easy to work with. I think it is fantastic that there is a school out there for all the "different learners" and industry passionate students that just want to get started working and don't want to have a typical college experience (dorms, 4 years, greek life, sports, etc.).
It's an amazing school. Has all the latest tech and course material. I'd highly recommend for anyone interested in any of its courses. Friendly, helpful faculty and lifetime support.