Full Sail University Reviews
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THIS SCHOOL SUCKS! I am a Master's Degree graduate from Full Sail Online. The price for what you get is not worth it. Find a more traditional school. Most of the instructors are not very friendly or helpful. If you email more than a few questions they get upset as if you are asking them to teach you or something. You will spend 95% of your time learning from the actual textbook and YouTube videos than you do anything else. You don't get to look at any of your peers course-work which was a huge part of learning for me in Undergrad. I seen my peers present week after week and I learned A TON about our subjects just observing what my peers came about with and how they navigate the assignment. The alumni program is a joke, they hype up their career development center that only helps you with jobs based out of Florida and networking events based out of Florida which does sh** for online students. After you graduate, you don't have access to any of your course books (which is where you did ALL your learning) yet they are glad to charge you for the books. Save your money and look for another school. That includes you to Veterans. I am a Marine Corps Veteran. This school sucks even if its paid and you are being paid to go.
As I was attending a community college, I was looking for a change of scenery school wise. I had looked up a few schools concentrating around journalism/communications; Full Sail University came up. I had had contacted the school, which they had informed me that in order for me to pursue the program I wanted I needed to have a bachelors degree before enrolling. Two or three years later I enrolled into Full Sail. Unfortunately, my first couple weeks to a month was quite frustrating. I was told that I would have an academic advisor in time prior to classes starting; wrong. I was literally on my own, with no one to go to for academic help, for the entire year being at Full Sail. I was extremely upset. Supposedly I was assigned to an academic advisor, however, I wouldnt have known that if it wasnt for me calling the school and asking someone. I had to go through numerous hoops and links on the school website to find my so called advisor. I emailed her a few times and never received a response. This was a constant pattern for my year at Full Sail. When I had questions or needed help I had to call the school for answers. NO ONE ever called me to see how I was doing with the program or if I had any questions or concerns. Coming straight out of University of Phoenix, I NEVER had this problem. Both my academic and financial aid advisors were on top of things. My academic advisor called me every week to make sure things were ok and my financial aid advisor called me when necessary when things needed to be submitted and ALWAYS answered my emails and calls within a timely manner. Full Sails financial aid department, in my opinion, is a joke. No communication at all within the department and no one knows how to do their job. I dont know how many times I had to call and make sure things were being done when I was trying to get a loan. I submitted every piece of paperwork that was required on time with weeks to spew to make sure they had enough time to submit what they needed to submit. Turns out no one pushed the papers forward for me to get approved for this particular loan and surprise surprise ..... I had to call myseld to check the status since someone failed to call me and inform me that the papers were never submitted and the deadline was already passed. I was livid a this point. I submitted what I needed to on time and they failed to do their part; screwing me over. But looking at it now, I wouldve been that much more in debt to payback so whatever. The professors were pretty decent some gave more pointers and advice than others, and some professors were very vague in their instructors, which forced me to figure it out on my own. I feel as though Lynda was the teacher in all of this because thats where we were directed to most of the time. Dont get me wrong, I learned A LOT during my time at Full Sail. I learned things that I never knew and figured out how to work different programs. However, when it comes to job placements and finding jobs; pointless and not helpful. Being that Full Sail is based in Florida (and Im in California), the job listings that I received were based in a Florida and Florida only. I had to go a different direction with finding jobs that arent based off of my degree in New Media Journalism because I have had no luck in finding anything that I can qualify for or find a job that was close enough to home.
Dear Online Students, The creative writing program is very much a make it on your own process. The instructors are masters in their craft. Most of them have established themselves in the entertainment industry, and they have knowledgeable advise to give student of interest. These are not professors in education. The curriculum is eye catching, but most of the classes are not organized to where a student will be able to follow instructions through with ease. You will get an opportunity to correct your mistakes, but the instructors are so advanced in their careers, they don't communicate on a beginner's level. After graduation you are kicked out of the system. Trying to get into you email and the career section becomes a hassle. However, assistance is available through tech support. I was shocked at the design of the masters degree. I am embarrassed to show it off because it looks fake. The school does not live up to its advertising. Remember, they are a creative school. They are experienced at communicating to their audience and drawing them in with fallacies. In my opinion, an all expense paid federal grant is best. The school is not worth out of pocket or private and federal loan debt.
I graduated from Full Sail University in 2010 and received my Master's Degree in Media Design. But, I left Full Sail University the second time because the Master's Degree in Entertainment Business had some terrible professors and staffs who only care about the money and not students. I also did not have as much great experience with this college like I did before. I decided to go somewhere else to get my Master's Degree. I would advise all students to go to other colleges to get your degree.
------READ IF YOU DONT LIKE DEBT------- When I first looked at full sail I was aware that it was a for profit school. When I looked up reviews for this school I saw that most of the issues where with the students. That has not been my case of problem. I am convinced that this school is boarder line a legal scam, and want to warn people out there before attending this school. I am using GI, pocket money, and and a small amount of loans to pay for my school and housing. In the first place GI does not apply well. I have 60% GI but in the end it only really covers 30%. When I tried to apply another military scholarship (folds of honor) that I had won, they applied it in a way that means they get the money from the scholarship but I my tutition stays the same. It's a messed up system. They have really poor communication with other departments so make sure to stay on top of issues and directly call departments or people yourself. I think the only redeeming factor is that they have semi interesting classes. If you want to get the most out of your education make sure to talk to your teacher. They don't really take much interest in the students personally unless the student initially talks to them. I don't think that this school is right for everyone and definitely think you should consider other schools before this one. The way I have things set up I graduate with $15,000 in debt which is not a horrible debt. I do not advise you go to this school if it looks like your going to graduate with anything over $20,000. It's not really worth it. I would drop out but I'm far enough in the trap that I can't get out without loosing in the situation. The school looks nice and they play nice in the beginning, but in reality they don't give you an education that is worth the money. Please take head to these conserns that I and other people write about. I wish you luck in your education.
I attended full sail back in 2014 now don't get me wrong they do offer some interesting classes but I feel like they could use some work in their game art program the thing I hated the most about the school is that when it came time for you to turn in assignments it's like you really didn't have a grace period to turn them in it doesn't matter if you are at work or An emergency they will still want that assignment on that same day and same time and yes it's true most of the instructors are rude and barely help you with what you need and what's crazy is that it feels like your on your own and your feel like it's unfair that you have to complete the first 3 months of class before you get your MacBook and and programs why couldn't they give you these from the beginning instead of you having to kick out all of that money for programs and updates just to complete your classes and then they take their sweet ass time to grade your work and most of the instructors have those type of attitudes like as if they don't want to help you they only thing I liked about the school is the networking with different people and getting to know everyone in your class but other than that they can do better when it comes to actually teaching you and grading
I received my masters of science in Internet marketing from Full Sail University. I have nothing but good things to say about my education received. I learned more than I thought was possible as I thought I could just teach myself this stuff. Sorry, but if you think you can teach yourself the ins and outs of Internet Marketing, which includes the business side, patents, seo and everything inbetween then you are sorely mistaken. Something like that would take you years and you will never get it right. My program went smooth and I was taught by the best of the best in the Industry. If you want to learn Internet Marketing, Full Sail is your place.
This school really fit my lifestyle, while working and supporting myself it was flexible for me. I was nervous at first that it wasn't going to be recognized by people in the industry as a real degree because I took it online. I'm happy to say that this was not the case, I live in LA and I already work at a studio. The job placement was pretty helpful but you don't start off as a senior director you have to start off as an aid and assistant which I get. Overall pleased with the experience but it was a journey and there were some bumps along the way. Definitely recommend the school they aren't just in it for your money.
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I hated going here. The first year was okay, I kept up with the material as I was self taught because the teachers don't exactly help you. Around the next year I started to get burnt out and things happened in my personal life to cause me to feel as if I really needed a break from school to collect myself and balance my life out. Every time I requested a month or 2 off for personal they requested "documentation" They request documentation for EVERYthing. Mind you I consistently tried and they just ask for documentation before they can give me time off. It was literally as something simple as someone passing away and they request a documentation of their funeral or some shit...like wtf. Telling a normal school or your job that if someone close passed away and you needed time off, they'd normally be generous enough to accept it and give you the time to mourn. Now I'm struggling in it because I wasn't given the time I needed(my gpa is now effected) I can't get out cuz I'm debt deep. The student liaison group pretends like they help you but in the end you feel like you didn't get any help. Even after you submit documentation, it goes through a review by the "higher ups" to whether or not it was accepted. So if it gets denied then what do you do? You deal with it. No sympathy or humanity shown. I literally hate this school. TL;DR No breaks, you're on your own & thanks for the money.
Full Sail University is a great school in my opinion. I know many people who don't finish or have success after they graduate have plenty of horrible things to say about FSU. The truth is, if you look at ANY college you will have a huge list of graduates saying they "can't find work" with their degree. People have to realize, the degrees you get from full sail are unique. These are not "trade" jobs like construction, engineering, etc. These are degrees for the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. You have to approach our industry in a different manner, meaning you need to work on your resume and network HARDER than any of these other industries. Many students who enroll at FSU come here looking for handouts because of what perceive when enrolling. REALITY CHECK - FSU is just like other schools when it comes to the job force, you hae to work hard AFTER you graduate as well to be able to start working with these Major labels and media agencies. As far as Tuition rates go, It's pretty much the same as if you were going to LSU, Univ. of Arkansas, Ohio State, etc. Expensive, but worth it in my opinion. All books and equipment are included in your tuition, meaning you're not going out trying to order books and/or equipment for class vs any of these other colleges. FYI - For those that say FSU credits don't transfer to other schools, it's because FSU is DIFFERENT from other schools. Do your research people! The prestigious BERKLEy COLLEGE OF MUSIC in Boston ACCEPTS Full Sail University credits. I'm working on my Master's at BCM as I type this. Hope this helps some people understand FSU and the unique workforce we "choose" to be in.