Full Sail University Reviews

  • 176 Reviews
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,513
43% of 176 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 176 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

JohnMadden99
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Entertainment Management
"The biggest problem that everyone has already said is that Full Sail is not regionally accredited. Suppose you plan to pursue a graduate degree after getting an undergrad at Full Sail. In that case, you will run into a lot of problems. I was turned away by so many regionally accredited institutions because Full Sail is not regionally accredited until I was finally accepted at one of the best research universities in the US. While I am not getting a graduate degree in a research-related field, I was finally accepted into a legitimate school. Suppose you plan to get education equivalency in another country like I was. In that case, Full Sail won't cut it because it is not regionally accredited. It is also expensive like crazy, and I took out so much financial aid. The education itself was good, and many alumni have gone on to very successful and lucrative fields in their majors. If I were to rewind back to when I enrolled and was given the option to attend or not, on the one hand, I would say no, due to the accreditation issues that happen after and the massive amounts of student loans. On the other hand, it has enabled me to get more professional jobs. Currently, I'm in the last semester of my MS degree. Once I earn it, I can then do education equivalency. So Full Sail served a purpose for me on a long trajectory. And it serves a purpose for people who know without a doubt they want to have a career in their major. It is a career school. It is not a school to help you get into graduate school."
Anyla
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2022
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Communication at full sail is horrible they only took a few credits from my previous school which I had 30 they didn't even use half. I am in my first semester and I was doing fine not like a top of the class student but I have been doing my best. While I have still been in my current class I got an email saying I was being taken off my current degree and moved to a media certificate which is no where to my goal! I've talked to the advisors and it has just been a nightmare now I owe $6000 and have no idea why I'm being put in to a certificate program when I only struggled in one class and passing grade for the rest! I do not recommend this school and I fully regret going to this school!"
RowletBowtie
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2022
  • Degree: Interactive Media Design
"I am currently attending Full Sail and I am very much enjoying it. I was hesitant to actually attend only because I have seen many negative reviews. Although, complete transparency, the school is very breakneck. Courses are four weeks each, and there are lots of learning assignments and assignments that require a turn-in. I've been attending for about 6 months now, and I do warn that it only gets harder as you get on. If you have the drive to take on the accelerated program and enjoy working fast like I do, I say absolutely go for it. The professors that I have had so far are incredibly kind and communicative, and there are a multitude of people who have had professional experience within the industry teaching at the school. It is not too hard to get accommodations if needed, either. If your mental health needs a break, I believe that you can get up to six months off (at least for the bachelors program). If you are online and planning to go on campus, they will keep you online if you need to stay home for mental health or other reasons- it just has to be a valid reason. One thing that I absolutely recommend is to put in what you wish to take out. Get as many scholarships as you can before going in, and you will be in much less of a pit as many others. Participate in the events that they host with game studios who scout from their college. Talk to professors and make connections, and just do your best. If your mental health can not handle the rigorous course, I do encourage you to look elsewhere for an education in the arts. Overall, I do enjoy this method of learning, but it all boils down to preference. I would not recommend Full Sail to many of my friends who wish to go into the art industry only because of how they work and learn."
Grace B.
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2021
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I say this from experience in my time here at Full Sail University (pursuing a degree in Game Art and in the past Computer Animation), this has everything to do with how the classes are formulated throughout the Computer Animation and Game Art degrees specifically. Courses are four weeks in length or shorter. It's like bootcamp and even for bootcamps and workshops they teach things that are "useful to know" but are not aimed at preparing folks for career ready degrees that will be used to get an industry career. Four weeks is not enough time to learn and demonstrate career ready knowledge and be 80% successful. Maybe 30-40% successful. In which case, in my opinion, Full Sail is not internally setting their students up for success. Classes only get more difficult as students climb closer to graduating; with no breaks in between classes to reset the mind, this whole heartedly feels like a set up for disaster and student failure at best. If the goal is to break students and see who climbs out of the flames alive--then Full Sail should keep its rigorous bootcamp structure and continue making money off of the students who burned in the flames. I think as time goes on, it will gain a reputation for how low of a success rate it keeps and deter collage age and adults alike from choosing this institute for knowledge. If the day ever comes that Full Sail starts to wonder why it only has a 29% success rate, maybe they will begin to change their ways after listening to the honesty of their students. If this wasn't enough fo a statement as to whether I would recommend the school, my answer is no. It's true that game art industry and computer animation degree knowledge is hard to come by and there aren't many schools who offer this knowledge or area of study. Yet the truth remains that there are better schools with better structured course length times who will offer you the same if not better industry knowledge. I have more knowledge where I am now--but I have paid a hefty price for what knowledge I've retained throughout the fast paced structure. Find better and do better for yourself, your mind, and your overall health. Sincerely, Game Art Student"
Zach Landis
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2021
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I Am Currently in school here at Full Sail University Online for Video Game Design. So far what i can say is it started out ok but after the first 3 months it quickly made it see like they didn't give a crap about their students. Matter of fact I had one of the professors there tell me and some of my classmates that we will never be at his level. I am overall disgusted with what I have been put through and if I could have know what I was about to get myself into I would have gone somewhere else. This is utterly disappointing and if anyone ask me if I recommend it I would say no. If you wanted any chance of having a break for summer or much break at all during the year you are screwed because your not going to get it along with they give you pretty bad feedback on assignments you have turned in. So if you are thinking of going here quickly think of any other options because you can get a whole lot better education somewhere else and not have to deal with the big egos of the professors that team the curriculum at this school. I still have like 13/14 months left and I have thought about dropping out multiple times and going somewhere else to finish off my schooling because this is ridiculous."
FSGraphicDeisgnMajor
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2021
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I'm currently in the Graphic Design program at Full Sail University. I've never dreaded an education more than I have within this program. Going into it, I had already amassed a somewhat sizable pool of knowledge of design, but I was talked into attending just to get the paper. Worst decision of my life. Now I'm stuck in $20,000+ of debt and all I got out of it was a MacBook and a playlist of YouTube videos to watch. This system (if you can even call it that) of education that Full Sail has built, especially for their online students, is laughable. I've had professors flat out not respond to messages, I've had professors who did answer only to say "review the video and try again" to my questions, and I genuinely wish that I could get the year and a half of my life back that I devoted to this school just to be egregiously under-prepared for the job market after graduation. I haven't even graduated yet, and I can just tell that I'm not going to be supported in any way, shape, or form. Opening the website every day just fills me with dread. I'd be fine if the system wasn't built off of YouTube and the professors actually gave a damn, but... I definitely wasted my life and money here. Please don't make the same mistake."
Poki
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2021
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Honestly, I could have learned everything for free on youtube without all of the stressful deadlines. Feels like I payed 11k for a macbook, and a few test trials of 3D softwares, and 7 months of stress and anxiety that literally made me sick. I know its supposed to be real-world experience but no starter job would expect a studio level product 3 days after they taught me how to do it."
Not good
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Teachers are mostly made of school graduates instead of industry professionals. Teachers have given completely false information about the "real world" of film. Career development does absolutely nothing to help. They barely reached out to me once I graduated and every attempt I made to ask for advice has basically been to tell me I should have moved somewhere else or that I should work for free as an intern. Having a job after graduation was an incentive for me and I have not been able to find a job in the film industry for the past decade with this degree. I will be in student debt until I'm 38 and I'm paying 700+$ per month. You are better off looking at YouTube tutorials and finding work as a grip to get your foot in the door."
Disappointed person who fell into the Full Sail advertising trap
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"I fell into the scam of Full Sail University's film program when I was a sophomore in high school. They travel all around the country to schools and do a pitch of their school, and they usually do it based on the majority of interest in the class or school that they go to. Since I was always wanting to be in the film industry, I request that Full Sail did a film degree based presentation. It was neat, they really like to brag about their graduates who work on these top award winning projects, they love talking about all of the film equipment that students get to 'use' during their time in the film program. So fast forward to when I start my degree, in summer 2018, fresh out of high school, I was prepared to tackle this 'very aggressive full time degree'. The first 5 months of the film program are an absolute joke! Nothing based on filmmaking at all. Forgot to mention, classes only last 4 weeks at Full Sail, so you'll do 1 or 2 classes a month and then move on. Finally get to some film classes, but even still, they are so beginner. The editing classes are an absolute joke, they show you basic YouTube tutorial level stuff, and nothing increases in difficulty. There have been NUMEROUS times where my 'homework' assignments would be to watch a YouTube video, and simply click a 'Mark as Completed' button and would instantly get a 100% grade. When it finally comes time to work on your very first short films, you are already half way through the program, you make a very basic short film (which is totally fine), but I had quite the experience during mine. Some company was looking to rent a soundstage from Full Sail for a commercial or something, I don't exactly remember. So we had the head instructor of the class pull us all aside one day as class was over, and told us that the company would be coming through to tour the stages that we were using for our short film. But even better, the president (Gary Jones) would also be with them, and had instructed us to set up every piece of gear that we could to ensure that we looked "really professional" to the other company. Well the next day hit, and they came through, and the president is saying "yes you can see these intricate dual camera setups that our students use here". Complete lie, all of us classmates just kind of looked at each other in disbelief at how the president just played it off like this was a normal day. We normally need approval for any piece of gear, I was even denied a roll of tape when we ran out, they hoard it all in the instructor office for this course and only give it to select students....tape.... But back to my issue, we were NEVER allowed to have a dual camera setup for any of our projects. Fast forward through the degree program, and it's not worth $80,000, considering you still need to pay for your own apartment, food, utilities etc. It ends up costing over $100,000 which most people cannot afford and will be ruined by the debt. So my graduation nears, and my career advisor reaches out to me telling me to upload a resume and that I would be seeing a ton of film related jobs that pertained to me on the portal online. She helped me create an account, I checked that portal for quite a while and not a single film related job popped up in my area (I live very close to NYC, a major capital of production in the US). I would see stuff for small companies that required experience that Full Sail did not provide for us, but nothing that really was anything about our degree program. After a short while I guess they did something to the job portal because my username and password no longer worked, so I reached out and was told to 'figure out how to make a new one online'. I ended up getting my own job, recently worked on two really large projects and am very proud of myself, but my degree nor school helped at all with this. Really disappointed with this place, at least with the Film program, its a total marketing scam. You never get to touch 50% of the gear, unless you are selected to (for example the nice cameras, one of the biggest things that everybody wants to be experienced with). For $80,000 tuition, to not even be able to use all of the gear, get told to watch YouTube for homework, and just be straight up lied to, this so called University has a lot to work on in my opinion. They might have other degrees that are great, but I can't speak for them, only the one that I got suckered into spending money on."
Someperson
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2021
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"I can’t say enough bad things about Full Sail. In my tenure there, they lied to me at every turn. The actual education was greatly lacking. It felt like I was bright taught by amateurs. Even after graduation they still somehow found a way to charge me more money and hold my degree until I paid up. Avoid this school at all costs. They are a for profit rip off."
B
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2021
  • Degree: Sports Management
"I was an online student receiving a Master's degree. My instructors were very available and open to communicate if needed. The coursework was always clearly laid out as well as the expectations. I have a busy family, and this degree allowed me the opportunity to have an extreme amount of flexibility in order to make life work around my coursework. I did well and realized that I did better when I put forth great effort to stay connected with my instructors. I met my assignment deadlines and asked questions when I needed additional information. Some of the instructors went above and beyond in various ways. I believe the effort I put in coupled with the support of the staff helped me have an amazing experience. I believe that any student who is willing to put in the effort to get the work done will have a great experience. If you're looking to do the minimum, not stay connected to your instructors, and not complete the weekly assignments by the deadline, you will not enjoy the experience. My personal experience overall was amazing! I'd definitely recommend to others who need a great amount of flexibility."
star
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2021
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I'm currently considering dropping due to the insensitive grading and fact that the major that is used, is YouTube, kinda of a disappointment, sense I now realize the educational system is at a all time low, this school is a prime example. The instructors: obviously the teachers can care less about you, especially when your online, if anything they just give you a grade to just to pass you nothing more, also the fact that these people rely on zoom and discord is rather sad, discord is not really well known and using it, is not really reliable, they use more free sources or sources that might just cost 50 bucks. Assignments: I have actually received feedback stating that I was "slacking " or "winging it" these are not professional terms and should be reviewed and discouraged, instructors are also too busy and would rather flex a out there projects while doing lectures,lectures tend to be an hour long, but hardly are constructive or instructive, I would also be kicked from lectures, for not doing anything, despite the fact that it is required you attend. I do regret attending this school."
LaToya V
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2021
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"Attending Full Sail University changed my career path for the better. The methodologies and techniques I acquired as a Graduate student helped solidify my views on Leadership, Organizational Development and Adult Learning. And the practical application of every new skill developed helped me identify niche services that I am uniquely qualified to provide as a professional and small business owner."
LC
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2021
  • Degree: Music Production
"You get out of Full Sail, what you put into Full Sail. I attended Full Sail (on campus) before the bachelor degree program was available. I had already obtained my bachelors at a 4 year college, but music was my first love and although I found out about Full Sail late once I knew a school like this existed I had to attend. I did the tour and a few month later I relocated and enrolled in classes. I met some of the best friends I'd ever have in life. The real world crazy schedule experience of studio life made the late hours and early mornings of my internships seem like nothing. Yes, I agree it's costly. Yes, I agree that you will struggle to maintain the hours required. Yes, I agree that leaving and find jobs is not an easy task..but is this exclusively a Full Sail problem or just a college problem in general? Many of the people I graduated with left and found careers in the industry. Plenty of the people I graduated with did not and had to forge a different path. The arts is a tough career path, and you knew this before you enrolled which is why you sought out this school. Full Sail can't promise that you will soar on to fame and success, to be honest the work you put in, the drive you have, and your resilience are the true factors that will determine what happens to you after you graduate. Before you enroll, before you invest money in a degree in the arts...realistically ask yourself what are your expectations? For me it was to learn aspects of the recording industry, to obtain skills so that I could work in the industry, and to be around people who love the same things I do, and to do something I love. Full Sail went beyond my expectations and it is an experience I will never forget! Hopefully my review will shine light on some of the alumni that enjoyed their experience here. If you're looking for the best school for the arts, you've found it. If you're looking to be catapulted into a dream job instantly after graduation, then maybe you should wake up. It's a tough road to landing a job in the entertainment industry. It's a lot of people out there vying for the same 5 jobs in your city. If you're easily discouraged, this isn't the career path for you. If you don't have the patience or time to dedicate to this, this isn't the career path for you. If you think of this as simply a "foot in the door" step, this isn't the school for you. Will you be able to make connections through networking? Absolutely, but It's too expensive to use this opportunity as just a networking tool, and this is why so many people regret their decision to attend. It's a school, where you go to learn things you don't know and to get better at things you already have experience in. If you don't go in with that mindset you will be disappointed. Make sure this is exactly what you want to do, so you don't find yourself regretting a decision you should have researched more. Every person who has written a review has had their own personalized experience and is entitled to their opinion. I can't say what it was like for anyone beside myself. Take everyone's review into consideration, then decide for yourself if this is the school for you. If you live, breath, and love music, film, graphic design, etc. and want to learn industry standard skills on the best equipment ..Welcome to Full Sail! Go take the tour and see for yourself."
Chris Shorts
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2021
  • Degree: Business
"started at their so called sister school graduated in 2019 and transferred to full sail. worst decision i ever made not only are the supposed Bachelor courses i took not able to be transferred to LA Film the faculty also was the worst ever. Anytime had a concern about a teacher ( which is all online so you cant tell me how i should read something i thought was insensitive and rude especially if i'm trying to call me to clarify and you just wanna type and insult me) The department head in Entertainment Business basically chooses the professors sides and can care less how you feel. Im forced now to finish my program at Fullsail and just ignore the teachers because no one will accept any of the 8 classes i started at Fullsail for my BS Business Entertainment Program which i find so confusing not even their sister school LARS. even though they have the same accreditation and i was quoted the same 18 month program continuations from both schools, now they don't want to accept them. i just either wasted 15,000 on a school who credits cannot be transferred or i need to find out who will take them. right now the only way to have Financial aid cover only 10 classes is to deal with the lackluster communication and lack of care from Fullsail and just get my degree from there, which from just dealing with their staff i don't want to because it's clear were just $$$$ to them especially online and nothing more. Don't get it twisted online school at this point has become a rip off most of my teachers besides my business law and creative presentations class referred us to Lynda and youtube links. so if your not a self learning who can just take curated information and dissect it for yourself trust this school is not for you. i've tried to chuck it up to because i started at lafilm on campus and then online but i felt the teachers still cared a lot more just about my well being and success rate. someone who is getting straight A's and B's wouldn't randomly get 2 F's in courses if something clearly didn't happen, but goes back to my earlier point they don't care. I'm not sure how on campus is i don know when younger and i toured the school i was in aww so maybe going online wasnt the best because honestly to want to go to this school my entire life was such a disappoint this time actually being able to go. Won't lie though best tech package next to SAE that i've gotten from a school other than that, if your not a self starter and can do everything on your own then give it ago or just download Lynda and pay them a fraction of the price to learn the same stuff. This is the third school i've been to in 5 years and by far the worst and most expensive of them all. LARS AND SAE so much better from a faculty student standpoint."
JM
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Full Sail is a great school for a person who wants to be in the film industry, but has no idea where to start. For me, the Film Production program was eye-opening. Knowing what I know now, I should've taken a job as a PA or an intern instead of going to film school, but I wouldn't have known that without going to film school, so it all works out...I guess. When I enrolled, I knew next to nothing about how films and TV shows were made. I knew my way around a DSLR camera and I was aware of the job descriptions, but couldn't begin to tell you why each person in the credits was important. Leaving Full Sail, I felt comfortable taking an entry level gig in almost every department. I HAVE taken entry level gigs in almost every department. The best compliment I can offer is that Full Sail will accurately teach you the basic workflow and vocabulary necessary to work in the industry."
KAM
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2020
"I am a current student in the Graphic Design Bachelors Online program. It saddens me how many people are leaving reviews who have never attended and who do not even qualify to attend, yet blame the school for their own personal issues. Now, with that being said, like any college or university, this one has its issues. Some are their fault and some are not. The question is, do you have the ability to make it? This is fast paced and difficult. Thought I think some of their instructors could help a little more, I understand that they teach both on campus and online. They state up front in each class the best way to contact them. Which is usually by their personal phones. Guess What? They respond.. if you use FSO, your messages are getting lost in a myriad of messages from so many different things, it will take them time to find it. This is of no fault of theirs. FSO is easy to use and navigate. I have learned way more than I thought I would and have increased my capabilities in these areas. I enjoy this thoroughly.I am highly challenged with each class and it progressively gets more and more challenging with each course. You get your degree in under 3 years. I've never had an issue with communication with the instructors. I have a life outside of classes. If you need extra time or help, just talk to them, they understand and will help out. The equipment is either worked into your student loans or you buy it but it is well worth the investment. I've never had issues with the platform or email. IF you are having all these difficulties, and are not seeking help, then that is your fault. If you fail, it is because YOU are to blame, not the school. ANY college or university is the same, if you do not put in the effort, then you will not have the outcome. Let me say this; THEY TELL YOU FROM THE START, that networking is a MUST. All arts degrees are about your abilities and who you know. I went into the graphic design field knowing FULL WELL that it was a low hire rate. But I also know people in the field and have prior personal experience. BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO, NETWORK, ASK FOR HELP, DO EXTRA WORK, PRACTICE, PRACTICE,PRACTICE....you can succeed. Stop blaming everyone but yourself.."
Chris B
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2020
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"This school is by far the worst period. They get you excited and ready for school, then slam the door in your face. I jumped thru EVERY hurdle they wanted. Then they denied me for a arrest 10+ years ago. Not 1 not 2 but 10 years ago. Because I refused to write an essay on it. There is a statute of limitations for arrest and a ban the box rule. So why does a college have the right to determine MY future? They are the closest one is the only down side, and offer classes at times I need to go forward. But they don't care. I didn't beat anyone, I didn't sell drugs, It wasn't a felony, not banned from weapons, wasn't domestic. I admitted when they asked. Because I wanted to be honest. An they they bared me because I wouldn't write an Essay about it??? I am trying to move forward from that stupid day. An move up in my profession. But nope denied and they say they have the right because I would write an essay. So I wrote to the governor and the better business bureau."
RonaldMcdonald69420
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2020
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"This school is a complete joke. The teachers do not know what they are doing and decide to teach you using youtube videos. They waste your time and don't answer questions when you ask them. They also do not answer their emails or respond in a prompt manner. I had one class where the teacher did not even grade the assignments until 2 weeks after the class was finished and then noticed a bunch of other students leave the class I was in halfway through because they had failed and had to repeat. Avoid this school at all costs. All they care about is your money."
N/A
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2020
  • Degree: Music Production
"This is a terrible school. The only good thing about Full Sail is the shiny new things you get to play with (especially as a music student and getting to be in a studio) and I believe this is how they trap kids (especially ones fresh out of high-school like I was) who don't know any better. Do research into other schools, this school is way overpriced with nothing to show for it. I have many friends who are years passed graduated and still have not found any jobs in the fields they went to Full Sail for. This school warns you their curriculum is fast paced but do not expand onto what degree. If you slip behind even a tiny bit the instructors here will not help you at all. 90% of their staff is rude and totally unprofessional. I was attending to get my B.S. but I left after I received my associates to go to a much, MUCH better university for not nearly as much money. There is a huge difference in this school and the school I actually ended up getting my Bachelor's from in what a university should be. There is a reason this school has a terrible graduation rate. The only reason I even gave this school 2 stars is because I do have a better understanding of music but I could've gotten that at a much better university. Stay away."