Full Sail University Reviews

  • 183 Reviews
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,513
43% of 183 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 183 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Dalton
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2022
  • Degree: Entertainment Management
"I am halfway through my degree in the Entertainment Business Sports Management Master's Program Online. I love it. Growing up, I always had a passion for sports and technology. It was always a dream of mine to attend Full Sail but it was too expensive at the time. Now that I am older and have a steady job, I am able to pay for it. One thing I LOVE about FSU is the accelerated programs. I have always wanted to get my Master's degree but I hesitated because I didn't want to go back to school for two years. Instead, I lowered the intensity of things going on in my life for one year and dedicated myself to getting this masters, and I don't have any regrets. With all due respect to the other reviews I have read here, many of the complaints are from personal experience. I quite enjoy the online classes I take and with a full time job the schedule fits perfectly for me. I don't think it is healthy nor productive to rely heavily on an instructor to pass or fail a class. I have found that if I just work hard and ask my professor for help as a last resort, I will be just fine. Also, anybody with a basic understanding of economics and money management should know the financial risk you are taking when enrolling at Full Sail. They do not hide how expensive it is to attend, and I think everybody who enrolls know the debt they are creating for themselves when they decide to go here. If I wanted to go to a different University to save money I would have, but I knew the programs and advantages that Full Sail offers and I have not been disappointed in the slightest. I have attended 3 different Universities and the instructional experience that I have had at Full Sail is second to none. The detailed videos each week are more than reasonable and give me everything I need to complete the assignments for the week. The only complaint I would have for FSU is the lack of job opportunities for online students who don't necessarily live in the Winter Park area. I would love to work in the Sports Entertainment field as I work on my Masters degree, but I haven't had much success in finding one through Full Sail. However, I put more of the blame on me than Full Sail, as this was something I discussed with my Guidance Counselor before I enrolled so I knew what I was getting into."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2022
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I’m currently doing this major right now, but I am truly not enjoying it, not one bit and this school sickens me so badly. Yeah, they just want our money and all, but it gets worse and worse. It’s really sad to see all of us suffering in that school because the classes became completely unfair and ridiculous. Teachers don’t even have any idea how much hard work we put into assignments, yet they lower our grade even if we tried our best. Teachers don’t know what they are talking about and aren’t even specific. And not only that, when we do what the instructions/rubric told us to do, it doesn’t matter. They lower our grade or give us a 0. Assignments didn’t really taught us anything. Oh and good luck on asking instructors for help because they’ll never help you. They just get you into discord having only students to help you. I know for sure students are experiencing the same problem too. Also, keep in mind that some students might have a chance to graduate, but I doubt that will ever happen since this school has the lowest graduation rate. They also give you YouTube videos, and then later on, the questions were the ones we all never learned throughout the assignments."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2022
  • Degree: Music Production
"This school is a complete and utter joke, it's was not worth the massive amount of debt I got put in to attend. They're marketing makes it sound great until you go almost like how a ponzi scheme is. The instructors barely explain anything to you. When you need help with the work they give you a link to a discord where you can have other STUDENTS help you with the work not instructors, The work consists of mostly youtube videos with very little hands on. The classes are only about an hour long which isn't a lot of time to actually understand the class most of the things you learn you can learn without spending the massive amount of money it costs to go there. I had to withdraw from the program because I owed over 20k. There are very little options for student loans as it's mostly an out of pocket cost school. You can not transfer your credits to other colleges, long story short this school is a complete scam and the students saying it's not a scam and "its just not for everyone" are full of themselves. As long as you have a pulse they will accept you. They just want your money and that's it once you enroll good luck trying to get ahold of any assistance whatsoever. Heed my warning and stay as far away from this school there are much better options than this puppy mill of a school the other one atar reviews are not people exaggerating with skepticism it's the unfortunate truth of of dread of how this place takes your money as they don't even offer room and board as you have to find your own place to live/food etc."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Sad to see people actually falling for fsu. I dropped out and transferred to my in-state university and I have to say the difference is night and day. Yes i attended online classes but the classes are honestly ridiculous. The teachers have no idea what they are talking about and I once spent 2 hours on a lecture watching an “instructor” trying to figure out why the code wasn’t working(P.S he never found the solution and ended up scraping the example and moving on) I was a computer science major and the classes were complete jokes! the assignments didn’t build on each other and taught me next to nothing. For those of you assuming i probably thought the courses were too hard, quite the contrary. I left the school with a 3.8gpa. The classes were taught by complete idiots and they offer no financial aid at all! For comparison I only had a federal pell grant my freshman year of 6,375 but for my new university i received a pell grant of 14,740(this includes federal pell grants and university pell grants i received). I will end up paying less for all four years than one semester of fsu. My advice is get out while you can, trust me you won’t regret it."
Tim S
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2022
  • Degree: Film Production
"As a current student in the Film Bachelors program, my overall rating should be in the negative. Once you are in the program, responses to phone calls or emails are non-existent. I emailed the program director 3 months ago and never received a response. Financial Aid, neglects to inform you on issues pertaining to your funding until you ask questions and then they are rude. Phone calls are never returned. Instructors are previous students with little to no experience in the field to which they are teaching. Some teachers are so full of themselves and never really get to the point to which they are trying to teach. They overwhelm you with work weekly with little to no guidance or explanation on how to complete an assignment. Some months are easier than others but when you have two classes a month and both classes require tremendous amount of time to complete is nearly impossible and when you do complete it, the criticize you for not spending more time on the assignment... hello, you gave me 3 days to do it alongside another class that is also asking for something. They say you can use the studios, soundstages, etc. but make you just through hoops and make it nearly impossible. All the photos of these extravagant things are just that, photos for promoting the school which 99.9999% of the time aren't student project. My advice or my take, don't waste your $90k+ dollars to come here, go elsewhere where you will excel and succeed, you go here...you're on your own with no help...this place is a fallacy"
Sara
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2022
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I am currently enrolled Full Sail University and I’ve had huge issues with them because as a returning student, they had me come back with a schedule missing several key, progressive classes. They admitted they don’t have a great policy for returning students and didn’t really have a plan. Eventually the course director said she would handle all of my main assignments herself and we’d come up with a plan together. She then went on to miss our first zoom call, and then never gave me any feedback on work sent directly to her, for months after. I wanted to escalate the issue but the program director called me on his personal phone to make every excuse in the book for what happened. I have been trying to complete my last five classes for a year now, I’ve contacted the program director directly again, as I was told to by student advocacy and he is refusing to respond now, as is his supervisor. Both of my experiences here were good until they absolutely weren’t and there’s no accountability for administrators."
Andria Moses
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2022
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"I started Full Sail in the spring of 2019. Everything was going good until fall of 2020, when I THOUGHT I was going to graduate. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed all of the classes I took. They sent me my graduations information and everything...but NO GRADUATION! I called them to get an understanding of why I wasn't graduating and they told me I had TOO MANY CREDITS! Never in my life have I ever heard of "having too many credits" so you can't graduate. Smh. They need to get it together. I was very upset about it. I won't say I won't recommend anyone to this school, nor will I say I will. Enter at your own risk."
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."