Full Sail University Reviews

2.66 out of 5 stars
(148 Reviews)
42% of 148 students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of 148 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
Chris B - 11/17/2020
Degree: Cybersecurity
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
RonaldMcdonald69420 - 9/1/2020
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
N/A - 4/7/2020
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
2.3 out of 5 stars
FSgamegrad - 4/1/2020
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"I don't know about the Bachelor degree for Game Design that they offer, but the Master is 100% a scam. It is not worth the tens of thousands of dollars that they charge for admission. The reasons for this are as follows: 1. You are taught little to nothing about how to actually make a game. You are giving a cursory introduction to game design philosophies, how to prototype a game and how to format some of the production documents. 1.1 they will let anyone with a bachelors remotely related to games into the program no questions asked but are essentially expected to know the fundamentals even if you came in with the intentions of pursuing, game writing. so if your knowledge on game making going in is minimal, be prepared to learn it yourself. 2. The 2 pillars of this degree program are the "Mastery Journal", which is essentially supposed to be something resembling a thesis but isn't one, and the internship Capstones, which are on campus "Companies" that give students relevant industry experience. The first is worthless, my career advisor (people who specialize in hiring and help you get a job) specifically told me not to put it on my resume because it would make me look undesirable, and the second, while some of the tracks such as the UX Lab and the production track are beneficial, the two game making studios (serious games and indie games) are also worthless. the reason being is because: 2.1 students are coming in and graduating out of the studio every month, creating a revolving door where we don't know what talent and skill sets we will have in the studio each month, this not only creates great instability but unless you are lucky enough to come in right as a new game is going into production odds are you wont work on a game from start to finish. 2.2 the two studios are entirely student operated, the studio heads who are also instructors have little to no involvement in the operations. the reason this is a problem is because the studios are supposed to give real industry experience but when i asked a veteran industry professional if my Master degree would qualify me to apply for anything other than an entry level position, they said no because i will learn 90% of what i need to know in that entry level job. this essentially means that not only are you paying tens of thousands of dollars for 10%, the studios are run by people who also only know 10% so we essential have a situation of the blind leading the blind. 3. tying into #2, is the degree of student control or lack of instructor oversight. throughout the program and in the studios the students, the ones who only know 10% are in complete control on what projects get done and worked on. this is a problem for students who came in with a specialization such as game writing, because if the other students don't value your skill, which most of the time they wont in regards to writing, then you will not have any opportunities to utilize or practice it and the instructors wont do anything about it. To give an example in the prototyping class, the team has to have a designated producer who will be in charge of creating the list of tasks that the team needs to cary out to make the game we will be prototyping, the producer refused to make any writing tasks despite the the instructor reminding them to take into consideration the skill sets of the team when making the tasks (I talked to the instructor about my issue) and they ignored them and still refused. was this reflected in their grade even know they failed in their producer role? no. 3.1 similar issue is if you have a game in production in the studio and the new people come in but decide they don't want to work on your game but instead want to work on their own, well sucks to be you because they will not force them to nor will it reflect in their grade. (image a professional studio where the employees just decide to not work on a game they were tasked to work on and they not get fired). 3.2 the instructors and the program don't take any responsibility, the admission into the studios being controlled by the students (meaning is some people who are graduating in a month or two don't like you, they will reject your application into a studio forcing you to try and go for the other (keep in mind you are paying for this) so if an issue in the studio arises like say they drop your project or you being forced to do meaningless "work" on a project thats been in production for 5 years because its the studio heads baby, they wont do anything but remind you that you "chose" to go to that studio and it is on you the student to chose a studio that best first your needs and if the studio doesn't fit your needs you should have been working on a project in your free time. 4. they don't offer any services, say you working on a game thats missing a key skill set like an artist, instead of finding one for you (the school has a game art degree/ department) they will instead put you in touch with the people to ask permission to recruit for an artist (you have to do it yourself). (again you are paying tens of thousands of dollars to this program and these studios are supposed to give relevant industry experience, despite the fact that people who work on games don't actively recruit people, they pay others to do that, kind of how you pay them tens of thousands of dollars) 5. 2 or 3 of the instructors are good the others are either tenured garbage or too frivolous. over all to give a example to represent my experience in the program, imagine going to a over priced restaurant, having to pay upfront, being seated quickly then your waiter tells you that if you are hungry you can go to the kitchen an make your meal yourself and that if they are out of the ingredient you need they just give you the number for the supplier and that you are free to order more. but that they wont make it for you and that you paid for the opportunity."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hilda David - 4/1/2020
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2020
"As an online students in Music Production Program, I have many problems with communicating with instructors or finding tutoring for my classes. Full Sail Technical support is unhelpful and never really solve the problems for students. The waiting of holding on the phone call is too long and wasting my time overall. The career development never really help you find an intern or entry level job and most of the instructors aren't willing to help the online students when they're struggling with the tasks. The cost of tuition isn't worth it for the quality of education experiences. Before I was a Full Sail student, I had attended a community college in Washington State, and the learning experiences are way better than my experiences in Full Sail University. Since Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), you can't transfer any course to the schools are accredited by CAAHEP or regional agency."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Brad Myrick - 3/1/2020
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"I hate seeing their score drug down by illiterates (judging by the composition of these reviews) that never attended FS. If you believe getting a degree in music making will make you a rap star you are delusional. Their computer science program has been challenging and most of the instructors were knowledgeable and engaging. The dropout rate is staggering because most thought they could put in an hour of work a week and graduate, or wait until 2 hours before a turn in deadline to ask questions and then complain that they weren't answered at 2300 on a Sunday. My advice for any potential students. Pick a degree with a growing employment field, and be prepared to dedicate 40+ hours a week to your studies."
3.6 out of 5 stars
J.F. - 2/28/2020
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2020
"As an online student at Full Sail, I have had numerous issues with my classes due to malfunctioning gear or software. I really like this school, don't get me wrong, but their support team is trash. They are very friendly, but rarely help solve problems. Most of the time they recommend I speak to the software/hardware companies that produce the products, or transfer me to another team, after long holding periods with no results. This does not help me in any way when it comes to turning in assignments. Most teachers are unwilling to help you out even when your software/hardware fails or is not working properly. Not to mention I have had to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to replace said software/hardware due to the warranties from the school's provided gear not even being the length of my degree program. This is a serious issue they need to work on. I'm sick of my grades being effected because of faulty hardware and lack of understanding with the professors."
1.9 out of 5 stars
J M - 2/18/2020
Graduation Year: 2015
"Too expensive. Go to a 4 year local college. Your credits won't transfer. It's for-profit all the way. It's truly a money-making company with a fantastic advertising team. They know how to pull kids in, especially ones who didn't understand what they were getting into, and then they milk you clean."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Daniel - 2/3/2020
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2023
"They failed to tell you that all the documentation that they need in a string you on for a month then roll team it is a joke their whole entire criteria of accepting students is practically unexcusable and after I had my high school diploma I was told that I need to take a GED test in order to enroll in their school as if they were saying I did not get my high school diploma. what a joke don't anyone come to this school they are absolutely terrible. Any other school that I've tried to apply for accepting me no problem this is the only school that gives you half answers in gives you the runaround as you're trying to call them in receive information they are absolutely . No sense of time and how urgent things are I definitely will say do not waste your time with Full Sail you might as well go to California where they will give you the best video game designing school in America. These guys are not even raid in the top 50 and I can see why no class absolutely terrible. No be on their team seems to be on the same page whatsoever I have had to go through and tell these people how to do their job after speaking to their Associates once again I will say with emphasis save your money do not go in debt over a school that is not going to get you anything you desire but waste your time."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wasteoftime - 12/6/2019
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2019
"I went to Full Sail for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s. A year later after my Master’s I have nothing to show for it. I even got certified in Avid Media Composer and that didn’t help. All the leads that career counseling gives out are jokes. Most are unpaid internships which only benefit the students with rich parents since Mommy and Daddy will pay for everything any ways."
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