Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (92)
I'm only going to say one thing about Full Sail University: It isn't accredited. Be sure you know what that means: Your credits aren't "real"; that is, they aren't transferable to another school. Think long and hard about whether you want to start such a program.
This entire school is a joke. There are maybe 3 teachers out of all of them that actually care to create their own coursework and tutorial videos. You could literally teach yourself the entirety of what they "teach" you via YouTube tutorials or Google. I have had plenty of teachers actually link to another professor's work not even attached to this school on Lynda.com instead of teaching the course themselves. Responses are always delayed and unhelpful as well, and it's generally as if the instructors don't want to put the effort forth to teach you. Don't waste your money here. It's basically a scam and not worth it. Go somewhere else that will actually be worth your while and will actually TEACH you. I'm only going through with this so that I can get my degree since it's too late for me to back out now.
I am a current student here and about to graduate with a BS in Game Design. I will tell you that you will be fooled by the "high tech, fancy, cutting edge" propaganda that this university will sell you. Yes, you will get tech and new products (I was given a Macbook and an iPad mini), but you will pay for them so what's the point? Your instructors will be people who have very little experience or credentials and will constantly give you conflicting information and remain extremely unprofessional. I say that as a generalization, but in my entire time at this university possibly 5 of my 30 instructors have been professional and worth the money you will pay for this school. You will constantly call to complain or inquire about this and that because nothing will be done correctly or the way that you were told it would (take for example my current class, which should have started 2 days ago. There are no assignments posted and the instructor cannot be reached by me or by the university). Those who leave good reviews saying "You get out what you put in" are not wrong. You will not be taught anything. You will be given direction to watch a YouTube video about a subject and then expected to find any additional information about the subject on your own. So, yes, you must put in A LOT in order to get ANYTHING out of this school because you have to teach yourself. Why not save 100k and just do it yourself? If all of these things are not convincing you to not attend this university because, like me, you want the fancy degree and you want to be able to say you went to a "leading" school in this industry -- PLEASE read reviews from companies that refuse to accept graduates from Full Sail. Your degree from this school is worth nothing and companies in these industries only care about your skills and what you can offer. You are STILL much better off learning for yourself the information and gaining these skills.
Worst ever and expensive as heck! Fast past and tedious, you basically have to learn on YouTube and Google, because they aren't teaching you squat! Instructors are a joke and so is the school. 50k in the hole with only a few classes to finish, starting off easy and learnable. But they keep failing me to retake and pay fees at my senior year. Do not go there! I easily invest 8+ hrs a day and 6 to 7 days a week to just pass there fraudulent course work. With working 40+ hrs a week at my full time job. If there was a no pay to retake, then that would help with their BS course work. At 3k a pop to retake, that's just ludicrous! You'll have to learn and finish projects in a 4 weeks time frame. But, at a REAL school , it what will take a few semesters (easily 3-6 months) to actually learn and comprehend their course work. Just stay away and heed my warning! If not, then good luck to you.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID. This school started out fine for the first 3 months. After that its been downhill and is becoming apparent that this is a for profit school. I was on track to meet graduation date I had to retake a class that I passed with a D even though still passing just so they could collect a fee for retake the reasoning oh the teacher said you were on the borderline so thats why it was done. Therein lies the problem Ive threatened with transfer to another university only to find out none of the credits will transfer Im too deep in now to quit and the teachers act as if its even a chore to help you the online videos are either from YouTube Lynda.com or a classroom lecture that has the audio with a PowerPoint on it and no real showing of how to navigate or use a program please please please do yourself a favor and RUN as far away from this school as you can.
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.