Full Sail University Reviews

  • 150 Reviews
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,109
42% of 150 students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of 150 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Full Time Debt Slave
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2019
  • Degree: Interactive Media Design
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"This comes from the bottom of my heart. Full Sail has amazing staff but it will ruin your life if you cant get a scholarship. How you expect to get into the game industry with 80-100k of debt? The game industry is centered in some of the most expensive places in the world. You wouldnt even be able to afford to live in a cardboard box with that kind of debt in Cali or Vancouver. I have lived with parents for 3 years yet make over 50k a year. In fact I make much much more than that. And I can barely afford to keep my car fixed and have enough food in the fridge. My first loan kicked in the day I got my first job acceptance and it wasnt even a job in games. Now I have a better paying job and am still an indentured debt servant despite paying over 1000 dollars a month. My first student loan interests rates on my private loans had interests rates close 10 percent on some of the loans. Do you know how much a loan over 80k accumulates with that interest rates of 8-10 percent? Its attendance policy is ruthless and designed to take your money and repay classes. Theres is virtually no dorms, the compus is gaudy when all they need is to focus on the essentials needed to be the best in your field. (Hope that giant TV they have was worth it). If you genuinely want to get into games remember that you can literally go anywhere else and as long as you put in 8 hours a day just like full sail makes you then you probs end up just as good. I regret the decision I made when I was younger to go to full sail and if I can stop whenever is reading this from making the same mistake that will cost them the best years of their life then maybe Ive done some good."
Sj
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2019
  • Degree: Broadcasting
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I see and hear all the time "you get out what you put in" but at this school its not true. You put in hours and years of time and thousands of dollars for your degree because you want to have abetter life, but all you geg is years wasted and thousands in debt. I graduated salutatorian with a 3.5 gpa and was told by many jobs I was unqualified. I used their career advisors with 0 success because its basically them using sites like indeed to "help" student find a job. I would know because the list they gave me was the same jobs i found on indeed which was the same companies that told me i was unqualified. On top of that i was a self taugh audio engeer but went to full sail because i wanted to be better and whats better than a degree in what you love, right? I wont tell you not to go to this school, i would suggest looking at all options to see if a degree is needed for what you want to do"
Ed D
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2018
  • Degree: Internet Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This school bills on the semester rather than the classes you actually take. Meaning that if you start a course and decide its not for you, You will be billed for that SEMESTER, not the one or two lousy courses you took. I used my entire GI bill here and had an overall pleasant and challenging experience for Computer Science. However when I found out my GI Bill would only cover half the course of my certificate program I stopped hoping I wouldnt be charged, Long story short I am holding a bill for 1875.00 a year Later. BILL BY SEMESTER = you pay for services you have yet to/ or never received."
Kendral
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2018
  • Degree: Video Game Design
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I must say Full Sail has beaten up my expectations.By those means the instructors don't teach you anything.You rely in info out of books written by game design authors.The teachers on the phone aren't friendly and have smart remarks.The chatting system such as discord are their for questions to your instructor despite that they might come at you like if you're sick they'll be like no it was due and that's it for the tests.The tests online aren't retakeable at full sail.I had three teachers fail me and only one to pass me for having two classes with him.If you're looking to be taught by a "real one" and not by your unprofessional self then go to another university then.Good luck."
Jane
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2018
  • Degree: Film Production
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"This school is awful unless you can devote 110% to them (meaning you better not have a full-time job or a family or a social life). If you do, you better get PERFECT grades. I failed a couple classes, but retook them and passed all except one class. I told the school that I have Bipolar Disorder; I'm on medication but sometimes there are days that I just can't do daily tasks because of the depression that comes with it. I explained that I have a desire to get good grades and proved that I could by passing the classes that I previously failed. This was unacceptable to them. Then they kicked me out of the school before my appeals were even done. I received an email a few days after I learned I was kicked out, asking to talk about what steps I could take to continue classes. I'm already kicked out, why are you trying to ask me what I want to do to continue? Don't waste your money on this school. The teachers there don't even teach you anything. You just do a bunch of reading on your own and fill out some papers or do a project that's going to take weeks to finish, plus at least three other things you have to do that week. I was so excited to attend this school and they just killed my dreams. And this happens to multiple students, it's not just an isolated incident. I have friends who went through the same shit. It's not right and it's a shame. Full Sail doesn't teach you anything that you can't learn on your own. It's a joke."
Steve
  • Reviewed: 11/26/2018
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 1998
"Do not attend this school. Full Sail has fancy installations but the education is mediocre. You will graduate as a Jack of all trades: you will know a lot about many things but will not be good at any. Basically a mediocre education. Full Sail likes to accept anybody and graduate everybody, their classes are not demanding, they are easy so anybody can pass. It is a money machine. All their degrees are already obsolete in the industry, it will take you like 5 years to start making about $25 an hour and you will have to compete in a field that is flooded with people with experience and portfolio. My recomendation is for you to get a real degree in a real university, here it will take you some 10 years to "sort of be ok". Yes, they have students with Oscars and Grammys... look at the resume of those people and you will see Full Sail was one of the schools they attended. I graduated back in 1998 and I got jobs from my previous degree in Audio Engineering from a previous school and I had to take some others certifications in marketing and project management to be competitive in the industry. Go to a serious graphic design school, go to a serious social communication school, it will be cheaper and you will be a professional, not a pretentious lower life form wannabe."
Samson
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2018
  • Degree: Music Production
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm gonna make this simple. I enrolled, got the books but decided within two weeks of class starting that this school was not for me. Now they are coming after me for $20k. I didn't attend any classes and they think I'm going to pay them as if I did....nope not happening, what a joke. Beware!"
Jake
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2018
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Please do not go to this school as they really dont care about you! I was dealing with an online enrollment guide to get me set up to go here, and she was giving attitude towards me asking questions. Of course, we are going to have questions before signing documents as this is a big step for people."
Smith
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2018
  • Degree: Video Game Design
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This school is a joke. I took online classes, which Ive always done great with, but I left each month without understanding a single thing regardless of how good of a grade I got. The staff are ridiculous and the price of this place is through the roof. I was told the school is accredited many times by the customer service reps, enrollment persons, and my advisor. I specifically asked if it was accredited the way a normal university was (nationally) and I was assured they were. My fault on trusting them. Theyre not even accredited to the point that I can transfer credits from this waste of time. This school is an expensive joke. Thankfully I got out after only getting $7k in loans. The best part is that, because I could get loans they took away my at need scholarship, which gives money to people that cant pay out of pocket. I couldnt pay out of pocket so I got a small loan and they ripped the scholarship away because I had the ability to pay out of pocket. Dont waste your time here or even looking here. Go get an associates degree at a community college. Youll get better help and a better degree than here. My only hope is that this institution gets shut down and has to pay back large sums of money for their lies and hidden truths."
Jason Bueno
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2018
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I greatly enjoyed my time at Full Sail and feel like I really got the education I paid for. I did the online Graphic Design BS program. I see a lot of negative reviews for Full Sail on this site. But, from my perspective, it was a great ride and well worth the money. I will say you have to be self-motivated and serious about your education if you are attempting any online program. Every month is a different class and the classes are taught by people who are or were in the Graphic Design field. That greatly helps because you know they know their stuff. I graduated Valedictorian and won Advanced Achievement as well as 5 Course Director Awards. I put in the hard work and Full Sail gave me every opportunity to (for a lack of a better term) sail. I ended up getting a job as Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer because of my education at Full Sail. If you are self-motivated I would recommend the Full Sail online programs 100%!"