Full Sail University Reviews
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Full Sail University offers great programs for anyone looking to improve their resume but not for people trying to enter into their perspective field of interest. You get to learn and have real hands on experience with the latest technology and my complete experience while attending was rather excellent. However, besides being rather pricey (even for a "for profit institution"), it is only Nationally accredited NOT regionally accredited. If you're thinking about trying to transfer your credits to a state institution, forget about it because they will not recognize your degree. You have to start from square one, even with your Gen. Ed. classes. I feel like I've wasted my time and GI Bill but I do not blame the school. Do your research. Hopefully this review will prevent others from experiencing the same set back that I'm now having to endure.
Full Sail is a very fast paced school. Before a student decides to attend here you must make sure school is your only priority. The staff is what makes this the best school in America! The networking is awesome if you have to apply yourself. I still communicate with everyone m, and my professors reach out from time to time to make sure I'm doing good.
Where do I begin!? Okay, well this is a FOR PROFIT ...lets call it organization that will be MORE than happy to accept your money! The credits are as useful as a mosquito bite, the instructors are often rude and take 2-3 weeks to grade your material, the work is that of "writing a personal statement " ...seriously! They do monthly plans that take days worth of discussions, the work most has nothing to do with anything! You can EASILY get and maintain a 4.0 gpa here! So if you want to pay gobs and gobs of money for an education that isn't worth the paper that the "degree" is printed on, then this is the place for you!! Oh yeah, get 12 "credits" and your still in the hole 5k.
After attending a "digital art" program at a tradition school, I was very frustrated not to be on the cutting edge of technology. Full Sail has provided a much better learning environment, and I LOVE the 20 month undergrad program...not having to slow down for summer and long winter breaks is the way every school should be. This also translate to more value for your money. For the record, Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education. I wouldn't had attended otherwise. As a fairly new program, there is always growing pains but I am having a great experience at Full Sail
This school most has a lot more cons than it does pros. The pros of Full Sail University is the launch box and...... that's about it. The cons of this school is that it lacks diversity among teachers, and they expect you to teach yourself the assignments. Half the time they could not provide me the material to complete my assignments. Most of the teachers there are angry condescending has beens who peaked in the 1990's who cannot find work now. Paying 60,0000 to be taught by know it all has beens. I withdrew from the course and an now attending a new University that gives me everything that I need. Thank You.
You would be better off saving your money and investing in something like Lynda (which we use), YouTube (which we use), and other online videos and tutorials that teach Game Design (which we use). Hardly any of our material comes from lectures or books, as you'd expect with a real college. Half the time the instructors don't bother to teach you the material and instead expect you to find it on the internet on your own. The other half don't bother to grade or review material you've turned in and give you a half-assed grade that they made up at the last possible moment before the class ends. This "college" is a waste of time and money. Please, please don't bother. (Also, please keep in mind I am currently attending this "school" online.)
Full Sail University is not a real university. They are not regionally accredited. When I applied for graduate school, I had to take so many classes before admittance because Full Sail does not require the same type of classes a typical or regionally accredited college would require. If you want to go to Full Sail for the fake BA and then the fake MFA, then go for it. But if you wish to continue to your master's at another university, Full Sail's program will not be enough.
I loved Full Sail University for it's year round curriculum and highly dedicated instructors and staff. I gained skills that helped to propel me through my term in the military as a collateral public affairs officer and now after earning my GI bill I am planning to go back to school and earn my Masters of Fine Arts in Film!
It was a rough start; the teacher from the first class was among the laziest I've ever had. But once I got further into the degree and had instructors teaching material that they really knew, it was smooth sailing. Most of the teachers are really helpful and show you how you can apply the material to the real world, so I never had that Why-Am-I-Here feeling. Most of them give really thorough feedback, too. I got a LOT of hands-on experience and a baller resume. Career Development is an okay resource, but they are also lazy and often rec ommend jobs they haven't really looked into, so many of them are scams. However, the career events held on campus are goldmines for someone with my rare education. My degree isn't an easy one to find. I got lucky and was offered a really well-paying job long before I even graduated. My loans will be paid off in no time. I plan on coming back to shadow my classes, which was really a selling point for me with this school. Technology changes on a dime, and the university will allow me to come back for legit training forever at no cost. It was a great experience overall, some teachers care more than others, but you can't avoid that. There are just a few things they need to tweak, but I highly recommend it to anyone who can handle a crazy schedule.
With all of the negative comments about Full Sail University, I took a gamble with attending the school after reading reviews about it, much like you're doing now. First of all, if you have the intention of going to the school with hopes of transferring to another institution, you will be met with great difficulty because of their accreditation. But don't let that be a deterrent. The programs they offer are great and honestly, you get what you put into them. I also see people complaining about the instructors. EVERY institution has instructors that won't engage you as much as you'd like. Full Sail is no different in that regard. But not all of the instructors are bad. I feel that a lot of the negative reviews you see are disgruntled students that either couldn't maintain the pace or did not budget well for the loan repayments that followed graduation. Like many students at Full Sail, I am veteran and attended the school using my Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and YES, I also have debt from additional loans I took out but the important thing is I stood on top of those finances and always kept well aware of what I would have to pay back. And for the record, I'm not rich. Here are some key points: YES, it is an expensive school and if you take out loans to attend, it will be a hefty loan repayment plan that you need to prepare for once you graduate. YES, the schedule is rigorous but as a graduate that works in the field now, I can tell you that you will be glad that you adapted to the pace that Full Sail expects of you. YES, it's true that Full Sail does NOT guarantee you a job but who can say that other schools out there do? It all depends on how much you engage in networking and asking questions to the right people. That really falls onto you and your goals. YES, the education is second to none in the field of your choice but once again, you get what you put into it. Ask for extra lab sessions when available if you're going for a technical degree or ask advice from some of the instructors that are still active professionals in the field. They also have the ability to refer you to people they know that may require your skill set. But that depends on you. And if you have an instructor that's unwilling to help, there are channels you can go through to report that instructor and find someone that can help you. I've seen it happen. YES, it's a For-Profit school but how does that effect your desire to get into the entertainment industry? It's an expensive school. They have expensive gear that students use on a daily basis. They're constantly building new additions to the school to enhance the student experience. It's bound to be pricey. My last piece of advice to you is that if you really want to do break into this industry, with or without Full Sail, it's going to be difficult. Full Sail gives you a strong foundation for the knowledge and the experience. You're not limited to what you do in the classroom. You can connect with Full Sail staff on outside events and gain experience in the real world to pad your rsum as you work toward graduation. Like I said, you get what you put into it. There will frustrating times and there will be times when you feel like you can't do it but it's not impossible. Don't let all of these negative reviews discourage you. Do the research and dig deep into the program you're interested in. Make a sound decision for yourself. If you take out loans, teach yourself to be a budgeting guru and work hard to get placement into a job after you graduate. Also, student loans are normally deferred for 6 months after you graduate. You have that time to secure a job and save money to start your payments. Once, you get the ball rolling and you a have a system in place, things will run a little smoother. It won't be glamorous to start, but it will come to together if you prepare yourself for it. Hope this helps.