Full Sail University Reviews

  • 169 Reviews
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,109
43% of 169 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 169 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Music
"As someone who had a terrible high school experience and wanted to go to college but was afraid of another 4 years of negativity, I chose Full Sail and loved my decision. My college is in session all year long in order to allow the students to graduate in around 2 years, depending on their course. Full Sail allowed me to work at my own pace, is super hands on/interactive, VERY major specific, and even the basic education course (math, science, english, etc.) all catered to my career path and didn't make me feel like I was wasting my time. Whether on campus or online the curriculum is quality and all of the staff and instructors are easy to work with. I think it is fantastic that there is a school out there for all the "different learners" and industry passionate students that just want to get started working and don't want to have a typical college experience (dorms, 4 years, greek life, sports, etc.)."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"It's an amazing school. Has all the latest tech and course material. I'd highly recommend for anyone interested in any of its courses. Friendly, helpful faculty and lifetime support."
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2015
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"Here's a review from the perspective of a current student. I've been in the game design online program since August of 2014, and I have precisely zero complaints about the quality of education offered. They teach you both primary skills, such as moderate programming, scripting, level design, and game design theory, as well as ancillary skills like communication, leadership, psychology and more. All of these areas of study can seem disparate and somewhat disconnected from each other, but it's astounding how many of these elements come together to form a comprehensive understanding and skillset. I'm already much more confident in my ability to work in the game industry than I was when I started, and I'm only half-way done. To those who are looking around to find out what the school is actually like, I'd whole-heartedly recommend it. You see a lot of sceptics pointing fingers at elements like the school being for profit, supposedly low graduation rates, and high cost. Firsthand, having been to several schools in my academic career, especially those with traditional academic merits, I would say that this school has absolutely been the most beneficial thing to my personal development in my life. This school will pay dividends on any effort you put in, and despite this being mocked in some other reviews the fact remains: If you are lazy, you will fail, if you work hard, they will match you every step of the way."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Full Sail is a for profit University that cost way too much money and at time it seem they are more worried about making money than giving their students a quality education. As an online student I was lucky enough to live near campus so I still felt like I was able to get the same type of experience the on-campus students get. If it wasn't for that I don't think my experience at Full Sail would have been as good as it was. I've heard of issues in the online degree programs pertaining to teachers not being available for their students and giving them a less than adequate experience."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2015
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"The program was terrible. The teachers constantly canceled class . They were not available for help or questions. The school was not worth the price! The financial services kept messing up. I wound up taking more loans than anticipated. $75,00.00 tuition my loans total $131,000.00 and that's with a $13,000.00 scholarship. Even qualifying for work study I finally got a job on campus 3 months before graduation. This is not a school to waste you time or money on. Their career services suck too. O don't think they have qualified staff in these positions. they have students from all over the country going to school here and they give them job leads 3000 miles from where they live ."
Sonya Hampton
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2015
  • Degree: Business
"I often see people write disparaging remarks about their online education at Full Sail. I leave those people with this: You get what you put into it. If you utilize all the resources and network, you will have a fabulous learning experience at Full Sail. I enrolled at Full Sail because I have a passion for entertainment, and it's curriculum is actually one of the most comprehensive available. I started a small production company before enrolling. The amount of money I have been able to earn has increased as a direct result of the education I have received at Full Sail. Once you graduate, you can return to audit courses so you stay current. Any concerns or issues I have had have always been addressed and resolved immediately, which is impressive in today's world that lacks customer service. I personally would tell anyone that if you have a passion for one of Full Sail's programs, and wish to progress at an accelerated speed, don't hesitate to enroll."
past student
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • Degree: Film Production
"Great education as a technician. Not so much on the creative aspect. Fast degree and lots of debt."
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Film Production
"It was fast, and efficient. I wish that the courses were longer. I wish that we had been helped more after college to get into the work force."
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2015
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"After I left my undergraduate program, I immediately enrolled into Full Sail. They gave me all the tools I needed to become a designer. Is there much education at this point? Yes. I spent weeks, learning and perfecting my craft to become a proficient Art Director. My professors usually give me effective feed back within a timely manner. To put things in perspective however, I enrolled in 2013. 3 months later, I was dropped from the program for averaging a 2.5 gpa. 6 months later, I re-enrolled for the same program. Within those 6 months, I searched for a job. My efforts didn't land me anything. I also considered working for myself. However, my clients didn't take me serious. After re-enrolling, I've put together a solid portfolio. I also have become a professional, using the correct terms and widening my skills to fit every media strategy. Full Sail didn't just educate me, it transformed me personally. With that, I personally recommend this university to anybody wanting to get more out of their education."
Mary Pyefinch
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2015
  • Degree: Writing
"I thoroughly enjoyed my classes at Full Sail University. The courses were online, but the course instructors are there for you if you have any problems or questions. I connected with them through phone, iChat and email. The weekly online meetings are recorded so you never miss a class presentation. In fact, I went back to get another Master's degree in Internet Marketing and graduated in October 2014. Once you graduate you can audit your degree courses if you want. You also have the ability to attend any. Per the work question below - I am working on starting my own business."
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2015
"Notice how all these great reviews on this page sound the same? Praise for the school while being vague about the details, and blaming htpothetical the students for not applying themselves to get the full potential. They even flow with similar syntax and prose. Almost as if they were written by the same person?"
Chester Miller
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2014
  • Degree: Film Production
"Excellent program. Hands On real world experience. All the instructors have extensive industry experience making the education and course contents more valuable."
Daniel Pittman
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Pros of this program is its at one of the best schools in the world. The teachers are very professional and really industry professionals. This means they can relate and mentor the students based off experience not just what a book tells them to teach. Cons is lack of scholarships to help you pay for schooling. Thats about it. This school is great!"
Angelyn Krout
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2014
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"So far, I love this school. Anything that has gone wrong while attending has been entirely of my making. I did have problems when I was first trying to get in. A couple of the student advisors weren't people friendly and were not as attentive as they should have been but that was finally remedied when I finally got the nerve to ask for someone who would do their job. Other than that issue, it's been great. I have recommended this school already to many people and have even tried to get people to reconsider going to other schools and look into Full Sail. I wish I wasn't just an online student. There are so many great events that take place on campus that I would love to be able to attend. Unfortunately, the drive from Maine to Florida and back is just too exhausting for me to do."
Ashley Nicole
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"As I'm progressing each month through my program, I'm falling more and more in love with my school. The course work is rigorous and the schedule is challenging - and that's exactly the kind of pressure I thrive under so I enjoy that it's not simple. If the content were so simple, I wouldn't feel as if I was really learning. My brain enjoys being made to think. I do warn that the schedule and the standard of the courses is not for everyone. Semesters are crammed into month long time periods, which is very unlike a standard university where semesters are usually 4 months long. Moving on, I applaud that the professors here are all people who have been in the industry, or, in most cases, are STILL working in the industry alongside teaching. They have experience in working with their material and I believe that gives them edge. They have a passion for what they do and it shows in their lectures when they can not only teach the material but also give insider information or tips from their own experiences. Another thing I've come to enjoy about this campus is the networking opportunities. Guest speakers will often hold seminars for students to attend, and we are given the chance to see what it takes to succeed in our fields, to ask questions, to see what success looks like, how to get there, and we are able to network with these professionals - many of whom are graduates of Full Sail. The final thing I want to mention about this school is the mindset of the students attending here. Everyone is so passionate and very excited to get out into our respective industries. There is a drive to succeed and it's very motivating to be surrounded by like minded individuals."
C. Good
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2014
  • Degree: Film Production
"The Digital Cinematography BS program is great for those who are interested in the latest digital formats for filming. It's a comprehensive course, packed with lots of practical information and projects to get you up and running. It's an accelerated curriculum and is not for those who need the classroom interaction to get motivated. In order to succeed and get the most out of the course, you have to be self-motivated and really want to learn and apply the techniques and information."
Alisande Morales
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Journalism
"Websites, mobile applications, blogs, and social media have become standard additions to the way people stay connected, and today’s media professionals require a robust skill set in order to stay current in their field. 

 Communication is only getting more sophisticated, and being able to take an active role in both writing and producing this content is an invaluable asset to those building their career in media. The corporate world also has a strong demand for marketing copywriters and multimedia content developers to help craft a company’s messaging for online advertising – relating products and services to consumers in a way that incorporates web technology like Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and CSS. The integration of so many of these roles across different media outlets makes it possible to establish yourself in any number of positions at different companies while building a career in the evolving world of new media. Full Sail offers the cutting edge in technology, programs and faculty to learn all this and more. Each student is given a customized MAC laptop with all materials needed already uploaded and for their specific degree program. The staff are not only excellent teachers but are also from the field you are entering offering expertise and advice on how to excel. Bottom line, great school, great programs, excellent staff - just be prepared to work hard, its worth it!"
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Full Sail University is one of the best. They actually take the time and prepare you for the real world. Your classes actually matter and are not just there to fill the time or for an extra credit. I feel that they fully prepared me to go out in the real world as a designer. I learned valuable skills and was given advice that I will take with me. The instructors care and are always there to help. The student support is amazing, everybody wants to help and are there for advice, feedback, and just to talk. They give you all the equipment you need and keep you up-to-date, which is extremely important in the entertainment field. I also like fast-paced curriculum, it only took me 3 years to get a Bachelors' Degree. While doing it online, I did not feel isolated. The only thing I have to say is that it is expensive, like any other degree program. There are not too many scholarships, but they do try and help you out where they can. The support is amazing after school as well, the advisers are there for a lifetime, they will help you find a job and give advice. I would highly recommend to check this school out!"
B. Harrell
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Entrepreneurship
"Full Sail University gave me the opportunity to learn what I needed to start an entrepreneurial business. Although I find that I could have learned the same materials from other sources, Full Sail had experienced faculty to help with any questions that I had. The online classes were great and definitely worked with my schedule. I enjoyed the more "artistic" course outlines that catered to more of the creative and visual learners."
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2014
  • Degree: Public Relations
"Full Sail is not for everyone. There are not the traditional breaks (summer, more than a week in the winter...) and the pace is intense. If you have drive and passion, go for it. The problem is the 80/20 rule. 20% push themselves to succeed while 80% just get by. I loved my experience and received my BS in Internet marketing and my MA in Public Relations from Full Sail."