Full Sail University Reviews

  • 172 Reviews
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,513
43% of 172 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 172 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Zach Landis
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2021
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I Am Currently in school here at Full Sail University Online for Video Game Design. So far what i can say is it started out ok but after the first 3 months it quickly made it see like they didn't give a crap about their students. Matter of fact I had one of the professors there tell me and some of my classmates that we will never be at his level. I am overall disgusted with what I have been put through and if I could have know what I was about to get myself into I would have gone somewhere else. This is utterly disappointing and if anyone ask me if I recommend it I would say no. If you wanted any chance of having a break for summer or much break at all during the year you are screwed because your not going to get it along with they give you pretty bad feedback on assignments you have turned in. So if you are thinking of going here quickly think of any other options because you can get a whole lot better education somewhere else and not have to deal with the big egos of the professors that team the curriculum at this school. I still have like 13/14 months left and I have thought about dropping out multiple times and going somewhere else to finish off my schooling because this is ridiculous."
FSGraphicDeisgnMajor
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2021
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I'm currently in the Graphic Design program at Full Sail University. I've never dreaded an education more than I have within this program. Going into it, I had already amassed a somewhat sizable pool of knowledge of design, but I was talked into attending just to get the paper. Worst decision of my life. Now I'm stuck in $20,000+ of debt and all I got out of it was a MacBook and a playlist of YouTube videos to watch. This system (if you can even call it that) of education that Full Sail has built, especially for their online students, is laughable. I've had professors flat out not respond to messages, I've had professors who did answer only to say "review the video and try again" to my questions, and I genuinely wish that I could get the year and a half of my life back that I devoted to this school just to be egregiously under-prepared for the job market after graduation. I haven't even graduated yet, and I can just tell that I'm not going to be supported in any way, shape, or form. Opening the website every day just fills me with dread. I'd be fine if the system wasn't built off of YouTube and the professors actually gave a damn, but... I definitely wasted my life and money here. Please don't make the same mistake."
Poki
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2021
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Honestly, I could have learned everything for free on youtube without all of the stressful deadlines. Feels like I payed 11k for a macbook, and a few test trials of 3D softwares, and 7 months of stress and anxiety that literally made me sick. I know its supposed to be real-world experience but no starter job would expect a studio level product 3 days after they taught me how to do it."
Not good
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Teachers are mostly made of school graduates instead of industry professionals. Teachers have given completely false information about the "real world" of film. Career development does absolutely nothing to help. They barely reached out to me once I graduated and every attempt I made to ask for advice has basically been to tell me I should have moved somewhere else or that I should work for free as an intern. Having a job after graduation was an incentive for me and I have not been able to find a job in the film industry for the past decade with this degree. I will be in student debt until I'm 38 and I'm paying 700+$ per month. You are better off looking at YouTube tutorials and finding work as a grip to get your foot in the door."
Disappointed person who fell into the Full Sail advertising trap
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"I fell into the scam of Full Sail University's film program when I was a sophomore in high school. They travel all around the country to schools and do a pitch of their school, and they usually do it based on the majority of interest in the class or school that they go to. Since I was always wanting to be in the film industry, I request that Full Sail did a film degree based presentation. It was neat, they really like to brag about their graduates who work on these top award winning projects, they love talking about all of the film equipment that students get to 'use' during their time in the film program. So fast forward to when I start my degree, in summer 2018, fresh out of high school, I was prepared to tackle this 'very aggressive full time degree'. The first 5 months of the film program are an absolute joke! Nothing based on filmmaking at all. Forgot to mention, classes only last 4 weeks at Full Sail, so you'll do 1 or 2 classes a month and then move on. Finally get to some film classes, but even still, they are so beginner. The editing classes are an absolute joke, they show you basic YouTube tutorial level stuff, and nothing increases in difficulty. There have been NUMEROUS times where my 'homework' assignments would be to watch a YouTube video, and simply click a 'Mark as Completed' button and would instantly get a 100% grade. When it finally comes time to work on your very first short films, you are already half way through the program, you make a very basic short film (which is totally fine), but I had quite the experience during mine. Some company was looking to rent a soundstage from Full Sail for a commercial or something, I don't exactly remember. So we had the head instructor of the class pull us all aside one day as class was over, and told us that the company would be coming through to tour the stages that we were using for our short film. But even better, the president (Gary Jones) would also be with them, and had instructed us to set up every piece of gear that we could to ensure that we looked "really professional" to the other company. Well the next day hit, and they came through, and the president is saying "yes you can see these intricate dual camera setups that our students use here". Complete lie, all of us classmates just kind of looked at each other in disbelief at how the president just played it off like this was a normal day. We normally need approval for any piece of gear, I was even denied a roll of tape when we ran out, they hoard it all in the instructor office for this course and only give it to select students....tape.... But back to my issue, we were NEVER allowed to have a dual camera setup for any of our projects. Fast forward through the degree program, and it's not worth $80,000, considering you still need to pay for your own apartment, food, utilities etc. It ends up costing over $100,000 which most people cannot afford and will be ruined by the debt. So my graduation nears, and my career advisor reaches out to me telling me to upload a resume and that I would be seeing a ton of film related jobs that pertained to me on the portal online. She helped me create an account, I checked that portal for quite a while and not a single film related job popped up in my area (I live very close to NYC, a major capital of production in the US). I would see stuff for small companies that required experience that Full Sail did not provide for us, but nothing that really was anything about our degree program. After a short while I guess they did something to the job portal because my username and password no longer worked, so I reached out and was told to 'figure out how to make a new one online'. I ended up getting my own job, recently worked on two really large projects and am very proud of myself, but my degree nor school helped at all with this. Really disappointed with this place, at least with the Film program, its a total marketing scam. You never get to touch 50% of the gear, unless you are selected to (for example the nice cameras, one of the biggest things that everybody wants to be experienced with). For $80,000 tuition, to not even be able to use all of the gear, get told to watch YouTube for homework, and just be straight up lied to, this so called University has a lot to work on in my opinion. They might have other degrees that are great, but I can't speak for them, only the one that I got suckered into spending money on."
Someperson
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2021
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"I can’t say enough bad things about Full Sail. In my tenure there, they lied to me at every turn. The actual education was greatly lacking. It felt like I was bright taught by amateurs. Even after graduation they still somehow found a way to charge me more money and hold my degree until I paid up. Avoid this school at all costs. They are a for profit rip off."
B
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2021
  • Degree: Sports Management
"I was an online student receiving a Master's degree. My instructors were very available and open to communicate if needed. The coursework was always clearly laid out as well as the expectations. I have a busy family, and this degree allowed me the opportunity to have an extreme amount of flexibility in order to make life work around my coursework. I did well and realized that I did better when I put forth great effort to stay connected with my instructors. I met my assignment deadlines and asked questions when I needed additional information. Some of the instructors went above and beyond in various ways. I believe the effort I put in coupled with the support of the staff helped me have an amazing experience. I believe that any student who is willing to put in the effort to get the work done will have a great experience. If you're looking to do the minimum, not stay connected to your instructors, and not complete the weekly assignments by the deadline, you will not enjoy the experience. My personal experience overall was amazing! I'd definitely recommend to others who need a great amount of flexibility."
star
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2021
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I'm currently considering dropping due to the insensitive grading and fact that the major that is used, is YouTube, kinda of a disappointment, sense I now realize the educational system is at a all time low, this school is a prime example. The instructors: obviously the teachers can care less about you, especially when your online, if anything they just give you a grade to just to pass you nothing more, also the fact that these people rely on zoom and discord is rather sad, discord is not really well known and using it, is not really reliable, they use more free sources or sources that might just cost 50 bucks. Assignments: I have actually received feedback stating that I was "slacking " or "winging it" these are not professional terms and should be reviewed and discouraged, instructors are also too busy and would rather flex a out there projects while doing lectures,lectures tend to be an hour long, but hardly are constructive or instructive, I would also be kicked from lectures, for not doing anything, despite the fact that it is required you attend. I do regret attending this school."
LaToya V
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2021
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"Attending Full Sail University changed my career path for the better. The methodologies and techniques I acquired as a Graduate student helped solidify my views on Leadership, Organizational Development and Adult Learning. And the practical application of every new skill developed helped me identify niche services that I am uniquely qualified to provide as a professional and small business owner."
LC
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2021
  • Degree: Music Production
"You get out of Full Sail, what you put into Full Sail. I attended Full Sail (on campus) before the bachelor degree program was available. I had already obtained my bachelors at a 4 year college, but music was my first love and although I found out about Full Sail late once I knew a school like this existed I had to attend. I did the tour and a few month later I relocated and enrolled in classes. I met some of the best friends I'd ever have in life. The real world crazy schedule experience of studio life made the late hours and early mornings of my internships seem like nothing. Yes, I agree it's costly. Yes, I agree that you will struggle to maintain the hours required. Yes, I agree that leaving and find jobs is not an easy task..but is this exclusively a Full Sail problem or just a college problem in general? Many of the people I graduated with left and found careers in the industry. Plenty of the people I graduated with did not and had to forge a different path. The arts is a tough career path, and you knew this before you enrolled which is why you sought out this school. Full Sail can't promise that you will soar on to fame and success, to be honest the work you put in, the drive you have, and your resilience are the true factors that will determine what happens to you after you graduate. Before you enroll, before you invest money in a degree in the arts...realistically ask yourself what are your expectations? For me it was to learn aspects of the recording industry, to obtain skills so that I could work in the industry, and to be around people who love the same things I do, and to do something I love. Full Sail went beyond my expectations and it is an experience I will never forget! Hopefully my review will shine light on some of the alumni that enjoyed their experience here. If you're looking for the best school for the arts, you've found it. If you're looking to be catapulted into a dream job instantly after graduation, then maybe you should wake up. It's a tough road to landing a job in the entertainment industry. It's a lot of people out there vying for the same 5 jobs in your city. If you're easily discouraged, this isn't the career path for you. If you don't have the patience or time to dedicate to this, this isn't the career path for you. If you think of this as simply a "foot in the door" step, this isn't the school for you. Will you be able to make connections through networking? Absolutely, but It's too expensive to use this opportunity as just a networking tool, and this is why so many people regret their decision to attend. It's a school, where you go to learn things you don't know and to get better at things you already have experience in. If you don't go in with that mindset you will be disappointed. Make sure this is exactly what you want to do, so you don't find yourself regretting a decision you should have researched more. Every person who has written a review has had their own personalized experience and is entitled to their opinion. I can't say what it was like for anyone beside myself. Take everyone's review into consideration, then decide for yourself if this is the school for you. If you live, breath, and love music, film, graphic design, etc. and want to learn industry standard skills on the best equipment ..Welcome to Full Sail! Go take the tour and see for yourself."
Chris Shorts
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2021
  • Degree: Business
"started at their so called sister school graduated in 2019 and transferred to full sail. worst decision i ever made not only are the supposed Bachelor courses i took not able to be transferred to LA Film the faculty also was the worst ever. Anytime had a concern about a teacher ( which is all online so you cant tell me how i should read something i thought was insensitive and rude especially if i'm trying to call me to clarify and you just wanna type and insult me) The department head in Entertainment Business basically chooses the professors sides and can care less how you feel. Im forced now to finish my program at Fullsail and just ignore the teachers because no one will accept any of the 8 classes i started at Fullsail for my BS Business Entertainment Program which i find so confusing not even their sister school LARS. even though they have the same accreditation and i was quoted the same 18 month program continuations from both schools, now they don't want to accept them. i just either wasted 15,000 on a school who credits cannot be transferred or i need to find out who will take them. right now the only way to have Financial aid cover only 10 classes is to deal with the lackluster communication and lack of care from Fullsail and just get my degree from there, which from just dealing with their staff i don't want to because it's clear were just $$$$ to them especially online and nothing more. Don't get it twisted online school at this point has become a rip off most of my teachers besides my business law and creative presentations class referred us to Lynda and youtube links. so if your not a self learning who can just take curated information and dissect it for yourself trust this school is not for you. i've tried to chuck it up to because i started at lafilm on campus and then online but i felt the teachers still cared a lot more just about my well being and success rate. someone who is getting straight A's and B's wouldn't randomly get 2 F's in courses if something clearly didn't happen, but goes back to my earlier point they don't care. I'm not sure how on campus is i don know when younger and i toured the school i was in aww so maybe going online wasnt the best because honestly to want to go to this school my entire life was such a disappoint this time actually being able to go. Won't lie though best tech package next to SAE that i've gotten from a school other than that, if your not a self starter and can do everything on your own then give it ago or just download Lynda and pay them a fraction of the price to learn the same stuff. This is the third school i've been to in 5 years and by far the worst and most expensive of them all. LARS AND SAE so much better from a faculty student standpoint."
JM
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Full Sail is a great school for a person who wants to be in the film industry, but has no idea where to start. For me, the Film Production program was eye-opening. Knowing what I know now, I should've taken a job as a PA or an intern instead of going to film school, but I wouldn't have known that without going to film school, so it all works out...I guess. When I enrolled, I knew next to nothing about how films and TV shows were made. I knew my way around a DSLR camera and I was aware of the job descriptions, but couldn't begin to tell you why each person in the credits was important. Leaving Full Sail, I felt comfortable taking an entry level gig in almost every department. I HAVE taken entry level gigs in almost every department. The best compliment I can offer is that Full Sail will accurately teach you the basic workflow and vocabulary necessary to work in the industry."
KAM
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2020
"I am a current student in the Graphic Design Bachelors Online program. It saddens me how many people are leaving reviews who have never attended and who do not even qualify to attend, yet blame the school for their own personal issues. Now, with that being said, like any college or university, this one has its issues. Some are their fault and some are not. The question is, do you have the ability to make it? This is fast paced and difficult. Thought I think some of their instructors could help a little more, I understand that they teach both on campus and online. They state up front in each class the best way to contact them. Which is usually by their personal phones. Guess What? They respond.. if you use FSO, your messages are getting lost in a myriad of messages from so many different things, it will take them time to find it. This is of no fault of theirs. FSO is easy to use and navigate. I have learned way more than I thought I would and have increased my capabilities in these areas. I enjoy this thoroughly.I am highly challenged with each class and it progressively gets more and more challenging with each course. You get your degree in under 3 years. I've never had an issue with communication with the instructors. I have a life outside of classes. If you need extra time or help, just talk to them, they understand and will help out. The equipment is either worked into your student loans or you buy it but it is well worth the investment. I've never had issues with the platform or email. IF you are having all these difficulties, and are not seeking help, then that is your fault. If you fail, it is because YOU are to blame, not the school. ANY college or university is the same, if you do not put in the effort, then you will not have the outcome. Let me say this; THEY TELL YOU FROM THE START, that networking is a MUST. All arts degrees are about your abilities and who you know. I went into the graphic design field knowing FULL WELL that it was a low hire rate. But I also know people in the field and have prior personal experience. BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO, NETWORK, ASK FOR HELP, DO EXTRA WORK, PRACTICE, PRACTICE,PRACTICE....you can succeed. Stop blaming everyone but yourself.."
Chris B
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2020
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"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."
RonaldMcdonald69420
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2020
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"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."
N/A
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2020
  • Degree: Music Production
"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."
FSgamegrad
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2020
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"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."
Hilda David
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2020
  • Degree: Music Production
"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."
Brad Myrick
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2020
  • Degree: Computer Science
"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."
J.F.
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2020
  • Degree: Film Production
"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."