Full Sail University Reviews – Legit or Scam?


Full Sail University
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Full Sail University


Full Sail University is a trade school specializing in higher learning that offers a variety of degrees in audio, film, design, computer animation, and other fields. Full Sail University is located in Winter Park, Florida, and was founded in 1979.

Full Sail University is often called a “scam” by former students for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the largest reason is the high expense of receiving an education there.  Tuition ranges from around $36,000 to around $75,000 for a full degree program. Students frequently complain of having paid such high tuition prices and yet still having extreme difficulty finding a job in their field.

Now, many students of universities all over the nation make this very same complaint every single day, especially with the current state of the economy and job market. What makes Full Sail University different, however, is that they are a for-profit institution.

Controversy Surrounding For-Profit Schools

For-profit schools have a laundry list of complaints and criticisms lodged against them on a regular basis. The biggest problem by far with for-profit schools is their accreditation.

For-profit schools like Full Sail University have federal accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which is a third party, independent commission recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools. However, this accreditation is incredibly specific, and unlike regional accreditation given to public universities and colleges, it is not necessarily recognized or accepted by other schools or employers.

This means that whatever credits you accumulate at Full Sail University will not transfer to or be accepted by other universities if you need to transfer. In addition, if you receive a bachelor’s degree at Full Sail and are looking to another institution to receive a Master’s degree, they are not guaranteed to recognize your bachelor’s degree.

In addition, former students have complained their employers have not recognized Full Sail degrees, meaning they were not promoted or given salary compensation for having received a higher degree.

This problem has become so prevalent in the United States, that the Federal Government is planning on passing a ban saying that student loans funded by the Federal Government cannot be placed toward for-profit schools.

Is Full Sail University a Scam?

Well, despite the complaints both from former students and employees, what Full Sail University is doing is completely legal. Other for-profit institutions with potential accreditation problems include Phoenix University and DeVry University, as well as most culinary and art institutions.

However, it is up to every student who is entering college to think long and hard about the money it will cost to attain a degree, as well as whether or not that institution or degree will work for them. Researching that school’s rankings and reputation for the degree you wish to receive, as well as their graduation and job placement rate is absolutely necessary before you take on the financial commitment.

Note: If you’re in the process of researching online schools check out our helpful guide, “How to Choose the Right Online College.”


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Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints

Average Rating for " Full Sail University " is 2.7 out of 5 based on 104 reviews.

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    Allen says:

    April 6th, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    look I know what I’m getting myself into with FSU And I know it’ll cost me a lot of money but I start my classes in may and It’s always been my dream to work with games! And nothing comes easy not even dreams it take’s hard work and the way I see it is just like with everyone else they are just giving me the tools to do so it just depends on what you do with it you can sit around and complain or apply yourself it get it done!

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    Tatz says:

    April 2nd, 2017 at 5:13 am

    It’s too expensive for what you get, they are really good at selling you a reality that doesn’t exist in their environment. Not even close to the quality of learning you get on a normal university. Go to a real university, one that has a respected accreditation in the world of education.

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    Kevin says:

    January 2nd, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I started at Full Sail University in July of 2015, pursuing a B.S in Game Design. Currently I am in my second year of online courses and I think I can give it a solid four star review. As some reviews have stated above, FSU isn’t easy and it is expensive. FSU claims that with at least 25-30 hours worth of work you will succeed, while this may be true for some, for others like myself who have a full time job and a family, it can be very difficult. But I am succeeding because I want to. It’s all about what you put into it. If you think you can just sit back, relax and collect a good grade, you’re wrong. There is a lot of hard work that needs to get done and you need to devote your time to FSU or else you will not learn properly.

    I see a lot of reviews about FSU using Lynda.com and YouTube a lot for their assignments, but to be honest, that’s most schools. I have family members and friends who tell me the same stories about campus schools. But Full Sail also has some really great courses where I have learned more in those 4 weeks than I ever have before. It’s all about the individual, if you want to learn, you will, if you want to succeed, you will. Sure, FSU has some courses that don’t really apply to your degree of choice, or are sometimes “poorly” taught, but I realized that even this boring classes offer something. Maybe they taught me how to write better, or send a more professional looking e-mail. It’s these little things that go a long way in my opinion.

    So, to make a long story short, I am really enjoying my time at FSU, I have spoken with many industry professionals who have also attended FSU and they all greatly enjoyed their time there and do not regret a second of it. Sure, it’s a little expensive, but I have already landed a part-time paid job in the gaming industry and I’m only about half way through the program. So please, do your research and talk to ACTUAL people who have spent time at FSU. I did, and I made the choice to attend. I don’t regret it.

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    Jenna says:

    November 9th, 2016 at 11:30 am

    This Spag person seems like an employee lol

  • Elsie Labrake says:

    October 15th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable individuals on this subject, but you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  • Amy says:

    October 11th, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I graduated in 1990. I also started a masters program online a few years back. I quit for personal reasons. Not the school. I enjoyed this school. I believe it is a good school. They tell you up front there are specific schools that they have agreements with that will allow credit transfers. The entertainment industry is “tough” people. There are more people then jobs. If you go here you need to understand it is difficult to establish yourself in this industry. You may not find work. That is not the fault of the school. If this is what you want then bust your but till you find a job, any job, acquire contacts and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It will take time to establish yourself in the industry. DONT BLAME THE SCHOOL.

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    Tomas says:

    September 20th, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I’m a former Full Sail University student. I graduated in September of 2013 from the Game Art Degree program. I was class Valedictorian, Advanced Achiever Recipient, and got 3 course directors awards. After graduating I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area at the beginning of 2014 to look for jobs. I did a some art tests but found no luck. Then I moved to LA at the end of 2014 to try and find a job. To make the story shorter: At Siggraph 2015 I saw someone from career development from Full Sail and talked to him. Turns out he was looking for companies to recruit because Full Sail was holding an alumni network event just for Full Sail graduates in LA and wanted companies to be there and see if any of us could be a good fit for them. BINGO! I was interviewed by a company called The Third Floor Inc. Right away they offered me a paid apprenticeship for 3 months and if my work was good, I was then going to be hired as a junior artist. On the other hand, a friend of mine was also interviewed by them and got the job right away. He had industry experienced before, so no apprenticeship was needed for him. On January of 2016 I started my apprenticeship with Third Floor and in April 2016 I was hired as a Junior Artist and I have been there since then. I love working for them and the wait was definitely worth it!

    Most of my closest friends from Full Sail got industry jobs. Some of them took a longer time to find it than others. Most of the people that I know that went to Full Sail that got jobs are very talented and hard working people. Unfortunately I do know of some friends that didn’t get job after graduation and are still looking for jobs and the worst of all is that most students that go there, only a few graduate and the few that graduate, only a few get jobs. So why is it that some of us make it and some of us do not? Well, this is where I believe Full Sail fails and there are 2 main reasons for this:

    A) They accept everyone. Regardless if this person is talented or not for their degree, they will accept him/her and as long as they can pay for it, they will keep going there. Some students do really bad work, and even though we are all still learning, some of them were not meant for their degree, even if it is their passion and what they want to do. A lot of students don’t do that well in their classes because for some reason they don’t take it seriously. They think that Full Sail is the type of college that you can actually go out and get drunk and unfortunately it isn’t. I noticed that the newest students that get in are recent high school graduates and are still too young to figure things out and therefore they get bad results.

    B) Some instructors do not teach as good as they should. In some classes I learned really good stuff, in others I barely learned anything and I completely blame the teachers for this. A lot of them got prior industry experience, unfortunately just because they had industry experience doesn’t mean they can teach. They might have a lot of knowledge and experience, but it takes a special type of person to be able to be a mentor. Unfortunately what I learned in some classes I could learn over the internet. They definitely need to re-enforce this!

    The entertainment industry could care less about your degree. They are not going to deny you a job just because you graduated from this school or any other school. If this were true, how is it that I got a job and so did my friends and other students that got really good jobs? Eventually they have what is required: a very good portfolio that can give you an entry level position to a company/studio, then you start to build up resume and walk up the ladder. No other way to put it. Unfortunately because of point A that I mentioned before, most students that eventually graduate end up with a poor portfolio or a portfolio that doesn’t stand out from the rest.

    My conclusion is that Full Sail could be a better university! And if I were them I would make the program at least 30 months for the same price. I don’t regret going there because I believe that part of learning also comes from what we decide to do. How much students put into is is how much they get back. Full Sail will give you the pencil and show you how to draw, but you are the one that is going to have to draw by yourself and practice as much as you can.

    I probably will be in debt for the rest of my life, but to me waking up everyday and loving what I do and not hating my job (like most people do) has no price. This might sound crazy but I rather be in debt and doing what I love from Monday through Friday and getting paid for it, than not be in debt and hate my job from Monday through Friday waiting for the weekend to rest from my job because I hate it. What is the point of living like that?

    I recommend Full Sail to those who are talented and have some type of “experience” in whatever they are going to do. Nonetheless there are some degrees that are a waste of time and you are better off learning by yourself. Nonetheless thanks to Full Sail I manage to get this industry job and I hope that now I will walk up the ladder! It wasn’t easy but definitely not impossible! However, I also recommend looking at other options and see what fits for you. College is not for everyone and Full Sail is not for everyone either. Good luck out there!

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    Itcanhappen says:

    September 13th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    My son graduated from Full Sail in the Recording Arts program. The school was very expensive, but his hard work, determination assisted him in getting in the industry. Full Sail did play a big part in his success. He was able to obtain an internship after graduating and the rest is history. He has several credits as an audio engineer with some very well known artist and producers. He has worked on Grammy nominated projects, and has received several RIAA awards for his work. This school is not for everyone. There are a very small number of people who actually make a success out of being graduates of this school. I was not in favor originally, as I believe a traditional education would be more beneficial. My son tells me all the time he is glad he didn’t listen to me. It can happen if you remain dedicated and an unwavering mind.

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    Single Parent Seeks Work says:

    September 12th, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I graduated with many honors from Full Sail University and worked my butt off to get them. After all, once someone has paid the money to begin their education, employment is needed to fulfill the obligation, and even if you withdraw, the monetary obligation remains.

    The school seemed to study the students as much as the students were learning. They’d administer questionnaires inquiring of our interests in the field we were signed up to learn. While some of the instructors took pride in what the students were learning and provided valuable feedback, the amount can be counted on one hand. Many of them were so concerned with flaunting their tailfeathers with past experiences or spouting off videos they’d discovered through Vimeo and YouTube that we could have located ourselves, the cost of $1,300/month was a waste. Personal opinions also seemed to clutter their judgment, rather than the work performance, in delivering grades.

    The focus was generic, dabbling here and there, but not giving core concepts to the field of interest. In the particular course of Creative Writing, we learned one month of gaming, one month of screenwriting, etc., but weren’t able to venture into the core of the subject unless we continued with a Master’s program.

    Afterward, I found that in this field the degree doesn’t qualify for nearly what was anticipated. If you’re wanting a bachelor’s degree, you can get that from any accredited school for a fraction of the cost. If you’re more in tune with what you want to study, locate individual classes online — some colleges offer courses al a carte.

    As with anything costly, I would suggest you do your due diligence in making the determination that fits your needs.

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    TimothyRoddy says:

    September 6th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    what i love about FullSail they got the best Music Recording School in the whole world I’m good at recording in production in making songbeats in songwriting in rapping

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    Former Student says:

    August 17th, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I attended Full Sail University online. It only took me one semester to realize that it was a complete scam. It took one semester too long and now I am paying the price for it, literally.

    1) Full Sail promised me that I was eligible for scholarships that would kick in in my second semester. I made it clear to them that I could not attend without these scholarships because of how expensive it was. Upon reaching the second semester. the financial aid department informed me that there were no scholarships available and even denied ever even promising that there were.

    2) I had a MacBook Pro before starting college (is a requirement) as well as at least 75% of everything else that I needed. The financial aid department told me that it was a requirement to get the equipment through them if I wanted to attend Full Sail. The equipment through them cost $5,000 which I had to take out a loan for. However, toward the end of my first semester I was having trouble with the MacBook that they had sent me. I was discussing with my instructor the issues with the computer that I was having and that it was the cause my assignment was late. I told her that my other MacBook worked fine and that I didn’t understand why I had to use this one. She told me that it wasn’t required and that I didn’t have to get the equipment through them if I already had my own.

    3) My instructors were mostly former students of Full Sail University themselves. This bothered me when I found out because the course work was not only extremely easy but it didn’t teach me anything that I couldn’t just watch on youtube. Full Sail majorily utilizes Linda.com . 90% of the coursework was just sitting down and watching these videos and answering simple questions about the videos afterwards. Basically, I was being taught by former students who had no expierence in their fields except for previously watching these videos themselves.

    4) Each class was 4 weeks long. Two of my instructors (I think there were only two) had gone on vacation for a week during these courses (yes they were seperate instructors for seperate courses) leaving a sub to teach us. These subs did not know anything about the courses and were unable to answer any questions.

    5) After withdrawing from Full Sail University I mediated with the University through the BBB in an attempt to negotiate refunding my tuition because of the lies that they had told and the poor education that I had recieved. Full Sail adamantly refused to refund anything. However, they offered to knock off the cost of the one week that I had attended in my second semester. I refused this offer. I refused it because accepting it would have been viewed as a “settlement” between Full Sail University and myself. One week of tuition would not fix the thousands of dollars that they had scammed me out of.

    6) I had even offered to return all of the equipment that they had sent me (which was mostly unipened and still in the box) if they would refund my $5,000 but they refused. I was wondering why they would refuse to do that and so I did some research. It turns out that the equipment and books that they send you (which they say costs $5000 in itself) actually only costs approximately $3,500 which gives them a profit of $1,500 by scamming the students.

    7) They tell you that their courses transfer. This is a lie. Not a single one of the courses that I took were able to be transfered anywhere.

    8) My tuition lender was FedLoan Servicing. This means that I owe FedLoan the money for my tuition in loans that I have to repay. If I owe FedLoan then why was I recieving phone calls and mail from Full Sail reminding me that I need to pay my loans? I told them specifically to not make contact with me ever again. They did however make contact again. I spoke with the dean via phone and told him that I was being harassed by the financial aid department and he apologized on their behalf and told me that once a student tells them to not male contact that they are not allowed to. Since then I have not heard from Full Sail University.

    I have not gone silent. I am gathering information and am putting together proof of what they have done to me. As it stands, without proof, it is their word against mine. I believe that If I were to initiate a lawsuit now that they would rather settle outside of court since their lawyers would cost more than the tuition that they should be reimbursing me. They know that they are in the wrong and what they have done. I fully intend on not paying a dime of these loans because they will pay it on my behalf once I sue them. This I have faith in because they are openly crooked.


    Student says:
    November 11th, 2016 at 8:43 am

    So far that has been my experience with Full Sail. I entered the Mobile Gaming Masters degree and so far my education has consisted of nothing more than Lynda.com and YouTube videos. I have yet to have an instructor that actually has any experience in the Mobile Gaming Industry, they have either been last years graduates or someone from another field. And yes they will lye to you during the enrollment process. I told them that I had a job when I first talked to them and they told me not to worry because the amount of class time that was needed was only 25 to 30 hours a week, and if I could handle that I would be fine. In reality, I have had to spend 50 to 60 hours a week on course work, my job has suffered, and this school is costing me more than just tuition. Thankfully this semester is almost over and it will be, Goodby Full Sail.

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    Full Sail and Law School says:

    July 11th, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I went to Full Sail a while back and I’ll be the first to tell you that anyone on here saying they “graduated from Full Sail” and isn’t telling you how horrible it is is absolutely being paid to combat the negative attention this “school” has gotten. One thing Full Sail is great with is sales through emotional triggers rather than logic. Don’t speak to them unless you’re experienced with things like this or are accompanied by someone who is. If for any reason you want to transfer, like when you realize that you’re wasting your time and loads of money, credits will not transfer out. I and many of my friends realized the rip off of the Recording Arts degree about half way through. I can’t speak for other degree programs but I will say that I could’ve gotten the same education from youtube and my internship and a local recording studio and been better off. Luckily I left full sail half way through my Recording Arts degree and unfortunately had to start over again on my Associate’s. I’ve decided that I will eventually apply for law school but am concerned that my Full Sail transcripts WILL be recognized by LSAC. They were not recognized by my current schools or others so I assumed they wouldn’t for law school either. Fingers crossed!


  • Teagan says:

    June 2nd, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a senior in high school, and I’m very interested in Full Sail. I know it’s tricky business in general to aspire to be a professional in the arts, but that’s where my passion lies. However, I’m worried now with all these incredibly negative reviews. I see a lot about its being overwhelming, the schedule being crazy, and not having good education. I’ve looked at other art schools as well, including several Art Institutes, and I have to say that I see these kind of reviews a lot (the “it’s impossible to get a good career out of this” or “it’s a wast of time and money, do not go!”). Is this just a complaint that arises from art schools? I know creative fields are fussy and hard to get going in, but is that the fault of the school? Granted, I’ve never been to any university, but I’m thinking that maybe all these angry reviews stem a bit from the difficulty of the field creative people are attempting to get into. Anyone who answers this, can you tell me what you think? Does my assertion seem correct in any way? Thank you.


    Meagan says:
    September 6th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I believe you might have a better experience at Full Sail as a Campus student ( but they only have one site, based in Florida), as far as online, don’t even waste your time buddy, I’m currently a student in my second year and I tell you it’s a crap ( Best yet i’m stuck here, because I can’t afford to just start on something else in hope that my credits transfer), nothing but stressful situations, I feel like all this school wants is your payments on time and you will get your degree on time, that’s it, learning is not a true requirement. As you probably read before you can learn everything the course offer right at YOUTUBE University. I would suggest actually going on campus for own judgement and experience , or doing more research on other accredited art schools before committing to “For Profit Full Sail University”.

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    CAR says:

    May 7th, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I taught at this “University” for one year. I had taught at non-profit State University and non-profit Catholic University for over 20 years. Do not attend this profit ripoff center. All they care about is being paid. I was told to pass students who could not read or write, so they could collect the government loans. Your course work will not transfer to a legit school. Spend 80k for a paper degree? Buy a nice printer and computer and print a degree. Full Sail University degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on!


    steven says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Tacoma and John Wayne almost definitely work for full sail.

    Tacoma says:
    May 18th, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This site is a scam. Don’t believe anything you read here. Check out reviews on them. [If this even gets posted, watch it come down in a hurry.]

    john wayne says:
    May 14th, 2016 at 1:53 am

    If you were,indeed, a teacher. Why is your grammar so deplorable? You either are lying or we see why you only lasted a year…

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    BlackSheep says:

    May 2nd, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Im currently enrolled online at Full Sail for computer animation. I can’t speak for the on campus part of this school. As far as online goes, this school is a joke and I regret coming here. You aren’t being taught anything. You are basically given an assignment with links to YouTube giving a brief overview of whats expected from the assignment as far as handing it in & a link to Lynda.com to watch tutorials. Everybody learns differently and this approach may work for some But for me, I need to understand the “why” behind the “how”. Computer Animation is very complex and easy to get lost in. The videos are broken into short segments that can’t possibly be explained and thoroughly understood in 4-5 minutes. I have no problem with rereading something or watching something a hundred times if I have to to understand it, but with the pace that this school moves there is no time for that. I know online classes won’t be the same as the actual class but if this is the only way of being taught, why am I paying you tens of thousands of dollars to send me to a site I can buy a subscription for for like $400 a year where I can teach myself? I would advise anyone considering online to go the self taught route buying books and subscribing to tutorials because that is essentially what Im doing here. At least that way you can truly understand something before being forced to move on. This is exactly why so many come out of here lost and in debt because there isn’t any actual teaching be done.

  • Craig says:

    March 22nd, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I ended up on this site because of a Facebook ad for Full Sail which I decided to research. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelors degree a few years back and unable to find a job in my area for my field, and I ended up researching Full Sail because I’ve thought of going back and furthering my education in a different direction/field, there is one other option than all the other comments I read above saying you can go to Full Sail or you could go to another school, the 3rd option is to do independent study in a field, essentially you study for final exams and what you do is pay the school to take the test, you are only paying for the test, you take the test in each course you need for the degree and graduate, there are only a very small handful of schools that allow this, but there are some out there, I read about doing this. In a nutshell you learn it yourself (anyway you want to learn it such as books, private lessons, Youtube, etc) bypass having a professor and take the exams for each course credit. You can network online or attend conventions and more. You will get a better experince in an actual school because they structure it for you and provide equipment and more, but if you like being independent and on your own time (and potentially saving more money if that is an issue to you), independent study is the way to go. After reading all these comments I think I’ll do some further research, I’m going to consider independent study, even if I don’t take the test. In the end it’s about bettering yourself.

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    Vic says:

    March 4th, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Full Sail is a scam for-profit school. Forget about any of your “credits” transferring to any regional accredited college or university. But don’t take my word ask them to give you the name of a “regional” accredited college or university that has taken their degree credits in their degree program. What Full Sail is a trade school at best, in other words it’s like getting a certificate at a “barber” school for cutting hair. Will it transfer to your locate community college for an “regional accredited” associates degree? NO!! The fact of the matter is that some other trade schools won’t even take their credits. The founder, Jon Phelps, who I met, intentions were to make it into a workshop that would train others how to do the job without worrying about all the “school crap” like your general education courses. Eventually TA Associates, a private equity firm became a part of the company and decide to make a bigger profit by making the “workshop” into a “nationally” accredited school to take advantage of making a better profit. Even though I strongly encouraged Jon to become a regional accredited “non-profit” college others fool him into believing the other option was just as better and in 1979 as one would say, the “rest is history”. Save your time and money and go to University of Central Florida, they have similar “accredited” programs and they cheaper (non-profit)and their credits transfer to other 2-4 years colleges and university. But the big plus is that your employer who are always pressured by the government to recognize “regional” accredited degrees even though no one really talks about this, will recognize your degree from UCF before they will even consider Full Sail fake degree bachelors and masters. – Vic

  • Wow says:

    February 5th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    So many negative reviews. I am a high school senior interested in Full Sail’s Game Development/Game Design Bachelor Degree program. If I choose to go to Full Sail I will attend class on campus. Will I like it? Not so sure anymore after reading all these reviews. I am not really into all those extra academic courses given at traditional schools and thought Full Sail would be a good fit, but is it worth the money?


    coder says:
    March 21st, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    your better off sitting at home with some books for 2-4 years the game development market is not at all what it’s cracked up to be and when you find that out by getting a non degree there your going to end up having to take a bunch of “bootcamps” to even get a basic job as a jr developer at a real company if you want to continue coding

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    Tehklah says:

    January 6th, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Yes, FullSail is expensive, there’s no doubt about that. But, even though this is my first year in the school, I have learned more in the last 8 months through the Creative Writing for Entertainment degree than I’ve learned in over a year sitting in a regular classroom. It’s not an easy school to attend, but it’s the challenge of the courses that makes the difference. I’m actually LEARNING something, which is way more than can be said for most of the classes I’ve experienced. No, my credits may not transfer. No, people may not recognize my degree or acknowledge that I have one. But that’s not what I’m looking for. I’m here to LEARN how to create for the entertainment industry. It’s not like a degree in English, or History. The degrees are meant to help you network into the entertainment field, to help you form lasting, working relationships with a network of people, and THAT is exactly how people succeed in the entertainment industry. What’s the saying, “You have to know someone!” And I’m meeting people, forming working relationships, understanding what goes on behind the entertainment curtain, and how to break into that field that is still quite a bit exclusive… To me, well, it’s worth it. I’m not looking for the piece of paper at the end of the road and thinking it’s my key to the future. I’m building my future TODAY with the knowledge I’m learning and the people I meet. It’s not just about a degree, it’s about how to do something with that degree.


    Mike says:
    March 21st, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Hello, I am considering going to FS myself and reading this review page. I have a BA in English, Creative Writing and already work in the industry, just had a feature film produced. Tehklah , if you would please email me at mikemessiermoviemaker@gmail.com I would appreciate it, because I’d like to ask you some questions about your experience as I make this tough decision. Thanks – MIKE

    jane says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    this comment appeals to the emotions of would-be writers. Very suspicious.

  • Dena says:

    December 7th, 2015 at 2:22 am

    My oldest son wants to pursue a degree in Gaming Art. He can draw anything and like most teenagers/young adults he loves gaming. He found Full Sail online while researching colleges/universities that offer some kind of “gaming” degree. He is currently a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. OBU is private Baptist liberal arts university. It’s tuition is the second highest in private universities in the state behind Harding. Roughly $15,000 a semester! He originally wanted to be a History Professor but his love of art, music and gaming would not sit silently in the background. They pushed their way to the front and demanded to be addressed. One can not ignore what one loves to do. So it makes perfect sense for him to go to a school that offers the resources for him to be trained, if you will, in what he loves to do. Once you become an adult and enter the work force it makes for a very long miserable life, even if you’re getting paid a lot of money, if you aren’t happy with your job. So you might as well get paid to do something you love to do.

    I’ve read several reviews concerning this school. Both good and bad. I may be wrong, and if so I apologize up front, but from what I’ve read from those that are so disappointed in this school it seems like they may not have realized exactly what kind of school this probably is. For a lack of better terms this school appears to be nothing more than a vo-tech school. It is not a “traditional” college/university so it will not be like those. It offers classes geared specifically for a particular skill set. It seems no different that someone going to a mechanics school to learn how to be a mechanic or like myself, going to school to be a Paramedic. I do not HAVE to have a Bachelor’s Degree to save your life but I DO, however, need the SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE to be able to do so.

    As far as finding a job after graduation, in these types of specific fields, ones that require a lot of “hands on experience” the piece of paper that you’re handed when you graduate is useless regardless of where you graduate from. I would imagine that students from this school probably come in contact with people in their field of study and work with them at some point. Much like I had to do in Paramedic school when I did my internship and the local emergency rooms and ambulance services. Even though I was a student, I was already being evaluated by prospective employers. So after I graduated and applied at the busiest ambulance service in the central Arkansas area, they were already familiar with me, how I conducted myself, knew how much I had improved with my knowledge and skills and whether I was going to be an asset to the company. This school sounds like that’s what it’s suppose to do. But in the end, it’s all on the student, their knowledge and their skill to get the job.

    So with all that being said, my question is this, is Full Sail University a good choice for my son to attend if he has the passion, desire and dedication to draw and design video games? I haven’t, as of yet, come across a “traditional” college/university that offers this kind of “hands on” education that I honestly think he will need to be successful in this line of work. If there is a “traditional” college/university out there that offers this, please tell me the
    name(s) so I can research them.

    Lastly, one thing I’ve learned during my 20 years of being a Paramedic is that you can’t put a price tag on doing whatever it takes to do a job you love and are meant to do. Life should be lived being happy. Work shouldn’t interrupt that. You spend the majority of your life at work. If you aren’t happy doing what you’re doing, then you won’t be truly happy in any other part of your life either. Good luck to all those starting out. May you always be happy and successful!


    April from Alabama says:
    March 4th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    My son went to Full Sail for computer animation 2008-2010. Yes we paid a lot of money and are still paying off loans for this school. Was it worth it, YES, but he is not doing computer animation. He went there for 2 years and never received an actual degree, but learned a lot about computers, animation, gaming, recording and life in general. It is a very hard schedule (classes 24 hours around the clock)although I think I have heard that they have since changed that crazy schedule. He met a lot of good friends from all over the world. He now works in the telecommunication field and they did give him credit for the years he went to this school. I actually think he would have done better in the recording or gaming part of this program since that is where his talents are at this point in his life. The only thing I would have possibly changed is having him attend the local community college for one year and see if he still wanted to go in this direction before investing all of the money. Just my opinion. Anybody who goes to this school has to be highly motivated and very goal oriented. It is very hands on and you can learn a lot in a very short period of time that can take you where you want to go but you have to put the work into it. Hope this helps all the undecided parents out there. Lastly, your child will not be able to have a part time job while going to this school because of the crazy hours so they will be totally dependent on you funding them.

    Khody says:
    January 23rd, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Columbia College Chicago. This school is actually very similar to Full Sail. Both schools have about the same price range, but Columbia is a four year school. Columbia is also accredited. I wish your son the best in his endeavors and hope this helps.

  • DanniBear says:

    November 25th, 2015 at 2:52 am

    It is beyond me why in 2015, anyone would consider a for profit school? Do you guys not keep up with the news?! The class action suits, what Obama is trying to do with these for profit schools which are nothing but diploma mills, adding debt to this country. The Department of Education is actively working to BAN all federal loans to these for profit schools. Why? Because of the astronmical rate of complaints around the country. Graduates from these schools in debt, can’t find jobs, degrees not recognized, credits not transferable. The government just allievated millions in debt because of these scams schools. Please, do your research. Go to a regionally accredited college/university. Better off going to a state or local school than these scams


    Denise says:
    April 20th, 2016 at 10:22 am

    A diploma mill is an organization that sells diplomas/degrees. Private schools are NOT diploma mills. Please do not make such accusations. Are you aware that institutions like Harvard are private schools? You need to stop stereotyping like that.

    joshua says:
    November 27th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    yes better off going to a state or local school and paying 65 to 100 thousand dollars and not being able to find a job because at least while your busy not working you can transfer your credits towards a masters degree so you can sit on that broke as well, it seems all the same, and i believe this country runs on scams, the only thing the government really cares about is who the money is going to

  • A says:

    November 9th, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Okay, so, I checked Full sail out first. Asked a few friends who went there, and oh, yes, even contacted them, multiple times and asked all the same questions, just to make sure I got great answers on costs, degrees, and even Scholarship opportunities! The people I talked to were very nice and super helpful. The guy that I spoke to was so polite and even took the time to stay on the phone with me while I filled out my application to enroll. Even today, he still calls to make sure all the proper documents are being filled out and that I’m getting everything I need. I will start on January fourth to get my Bachelors in Audio Production. I can tell you right now, that I am committed to what I love to do. I am willing to put in the 25-30 hours a week for exactly 32 months. So, to all those who are complaining on here saying that you leave with debt, and that it’s a horrible school, all of that is on you. If you weren’t committed enough, you can’t expect them to hand you a job just like that. Let me just add that yes, they provide the equipment, and they even help you build your resume. Like I said, they won’t just hand ou a job when you receive your diploma. You look for it and work toward what you want. You have to ask questions, seek out the answers, and work hard to get where you want to go. And to that person who said that there was probably staff on here telling you all this stuff just so people could bye into it, please keep that comment to yourself. Just because you may have had a horrible experience, doesn’t mean everyone else who is dedicated and willing to do all that work will feel the same way. And see, the people with debt wouldn’t have debt, if they would have just applied for Scholarships. Scholarships play a pretty big role in college education these days. I searched for days to find a university that would meet my needs, and I am so happy to have found Full Sail. So, if you sign up, just remember, a lot of commitment and lots of time involved. I have respect for those who juggle other jobs and school all at once. I am so proud of you, and I hope you get where you want to go. I’m 19 years old, and I am proud to say I’ll be a Full Sail student! :)


    Ethan says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I literally finished enrolling at Full Sail today. I have a question – how many scholarships were you able to get? It was very difficult for me to get any whatsoever.

    Dobbs says:
    December 16th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I worked in those call centers. We do that because it helps pay back part of our school loan debt. We’re supposed to tell you that stuff. And who the hell told you 25 – 30 !? You will be busy all the time. you will be on drugs. Your “professors” most certainly will be on drugs, and you will be paying WAY to much for something that , if you truly have the drive, you could learn at another school for a fraction of the cost AND have credits that are transferable.

    k. says:
    December 15th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Just wait until you actually have problems while you’re in school, as a student I can guarantee your views will change. I was positivity about this school like you are now, but as I near the end, its like the school cuts corners and gives up on you.

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    futureFSUstudent says:

    October 19th, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Full Sail seems like a good school, I spoke to a representative and he informed me about the Media and Communications degree.
    I would really appreciate some ones opinion about that Media and Communications Program. Is it worth $56,000, for just a Bachelors Degree?


    Danninear says:
    November 25th, 2015 at 2:56 am

    $56k for a fast track bachelors diploma at a school, that should you decide to enroll in a regionally accredited program, they may not even recognize your degree. Do you really want to take that risk?! A state/city school is a fraction of the price and properly accredited. For $56k, I say no way.

    A says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I didn’t go for the Media and Communications degree, but they told me all about it. It sounds amazing. If I were to go for it, I would love it. Good luck on which ever one you choose!

  • Terize says:

    August 23rd, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    One thing I have learned at searching schools to go to is that THEY ARE ALL EXPENSIVE. Now with Full Sail being a fast pace school alot of people won’t make it. After talking to alot of different students, alot go long enough to get equipment and then drop out and blame the school for their debt. Every school is not perfect even places like Harvard. If you choose to go to FS then go on your own mind not on a review alone. I did that last year and backed away from FS because of reviews. I begin to think because I know how the world works I did research and I felt comfortable with FS. I am a Independent Filmmaker and that means Im my own boss. I choose FS because I can learn what I need to be a better filmmaker. Now what I do with what I learn as well as the equipment is not on FS it’s on me. People have an opinion and that’s their right. But what I am seeing in some of these comments are so childish and I see why some did not make it. See the way I look at it I have basic knowledge but can’t really do what I want to do without some more. So I will start FS on August 31, 2015 and I plan to earn while I learn. I got a camera so in 4 mos. I get my Macbook and I will start doing lil commercials for small businesses/churches and in my 9th month I will get my camera and then I can earn a lil bit more money and I plan on being either all the way or at least halfway debt free when I walk across that stage in a few years. See this is my passion so I know I can make it to learn what I love to do. I encourage anyone do your own research on all colleges offering what you want and make your mind up like that than taking advice from rude people that just here to bash….But this is my opinion….. :)


    Jared says:
    October 14th, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your honest opinion. I appreciate it. And I’m enrolling. Starting this January. Good luck to you.

    huncho says:
    September 23rd, 2015 at 10:57 am

    will it be good for me to attend full sail on campus for music production

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    Jack says:

    August 1st, 2015 at 2:12 am

    This is dumb stuff to argue about. Everyone is entitled to their own decisions and theres no need to argue like some are on this page. I have a Bachelor Degree from Full Sail and I have been completely satisfied with my experience since I had started taking classes there and now even after I have graduated. They told me up front what it would cost and yes it was more than other schools but they offer a very unique education that, for me, was very effective. I most certainly did not major in any type of english, history, math, or anything like that but I did major in something that I love to do. You can sit and grammatically correct this whole review I am sure there is plenty of error but I didn’t go to school for english and nor did I want anything to do with it thats one reason why Full Sail was the right school for me. It focused strictly on my career of choice and gave a great education to support it. Wether they are regionally accredited or not doesn’t bother me if it bothers you then don’t go. If it bothers you that it cost a lot more money then don’t go it is as simple as that. You can attend the best university in the world and it may not be for you but you don’t have to call it a scam it’s education no matter which way you look at it or they wouldn’t be a school. Fortunately wether you agree with them or not we do have laws regarding education. Aside from the negative things on this page…. I absolutely loved my experience at Full Sail UNIVERSITY and I have a great job because of my diploma FROM Full Sail University. It is not a typical university but it strictly focuses on your course of study and you get real world experience from your instructors (at least I know you do in the music programs) that can help guide you because they have done great things in the industry. If you are looking for a program that will focus strictly on anything media, entertainment or apparently creative writing as well this would be the right place for you. Just don’t spend the money or not do your research and then drop out and call it too expensive or a scam. If you didn’t or don’t go here because you disagree you have nothing to complain about because you never attended. Worry about yourself a little more and a little less about things that don’t affect you.


    Hypocrite Killer says:
    October 8th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    >”This is dumb stuff to argue about”
    >Relatively long post arguing why full Sail isn’t a scam and using the flawed logic of “well you didn’t go so you didn’t know”

    Please tell me you understand the inherent hypocrisy of this.

  • concerned says:

    June 18th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    i find it very interesting that SPAG has a full time job defending the schools integrity. I have never seen this with any other school, makes you wonder why? Maybe all of the rhetoric is true about the schools validity?

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    Brian says:

    June 16th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Im going to attempt to address this issue in a gray area to blend the 2 concerns over Full Sail. Overlook the typos if we have any grammar experts out there.

    Full Sail is a decent school. No they are regionally accredited but they do have useful tools all dependent on what your wanting to do. However you must be willing to accept that “opportunity” may not be next door, you may have to move in order to get the job you want.

    I have attended both a public college and a private college and really both have different attributes. The local community college is cheaper a private is more expensive; it is a capatalist system in the US. Regarding the quality of education; Full Sail has given me a quality education and yes it is expensive but its what worked for me at that time. Ironically I have been to the regional school and they place a book infant and say do whats inside, there’s really no instruction just a grading system. So again it depends on what you’re looking for.

    You will incur a large bill at Full Sail but you also get the convenience of having a lot of tools at your disposal as well. You are also welcome to “refresh” your skill set by returning at no cost; try that at a regional college.

    Addressing the laughingstock issue; I have never had anyone laugh at someone trying to better themselves through any school, even places like strayer, devry, ITT etc. People are doing something to make themselves more appealing. Even some of the so-called regional schools that have the ability to transfer credit far exceed Full Sail tuition costs. Try searching Academy of Art in San Francisco, or the Art Institutes both are regional schools. But a question for me to ask you is why would you want to transfer if you are getting the training you need? Secondly Full Sail accepts credit from jr. colleges as well so in short I guess you should pick the one you want and go to it. I can say Full Sail has been good to me and I think it is a good choice.


    huncho says:
    September 23rd, 2015 at 10:59 am

    JAck will it be nice to attend on campus for music production ???

    Jack says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Hi Callum,
    I have graduated in an online program from Full Sail and I can honestly say that my experience was great. I went for music production which of course is different but the online structure of that degree was great. It strictly focused on that which I loved. I did take some core classes but honestly it was more review than learning a bunch of new material about something I would never use. If you are strictly into game design and you have no interest in all the other crap that would come along with it at other schools I think you would enjoy Full Sail University.

    Callum says:
    July 12th, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Hello ive been reading reviews for full sail and see that there is major controversy over certain issues but the amount for and against its simply impossible to see who is telling the truth all I want to ask is im from england and ive wated to get into game design for some time obviously I cant attend on campus for full sail but I can find no reviews of their online degree programs if any one can help please it would be much appreciated

  • Vince says:

    May 12th, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Need Help. I am very confused about this school. I have read so many reviews about Full Sail my eyes hurt. I have an associate degree in computer science from a community college and a bachelors in Communications from a state university plus a certificate in Computer programming. So I’m looking for a school to earn my Masters but I find that conventional universities teach theory and not much hands on. So this is where I stand now do I go to full sail or do I continue my Masters at Penn State,s online program. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I’m a graduate of Full Sail. It is not a scam. It’s not even bad. In fact, in many ways it is actually better than traditional public schools.

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    Wayne says:

    May 7th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Accreditation is a joke and unaccepted by legitimate schools if you want to continue your education. Price is high. Many instructors are Full Sail grad with little experience actually doing the types of things they teach. I attended one semester and realized the fallacy of a Full Sail education. I enrolled in a legitimate university and obtained my degree. BTW, my Full Sail credits were unrecognized. The courses there were vastly superior to what I found at Full Sail. I have my own business and do well creating animations for corporations, trade associations, medical facilities, charities, and churches.


    Jimmers says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Spag I think you’re full of it and you probably work there, and you’re giving good people with good money false impressions about the school. Listen to the ones who have been there and who said that it is a problem going there.
    What a terrible mistake it would be to throw so much money on a certificate or degree that will not be accepted anywhere by a legitimate employer.

    k. says:
    December 15th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Wayne I agree with you on this, “Many instructors are Full Sail grad with little experience actually doing the types of things they teach.”

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    False. It is nationally accredited like most trade schools are. Credits can be transferred to schools with different accreditation, but you have to ask for a different transfer credit evaluation form.

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    Tenny says:

    April 29th, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I am currently a online Full Sail student and I have had pretty good experiences with my advisors and teachers. I can say that some teachers take longer to respond to you than others. But honestly everyone is not cut out for such an advanced and fast paced institute like Full Sail. I live in Atlanta, have a full time job in public health, a single parent and I own a dance company. Not to mention all the activities my daughter is involved in. Yet I am still able to complete my work and get pretty good grades.

    Prior to Full Sail I attended AIU and studied in media productions. I eventually had to drop out because I couldn’t afford the extra cost of books, supplies and parking. Can you believe that parking was over 80.00 a month? The support there can not compare to the support that Full Sail offers. Full Sail is pretty costly but there aren’t any hidden expenses and they provide you with all the equipment that you need. Also after graduation you are able to take class for free to stay current with changes in your field. At the end if the day everyone will have their opinion. My advice is to do your own research, weigh your options and decide if you are cut out for this. Remember that everyone is different and everyones experience will be different as well. Only the strong will survive!

    Follow me on instagram @lstenny

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    brenda says:

    April 29th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Rachel…let’s face it,” almost every major blockbuster that’s come out in the past 2 years” has sucked. Which explains exactly why Fullsail is a lame school, dedicated to pumping out no talent as clowns such as yourself and ripping people off.

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    Tired Writer says:

    April 25th, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I signed up with this school’s online course because I want to become a writer, I want to write fiction novels. Instead they are trying to turn my focus onto script writing instead saying thats what ‘I Really want to do’. And on top of that I have mentioned I am uncomfortable making phone calls YET THEY CALL ME EVERY WEEK. Its driving me crazy and they don’t even have anything to say, they are only calling to ask if I have any questions. Now if I did have questions..wouldnt I call them? Oh and once i figured if I come up with one for them then Maybe they would leave me alone? Nope! The guy i was talking to starts saying he’s going to personally email me resources and gave me some long information that had NOTHING to do with I asked about! I am exhausted, I just want to write.

    And now im finding out my credits dont transfer anywhere so either I’m stuck in this expesive school paying or I can leave and lose all my credits leaving me to start over compleatly.


    anonymous says:
    October 6th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    It is a media-based school. The creative writing department is specifically geared towards entertainment writing. Did you even bother to read the description before you applied?

    no says:
    June 11th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe start by using correct grammar.

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    Jeremy says:

    April 17th, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Based on Computer Animation, graduate review-
    I heard about Full Sail while in Iraq for 1 year. After coming home, I fell into the trap everyone else did that went to this school. The promise of job placement in a field I was quite interested in. Being one of the oldest students in my class (26) I put everything into it, watched 80% of my class mates fall behind due to failing out or plain out walking away, they do “weed out”. About half way through the program my eyes were opened and I could see exactly what was going on, but the money was already invested so I refused to walk out without the degree. The place crams all its rooms with as many students as possible and classes/labs run 24/7. You could have class at 8am and labs at 1am. They will throw you in anywhere to fit as many kids as possible in. Feels like a sweat shop. Having a job during this was impossible because every week this schedule would change, if you want to pass a job is out of the question anyways. So extra funding had to be pulled via salliemae loan just to pay for the high costs out there.
    Programs like this, pumping out 30 grads a month, also causes a bottle neck in the job field. There are more grads in a month at full sail than there are new jobs opening… So someone has to lose. This isn’t the only school that does it either. These schools just saturate the field. And by reading afew other reviews I see that they offer online courses now… Outstanding… They ran out of room so pushed it digital to get even more saturation.
    Another thing I was rather upset about is the instructors do have a slight amount of experience in their field, tho none are certified teachers, just knowledgable in that subject, your time with them is almost nil for help. Instead for labs you get stuck with a full sail grad that just couldn’t find a job (that line is pretty long). They ask you to open your book and do chapter 3. That’s it. All the hands on is taught through a book. If you have questions, good chance the lab monitor doesn’t know or they are busy working on a new demo reel to try to find a job. It was rediculous. I seriously taught myself every bit of the knowledge I came out with because no one there knew how to do environment art. I could have gotten the same education by buying my own books and watching some online training videos for about 1/50th the cost.
    In the end I only failed 1 class, but it was the final demo reel class so I could have 2 more months to work on my demo reel. No one that did it in the 2 months provided had anything good to show… Working 20 hours a day on it, 2 months is just way too short a time period for anything that will get you a job with. So plan on adding atleast 2 more months to how long you will be there flat out with no failures.
    So I graduated pretty high in my class. They handed me my diploma then my bill and closed the door as I walked off the stage. To this day I have only received ONE job opportunity email from them. ONE! It was for an unpaid internship at Nickelodeon… Not even my field of expertise. I have no idea where they got that 4 out of 5 students get a job remark at the open house. Maybe they meant a job at Walmart?
    So the bill… $70,000+ after interest, after all was said and done. I had to move back in with my mother and even then I was still eating Raman, school loans costing me almost $800 a month. I did have afew art tests with major companies but didn’t make the final cut. Talking to the friends I had that did make it, they were in it just as bad. The job field only pays about >30k/yr so even with a job you are loosing 50% of your income to sallie Mae (Navient now). I actually turned the training around and used it to get into a technical field (IT) where I currently still stand, making 3x what computer animation would have paid. 9 years later I have only paid off about 1/3rd the amount of my original bill without missing a payment (credit score is through the roof at least).

    There used to be a site called fullsailsucks.com. I began saying what seems to be the lingo at the school towards bad feedback, you hear it a bunch, even see it in these reviews…, “he must just be mad because he sucked and didn’t put enough into it”. The word Denial comes to mind. After graduating I understood what the guy that made that site was talking about.

    Please don’t fall for their BS, this field is a dead end, with a market this saturated, and only guarantees a life of pain and suffering. The only thing I am proud of is being able to accomplish what I did without ever giving up and holding my ground, but the disappointment far outweighs that… I will be in my late 40’s with my kids in high school before I even have that time wasted in my life paid off.

    Jeremy Galyon
    Class of August 2006


    jamel says:
    May 20th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Sounds like the result of not doing your research in the field you wanted to get your degree in. Do to that laziness on it’s own, I can understand why you may not have landed that dream job you expected to come to you…

    mike says:
    December 26th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you for the well though out review of the school and you’re experience. I was thinking about going for my masters degree, at this school but after doing my research , i know now ts not the school for me, i went to the top schools already like FIT IN NEW YORK and cooper union.. so my degree is accredited … i always learned on my own with the internet. school is not for everyone, hell most jobs look for experience more then degrees , so i feel as long as you know what you are doing you should be fine, its better to spend 4 years doing job interviews and internships then spending in school.. the portfolio is key regardless of what degree you have, sure having one is nice but its not always important. i will not go for my masters

    Kyle says:
    June 4th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Good for you Sara, I have read so many reviews. When through the web site and all kinds of endless material I could find on Full Sail.
    I believe it is what you put into it. I believe all the bashers a upset because they jumped into it or thought this was just a regular college or school you could just party your way through. Then graduate and make beats for all the big artist.
    If you are worried about the money don’t go, if you believe the bad reviews. Don’t go! Stay out of my way and and make room for the folks that want to really be there and learn something.
    Spend more time on your work then on here bashing the school and how you didn’t have anytime for anything.
    if you are here looking for help in a school there you go. This is a great school to learn hands on. But you have to be focused and know this is what you want to do. Good luck to all the serious.

    Sara says:
    April 27th, 2015 at 12:25 am

    If you couldn’t keep a job while successfully completing your degree, that sounds like a personal problem. I worked a full time job, a part time job, and took care of a disabled family member while completing my degree on time. I had job interviews 6 months before I even graduated, because I was professional and passionate and my work shows that. Every school is what you put into it. If you never built a relationship with your career advisor, that’s on you. No one is going to hunt you down to give you a job. My advisors have been, and continue to be even after graduating last year, a great deal of help for me.

    Face it, in the creative field, not everyone can become successful. They can only help you learn skills, they can’t teach you creativity. If your work didn’t cut it, there is only one person to blame for that. They give you a long list of resources to help you continue learning after graduation. If you aren’t making the most of what they supplied you, thats not their fault.

    Full Sail is highly respected in the creative industry. Every major blockbuster in the last two years has a list of Full Sail grads working on the film in different aspects.

    The only other grads I know that are not successful are the ones who expected a job to be handed to them.

  • Catie says:

    April 14th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I am currently a Junior in High School and need some reviews on Full sail. I live in Ohio and I don’t know how much the out-of-state tuition would cost. I wouldn’t need housing mainly because I have family in Orlando that are willing to take me in during college. I definitely want to get a bachelor’s degree in Web Design and Development. I need some opinions to make sure I choose the right college.



    Rachel says:
    April 27th, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I’m from ohio as well, and I did the Graphic Design program online while one of my close friends is doing the web design and development program (also online). I graduated Nov 2014 and I LOVED that school. I had a great experience and I learned so much. What is important to remember is that ANY school is what you put into it. When comparing costs alone, remember that part of Full Sail’s tuition gets you a computer and lots of software, like the whole Adobe Creative Suite. As a graduate you also still are able to use your subscription to Lynda.com (a great tutorial website). You will see some former students complain about this school, and every school. The harsh reality of college, and especially the creative field, is that not everyone can “hack” it. I had a past coworker who was a few months ahead of me in the Graphic design program. She didn’t do her homework (or did it late and poorly) and tried to get by on excuses. She failed a class and claimed no one would help her. Meanwhile she went shopping and did a million other things instead of actually doing her homework. She ended up leaving the school, claiming it’s a scam. When really the only scam was her poor dedication and attitude. I went to school while working full time and having full home life. It’s hard. Many weekends I did homework instead of fun things. Many nights I was up all night instead of sleeping, but I never once had a professor turn away a late assignment when I showed I made substantial effort and did good work. Whatever school you go to, communicate well with your teachers, and often. Be honest, and do your work, even if it’s late, and even if they tell you they wont give you credit. (you never know, if you turn it in anyway at the end of the class they may go back and give you credit after seeing continual effort) Be professional, passionate, and dedicated and those things will show in your work where ever you go and you will find your own way to success. Don’t expect people to hand you a job, a grade, or a degree, and you’ll do fine.

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    Guest says:

    April 10th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    This is a for-profit school. Spend your hard earned money at a college that won’t get you laughed at. :p


    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve never had my degree laughed at either. I was extended my first job offer 3 months prior to finishing my Full Sail degree.

    Rachel says:
    April 27th, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I’ve never had my degree laughed at, in fact my last two jobs told me they choose me for an interview because they know this school puts out great grads and they’ve hired several of them. There are many great for-profit schools. College is what you put into it. Have a bad attitude and no dedication? Your work will show it and THEN you’ll get laughed at.

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    Nikola says:

    April 2nd, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Full Sail is not a good choice for schooling if you want accreditation or value. You leave with a lot of debt.


    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Your comment doesn’t make sense. The school is accredited, and you’re responsible for how much debt you take on, not the school.

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    Christian says:

    March 29th, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Work + Education + Life Balance

    I’ve been part of the Full Sail University Digital Cinematography Bachelor Degree Program for the last 28 Months and those far it seems to have worked very well for me.

    I personally believe that Full Sail University’s online program works best if you are already in the industry and want to get a degree in your field of choice. Filmmaking is a trade and there’s nothing wrong with that. So I do not any problems with it being a trade school. FSO has been serving as a compliment with my career and what I have learned so far has been put into very good use thus far.

    Lastly, I believe that if you would want to pursue your education, but move around/travel a lot, this might be a very good option for you. I live in Singapore at the moment and I’ve been able to do my homework while traveling to many different countries. The ability to be able to do assignments on the go is very convenient.

    The tools that come with the program i.e. electronic field kit, computer, software all come in very handy as well. The program is very expensive indeed, but I believe that we maybe paying for (at least in the online program) is for convenience and something that compliments our careers, not makes our careers. At the end of the day, we still have to do our jobs to get good at it and get recognition for it.

    No one is guaranteed a job or success just because spent 65K to 90K on a Full Sail Degree. That’s something you get on your own.

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    Guest says:

    March 20th, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I’m currently taking online classes at Full Sail and if I need help in a class, I receive it from my instructor. I’m not sure where the scam report is coming from. Companies like the WWE wouldn’t work with them if the school was a scam. Yes its expensive but you get all your books paid for along with a Mac and all you need. So think about that. I had gone to other schools beside Full Sail will trying to get my Entertainment Management degree and they wanted me to pay for a lot of things out of pocket and their instructors and staff weren’t that helpful.

    I get out what I put into my education and before I ever enrolled with them I checked them out. It’s clear these people slamming the school didn’t get what they wished when it came to their education. Like with any school you get what you put into it. It’s the same with dealing with instructors and staff as well.


    k. says:
    December 15th, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I’m with Brody, while the instructors rave about being professional and how much or when they’re available it’s the opposite. Right now I am on a 2 day wait for an email reply from my instructor regarding an assignment that’s due soon. Why do I have to wait so long if they’re SO AVAILABLE?

    Also online is completely different then on campus so don’t make claims you don’t know anything about if you haven’t experienced the other.
    Yes, LONG hours are put in, Yes, you get equipment after 5 months and if you make the grade, but YOU pay for it, it’s not given by the school, Yes, you get Lynda access for life, Yes, you get valuable tools which are great but grades are important too. If the teacher is not there to properly give direction then the designer is lost.
    The advisors and those who work for the school are a joke, I was bullied through an online class and social media by a classmate who was obviously crazy, but they took her side, never called me to fix the issue and if I’m not mistaken that can get you expelled.NOPE. Full Sail could care less and when I called them on it, someone tried to put on an innocent little voice and act like they cared and were sorry. You’re sorry? What?

    Screen shot everything and I mean it!!!!

    GUEST says:
    July 29th, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Books and Mac , supplies–Paid For—-Of course they were paid for—-BY YOU –the cost of these comes out of the loans you take out –!!!!!!!!!!!! wake up and smell the coffee!!!!!

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Perhaps there should be a separate review for online vs. on-campus learning. I can only speak for on-campus, which was fantastic.

    Brody says:
    March 25th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I disagree.

    I put long hours into my education with Full Sail only to have the Instructors contact me weeks after I posed questions thus making my assignments late. There was absolutely no help from my Student Adviser and after complaining three straight times about the lack of communication with the Instructors, I was withdrawn from School by the Adviser because I was unable to answer her phone call ONE time.

    After my withdraw I was told I owed them $800 dollars for living expenses. I was an online student. Does this sound like a scam to you?

    I could go on and on here…but I have a feeling that most of you are Full Sail Staff attempting to encourage more people to sign up for your craziness.

    Prospective Students, do yourselves a favor….Go somewhere else.

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    MJ Brewer says:

    March 18th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    When one considers the 36% success rate, to the rate of someone being hired for an actual job (of any sort), the weak ARE weeded out. This is the biggest reason I’m not only glad to be a member of Full Sail University, I’m EXCITED to be here. I’m a competitive person, which is exactly what this line of work requires. For those who think they’re going to jump in, dodge a few balls and then become number one in their field, they’re in for a HUGE disappointment. You are given the award you deserve.

    I have one year left, am president of The Film Scene, write articles for Geek Smash, I’m a junior high teacher AND a single parent of two. To top it off, I still manage to have an A average. I work hard for my grade and I’m proud that I do. The point is, others can do it just as I do. What’s the difference? The difference is attitude and commitment. If someone signs up without one of these, their signing a contract they aren’t ready to execute.

    I will graduate on my birthday this year with well-deserved honors. The positions I am applying for require certification of transcripts, which I’m proud to display and feel confident with all the opportunities I have already that I will have no problems getting a position I want when I do graduate.

    This school is like ANYTHING in life; you get out of it what you put into it to begin with. While this school does cost more than other schools, it focuses particularly on your degree as well as creates structures allowing you to network with others in your field.

    I’m currently working on correlating a professional speaker, a song-writer and singer, as well as my own talents in writing and creating film to give talks to schools, libraries, etc. for the prevention of drug use. The point is, if you’re one of those people who sits around waiting for that magic letter to come searching for you the way Publisher’s Clearing House does, keep in mind the sweepstakes success rate is over one in a trillion. With Full Sail’s education you don’t need to wait–you need to learn for the sake of learning and make your education your own.

    My name is MJ Brewer. You will see it again. When you do, remember where you saw it first and the discussion you’re reading. Actions speak so much louder, and much more clear than words.


    Bill says:
    May 26th, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Gary Jones’ female counterpart.

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    March 3rd, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    My son went to Full Sail for two years. Received an Associates, and a Bachelors. However, it cost him $90,000. The first year was to be $20,000, the second year was to be $25,000. I co-signed for both. Yet, somehow that school had him get a third loan for $45,000, and they put my name on it as co-signer, without my knowledge. I was to be released from co-signer after he made payments for two years, which he done, but I have been fighting with that damn Sallie Mae over this for years, and the school is of no help at all. They have their (my son’s !) money, and that’s all they care about. I have always said I believed that third “loan” to be a consolidation of the two, but have not been able to prove it. My son now owes $90,000, and does work in the TV industry, but only for a local TV station getting the shows and commercials lined up. It’s a job he could have gotten with a few day’s training (maybe). I would not suggest anyone ever attend this sham-of-a-scam school.


    Jack says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 2:40 am

    This is stupid…. Full Sail is expensive and I don’t think anyone is disputing that but either your son signed your name for you if it was something done electronically or maybe you should have gotten an education yourself so you could understand what you were signing. The school did their part providing the education its not their fault you have to pay back something you co signed for…. they cant help you with a loan they didn’t give to you. It is also not their fault that your son is in the job he is in. I am a Full Sail graduate and I have a fantastic job I make probably more money then you but it didn’t come easy either. They provide degrees for things that are unfortunately hard fields to get into unless you are exceptionally good at what you do and then it is still hard. I’m not bashing your son I have a kid too and I would defend her right or wrong if someone was being ugly.. I’m telling YOU that maybe the school isn’t the problem and if you were able to think in a logical manner you would see this because i’m pretty sure there would be bigger issues than you being pissed off. Tell your son to get out there and start a good career because unless he just half assed his way through (not saying he did because i dont know) then the knowledge you can acquire from Full Sail is above other schools if your in the media or entertainment field.

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    If you’re accusing them of forging your signature on something, you’d already be enjoying a hefty settlement from the school. The fact that you didn’t means that you probably blindly signed something on a false impression without fully reading it, and want to blame the someone else for you taking on your kid’s college debt. The full tuition amount for every degree program has always been publicly posted, so you can’t say you didn’t know how much it would cost before you agreed to pay for it. If you think it’s not worth the tuition to get the job that the degree your son chose trains him for, you should have thought of that BEFORE signing a commitment to it. That’s not the school’s fault, it’s yours. You asked them for an education in a particular field, and they gave it to you. That’s the extent of their responsibility. They cannot control the job market. You deciding, after the fact, that it’s not a good field to get into does not constitute a scam in any way.

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    Public High School Counselor says:

    February 9th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I vote dreadful simply because of the cost and wage earning potential of graduates. An ex-boyfriend graduated from Full Sale with $80,000 debt. He couldn’t find a job in his degree area. As a high school counselor, I had a student who told me he wanted to go to Full Sale. I said, “Let me take you to my house for a ‘Scared Straight’ field trip… There you can see what a Full Sale graduate does all day.” Lay on my couch and play video games.


    Composer says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Audio Engineering is not an easy field and you can’t be lazy. I have a undergraduate from a public university in music and a graduate degree in business from Full Sail. Took me about a year to get into the industry where I produce music for TV spots and video games. The difference between graduates that make it and don’t is that the successful ones aren’t on the couch playing games all day. I applied for hundreds of jobs and worked with my career advisor who helped me land several good freelance gigs before I started picking them up on my own. I even took a full time job not related to my field while I worked smaller free lance gigs to build up my resume.

    Audio engineers can work in a studio, edit film audio, produce sound effects for production companies or companies that sell sound libraries, work in editing or producing TV and radio audio, make or edit sound and effects for video games, or even run sound boards for live shows and events. There are plenty of possibilities. It’s competitive and not for those who aren’t willing to pay their dues. If he’s on your couch, then I doubt he’s looking for a job or fighting to get one. If he’s afraid to move away then that is part of the problem. In entertainment you go to where you can get a job. I wouldn’t have landed half the gigs if I didn’t live where I am now.

    Most of the people I’ve met who did Audio Arts are doing well including my former room mate who has a studio in NY and does camera and audio work for TV and a friend who I did an internship with at Disney who now works for them as an audio tech. Most of my classmates are doing very well in their chosen field but I didn’t choose to hang out with people who complained, gave up, or were lazy.

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Audio Engineering, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has a job growth rate of about 10 new jobs per year in the entire country. It’s not the school’s fault he chose a bad profession. It’s his. Most public universities also have film and music degrees. That doesn’t make them a scam either. They offer degrees people want. The fact that there are no jobs in those fields shows bad planning on the part of the student, not the school. You can’t really blame the school for a job market they can’t control. He should have exercised due diligence before throwing down $80k. That’s just common sense.

    Spelling B says:
    May 19th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Correction: “He or she…”

    Spelling B says:
    May 19th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You are a high school counselor? Well, perhaps a remedial course in spelling and grammar is in order for you.

    It is “Full Sail” not “Full Sale.” Additionally, one does not “lay” on the couch. He or shes “lies” on the couch. You lay *something* down (a plate, a box, etc.) You yourself lie down.

    And by the way, if your boyfriend couldn’t get a job “in his degree area” that was no excuse to loaf around and play video games. There is work to be had if one is not too proud to do it – while waiting for a better opportunity at some point.

    None of this is to be construed as somehow disagreeing with your negative assessment of Full Sail. It is a horrible school by all accounts.

    Public High School Counselor says:
    February 9th, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Note: His degree is in
    Audio Engineering, and he graduated first in his class.

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    Current Student says:

    January 29th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    After 3 years of this dreadful school that I’m shackled to, I’m getting out. I have tried transferring to other schools and they pretty much laugh in my face when I ask to transfer credits. Being “for profit”, they’re there to collect money and not teach at all. I’m in the online course and the teacher holds a 30 min. Google Hangout once a week. The rest of the week, they give you links to sites like Lynda.com and other coding sites. They don’t even teach. Please re-read those last 2 sentences and ask any online student to verify this. Stay away from this school if you want an education and smaller student loans. BEWARE!!! You’ve been warned.


    k. says:
    December 15th, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Current student:
    You are absolutely right, they don’t really teach at all, its like check out this link or go here and when you need them they’re not there. It’s a joke.

    Also a current student says:
    September 17th, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I am currently a student at Full Sail and I love it! I was told exactly how much it will cost to get my degree before I even applied to the school. They are upfront about all cost and even break everything down for you so you know exactly what you are paying for. I am very satisfied with the learning experience at Full Sail and have had no problems with teachers. The work is not easy, it takes a lot of time and effort. If you don’t want to put time and effort into your education than this is not the school for you. I have at least one hour long live lecture each week, if not two. The teachers post a lot of reading material, quizzes, labs and one or more projects to do each week. I believe everyone is entitles to their opinion but I also think a lot of the complaints about the school are bs! You know exactly how much you are paying before you even apply to the school and they even let you try out the school for a month before you make a final commitment to the enroll.

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    James Katzke, Portland says:

    January 19th, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    It is a scam. These are facts that you cannot deny- check them out. If you can’t research these facts and demonstrate their validity yourself, then you need to go back to high school.

    #1. “Full Sail University”. Lie. It’s a trade school. Look up the difference between an university and a trade school. They’re not just labels of choice. It is a trade school. American fraud law allows you to use almost any term in a business name though. “Accredited”, “certified”, “licensed”, “university”…you can use any word you want. Doesn’t mean a bit of it is true. But why would you? They announce their intentions with the introduction. “Trying to mislead”.

    #2. The piece of paper is worthless. I hire over 500 people a year and I can tell you I do not treat “graduates” from FSU- oh, look another name fraud!- as having any college education. They are not properly certified. The whole “for profit” thing ISN’T the major objection. It’s when you start doing it for profit, there’s no education, and it’s not an university. That, my friends, is the definition of a diploma mill. Hiring managers avoid them like the plague!

    #3. It’s overpriced. If the aforementioned don’t cause you objection, well, there’s lots of ’em out there and they’re a lot cheaper! Maybe get an obscure one that no one recognizes as a diploma mill AND save money?

    #4. All frauds work by telling the mark what they want to hear. This is a nice scam to separate kids’ parents from their money whilst the kids can claim they’re “at college” but are just screwing around with videos, games and just goofing off.

    #5. They do one thing well. Collect! This is why they exist and don’t get behind on your payments or you will suffer predatory collection tactics that often violate the law, and are often in error and nearly impossible to correct without taking legal action.

    QED: a scam that only works because it is a very convenient one for losers, the deluded and other budding con artists.


    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Sorry, community “collage” according to your LinkedIn. LOL

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Nevermind, I found you. You’re a receptionist who answers phones for a wholesale company. And I see you have a community college education. Glad you went the superior route here.

    Spag says:
    June 15th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    #1. What allows you to call yourself a university is offering Master’s programs, which Full Sail does. They are accredited by the ACCSC.

    #2. If you genuinely do this, you are unfit for your job, and I will be looking you up to find out where you work and forward your comments to your supervisor.

    #3. It’s overpriced only to people who can’t afford it. That is subjective to every individual, and it’s not a surprise – you know the price before you enroll.

    #4. What you call “screwing around the video games” I, and all game publishers in existence, call software engineering. Game and simulation software development is far more advanced and difficult than generic software development, so we actually get paid more than the average software engineer if we work in simulation. Google it yourself: OpenGL graphics programming positions have a national median salary of about $95,000.

    #5. They do some things poorly, most things on par with other universities, and some things exceptionally well. You seem like you have no experience with the school at all, yet you have a hugely negative opinion for no apparent reason. You really should excuse yourself from writing reviews on things you don’t have experience with.

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    Current Full Sail Recording Arts Student says:

    January 19th, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Hello I am a current Full Sail student. I would like to share with you my experiences with Full Sail. I have been at this school for about 11 months now. I have mixed feelings about this school. While I do think the good it a little on the expensive side, it would be impossible for me to say that I haven’t learned anything. One good thing about Full Sail is that student do get to mess around with and get familiar with expensive equipment. For that reason I would avoid attending Full Sail online. I have heard many student complaining of problems with contacting instructors. The information itself is not that hard to grasp for me. The hardest part in my opinion is making it to class. Full Sail requires you to be there for 90% of the total hours of the course. And because the courses are only a month long, missing one day can put you under 90% and can cause you to fail for attendance. I believe this is the primary reason why people fail classes. Once the class is failed cause of attendance you have to pay out of pocket to retake the course. Also if the instructor makes a mistake while taking attendance and does not make you there for the day you can also fail. Instructors do not shot attendance to student unless student asks them and often they do not tell the student before failing a student for attendance.

    Next thing I would like to discuss the credits. Full Sail is only Nationally accredited, which mean you can get funds from the government to pay for tuition. Full Sail is not Regionally accredited, which means majority of the classes you take at Full Sail will not transfer to Universities. I was thinking about transferring to UCF but found out that majority of my credits will not transfer.

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    Another Current Student says:

    December 25th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Listen, I don’t know how anyone can attend this school and not learn SOMETHING in their chosen field of study. The atmosphere is hectic in the best way. The school puts you through hell to weed out the sorry people who don’t have the drive to succeed in the entertainment industry ANYWAY. Honestly, they are doing these people a favor.

    I am currently over half way through the creative writing program and I love every minute of it. I don’t care that it is a for-profit university. It gives them the ability to take our money and get us amazing opportunities with it. I took my nephew to see a taping of NXT on campus and he had tears in his eyes by the end of it. He felt so privileged.

    Everything on campus is top of the line. As soon as new equipment comes out, they have it for their students. Even if you have graduated, you can return to the school FOR FREE to audit a class. This updates and refreshed your skills to keep you at the top of your field.

    Also, I don’t know why people complain about the tuition. You graduate in TWO years in stead of FOUR. This cuts your living expenses in HALF. On top of that, you can get tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. I received several that are provided by Full Sail alone and paid for about 2/3 of my tuition, which lowered the cost to less than it would have been if I had attended Florida State, as was my original plan.

    If you are considering attending this university, please stop and think about how passionate you are. Full Sail has a massive drop-out rate for a reason. Are you willing to go to school for eight hours a day, six days a week, on top of homework on your off time and personal projects? Are you willing to give up your partying and social life to further hone your skills for your future career in the entertainment industry? If not, don’t bother applying. You’re just clogging up the classrooms, really. Go to a lazy four-year and party with the frats.

    However, if you want a cutting edge, REAL-LIFE education, it’s a great place to nurture your talent.


    Some Random Guy says:
    February 20th, 2015 at 1:04 am


    Who said anything about a creative writing degree in the above post? Full Sail does have some useless degrees, I’ll give you that, but it’s on the student to do their research before investing that kind of time and money on something that has little marketability. But here’s the thing, that goes for ANY school. It’s pretty obvious that attaining a degree in underwater basket weaving is going to be useless weather it’s from Full Sail or Harvard. I can assure you that the degree programs that this school is famous for (computer animation, game art/design, game development, etc.) are HIGHLY marketable for the right student. The program isn’t about finishing with a degree to put on a wall, it’s about developing a specialized and MARKETABLE industry skill-set that is virtually impossible to do without formal training.

    Sam says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Lets see how you feel when the bills start coming in and you realize a creative writing degree is useless. You would have been better off learning the material online for free or little money. Lynda.com has creative writing courses for $25 a month. Granted, you don’t get a degree, but I don’t recall anybody being denied from selling their script because they didn’t have a degree.

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    BetaFish says:

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I’m a former Full Sail student in the Computer Animation program. Unlike a lot of prior students who didn’t make it through the program and want to throw insults at the school for various reasons of their own, I won’t do that. I will however give those out there some pointers, and serious things to consider before going to Full Sail.

    First of all, I can’t speak for other programs at the school, only Computer Animation.

    If you’re interested in the Animation program, I STRONGLY, Most Assuredly, suggest you do yourself a favor and spend some significant time familiarizing yourself with the fundamentals of modeling and animation PRIOR to your start date. Spend a good six months at least at it, as though you are already in school. It will also help you a great deal if you have at least a decent levle of traditional drawing skills. If you don’t practice. Get yourself a sketch book and try to fill it before you start classes. Or take a drawing class or two at your local college. I would also HIGHLY recommend you take your basic college math, english and psych classes – if you can – at your local community college first, for 2 main reasons – #1 is the cost. You will pay about 20% or so at a community college for the exact same math classes you’ll be taking at Full Sail, and paying a couple grand for. Those credits will transfer IN to Full Sail in most cases. Reason #2 – If you take those gen. ed classes before you go to Full Sail, you won’t have to worry about your math and english work while you’re trying to learn how to model and animate. This frees up a TON of valuable time that you could be spending working on your main Animation projects – which is the primary reason you’re going to Full Sail in the first place, right? So get those classes taken care of before you enroll at FS.

    But even if you decide to just spend the extra money and take all those classes at Full Sail, DEFINITELY spend a good bit of time teaching yourself animation and modeling via youtube, and cheap or “free” software online prior to going. You’re only making things harder on yourself if you don’t.

    Reason being is that this program moves at a lightening fast pace. No BS’ing here. It is extremely easy to fall behind even when you’re focused. Most classes are one month long – 8 to 10 sessions, and most months you will have 2 classes running parallel, one production-oriented class, one book-work or traditional art oriented class. You will have 4 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab in most classes each day, 6 to 7 days a week. Mid terms are the end of your 2nd week right around there. Lecture is 4 hours of sitting in a class room listening to the instructor talk about the details of the course you’re currently in while you take notes. You won’t be working, you’ll be listening to what the instructor is saying and watching his work on a projector screen. I recommend getting a good pocket recorder and taking it with you to every class – that way you can keep track of exactly what the lectures are, and it makes note taking much easier, and easier to remember later. (Just don’t let them know you’re recording your lectures). Lecture can get very dull at times, but you aren’t allowed to actually work on anything while you’re in that 4 hour lecture 95% of the time and you’d best not fall asleep as some instructors will embarrass you for it (though some instructors will allow you to work on your laptop depending on the class but that’s very rare). Lab is when you’ll be working – and you will need to be in lab many many more hours than just the 4 hours per day that are allotted to you.

    As my admissions adviser put it to me, you will be eating, breathing and sleeping Computer Animation for the next 22 months – and most likely more, for the majority of students. My class started with over 200 students – within the first year there were less than 60 of us left. Most had dropped out, failed out, or couldn’t continue due to finances. Some had break downs due to the stress level – myself included. You Do NOT Have Time For ANYTHING ELSE. Sleep comes in the form of liquid – Red Bull, Monster, etc – there are CC-run vending machines all over campus for these, and you will be consuming a lot of them just to keep up with your day. Plan on spending a good 12 to 16 hours a day AT SCHOOL once classes really get moving. Most of those hours will be in labs, when you can get a spot in them. In the later months those hours could easily increase to 20+ per day. If you can make it that far.

    I’m not exaggerating anything here. I lived this for 2+ years. I put everything I could into it. I lived entirely on student loans, because there’s absolutely no way for most people to work even part time and go to Full Sail. The guy in one of these previous posts who claimed he worked 50 hours a week and did Full Sail 40 hours a week is straight up lying. It’s just not possible, unless maybe you’re in the Audio Engineering degree – (which is an associates). There just aren’t enough hours in a day or a week for all that. I had to take a month break mid-way through because I just couldn’t keep up and produce my best work. Even at that, I failed a few classes and had to repeat them. This program is no joke. It will take everything out of you, and if you expect to graduate and work in the industry then you have to give it EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT or you WILL FAIL. Computer Animation is probably the most competitive industry out there, and only the best of the best will ever make it anywhere.

    I will also say – I wasn’t a kid in my early 20’s when I started. I was in my early 30’s. I didn’t spend my time goofing off with my buddies, I was busting my ass to make the best grades possible, and I knew a bit about art and animation before I enrolled. I still failed out because it was simply too much to keep up with for me. And that’s the thing. Computer Animation is a very intense field, with a ton of aspects involved, and really, Full Sail pushes you through the program like a factory. By the end of the month you’ll be wondering what the hell you just spent the last 4 weeks studying and you’re on to the next subject. It’s really not a program that should be taught at this speed – it takes a lot of time just to learn because there’s so much involved, and then ten times longer to master any one aspect of it. At best, Full Sail’s CA program is a crash-course. A lot of their instructors – at least when I was going there – graduated from there, and their skills really are not that great. Some of those instructors are industry pros and know what they’re talking about. But many are just prior Full Sail grads whose work wasn’t polished enough to make it in the industry. Don’t expect to get a great paying job right when you graduate – you’re going to need at least another year or more to focus on whichever aspect of it you’ve decided to master and polish your skills. The demo reel you complete at the end of the program, most likely, will not be high enough quality to get you a job anywhere. But it’s all about how much you put into it. Full Sail teaches you the basics – and I do mean the VERY basics – but you have to put 150% of your own effort into it, if you expect your work to be better than just the average. Buy your own books and training vids from sites like Eat3D and others, and continue training yourself. This is an industry where tech moves and changes month to month. You never really stop learning. But if you can put in the work, and you don’t have a melt-down, then you’ll eventually get there. If you don’t absolutely love it, you’ll learn to hate it pretty quick. And then you’ll be buried under an insane amount of student loan debt that never goes away and only continues to grow interest. Just know what you’re getting into before you sign up.

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    Christopher says:

    September 25th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I see a lot of bad reviews, and I think the major problem here is that people don’t understand that this school trains its students in the most competitive fields out there. If you can’t handle it, its not the schools fault. Your expected to do at least 40 hours of work a week at an accelerated rate. The weak get weeded out very fast. I started in a section 5 with 30 students to each section. There is only one section now with about 15 to 25 students. Some repeated classes, some changed courses, most dropped or flunked. The statistics show that only 36% of students graduate on time. Deal with it.

    Plain and simple, you have to put forth the effort to make it in this industry and I can gladly say that I have and I’m already working in the field as a freelancer making better money then I did at my last union job, and they paid well. If you just managed to get through school, your not getting a job.

    My best advice if your really interested.
    -Your feelings are going to get hurt A LOT. Stop being weak.
    -If your instructor wants you to use Program 1, learn Program 2, 3, and 4 in your spare time.
    -Your portfolio class’s have you do Z amount of work, everyone does Z amount of work. You do Z x 10.
    -Take advantage of every extra credit option you can.
    -Stop whining and find your own industry connections. Other students are not industry connections
    -BEST ADVICE – quit your job. I did 50 hours of work a week and 40 hours of school a week and very little sleep.

    If you can’t do that, don’t go.


    MJ Brewer says:
    December 5th, 2014 at 2:53 pm


    Being the critical thinker I am, I agree with your post. If one considers the 36% success rate, to the rate of someone being hired for an actual job (of any sort), the weak ARE weeded out. This is the biggest reason I’m not only glad to be a member of Full Sail University, I’m EXCITED to be here. I’m a competitive person, which is exactly what this line of work requires. For those who think they’re going to jump in, dodge a few balls and then become number one in their field, they’re in for a HUGE disappointment. You are given the award you deserve.

    I have one year left, am president of The Film Scene, write articles for Geek Smash, I’m a junior high teacher AND a single parent of two. To top it off, I still manage to have an A average. I work hard for my grade and I’m proud that I do. The point is, others can do it just as I do. What’s the difference? The difference is attitude and commitment. If someone signs up without one of these, their signing a contract they aren’t ready to execute.

    Congratulations! I graduate next year on my birthday! Yeah!

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    Sean says:

    September 4th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I graduated Full Sail in May 2013. I immediately got an internship in Los Angeles at a production company that makes Lifetime movies. Literally I graduated May 10th and was working for the production company as an intern May 25th. After about six weeks as an intern I was brought on full time as a paid office assistant for my first feature film.

    The paid job lasted six weeks. Then I did the freelance thing for a while. I’ve worked “Day Play” which just means on a day to day basis on a bunch of different films. I’ve worked as a Grip, an Electric, a Production Runner, a Production Assistant, an Art PA, and a Script Supervisor. I’ve been paid on all of those jobs and I’ve made some good connections. I also drove a moving truck full of set decorations to Las Vegas and stayed there for the week in a nice hotel paid for by the production.

    The company I first started working for called me back to work for them twice. Once as a Production Runner and once as a Post Production Assistant.

    These jobs are long hours. PA’s make little more than minimum wage. Other jobs pay really really well. I’m looking at you camera team. It’s a difficult business. I’ve been in it for a year and I recently decided that I’d feel more financially secure getting a part time day job. So I did.

    There is nothing wrong with doing that. This is a business of peaks and valley’s. I’ll keep the part time day job for now and keep working in the film business when I can. Eventually the film jobs will become more consistent and I’ll quit the day job. I have classmates that graduated when I did and are currently working all of the time. They are at a peak. Hopefully they are saving up because a valley is inevitable. If that’s not something you can live with then it doesn’t matter what film school you go to.

    I’d also like to address the price. The reason everyone thinks Full Sail is so expensive is because the price for the WHOLE PROGRAM is usually what is listed. I’ve actually heard college reps from other schools say that Full Sail costs 75,000 per year, which isn’t true. 75,000 is for the entire program. 75,000 for the WHOLE BACHELOR’S DEGREE. If you went to a four year school for a bachelor’s degree somewhere else and spent 20,000/year then you’d end up paying 80,000.

    It’s also worth noting that the tuition price covers everything, but living expenses. As in all of your textbooks are included with the 75,000. Your film stock for you film projects is included (lots of other schools will tell you to set aside an additional 2,000 dollars a semester for film and processing). The set construction materials are included in that price. You’re given a cash budget to spend on your bigger projects which is included in your tuition. Every student receives a brand new laptop loaded with programs specific to their degree.

    The best thing to do if you’re interested in Full Sail is schedule a “Behind the Scenes” visit. It’s a four hour long tour at the school where they will take you through all of the facilities and talk to you about the different classes. After the tour walk around the campus and ask students what they think.

    As for the accreditation, I know people who went on to do Master’s programs at USC and NYU so I honestly don’t think you’ll have a problem with that, but if there is a school that you might want to do a master’s at call them and ask if they accept degrees from Full Sail.

    Another thing to consider is that Full Sail specializes in a field that is already incredibly difficult to get jobs in. A degree from Full Sail, or ANY school, doesn’t mean you’ll get a job right away. There are plenty of professionals making a great living that never went to school at all. I think Full Sail does an excellent job preparing you for the actual industry and they have a lot of industry standard equipment which a lot of schools don’t have. However you absolutely can be in the Film Industry, or the Recording industry, or the Game Industry without going to school. I personally felt it was worth it just for the connections I made, but the education was certainly a good one too.

    Last bit. If you do go to Full Sail, go to the Steak and Shake on University and tell Bonnie that Sean said hello.

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    friend of grad says:

    August 30th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    know a guy who went there, he had no problem finding a programming job right after, and he worked on GTA V

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    Laurel says:

    June 26th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I am currently re-enrolling at Full Sail University and I would like to point out that the message that most employer’s don’t take Full Sail Grads. Well I know of a Big name company that not only takes Full Sail Grads but works with the School as Well. World Wrestling Entertainment Group.

    Check it out

    and FYI. I don’t work for the School. I’ve found that thier online program is perfect for me and they are working with me to get me back in school

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    Future FS Student says:

    June 14th, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Off top imma tell you I think FSU is a great college yea it is expensive but like others have stated you get what you put in I had a friend who graduated last year and is the lead engineer at Darp Studios if you don’t know about Darp look it up and if you don’t believe me twitter @ JustOEngineer and ask him were he graduated from and I’m not some CPU generated post either made to brag about the school you can twitter me also @Bishop Mane I think it’s a great college I’m pumped about attending but hey different strokes for different folks


    John says:
    August 18th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Awesome. Judging by your spelling and grammar, it sounds like you’ll do very well at an online school.

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    THE REALIST says:

    June 1st, 2014 at 9:19 pm




    mike says:
    December 26th, 2015 at 11:34 pm


    Composer says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’m assuming you learned how to grammatically format and operate a keyboard from YouTube.

    Guest says:
    June 29th, 2014 at 9:09 pm


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    Guest says:

    January 14th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I love the idea of Full Sail, but the reality is far removed from what is promised. For the price of going to law school, you can get your masters at Full Sail. I know several people that have been to Full Sail and even graduated. You can be the top in your class, for whatever that is worth and still get nowhere in the career path you studied for. You honestly need to know someone in the field, which would beg the question of why would you need this degree if you already had connections? Financial aid is in the habit of allowing you to get near graduation and then pulling the rug out from under you. This is accomplished by showing you at that time that you can no longer attend unless you have other loan options, cash (of course) and an even more dubious offer of a loan made through the school itself. This alone should prove that the aid department and the focus of the school is entirely about money. In many of the situations I have personally seen, this occurs after they have been given some sort of refund leading up tho this point.

    Accreditation is laughable at best. No, I am being serious. There are few and far between that will accept your credits from Full Sail. This is why the Masters programs were started up. Having a masters program allows the school to trap undergrads with credits and degrees that will not transfer.

    Online classes cost the same amount as campus classes? All the assignments are ran through Turnitin and other programs, this way the instructors can simply give the grade without looking at it.

    Professionalism is an easy way to pass students that do not deserve to pass the classes they participate in. You can essentially fail the class and so long as you get an additional 10% added to your overall grade, you will pass.

    Reputation… I love how they tout themselves as cutting edge in all areas. Web students were still studying HTML4 despite the fact HTML5 had been around for quite a while. Yes, knowing some older programming is very helpful, but it should not replace looking to the future. The bulk of the Web program was seemingly made up of forcing them to learn graphic design and Flash. These items surely impress people that do not know this field, but on my first interview I was asked if all we learn is how to draw by a company seeking a intern for web development.

    Job placement is not going to help you. I know several people that graduated Salutatorian and were very qualified people, but the school would send them job leads for a jewelry store in downtown Orlando to work as a clerk making minimum wage. You have been warned…

    In summary, I would strongly suggest people go the state college route and avoid Full Sail. You CAN succeed without Full Sail! There better colleges than FS and being so focused will actually hurt you int he long run. The items that are being glossed over (i.e. accounting, business writing) are what would actually get you a job, if they had taken the time to teach them properly.I honestly see Full Sail as a pretentious entrepreneur program, with very few classes focused on the job market itself. If Full Sail could live up to the promises it makes, this would indeed be a great school to go to. I feel as though they honestly need to begin with hiring full time staff to answer phones and handle financial aid. This might help improve their image and reputation and allow the school to focus on actually improving the quality of education being offered for this ridiculous price. Making the move to a more mainstream accreditation should be their final goal. Please look around and don’t fall for their schemes and misquoted stats they give on Full Sail grads.


    Jim says:
    September 23rd, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    David, your “current student” status tells me your review is worthless. You have been duped and will know the ‘real world’ after you try and find a job.

    Mom of Grad says:
    July 8th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    My son has a Bachelor’s in Game Development from Full Sail. He has been trying for well over 3 years now to get a job in his field. He was 2nd in his graduating class. Luckily he had an Associate’s Degree in Computer Sciences to help him find and hold a job while looking. Full Sail has put him $90k in debt and NO HOPE of a job in his field. As a parent, watching your child be financially strapped for a lifetime is hard. The promise from the school that 87% of their graduates (at that time) had jobs was unfounded and just basically a lie. 87% MAY have been interns and not offered a job at the end of those internships. Full Sail graduates students in these niche jobs every month and the market is flooded. A very small percentage may find jobs but the vast majority will be left with huge debt.

    David says:
    January 21st, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I would just like to say that I very much disagree with your comments. I am a current student at Full Sail University, with Music Production as my major. I study online, and have completed 12 courses towards my Bachelors degree. First off, you get back what you put in. No institute of higher education is going to hold your hand and magically make things happen for you to have a successful career, regardless of the amount of money you spend. The professors at Full Sail are extremely knowledgeable in their field, and do not simply pass students who do not put any effort into their own education. The resources available at Full Sail are incredible – and I’m not just talking about “job placement”. They provide all the information and leadership necessary to succeed in your chosen degree program, and encourage all students to take charge of their life and career. Highly trained instructors with a wealth of experience in their field are always available to speak with, and are the most student focused instructors I have ever had. They want you to learn, grow, and be successful. As I stated, you get what you put in, and within the creative arts industry, that’s what is required for individual success. Since enrolling, I have sought out (on my own) opportunities within the music industry, and have already signed contracts with professional music producers based in Seattle, who have bought the copyrights to a few of my original compositions for inclusion on an album currently in the works. These contracts include mechanical royalties. I’m not saying this to brag – I am making a point. It was not Full Sail who made a phone call and got me this opportunity, it was my hard work and self effort. However, every course I have taken at Full Sail has improved my skills in music production, which I learn more and more about each and every day, and in turn, have opened doors such as these. It is essential that the student take an active role in their education and participate, and not be afraid to ask questions. Full Sail delivers, and will never in a million years ignore your sincere desire to learn, so you can achieve your dream. So, please, do your homework and get the facts straight before making misinformed comments like this. Thank you!

    Joshua says:
    January 21st, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for your honesty! It is well appreciated

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    Christian says:

    January 10th, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Graduated in 03, currently working Olympics for automation, nothing to do with Full Sail…………….worked for DMB, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, etc etc…………I am in the industry and Full Sail is looked at as a joke!

    Not taken seriously by the music/entertainment industry

    c_hindley21@yahoo.com with questions


    Q says:
    May 18th, 2014 at 6:47 am


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    Debugger says:

    December 28th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I enrolled at Full Sail for the bachelor’s in Game Development while simultaneously pursuing the bachelor’s in Software Development at Valencia/UCF. Two years in public school couldn’t teach me as much as as the first six months at Full Sail did. The overwhelming majority of the instructors are knowledgeable and accessible, contrary to the aloof and “easy A” teachers in public schools. I was hired by a large game company 3 months before my graduation at a salary that is normally only offered to graduates holding a master’s (and it normally would require a master’s to achieve the same level of proficiency in game/simulation programming). No major complaints.


    Mom of Grad says:
    July 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    You were very lucky. Congrats!

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    FS student says:

    November 9th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I hate it here. I was lied to so much. I was told that general ed credits like math and english and science were not needed that we would get right to it in our programs. Digital Literacy is so ridiculous and especially Psychology of Play. Lie #2. I have dropped out of the online Digital Literacy class and failed the actual class and they say that you can take a class as much as you need to but now they are telling me I can only fail this class 2 more times or I will be kicked out. Lie #3 I was told you could push a class back to a later date but you have to take it before you take film classes. Lie #4 “We have so many great networking opportunities” No. There is 1 and it really isnt. Lie #5 Christina Perri was advertised performing here during the orientation. I have not heard of one concert at this school as a performer to her status. Housing is ridiculous and so is the cost to this school. Not worth my time to continue and I am currently looking for better schools


    RMAN says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I never heard of someone mad at not being allowed to fail more than three times…. Maybe study a little???

    Debugger says:
    December 28th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    You obviously never read your contract nor your student handbook. Allow me to address your gripes:

    “I was told that general ed credits like math and english and science were not needed that we would get right to it in our programs.”

    This is true. No prior college-level coursework is necessary to get into Full Sail. This is because each degree consists of some general ed coursework. If you have already completed equivalent coursework in another accredited school, you can transfer those credits in and not have to take them at Full Sail. I did this for the English and Psychology courses.

    “I have dropped out of the online Digital Literacy class and failed the actual class and they say that you can take a class as much as you need to but now they are telling me I can only fail this class 2 more times or I will be kicked out.”

    You failed what is known as a “gauntlet” class. Basically, the gauntlet can be thought of as the first semester. If you fail any of your fundamentals classes enough times, you will be kicked out of the program. This is for your own good as well as the good of the school and the good of other students. With game dev students, for example, if a student demonstrates that they have no ability whatsoever to program, it is a waste of that student’s time and money to stay there. It is also a waste of the school’s resources to keep trying to teach them. It is also a waste of other students’ time who have to sit on waiting lists to start in that degree because your failing ass is taking up a seat in the class.

    “I was told you could push a class back to a later date but you have to take it before you take film classes.”

    The courses in the degree are laid out in a very specific order. If you have extenuating circumstances, you can sometimes take less relevant (IE general ed) courses at different times, but you rarely if ever can get your class schedule rearranged. This is not something you’re allowed to complain about. Every school has a schedule that they won’t change JUST FOR YOU and every school has courses that have pre-requisites. Full Sail even goes the extra mile beyond other schools in trying to give you exactly what you paid for, even if the classes that existed when you enrolled have been phased out (they keep them running until you go through them). You are also fully aware of what your schedule is before you ever sign your contract. It’s nobody else’s fault if you didn’t bother to look at your schedule.

    “We have so many great networking opportunities” No. There is 1 and it really isnt.”

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. Since you failed almost immediately after enrolling, I don’t know what networking you could have possibly participated in. Full Sail has a neverending series of seminars and events, career development professionals on-hand to assist you, and frequent visits from major employers, not to mention many graduates in various entertainment industries.

    “Christina Perri was advertised performing here during the orientation. I have not heard of one concert at this school as a performer to her status.”

    Not sure what in the hell this has to do the education you enrolled for.

    “Housing is ridiculous…”

    Housing situations have NOTHING to do with Full Sail, because Full Sail does not offer housing. Regardless, there is no housing crisis that I’m aware of. I lived in the Baldwin Park community and it was fantastic.

    “…and so is the cost to this school.”

    Again, this is something you are aware of before you ever sign the contract or enroll. If you didn’t like the price, you shouldn’t have agreed to pay it. In any case, although the cost of tuition is much higher than public schools, it is also all-inclusive (tutors, parking, books, etc., are all free) and the accelerated pace allows you to save 2+ years worth of living expenses.

    I’m afraid your idea of a “better” school is one that doesn’t charge money, doesn’t have general ed, doesn’t have pre-requisites, doesn’t have any standards for passing, serves you a job on a silver platter with no effort on your part, and apparently also has concerts. You’re living in a dreamland.

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    Allen says:

    August 31st, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    So I recently started FS with high hopes and expectations. Maybe I’m just too old or too tired of school, but the fact is that although my degree is a business major in Music, FS is wasting my tuition making me take a stupid class about Digital Literacy. Now I completely understand the reasoning behind this class as it is supposed to be some sort of intro to the internet in order to explain your rights and/or responsibilities with ethics and such as I’m sure many young people might need to know, but what is this crap where we have to express ourselves with digital images and designs with pictures and such? Did they run out of things to teach and started throwing this crap in the class to tie up the time? I mean if your going to teach digital literacy, then teach it on a college level, not a kindergarten’s level. Also, I see what the others are talking about now concerning the instructors not knowing anything. I think they might have pulled some off the street as a beggar and hired them to teach. My intention has never been to bad mouth an organization who’s goal is to help and teach others, but to what extent are we learning here. I chose this school only after earning my associates at a regionally accredited college which I completed entirely online and after attending several such universities, I have to say that Full Sail’s online classes suck! I’m dropping out and going back to a regionally accredited college immediately.


    Octavious says:
    January 5th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Federal Money will only be paid if you pass a course. They will refuse to pay. Since you dropped out all pell grant money goes back to Federal Government.

    Allen says:
    February 6th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This is an update… As I said above, I did drop out. Fast forward almost 6 months…

    Full Sail is trying to make me pay $6,000 even though I had Pell Grant, Student loan, AND full GI Bill paying this awful school. They are crooks. I believe the mafia runs this place.

    How can they possibly charge me $6,000 when I had all this federal money coming in paying them. This school sucks and I would advise anyone to stay clear of them unless they want to go into debt and have bad credit all they while not learn a damn thing.

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    DS says:

    August 27th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Hey Brad, where are you? Still in Winter Park? I’m a student, was wondering if you would wanna get together.

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    Marcia Sweezey says:

    July 30th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Parents beware and hide your savings from Full Sail. Scam is the right word to use, in my opinion, as seen in a published article.
    We sent our son there, paying full price up front of course. Full Sail gets all its money up front. Then the disasters began, in my experience in my opinion. 1. They took all the money. 2. They could not get the supplies on time or take many phone calls. 3. They marked our son absent when he had pneumonia and a doctor’s letter. 4. When he tried to return to school, they shut him out, ignored the fact of the ill health and letter from doctor and calls from me, kept him on the MIA list, and kept all the money. The financial end result is that we will be paying off the private loan forever with nothing to show for it except a very bad experience. The class schedule, too, is absurd. A student is expected to be taking courses from 9 AM until 2 AM with no time to sleep or study or eat, in our experience. No wonder the students get sick, in my opinion. I have no recourse as the bill payer. Only my son can take legal action. If you asked me, I would tell you to Sail Away from Full Sail and don’t look back. In my opinion.


    Apryl Varga says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I actually have to disagree with you in the sense that they are not helpful during an illness.

    I am in their IMMS program currently and should be graduating in December 2013. I suffered a minor stroke due to stress in June 2013 (I am only 29… 28 at that time,) and they were more than accommodating. I did have a “W” on my transcript for the class I had to pull out of the class within days of it starting, but overall, everyone was so kind and helpful.

    Simply speaking to the illness factor, I had a great experience in regards to Full Sail accommodating me.

    Full Sail Student says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I am currently a Full Sail Student, and most of what you are saying is not really making any sense to me personally.

    First, the issues that you have with Full Sail regarding your sons absence due to illness can be dealt with by simply calling your student advisor. The phone lines are always open, and I have never had any issues reaching the appropriate department to take care of my concerns and needs. You have to call if you are ill, that way they can take you out of the class, and you can take it a later time. I have had this happen to me a few times and was always able to stay active at Full Sail, and retake courses. It sounds like your son was not communicating at all, then they dropped him, which any college will do by the way.

    You are not expected to attend classes from 9a-2a, that is absurd and you are clearly misinformed. I have been at Full Sail for three years. You can do your course work any time, with each assignment having a specific deadline.

    I dont really see you how you have any legal basis for any of your claims towards Full Sail, as it seems to be your own errors in not communicating with Full Sail.

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    troy says:

    July 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I went to school in the late 60s …Agriculture (do not think its easy…one additional class and I could have gone to medical school)worked my way through (poor eastern Kentucky lad)…

    Well…muddled around with various jobs …kept learning and now I own my own firm doing online training and am a dirty 1%’er. HOW? I worked..learned…worked..learned…ask for nothing-expected less…saved 20% of every dime I earned and achieved success.

    Point is- just learn to learn and do so…


    harvey says:
    May 31st, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Not really sure what in the world you talking about almost going to med school or being a “dirty 1%’er” has anything to do about FS.

  • Steve says:

    July 10th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I’ll just throw my two bits in. I’m not a student, yet, of FS, but rather a student at a regionally accredited university. I am interested in FS because 1. it has my degree field I’m interested in, and 2. it is online which is more practical since I live in South Carolina. The degrees at “regionally” accredited universities, usually have all the same type of degrees for the most part. If you want to be a mechanical engineer then go to a regionally accredited school. If you want to teach a subject at a high school or college, then go to a regionally accredited school. If you want to go into the medical field, then graduated from a regionally accredited school. I’ve read the reviews here and other places and I’ve read reviews of the university in which I am a current student. It seems that everyone has good and bad to say of each and every college, except maybe Berkley, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc. If you are interested in Web design then there are plenty of regionally accredited two year colleges out there that offer this degree. If you want Music production as I do, there are not so many available unless I move across the US. This school may not be “regionally” accredited, but it all depends on what you want to do with the knowledge you obtain from any school. If you want to be a music teacher, then don’t go to this school. I really want to learn music production for my own business as I have no one else that can teach me the skills necessary to accomplish my goals. As far as money is concerned, well I have the GI bill that pays for the costs. After bouncing around majors at my university for 6 years now and only making it to the junior level, I really have no idea what is more practical in the sense of a degree. Degrees nowadays do not hold the same value as they once did. This is simply for the young kids who are reading these reviews. I’d like to say that you are already above the rest by doing your research as many of for profit schools can seem deceiving to beginning students. As many have said here, don’t expect to be able to transfer this program to a regionally accredited one as many universities will ONLY except the same, but if you plan to finish this program to completion and get a head start in the career of your choice without all the bull shit classes such as political science, history before and since 1865 and literature, etc., then this type of school may be for you. If you graduated with a Phd in web design or graduated at FS, it wouldn’t matter so much in this respect because the employer wants to know how you can save them money by putting up a great web site for them or their customers. Now if you are teaching such a class, then you need a regionally accredited degree in web design. Understand? Good luck.


    jay bacchus says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Steve and everyone else considering Full Sail. For personal reasons, I needed to drop my original major and am reentering the Music Production program. It’s far more suited to what I love doing.

    Don’t work up a sweat to get into ANY school unless you have soul-searched and determined what it is, exactly, that you want to do because you’d love doing it. What would you do with your life if you didn’t need to generate a pay check—ever.

    In the case of Full Sail and Music Production, don’t take the notion you’ll be able to ride your FS degree into a dynamite job with Walt Disney Studios minus any actual experience in the field of audio production. It won’t be the fault of FS if you find yourself doing janitorial work for WD Studios.

    Age 66, I’m not interested in the least in going to work for some such employer. I could be quite happy for the rest of my life producing spots and promos to market ebook products with 100% resale rights. If that sounds abstract, please do a search for the term I just used.

    Online marketers do not call these voice overs, spots or promos. They call them podcasts. Plain English : ebook products written by someone else. Producing one’s own voice over podcasts in Pro Tools 11 on a Mac is an effective way to boost such sales to a very profitable level.

    If you’re familiar with the syllabus for Music Production, you know that Pro Tools 11 is a cornerstone of the program. It is, dare I say, serious overkill for making 8 track voice over spots.

    So there you have it. You write your snap, crackle ‘n pop ad for the ebook you’re selling. You post it on CraigsList. You include a link to your :60 podcast as well as to your site. Your podcast sounds as compelling as any promo or commercial spot you’d hear in national syndication. You made that podcast, complete with high energy production music and effects, in Pro Tools 11. The podcast promo is only going to stimulate the listener to go to your site and make a purchase.

    If I’ve flipped on a bright diode in anybody’s mind by spilling my own strategy, well, that’s why I did this. Full Sail can be a huge opportunity for the student who genuinely KNOWS what they want to do. This is a student with the wisdom and maturity to know that going to work for somebody else is far from the only way to use his/her FS training.

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    JustTHEfacts says:

    July 1st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I had enrolled into Full Sail and was blown away. I thought I had found the solution to my problem. I wanted a degree in Graphic Design and this school seemed the best way to get there in a short time. I didn’t mind the price because like many if you think about the cost of equipment, software and books it seemed reasonable. I then had a medical problem and had to leave school. No big deal, and so I started the process. However, during the time I was out I did research other schools. Like any consumer you want the most bang for your $.

    After doing a few weeks of research this is what I discovered. Keep in mind I do not have a gripe about the school at all.

    I have seen reviews from employers stating that they will not hire a Full Sail Grad due to the simple fact that they are know it alls. (I just said that this was due to the fact that they know what they are doing, and not all employers have the latest technology or software like Full Sail offers).

    Then I started reading things like (which seemed to be hard to find) my degree isn’t worth the paper its printed on. Now the Red Flags are up. I have to know what this means and why. Well, there are a lot of people that have gotten their BS from Full Sail to only realize that the accreditation that they brag about is the lowest form of accreditation you can receive. Meaning that you are not going to attend another school with that BS you received from Full Sail University. This means that if you want to further your education and get a Masters, well let just say good luck! It’s like not having a BS at all b/c you will have to start from scratch. In addition, a lot of employers don’t accept National Accreditation you must have a BS from a Regionally Accredited school. I must also mention that once you have used all your aid for your 1st BS then you will have to pay out of pocket.

    I also know that a lot of banks are not giving loans to Full Sail anymore as well. For example, Wells Fargo and Sallie Mae. This is a Red Flag, because they are now looking into if Feds will continue to give funding for these For-profit schools.

    Now I come to the point to when researching schools, I came across some interesting things in the curriculum. Most regional accredited schools require you to take some form of drawing classes, which makes since since you will need some type of illustration background. I also found that most schools have some type of portfolio you must submit as well. Not at Full Sail, anyone can get in. Speaking of Portfolios, I started putting my portfolio together to submit to schools. I had to build me a web site in order to to this, and I wanted a flash site. However, I never worked in flash, but just from watching Youtube I have built a flash site in a few hours. I even have created a flash intro as well. Just say that my flash knowledge increased my 70% in the first week just from watching free tutorials. It was this that made me look more closely at what it is I will be gaining from Full Sail. I can tell you that people who are in the masters program you can find samples of their work on line. What I have gathered is that you have people who you can tell have a background in graphic and web design and those who don’t have a clue. I have seen things that my 8 year old can do in After Effect, such as the animated logo project. Multilevel platform deliveries is something you should know how to do if you are presenting any type of work to a client. After 20 years in this field I should have a degree based on my portfolio alone. I see now what people mean either you have it or you don’t have it.

    But what ever float your boat. There are other schools like Full Sail, for example Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. They offer the same thing but at least you will receive your certifications in the Adobe Software you are trained in, which will mean a lot on your resume. Just like Full Sail they give you the software and a macbook to do your work on.

    In conclusion, I will be doing the state college route. I will rather have a degree that I can use then one I can not. As we all know sometimes its just having the degree that counts no matter what background it in. I sure don’t need a degree to work at best buy. Just Saying!

    I know that people are going to bash and hate but never trust anyone info but your own. So do your own research on for profit schools and Full Sail. Call around and ask employers with open positions about the degree the except and find out for yourself.

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    Bouken says:

    June 6th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I am currently on my 7th month with Full Sail University’s Digital Cinematography Online Bachelor’s Degree Program.

    This is also my 3rd College/University in my pursue to getting a degree. And although I don’t think Full Sail has been the best education experience I have so far, it has been very convenient. The reason I chose to attend Full Sail Online is because I live in Singapore and wanted to use my GI Bill benefits, but became difficult to use here. And I must say that as far as an online education is concerned, I believe it to be the best I’ve seen so far. I also believe that it is a nice compliment to my career as a video editor as I am constantly learning new technical/historical knowledge about my choose field.

    I can’t speak for anyone here who say negative things about this school, but I can tell you is not bad. Your education and career choices are what you make it. So if you think this school is worthless, then maybe you are. You can have it worse, you can spend 4 years of going through bullshit and battling leadership politics while serving a country full of people that complain all the time about shitty education. But just like it was my decision to volunteer to go through that experience, so did you to experience this one. Don’t expect to be handed anything because you have a degree, NO MATTER FROM WHERE!

    And in the media entertainment business, your portfolio is worth more than that piece of paper (hence why I’m a full time video editor overseas) and Full Sail does a great job providing you with the tools needed to build your portfolio and sharpen your tech skills.

    Have a Great Day Folks


    Steve says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Well said Bouken. I am also using the GI Bill and after completing three years of college at a regionally accredited university, I need to wake up and attend a school more specific in my interests. Thank you for your input as I am also leaning towards starting FS.

    GEEKBOI says:
    June 10th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    When it comes to gaming and film there are opportunities most Game and Film students…I am not one of those slackers searching for a handout everything I learned from mixing mastering to recording I taught myself FS didn’t teach me anything the instructors have the attitude as if there just there for a check…yes they provide you with tools but what about the education and hands on experience…NO ONE TAKES THIS PLACE SERIOUS OUTSIDE OF FULL SAIL!!!! I am witnessing this now you can defend the school all you want I know staff members personally dude…when it comes to recording arts its bullshit you don’t learn shit…I work with Caskey who raps here in Orlando signed to YMCMB I met him through outside networking not full sail save that shit for the birds dude Ive been to three previous colleges why would I talk shit about the school which is suppose opportunities in my dream field you ask anyone in Orlando about Full Sail they will lol

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    Dave P says:

    June 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I was interested in a film degree so I went and took the “Behind The Scenes Tour.” To be honest, they didn’t tell me anything that I haven’t already learned from YouTube…3 point lighting, green screen, Hitchcock Zoom, etc. They had a nice non-linear editing set up. You are required to have a Mac Book with Final Cut loaded. Truth is, the industry is leaning more towards Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects and further away from Final Cut Pro X. If you are interested in editing, buy the Adobe Production Premium (about $1200) and watch the tutorials online…IT’S A LOT CHEAPER than Full Sail. If you are into cinematography, buy a solid state camcorder, like a Panasonic AG-HPX170P (records direct to card in 1080p and runs around 4 grand…still cheaper than Full Sail!} Read the instruction manual and find supplemental info online…the best way to learn about coring, chroma, gamma, matrix, etc., is to play with the camera. You can learn what they teach at a fraction of the cost. The only thing they have to offer is a piece of paper! Face it, when you talk to a professional in the entertainment business, they know whether you know what you are talking about or not. All systems, programs, and cameras operate differently…you need to learn the basics then you learn the rest by hands on experience. You can learn just about anything with YouTube tutorials. Svae yourself a lot of money.


    FilmGal says:
    June 10th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    So, uh…just wanted to clarify, as someone in the video field.

    1) The industry isn’t really moving toward Premiere. They sort of are, but it’s splintered at the moment. I’d say the amount of people switching to Premiere is about as many as those trying to make FCP and FCPX work for them. FCP used to be extremely prevalent. I would say that Avid is making a much bigger dent than Premiere, though.

    2) Saying that people are going to After Effects while talking about Final Cut and Premiere is a little eh. Post work is a lot more varied than straight editing as far as programs are concerned, and nobody’s switching to AE because they don’t like FCPX.

    3) The AG-HPX170P is nice, but I feel like a lot more people are going the DSLR route. Maybe it’s just me and my circle, but it gets a lot more “film” feel out of it than what looks like an ENG type of camera. I’ve never used this camera before so again, just stating my opinion.

    4) All the above being said, it’s true that when it comes to filmmaking, generally doing is better than classes. When it comes time to hire editors where I work, I very rarely look at resumes. I’m always checking out the reel, the porfolio. That’s what I care about. Even so, I know I’m in the minority sometimes. HR doesn’t really like it when I do that, ha ha.

    Even so, if you feel like you need to get this sort of education before you start, go for it. Try it for a year (or less) and see if it’s for you. Some people just don’t feel confident enough to invest that kind of money into equipment on a “maybe” (cause it’s not just cameras, it’s camera, lights, audio gear, set gear, editing software, etc etc etc).

    Disclaimer: I don’t work for Full Sail and my college degree has nothing to do with film or movies or anything. I got my job by being at the right place at the right time and willing to be crapped on for a few years to get where I am. Nobody checked my degree at the door. In fact, my boss tried to get me to drop out of school so he could hire me full time, ha ha. Woulda broke my mom’s heart, so I declined, and he waited.

  • GEEKBOI says:

    May 8th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I am currently a student at Full Sail going on 9 months now just switched over from Recording Arts program to Entertainment Business. I have been to community colleges and trade schools better than Full Sail. This school is a total rip off. They fool you with that tour where they take you around the campus to take a look at all the fancy recording,film,and game equipment which you never use. Then the staff and teachers are nothing but former graduates with shitty attitudes a couple of them have more tattoos and piercings than the students. Anyone can get accepted into Full Sail they don’t do any kind of background check you have 30 year olds who just recieved their GED even kids who were in special education lol. Full Sail is full of dreamers. I have seen more success from FS dropouts than the graduates. My advice is if you are talented at what you do and you know for sure you are capable of making it big at what you do (sing,rap,film,gaming,produce) take those living expense checks and flip it the right way. There are alot of connects in the industry around Orlando,Tampa,and surrounding areas you just have to sit back and observe you will do better going to youtube learning what you need FS sucks


    Current Student says:
    December 18th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    It’s not a scam these people put in little effort and expected everything to be handed to them is what the problem is.

    GEEKBOI says:
    June 10th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    @Huner…you must be one of FS office workers behind the desk searching the net for dirty comments haha lol im there for networking what since would it make to drop out and be stuck in debt for life when you can stick around and get a connect I am now working with the Avengers who just got signed to Cash Money Records didn’t meet through full sail haha so what does that tell you

    Bouken says:
    June 6th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Gotcha there…

    Huner says:
    May 31st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    So… If this is such a scam, why are you still attending after 9 months? Either what you say isn’t true, or you’re an idiot for still attending. Which is it?

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    Casper Rabbin says:

    April 15th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    The best decisions i ever made, I graduated in 2010, and its unbelievable the offers I get as soon as they find out im a graduate from Full Sail. The stories from past graduates tells the story about Full Sail, they speak for them selves…… Best school ever…

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    Not Fool Sale says:

    March 27th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I appreciate everyone comments and as the result I am not going to waste my money with Full Sail. I have an offer at Berkely Music School and you better believe your going to get what you pay for their because music is what they pioneered in. By the way Full Sail name don’t even sound right!!

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    Dr. Peter Venkman says:

    February 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I am in my second year of Full Sail’s Computer Animation program. I say program because that is what I am focused on. They market it as a Bachelors degree, but the general education courses are a joke and probably only include them for their accreditation (also a joke).

    That being said, the tech classes are very informative, challenging, and fun. That is if you want to make something of quality. I have been in many classes that have students who have repeated the class 3 or more times already and this robbery would bother me if they weren’t letting themselves get robbed. To create quality work takes allot of of TIME and you can’t screw off or you are gonna produce crap. Believe me I have seen crap, and you can hear the embarrassment on the comments of the students who have to post their work for critique. This is due to the low standards of enrollment. I have seen some amazing student work as well, but for most students they are wasting their time.

    If I were not to include myself maybe 2 other students have produced quality projects throughout my coursework and many have dropped out after one year. One project I personally spent 60 plus hours on in one week. If you are not prepared to spend that kind of time than you are wasting ALLOT of money.

    If you take anything from this post it is this, the tech classes are fast paced and no joke hard especially if you are a noob. Do not consider it a Bachelors degree as it will not transfer anywhere. The teachers are great and if you work hard they will teach you allot. I have found that if you don’t have any idea what you are doing they do not have any idea how to help you and if you pass a tech course with anything below an A you should probably retake it or you are gonna be lost in the next class. If you are reasonably responsible you will look up how to get into the animation/game industry and Everyone will tell you that you need to start at the bottom to get your foot in the door so job placement should be taken with a grain of salt on both ends. Also, NETWORK! I am 32 years old and hold a degree in another field. In that time, 99 percent of my jobs have directly or indirectly come from someone I know.

    One of the best pieces of advice I have read concerning this matter is from another review. If you want a job get out of Orlando! Seriously unemployment there is like 11 percent!

    It is true their are other schools I would prefer to go to. Who wouldn’t go to Ringling if they had the money?


    Huner says:
    May 31st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    You get out of something what you put into it. I got an B.S. in electrical engineering out of high school, then went back for a second B.S. 20 years later. Seeing the laziness of most of (not all) the young students the second time around for me was incredible. If you don’t put in the proper time and effort, you are regulalted to being a whiner accusing the school of scamming you because they didn’t spoon-feed you while you spent 14 hours a day in front of a TV screen.

    Stan says:
    April 2nd, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Hey bud. Graduated full sail in 1994 with a total student debt of $50,000. I now owe $73,000 due to interest, and that is after paying over $40,000. My advice would be to go to a public school, because to put it simply, full sail offers sub-par education, at extremely high prices.


    Thomas . M says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi im a student who is about to graduat from high school but have ben eagrly trying to figure out what is the best college to help me proceed my goals of becoming a game designer or a graphic illustrator for games. to be concise on description i want to create illustrative worlds and creatures for the games and design every aspect of art in it. as for a back ground ive taken every art class at my school(graphic design, drawing, printmaking, jewlery making, ceramics, and currently AP Art studio). ive won a total of 6 awards for contempory fine-arts pieces and 3 from schoolastic included. i pratice on my own time on illustrator and adobe photoshop but i know there is more programs that belong for that job class way better then adobe. i am also practicing figure study cause every comic illustrator that ive met told me ” most of it is based on anatomy” and through this i can figure out propotions right and create what ever i like and place things correctly for humans and creatures. my main questions is and i would like some one to veiw as well, my art pieces and see if im truly talented and worthy for a school like full sail to pursue my dream. if some one can reply and point me into the right direction
    Thank you

  • buk says:

    February 8th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Full Sail Admissions has a department who’s sole purpose is to monitor and respond to activities on the Web (I.E. site postings, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc). Don’t believe everything that you read…


    chloe alexander says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    how much does it cost to be a full sail university student?

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    Joel says:

    February 4th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hey guys.

    I read this review site(as well as probably 10 others) before starting FSU’s Mobile Development program. All I can say, is this has to be a disgruntled student(actually I see them all the time). These are students who chose Mobile Development, but aren’t meant to be developers. I watch people fail a class 3 times!

    This stuff isn’t easy, and people blame the school when they fail.

    I actually think for some degrees(such as Mobile Development) an online degree is better. It teaches you how to use the internet to learn, and how to learn on your own time without help(as if you were working a REAL JOB). This is the tech industry, and technology changes very quickly. No one will be at your job to hold your hand.

    Stop whining and go to an easier school if you don’t like it :).


    Christopher says:
    September 25th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I’m a Game Art student with 5 months left, these are the posts you need to read. When you see scam scam scam, its probably someone who failed because they thought getting into the industry was easy and learned the hard way that they were wrong.

    david says:
    August 18th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    so how was the class over all did you feel like youve learnt all that you needed in order to get a good job

    Logic says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    ….attends a For-Profit school and tells people to go to an EASIER school if they don’t like it? How about going to a properly accredited school and receiving a quality education for the same price as the for-profit? ….facepalm…

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    Steffi says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I’ve been watching Full Sail’s reputation for a couple of years. I am not involved in the entertainment industry or the game design industry at all. But, their program was just really intriguing to me and ‘felt’ exciting. I was pleasantly surprised to see they will offer an online Masters in Public Relations program and immediately applied. I’m in my mid-30s and a successful PR/Media Relations professional with a job that I love. I am looking at this PR program at Full Sail strictly as a costly investment into my overall career progression and development. At my age and where I am in my career, accreditation, for-profit, etc. all mean pretty much nothing. BUT, being able to learn some of the specific things outlined in the program curriculum is exactly what I’m seeking as a well-rounded supplement to my career experience right now. Would I have considered Full Sail right out of high school many years ago, probably not. But, is it the right type of university for me today? I believe so. Only time will tell, but I suggest people reading reviews do as I always do when reading any review of any person, place or thing – do your research and figure it out for yourself. Simplez…best of luck to us all! :-)

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    Jason Bowden says:

    January 17th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I came into this online school a bit skeptic at first, but then I realized that the more I put into my studies and the more questions I had for my instructors, the more I learned about video game design in general.Some of my classmates don’t seem motivated, but some of them do seem motivated. The key factor for succeeding in Full Sail University and beyond is hard work and self motivation. Anyone who complains that a degree in Full Sail is worthless hasn’t truly applied themselves to their course of study and hasn’t worked hard to get the job they want.

    The world can be harshly competitive, and I notice often that my instructors are trying to prepare me for one of the most competitive job markets in the world. They aren’t perfect and I’ve had to point out a few errors in their quizzes and their gradings, but some of them have actually worked in the competitive field I am shooting for and have greatly succeeded.

    “You get what you put into it.” That statement can’t be any more true. No matter where you go to college, whether it be a bare bones community college or a snooty ivy league campus like Yale or Harvard, you have to come into your classes really wanting to learn and then apply what you have learned. That seems to apply even more to attending Full Sail.

    If you think that paying for your tuition promises your future success, than this is not the college for you. Part of the Game Design Bachelor of Science program is a graduation project that challenges the entire sum of what has been learned and how hard you worked to learn it. Going the extra mile using the resources you paid Full Sail for is crucial to making this project a big success on your resume.

  • Wake Up says:

    December 5th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Every school in the world is a scam. Times are changing. Ask Obama to bail you out. There is no such thing as stability. We’re on earth. It’s not forever. Get in and get out. Entertainment is only going to feed the performers. Its a luxury, not a necessity. If you want a job, go work at Wal Mart. You want a dream, go create it. You want an education, read some books, do your homework. Sacrifice. Alarm clocks. Early nights. No friends. Risk. Gamble. Teach yourself. Sober up. Tighten up. Get to work.


    Hope God Can Save Your FALL! says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I think someone needs to wake up from there dream here and see that a president like Obama isn’t going to bail you out. Also you need to notice that education is important and a book won’t really teach you crap unless you have a teacher to help you with it because they make it more clear. So honestly if you actually believe what you say then you must be broke as a joke and obviously you don’t have proper education so i would suggest going back to school and learn more about the history and evrything that is in the school because it’s funny that you say that schools are a scam but you believe in your president that will lie to you everyday especially if it’s something big where school teaches you stuff that isn’t lies and isn’t a SCAM like you say. So good luck inj life. You will need it if you believe in this crap that you say.

    Clyde says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Like a boss

    Jon says:
    February 14th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Wisest man on the internet right here!

    Stan says:
    December 25th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Well articulated… I love it. What you learn from any school is what you learn, it depends on you. Having a Harvard degree doesn’t ensure a long luxurious career, hard work does! I agree 100%

    Hahaha says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Awww, come on guys, lets give him a hand!

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    Joe Swasell says:

    November 27th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I graduated from Fullsail in 1990 right in the middle of of their just getting into digital domain. When I graduated that year I came out with a diploma, because they dropped one course at the last second and I went home with out an associates degree. I was told that we could come back and make it up at some distant time, it was impossible because of the distance, expense and time involved. The students and I tried to pertition the school to give us one more class so that we wouldn’t go home empty handed. I tried to use my credits here and they were not excepted to continue in my education. I learned a lot but I felt to myself what a waste of time and money.

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    Tahoe says:

    October 20th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    There’s a joke in the greater Orlando area that goes a little something like this. “How do you get a Full Sail graduate off your porch? Pay for your pizza.”


    mcbuddy says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Very funny, and true as well. This brings their job placement statistics into a realistic view. They claim to have graduated some 31,000 students since 2011. Now think about this: You are letting loose 30k people into the job pool of a very specialized area inside 2 years. There are not even half that number of openings nationwide or world wide for that matter at any given moment. They need to be more revealing about what they mean by job placement. There are in fact more former full sailers working in completely different fields than what they went to school for. At least a degree from Valencia or UCF shows you can perform simple math, read and write properly, and have a general understanding about life than just being able to code games, turn knobs, and take photographs. Besides, the best film maker, record producers, and software developers are pretty much self taught. Do you think for a moment George Martin went to University. No, he worked his way up in music production. And don’t forget Quentin Tarantino. Just go to your local community college or university and spend the rest of your money on equipment and read the manual.

  • Jd says:

    October 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    There are Shitty instructors at Full Sail just like every other school on the planet, but there are also top notch instructors that you cant find anywhere else. The biggest issue here is entitlement, we live in a happy meal world where kids think if they pay for something there is a guarantee, this is more about expectations than it’s about reality and kids expectations are way off. I am willing to guarantee that there is a direct relationship between the amount of bitching a student/former student does and the quality of their work. My suggestion is to look at the facts before you speak your ignorance. Just for the record Full Sail has maintained an almost 80% job placement rate in their field despite the poor economy. Full Sail is far from perfect but it does work, if your looking for someone to blame, blame yourself and your talentless shitty work ethic.


    buk says:
    October 18th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Your 80% number is totally false…

    JAMES DEAN says:
    October 17th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Here is a letter I wrote to the president of Full Sail. Needless to say I met with the academic director of success for an hour and a half discussing the issues at hand. Nothing I brought up will ever be fixed, but what else can you expect from a college that cares less for their students than a vegetarian enjoys eating meat.

    Dear Mr. XXXXX:

    It is with great displeasure and regret that I am writing this letter to you today. After ample thought, and further discussion with my fellow classmates, a major change is needed at Full Sail University.

    I am currently enrolled in the EBBS program and regrettably I have several issues with the program. Specifically, at times I feel I have wasted in upwards of $80,000 and will not be able to apply my education realistically within the business world. I’ve found that in this program I can put in minimal effort and be rewarded. Letting my academic record speak for myself, it is unquestionable that I started off well. However, in time, the farther I got into the program the more I wondered if choosing Full Sail was the right move.

    Next, for the majority of time, I have not been challenged here at Full Sail. As I found in Entertainment Business & Entrepreneurship, and other classes, I didn’t have to study. Moreover, I could simply show up to class and pay attention to the ‘review’ moments before the test and easily excel. In comparison to my previous college, Ferris State University I genuinely worked for the grade I received.

    Thinking back, in my statistics class we regularly have group assignments every day that involve standing in front of the class for approximately 3-4 minutes then we grade ourselves on how we did and we take open book tests. No future employer will allow an employee to complete a portion of a marketing plan, distribution plan, etc., have the work handed to him and receive an ‘A’ or a raise. We have been told over and over by professors “this is an accelerated, difficult program.”

    I came to Full Sail under false pretenses. Consequently, the money and time I have spent will not gain the dividends I expected. I have been told countless times this is a difficult and accelerated program. However, in my experience and those of my classmates this is far from the case. Previous to enrolling to Full Sail I was a student at Ferris State University in the Professional Golf Management program, the best in the nation. I was under the impression the EBBS program would not only challenge me academically and intellectually, but also greatly advance me career wise.

    On yelp.com, a website where people can rate businesses, schools, etc., there are Full Sail University reviews. Looking at the ratings it shows a 4.5/5. However, after a bit of digging
    Here are some examples of the filtered reviews:

    (For some reason the reviews can’t be posted on this website. They agree with me to say the least.)

    As aforementioned, it is evident I am not alone in this thinking. These are just some of the reviews that do not contribute to the 4.5/5 rating.

    In comparison, I have heard that the Game Development and Web Design programs are rather difficult so why are we barely challenged? We come to college to learn. The EBBS program is a disgrace, and Full Sail’s faculty contributes to this problem. In particular, it is nearly impossible to learn anything when several professors have no policy regarding laptops being open during class and the ‘teaching’ involves reading keynotes to us that we could read ourselves.

    Thinking back now, one of my first professors stated,” you get out of Full Sail what you put into it”. Still if that is the case with this program there is something seriously wrong. As students in EBBS we do not have to put anything into it so essentially we don’t get anything out of it.

    Sincerely, a concerned student.


    AlexH says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I was lucky and recieved a great education from there I guess. It does have it’s flaws but, it still has a great Game Development Degree program. Was it worth the money? Yes, because now I’m employed at one of my favorite developers. Ubisoft. It was worth all the money.

    KDS says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    One comment I will hit first on how you are wrong is the 80% job placement. I did research on successful students with current jobs and in that list was not only the low percentage of REAL entertainment placement but jobs like mcdonalds, starbucks, restaurants etc were the higher majority of that number. Also experience, in the entertainment fields that full sail offers liek entertainment, music, and film. Going to school for that stuff is great, but when real professionals in those fields say how much of a scam full sail is and how grads from there are slower workers then you are wasting money and time at that institution. Those careers are about experience more than education. If I never made a film by myself but I got a certificate(full sail does not offer real degrees because actually none of the bachelors or masters transfer to any college,indiviual classes like math and english do but not there degrees), It shows lack of knowlledge in the industry when you might have knowloege but not the talent. Same goes for entertainment,”You want to book concerts? any experience?”. “No but this paper says I know how.” “NEXT!” is how the conversations usually go. Good luck at the instituion I do hope you realize how fast you are digging yourself a hole you cannot get out out.

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    Graphics Maniac says:

    October 5th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I like how all of the FullScam employees jump right on here, pretending to be your average consumer/student(s). With that same old shit about how it’s not fullSails fault for providing a shitty education that costs ivy league prices. About how it’s the graduate/students fault that any upstanding employer looks at a fullsail degree (or any for-profit school) and laughs you out the door. Take one look around @ for-profit colleges and you’ll notice they ALL throw around that old “its what you make it” speech. Meaning, its up to you to teach yourself via google and youtube. By the way that’s also how you can identify for-profit school employees.They’ll come on review boards like these defending said school, throwing terms like that around.

    If anyone thinks for 1 second that fullsail provides a quality education then they’re either A.) Mentally handicapped, B.) A neanderthal who just climbed out of his/her cave and wanted to attend college.

    Is it the fullsail students fault that they can learn more via google and youtube than they can from the “instructors” and/or resources provided by fullsail?

    Is it the students fault that the school is setup for handing out passing grades for absolutely terrible work just so they can keep the FA money rolling in?

    Is it the students fault that they get lied to over and over by fullscam employees?

    Is it the students fault that fullscam employees will not answer a question directly, without side stepping every question, never actually answering said question(s)? You know..important questions such as “what schools have you heard of that have accepted fullsail credits?” (not WILL accept, but HAVE accepted)

    Is it the students fault that the fullscam staff act like used car salesmen instead of school faculty?

    Was it my fault that I could have taught the graphics design classes and actually taught people things, instead of some fucking douchebag instructor who didn’t know shit when it came to graphics design?

    FullSail is a “button pressing” school. Meaning, they’ll teach you how to use the functions of any given software and/or hardware. But as instructors they don’t have the brains to show you how to put those functions to practical use. What they think is practical use is a fucking joke… look make this shiny button!! .. derka derka

    I feel sorry for the retards who think they’ve learned from a top tier school. Open your eyes!! Go to a real school and you’ll understand what top tier learning is all about.


    Brad says:
    March 31st, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I’ve read probably 100 reviews about Full Sail. I am a former student who withdrew on my own with a 3.67 GPA after 11 months in the MPBS program. Even though Graphics Maniac was a little judgmental in his review, he’s 100% correct. I have done extensive research on Full Sail and have made many many phone calls to find the truth about this so called school. I am not a disgruntled former student who couldn’t cut it. I’m just trying to save other people from making the mistake so many of us have made by enrolling in Full Sail. I am 35 years old and have been recording music semi-professionally for over 10 years and have been playing in bands for over 20 years.

    Full Sail is not a scam but it’s a shady business, not a school, that provides a very poor education for a ridiculously high dollar amount. I have friends that attended Full Sail in 1997 and in 2003. I also know fellow musicians who have attended Full Sail both on-line and on campus. They all have the same response, and I quote; “Full Sail is kind of a joke.” Even though they are a legitimate school, the problem lies with how they operate their business and how they operate the curriculum. It is a proven fact that Full Sail employs their own graduates to teach at the school. It’s also a proven fact that they manufacture their own books and teaching material. These facts have been confirmed by former course directors that I’ve spoken to and by my own research. What Full Sail offers is not illegal. (Although it should be and there is a major investigation to continue federal funding to for-profit schools including Full Sail. There is 36 active cases open within the Better Business Bureau against Full Sail for negligent business practices. I know because I spoke with the BBB in person.)

    I can speak from experience and first hand knowledge from reliable sources that Full Sail purposely over markets themselves very well to “sell” the prospective on the idea of a great education in the music industry. They have a very elaborate sales pitch on campus for the “behind the scenes tour” that makes it look like that is the equipment and facilities you will be using while attending Full Sail. I can attest by former students on campus that the facilities that are shown on the tour and online are NOT what is used for actual study. What really happens is that the “behind the scenes tour” is all smoke and mirrors and what is used for the tour is actually a set. On campus courses are held across the street in a converted strip mall. Taught by disgruntled former students who can’t find work in the industry. If you don’t believe me, take the tour and sign up for classes, then you see more clearly.

    Another documented fact is Full Sail employs a full time staff to write reviews and debate negative feedback. I know because I spoke to 2 people who used to work for Full Sail in the “web development” department. Don’t believe me, check Full Sails website and apply for one of those positions. The National Accreditation doesn’t require licensed teachers to teach at whats supposed to be college level courses. Hence the lack of “real” teachers at full sail. They are merely Full Sail employees. The college math course required in every program at Full Sail is around the 9th grade level of mathematics. The English Comp course, same 9th grade level. I know because I took these courses. Most of the instructors have no real industry experience and the level of education you come out with from these courses could be achieved with a few hours on youtube and reading software manuals.

    Finally, the bottom line about Full Sail, why is there a federal investigation about the continuation of federal funding for student loans to for-profit schools?? Because they accept anyone who can fill out a form. There is no entrance exam, no pre-requisite, no placement test, absolutely nothing needed at all but your name to attend this school. Why is this a major problem? Most of Full Sail is comprised of half illiterate wanna be rappers wanting to make beats. That is not an exaggeration. I went to class with these people. Full Sail claims to adhere to the same global professional standards (GPS) as real colleges. It is painfully obvious that they do not. What was posted on public boards for class assignments was just plain embarrassing. What constitutes passing work at Full Sail is a complete joke and a stabbing insult to true educational institutions.

    After all is said and done, I had a financial aid problem back in 10/2012. I have yet to hear from any representative from Full Sail to help me with my problem. They charged me over $6000 AFTER my withdrawal was confirmed. They have no interest in responding to issues, no interest in resolving issues, and certainly no interest in the students. Full Sail is a glorified high school vo-tech with absolutely no merit in the real educational world. If you think I’m grumbling, call any major studio in LA or NYC, they either have not heard of Full Sail or say Full Sails degree doesn’t even qualify for an internship. To add to that, I called 10 state colleges and universities in Massachusetts where I live, and not one will accept a single credit for transfer from Full Sail. If you think I’m making this up, enroll in Full Sail and you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

    Do not waste your money or time on Full Sail or any for-profit school. Even a community college is a better start than a for-profit school. If your looking for a start in the music industry, you DO NOT need a degree. Get in with a studio or production company and start at the bottom. The only thing that will get you ahead in that industry is experience and knowing the right people. Keep in mind Full Sail pumps out 1500 graduates PER MONTH in an industry that has LESS THAN 300 POSITIONS OPEN PER YEAR NATION WIDE. Where do all those graduates go to fulfill Full Sails claim of 80% job placement rate?? Guitar Center, Lowes, Home Depot, Movie Theaters, waiters and other no experience needed positions. If you think I’m making this up, look into it yourself. Full Sail claims 80% job placement rate after graduation. BUT, they include EVERY AND ANY job a Full Sail graduate lands in that statistic. Even though 90%+ of those jobs are not in the music industry. If you want to contact me directly, respond on this blog and I will be happy to talk in person. I hope to expose Full Sail and all for-profit schools for what they are, money stealing, selfish, uncaring diploma mills. Forcing tens of thousands of unknowing, uneducated, ill-prepeared graduates into an already saturated and competitive work force.

    RM says:
    November 27th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    If the school was so bad, why did you stay? What school are you attending now? Have you reported the school to the Department of Education? Stop whining and take action if you feel it is so bad. It sounds like you went there, partied your butt off and then blamed the school for your failure. I am sure people will be able to judge for themselves if the school is worthwhile on a visit. At no point during your rant do you recommend people visit and judge for themselves, you want people just take your word for it.

    Eudurice says:
    October 18th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    GM, you seem very angry. I am sorry you feel so reamed by the school but i think it still is ultimately your fault for spending the money when you felt that angry after a class. I would give you the benefit of the doubt and say maybe you just are above the skill level of the teacher but i think it is more you couldn’t satisfy the teacher. By the way Neanderthals had a brain 300cm larger than homo sapiens and 500cm larger than homo erectus. Neanderthals were the most advanced of their time and had many technological innovations. I suggest starting with community college. I think that is more your pace.

    kevin says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    WATCH YOUR MOUTH YOU HYPOCRITE! don’t go running off thinking that just because people THINK that full sail is a good school, their a neanderthal, or mentally handicapped. If anything your the unprofessional idiot here rampaging on about how full sail isn’t a good school. It’s up to the student, not reviews or “opinions” about whether a school is good enough or more. Don’t get mad behind pixels fool.

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    KC says:

    September 11th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    In my opinion, this is definitely not a school you should attend right after high school. If someone wants to have a career in their talented artistic area, then they should first attend an actual university. Get all of your academics at high quality out of the way and also have a major based around what you’d go for Full Sail for. (Ex. You want Music
    Business; attend a university that has business as a major and music as a major/minor.) Once you graduate from that university, you will already look relatively good to interviewers. If you really want that extra push, then attend Full Sail afterwards. It is there where you will get a lot of opportunities and possibly get your foot in the door. Also finishing off your knowledge of business with a more structured knowledge of MUSIC business. Full Sail seems more like an end, rather a start. Treat it as such.


    MH says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I agree with GM. enough said

    Troy DeVolld says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Despite my successes in life, I have one shortcoming… hitting the “reply” button before I proofread. Just imagine I spelled “opinion” correctly in that last post, will ya?

    Troy DeVolld says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely agree that Full Sail is an awfully tough go directly from high school, and that it’s a great option as a place to finish off an educational experience starting elsewhere. I believe that I benefitted greatly from attending the school in my mid-twenties with some other education and a few years of life experience under my belt. There were some younger students in my classes who did very well (excelled, even), but many of the ‘stars’ of my class were a little bit older.

    While opionions of the school vary, my own experience was that I received a satisfactory education that trimmed down the time I spent climbing the ladder to where I am a decade and a half later — working as a television producer in Los Angeles, an internationally sought-after lecturer on my business and published author on my profession. I was the ninth student inducted into Full Sail’s Hall of Fame and couldn’t be prouder of my alma mater and its many capable, wildly creative graduates.

    Jazzy Jeff says:
    December 16th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    ^^Why is this guy not speaking at every high school in america

  • chloe says:

    September 9th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’m curious as to why people who are happy with this school would be looking for reviews on this school. Dead giveaway that your an employee.


    Troy DeVolld says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I’ll cop to bumming around the net some days looking at Full Sail reviews. The place gave me plenty of training and opportunities, and I hate to see it get bashed around over issues like people’s personal stories of luck, loss, finances or other external situations.

    It’s also interesting to see what people think of the classes, good or bad, these days. Last time I was in a classroom there (to learn) was 1996.

    mcbuddy says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Lee? Why do you need to use a search engine to find Full Sail’s web page? You can’t type fullsail.edu? Are you missing keys on your keyboard? I think you are either an employee, disgruntled student/parent, or an investor.

    Pman111 says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Electronics Engineering, I forgot to mention my specific discipline.

    Pman111 says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Im an engineering student and ive already been offered a few jobs paying 92000 a year as an intern. I love art so im considering going to an art school. Programming and art are my passions but I cannot make a living off of it. You have to find a real degree for insurance get experience and not neglect your artistic ability. Once you get that out the way, do as you will. Avoid anything that has to do with online classes. Trust me when I was in the Marine Corps, I got burned. Traditional and online classes are verry different. No offense but if you do your classes online your not really a college student. If you attempt to transfer good luck. Online classes are meant to be taken once in a while not as a full degree, hope people heed my warning. The job market sucks for animation, music, and programming be careful. A long time ago Full Sail might have been a mediocre to decent choice, now the competition is so fierce that its almost obsolete. I’m here just to warn Vets who once had the same plans as me, just go to a traditional school, if your an over achiever learn on your own. Unless your a Corporal, Sgt, Petty Officer 2nd class, or senior airman focus on your work. It will save you heartache, and wait to get out trust me the GI Bill is worth the wait. Dont let people take advantage of you your all too smart for that crap. Ive know people who’ve ignored the bad reviews and got burned.

    KDS says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Full sail film production is said to be one of the worst programs they have due to the lack of experience you obtain and the poor skills you have. I do not believe that your son worked on films in lousiana that were not shot in lousiana(Fail!).

    Lee says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Lee says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    First of all, I’m NOT an employee, just a parent of child who graduated in 2009. I ran across this site while searching google for the Full Sail website and wanted to see what people were saying about the school.

    Second, I wonder if some of the negative comments are coming from other Universities with film degrees who might be in competition with Full Sail University. (Just my thoughts)

    Third, it doesn’t matter what school you graduated from, there are no jobs out there …. period! My daughter graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from LSU and has been looking for a job for over three months. My son on the other hand, graduated from Full Sail in 2009 with a degree in film, and has been working ever since. We live in Louisiana where the film industry is booming, so he has been very, very fortunate. In the entertainment business, you have to live where the entertainment industry is. He’s a set lighting technician and has worked on many movies, including The Twilight Saga, The Host, Oblivion (with Tom Cruise), Percy Jackson (Disney) and many other films. Two days ago he told me he’d like to return to Full Sail for a month or two to take an advanced lighting class and another camera class (for free). My husband and I have been very pleased with his school/career choice. It was expensive, but well worth it in my opinion. He loves what he does:)

    preston says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Not true. Sometimes, people just like to read reviews of their school to know what others are saying about it, and if they find something not true, they will call it out at BS.

    It’s just like people who hate the school, actively seek reviews as an outlet to talk all the garbage they can about it.

    Let me explain how I mean. Mr. Steve Reagan is upset because his son cannot get a job within his chosen industry. That is not completely Full Sail University’s fault. Maybe his son just sucks as Audio Engineering– or is good with the tools, but has no originality or imagination, and maybe there is something else keeping his son from obtaining a job, like a court record, bad (or no) work history, or maybe he lives in a completely democratic state– they hate Reagans.

    As for myself, I am currently enrolled in Game Design online. I am, for the most part, having a great time with it. I’m learning mostly what I need to learn, but the instructors/course directors relevant to the industry (Game History and Design Tools, for example) aren’t really impressive. Hardly a deal breaker, though.

    My wife, however, is in Game Art online, and I am really infuriated with how her classes are being managed, because she has a job as well as a commitment to the U.S. Navy. Her art classes demand so much that she is literally incapable of meeting the requirements for full credit on all of her assignments. So, unless you don’t have a life, Full Sails art classes are almost a waste of money. They justify the work load and time constraints with “real world industry” reasons, but this isn’t real world– students have jobs and families to take care of while they are in school.

    Anyway, it is just like any other school, just very expensive. Failure to graduate, and failure to obtain work afterwards is on the disgruntled student, not the school. People need to start taking responsibility for their own inadequacies and quit blaming others.

    My advice? If you want an art degree, ensure that you don’t have a job, or a life. There is no room for that in the elitist hipster world.

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    Steve Reagan says:

    September 9th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    My son attended Full Sail University and received a degree in sound engineering.The school is a total ripoff.My son was continually forced to repeat an online English course because he did not conform to required writing forms. How can you conform when you don’t have a teacher to guide you.This caused increased cost towards the degree.Most businesses will not even acknowledge a degree from Full Sail.There are no jobs out there for the students that Full Sail graduates. Save your money and stay away from this place.


    prozpekt says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    no jobs huh? roommate graduated full sale 3 months ago with a web design degree. last month started working in his field. starting pay? $65,000. convincing enough for me at least

    mslyn says:
    October 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 am


    anon says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Obviously he learned his writing skills from you. If his skills are as incorrect as yours, I’d fail him too. And thats what happens when you don’t do what the assignments are asking, they fail you.

  • Hipster says:

    September 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    what a lot of people aren’t realizing is that its completely up to you if you want to learn about the things that full sail offers. they may not be accredited and i don’t know a lot about the process of becoming accredited but i doubt that was their choice. they offer a great deal of amazing courses that are completely your choice to attend. so what if they are a for profit school. everyone is looking to make a little money in this world why should they be any different, plus that money they make goes into making their school top notch like everyone who is on full sail’s side keeps on saying. everyone has different ways of learning so if full sail’s learning program ain’t for you then you are obviously gonna think you wasted a shit ton of money. duh!

  • buk says:

    September 4th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Without going into detail about my thoughts or knowledge on Full Sail I give you this…Be SURE you have actual TALENT in your area of choice! Playing your XBOX doesn’t make you an expert on video games. Drawing anime wont get a you a job doing game art. Making beats wont get you a gig with P-Diddy…

    The best way to get in most of these industries are as follows.

    1. Get a low/no pay internship, suffer for 6 months to a year proving your worth. Whether film or the recording industry if professionals see you perform in a worthy manner you WILL get a paying job. (you’ll most likely have to do this even after you spent $120k on a degree anyway)

    2. MAKE FRIENDS within the industry of your choice. This can bring a paying position in your lap lickity split. Connections and who you know are EXACTLY what surviving in the industry means…without them forget it!

    3. If you absolutely must get a degree (which most of these established people could care less if you have one sans computer/game programming) choose an A.S degree from a community college. Many moderate sized 2 year schools offer degree’s in these fields. Valencia (5 mins from FS) has had an awesome film program for years. No they don’t have the high end fancy equipment, but to learn you don’t need it! I believe there’s also a degree for recording.

    Use your head and don’t get sucked in to what the school looks like or the equipment it has. Once your gone that stuff wont matter anyway…


    insol says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    you are the only one that got it right. I am going in the industry and CLEARLY you dont need an degree to make it. I recently was offered a internship and I am planning to do well in it instead of a getting masters with any school.

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    Jerry B says:

    August 18th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I had to withdraw because of classes involving YouTube, etc., when instructors weren’t knowledgeable. The English Instructors were quite good. However, this trade school uses a computer generated math program named Aleks, which was similar to computer chess. The most daunting factor is Full Sail continued to charge for tuition during the 11 months after they agreed to my withdrawal. They sent a collection agency out of Ohio to collect $3350.00 in principal, and $839.00 in collection fees.

  • Amy Lynn Hess says:

    August 12th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Not getting a job does not mean your school was a “scam.” That’s semantically ridiculous. You don’t pay to go to school to buy a job. You pay to go to school to have an opportunity to learn something. What you do with your opportunity is up to you.


    KDS says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Your wrong, if you go to college to recieve and education and plan on getting a job in that field yesit is up to you to ulimatly obtain it. Full sail offers freejob assitance after graduation. Yet still only have 80% job rate with over 35% of those are jobs in places like mcdonalds, starbucks, sears,etc. If full sail cannnot help more than 45% of their students with actually work if they helped at all. Ultimately it has failed in that aspect.And does any of your paychecks come from that university?

    Autumn says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you!

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    John Jay says:

    June 13th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    These 2 words say it all. Fool Sale


    mcbuddy says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Full Fail

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    brian says:

    June 10th, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I am a full sail student there and they treat me right all of the people say its a scam who are drop outs or didn’t get good grades and slacked off. You have to work hard and get stuff done on time. I support who are with full sail but everyone got their opinon on things but if you go online and look up any college you will see hate and love on there review but I had no problem with the teachers or any other students. The teachers are great they will chat or call you if you have a question on any assignments you have. It may take a day to respond back but you gatta look ahead on your assingments. But let haters be haters and I know I will get a job in the field I’m goin for.


    KDS says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Actually you recieve reviews over programs at certain unversities. But I have not yet read a forum that literally destroys a Institution saying how much of a scam truely is. and did -.- argue employment rate. AS a entertainment major or somone who went to full sail. You should know one thing! Entertainment never suffers! During the great depression it was the one industry the excelled and prospered.Jobs are constantly in demand anywhere in the business.(except live music production, you have to build your name for that) You my friend have just disgraced all full sail scam employees everywhere.

    -.- says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Lol, are your friends looking for experience in the field they majored in, or are they looking for employment elsewhere? If you even read the article or have any knowledge about our current economic state, you’d know that unemployment is extremely high, even for people who got an accredited degree. Experience is what careers are all about, and you have to work from the bottom up with a strong work ethic. You can’t come out of any college expecting a perfect job, you have to work towards it.

    lol says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    brian… good luck finding a job in this field with this degree… I have friends who graduated from there… guess what? they can’t find a job… why? It’s not accredited… interviewers just laughed at them… waste of time… money…

    scatinissity says:
    June 16th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    this review says nothing about the school. just some kid who like his/her teachers. useless

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    Harvey says:

    June 3rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Full Sail is a trade school. It isn’t a college or university by any stretch of the imagination (neither are most of the Art Institutes_. When you “graduate,” you may know something, but you will not be a college graduate according to any criteria.

    Go to your local state university, if possible. Otherwise, try your local public community college and work your butt off. If you do, you’ll be able to transfer your credits to a better school, and at a fraction of the cost. However, you will have to actually study and take all those “hard” courses that traded schools (‘wink wink’) say you really don’t need.


    Sheesh says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Researching for sister… lol not as expensive as this freaken school… accredited? NOPE! Don’t waste your time…

    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    It depends on what you want to do with your life. If you want to work in entertainment, Full Sail’s not bad. If you want to work at a law firm, it’s probably not a good choice. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad school, but I do agree that it’s expensive. But, when you think about it, all schools are getting expensive.

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    Keoni H. Lima says:

    May 26th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I am a Full Sail University student, enrolled in the online B.Sci. Entertainment Business and M.Sci. Education Media Design and Technology degree programs. I have attended both “non-profit” public (Boise State University, Bryant & Stratton College) and “for-profit” private (University of Pheonix, Brown Mackie College) educational institutions. As it stands in my current educational journey, Full Sail University easily rests at the top of my experiences, as the best school I have attended to date. Now, I cannot speak for Full Sail’s campus and on-campus degree programs, but I have a gut feeling there are various similarities between Full Sail’s campus degree programs and those that are offered online.

    First, my admissions and enrollment experience was stellar. I was immediately assigned an Admissions and Enrollment Advisor, both of whom walked me through the entire admissions and enrollment process. Both advisors were professional, always available for questions, and maintained consistent communication with me throughout the processes. Full Sail’s use of their Admissions and Enrollment website called the Propeller was unlike any other admissions or enrollment process I had ever experienced. The website allowed me to track my progress in real-time, have access to all forms and documents, and included video tutorials to help me through the enrollment process. It was also during this process, I qualified and was offered two different scholarships from Full Sail University totally almost $20K! Never in my educational career have I ever had a college or university bring scholarships available right to the table for immediate implementation, it was a fantastic first impression.

    Second, my financial concerns with attending Full Sail quickly diminished after the Financial Aid Department and my Enrollment Advisor helped me complete my FAFSA application, apply for available scholarships, and helped me identify additional funding resources that I had available. Within just a few days of completing my FAFSA application, I learned that I had received over $10K in grants, $20K in Full Sail scholarships, and qualified for enough financial aid to prevent private loans or any out-of-pocket expenses. That’s right! To date, I have not paid $0.01 out of my pocket and my student loans are no greater than a traditional “non-profit” public school. Full Sail’s Business Office also worked with my employer, Citigroup, to apply and secure my employer education reimbursement to help me pay for the student loans I do establish. Further, I love the fact Full Sail combines all of the tuition, books, labs, technology, fees, course expenses, etc. all together in one solid number. It allows students to create a solid budget and have a clear understanding of what their overall educational costs are going to be with very few surprises. This makes the financial process so much easier!

    Third, Full Sail’s online LMS (Learning Management System) is top notch! I have used various other LMS interfaces and systems, but none compare to Full Sail’s student portal. Full Sail utilized their staff and professors to build the LMS system in-house and with the end user in mind. To date, I haven’t found a LMS system that rivals the one used here at Full Sail. Not only is the LMS here at Full Sail web based, easy to use, easy to navigate, and jam packed with all of the resources you need to complete your course of study, it allows all online students the ability to interact with their classmates. I love the fact I can easily view of all my classes, grades, assignments, and projects in one convenience location without having to use several applications to get the same result.

    Fourth, I want to address what I call the “blog slander” that can be found on various sites from ex Full Sail prospects, students, or employees. All I can say is don’t listen to all of the noise these few bloggers have strategically placed throughout the internet. Instead do your homework and research and determine if Full Sail University, or any school for that matter, if for you and meets your present and future educational goals. Not every school is for every student, and vice versa. Full Sail University is no exception. But no matter what you decide you can trust that Full Sail University is 1). In Good Standing and Nationally Accredited with the ACCSC (American Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, a “non-profit” accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education 2). Licensed by the Florida State Department of Education and US Commission for Independent Education (CIEICU) which may award graduate, associate, bachelorette, and master degree diplomas 3) is recognized as an “active-accredited” university by the US Department of Education’s university school database 4). a “University” and was awarded this title in 2008 by the State of Florida’s Department of Education, Governor, and Lt. Governor due to the degrees, curriculum, programs available, and size of the student body. Why are all of these facts important? Because a small group of disgruntle ex students and employees started a series of social media and blog rumors which have surfaced in recent years. The fact is most of these rumors are just that, rumors! Almost all of them are unfounded, exaggerated, or untrue and were simply generated to effect Full Sail’s reputation as a reputable institution. Trust me when I say I have done a tremendous amount of research about Full Sail University, and I have no concerns about it’s reputation of quality of education. I can comfortably say, Full Sail University is not a diploma mill, scam, or fake university. Where do people get this stuff?!?!?

    Finally, I want to address the issue of credit transferability. As you will learn, Full Sail University is a “for-profit” private, nationally accredited university. Unlike most traditional colleges which are “non-profit” public, and regionally accredited. Many people believe that one of these accreditations is better than the other, or one is recognized by the US Department of Education and the other is not. The fact is, they are both recognized by the US Department of Education and neither is better than the other. Also you may hear that “regionally” accredited schools have a different standard of education and are more qualified or have higher standards. This again is simply untrue! The only reason Full Sail University cannot obtain regional accreditation is due to the fact it is a “for-profit” institution. Regional accrediting agencies will not accredit a “for-profit” institution, therefor schools like Full Sail must obtain “national” accreditation. Research from the US Department of Education’s website will clarify that few differences exist between the two accrediting types, and that neither are more superior to each other. With that said, one of the major issues is credit transferability as regionally accredited schools will often not accept credits from nationally accredited institutions. As I have said, students should do their research and determine if Full Sail, or any school for that matter, meets their current or future educational goals.

    In all, Full Sail University was a great choice and one I would do again if given the chance!


    PPP says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Wanted to know if you were able to get a job in the field you studied at Full Sail. This is a major concern of mine. I have heard of several people going through the Full Sail program and ending up back home with no leads or jobs…very disappointed. I understand it is up to each student to network, market themselves and be excellent. But, did the school truly help you with leads or actually find a job? I am looking at attending next year, but have heard many complaints.

    Pman111 says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Well Dr. Tommy(sorry trying to be a bit more formal) I completely agree. Its also good to mention that the US government is in the process of cutting off financial aide to schools like full sail. They have tried in the past, last I heard they were still working the details. Hopefully the death of National Accreditation will improve us as a society and raise the bars up a bit more. Then again if you wish to ruin your life after reading all the negative reviews, you will only make it so their is less competition for someone who is serious about their art and work.

    K says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm


    You do realize that regionally accredited means “real university, real degree”, right?

    preston says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Tommy, I call BS. If you are a Professor/Chairperson, why are you wasting your valuable chairperson time to talk crap about another school? Regionally accredited? Good for you. Full Sail is a career development school. Nationally Accredited. A one-stop shop, if you will.

    Granted, it seems like they will take anyone, but they will not graduate anyone. Only those with the capacity make it, and this is true with any school, you would know that if you were truly what you say you are.

    Now, I’m not saying you are completely false, but you are without knowing anything about me, saying I lack intellectual skills simply because I attend Full Sail University, and I take serious offense to that– even more if you are truly a professor and/or chairperson.

    Being that you refuse to mention which university you work for is just more reason for me to just assume that you are either lying for personal bias, or on a smear campaign against Full Sail for the university you are employed at.

    I am not saying Full Sail is perfect. No school is. I am enjoying my classes, for the most part, though I am not fond of my course directors, however, my instructors are almost always available for when I need help (which is almost never). I am not the only intelligent person in my degree, and there is a presence of those types of people you only seem to take notice to.

    Also, I am not an employee of Full Sail. I am a first year student of Full Sail in Game Design.

    Lynette says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Keoni, first of all it’s spelled Phoenix. I attended a traditional college for my undergraduate degree and my first master’s. I then attended the University of Phoenix for my second master’s. Honestly UoP was easier but the cost was about the same. I got three degrees with only about $25,000 in student loans. I’ve never received any grant money. I simply worked three jobs and earned scholarships that I found on my own. Later I purposely got a job at a company that had tuition assistance so that I would come out of pocket very little for graduate school. Secondly, regional accreditation is not only for public universities. UoP, Devry, Kaplan, and Grand Canyon University all are regionally accredited. That is a harder accreditation to get because the standards are higher, while national is the minimum across the board standards. Also many traditional private universities like Tulane and Harvard have regional accreditations. Lastly, its misleading to say for profit and not for profit because higher education is a business and all schools are for profit. Ask Penn State!

    Sheesh says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Biggest scam… plain and simple… people

    Crystal says:
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Tommy I think your comment is not only ignorant but very harsh. I understand what you feelings might be but don’t say that the people that go there go ”Because people who get into Full Sail lack the intellectual skills required to get into a real university”. I went to the University of South Carolina where I finished in sports and entertainment management degree but still have trouble finding the job I want and because I want to do something different I want to go to full sail because the have a degree in exactly what I want to do and I can do it faster. Don’t down grade other people just because you are doing well… You can make your point with out making other feel bad about their choice. And just heads up putting the things that you are doing doesn’t make you an expert in getting into the entertainment world it just means that with your education and luck that you have been able to find a job. You should really think before you talk.

    Tommy says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 6:11 am

    You are an employee. I am a chairperson/professor who teaches record production at a regionally accredited university, and I know better. You guys are a complete scam. My faculty (and I) have PhD-s. Yours do not. Without a regional accreditation, your degree is worthless. I have experience as an LA based engineer, and I got my job because I went to one of the best universities in America. Yes, I have worked with major producers (Michael Wagener, Geoff Workman among others), been signed to a record contract, endorsed by Fender. And I went to a traditional university. No one I know in the industry wants to hire a Full Sail grad. Why?

    Because people who get into Full Sail lack the intellectual skills required to get into a real university. GPA in high school? Not important. In other words they will take ANYONE who will pay up.

    Oh, and just so you know, I taught at UCF for a year. Right down the street from Full Sail. I have met and talked to Full Sail students and they have verified my opinions. Those students are trying to get an easy way out.

    And learning Pro Tools does not make you a producer/engineer.

    Parent researching says:
    June 16th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    you sound like an employee of the university rather than a student

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    S.C. Cooper says:

    May 23rd, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    well, for those of you who graduated high school. You got an education, but did you end up making tons of money right after graduation? for those of you who make decent money, did you have to show some good work ethic, or was it just handed to you?

    You will hear complaints about every college in the country if you ask the right person. If you arent giving the course 100% of your effort, then you shouldnt expect much when, or if, you graduate.

    Another thing, I dont understand why so many people have this belief, that if you go to college, that there will be businesses right down the street from where you got an education. The location of the college has nothing to do with the location of your possible future career. If you want it bad enough, you will get it, otherwise, stop blaming the college for your failure. If they were scamming people, im sure that the place would have been shut down, well before the ’90s.


    Pman111 says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    A National accredation is not an accredation. It is only accredited for the sake of supporting students who wish to attend but it is not a real accredation. In fact the government is working on cutting off all financial aid to students who want to attend nationally accredited schools, and would normally get heavily indebted in private loans by doing so. This has caused problems but is completely legal. Therefor legal action is in the process of occurring. So if your being paid to get on sites and post fake reviews and spread propaganda. Be ready to find a different job in a year or two.

    preston says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Sure Thing, Full Sail is Nationally Accredited. As far as I am concerned, you are the scam. Regionally Accredited is more preferred, sure, but do not be saying that Full Sail is not accredited, because it is.

    -.- says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hey sure thing, stop changing your name and making the same ignorant claim. You honestly think every single good review is written by an employee? You are sadly mistaken. I’ve actually heard great things about this university, especially the fact that it IS accredited by a third party, but that is still accredited.

    sure thing says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    one question employee cooper… is it accredited? Nope, which equals SCAM. You do know that school is the biggest scam in the world right? So why not go to an accredited school, at least there, they will be scamming for less dough….

  • HF says:

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Full Sail graduate here. The student make up of Full Sail hasn’t changed one bit in all the years. When I attended, I was amazed at the amount of students who just didnt care at all about being there. It was a joke to them. People would skip class or labs or would show up to class drunk or high. Seriously!!! Those were the dropouts and failures that get out of school and complain about not being able to find a job. I attended FS knowing very well how much it cost and I would get out of the school as much as the school had to offer. I studied everyday. I would attend a lab and then wait for the next lab to start and see if anyone didn’t show up. If someone was missing I would repeat the lab just for the experience. I worked very very hard and finished with a 98.8 GPA. I got everything the school had and it paid off.

    It took time when I got done but I made it. I did have to learn after I graduated I didnt know everything. I wasnt ready to be dropped into a session and shine. I was provided the education and then it was up to me to get the experience. What most people don’t understand that this industry is built on people with artful skills. Skills that take years or decades to build.

    I now mix and record for some of the industries biggest names. It took me a long time to get to where I am but this is what I have always strived for.

    Don’t listen to the negative reviews because I can tell you they are kids that expect everything to be handed to them and have zero work ethic. It’s as simple as that.

    I have seen students from audio schools all over the country. They are all the same. FS costs more and has more to offer.

    Think hard about the costs and how much you really want this career. Don’t get into this career for the $, get into it because of the art.


    HF says:
    December 23rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    J Dean… correct no such thing as a 98.8 GPA, so here is the correction.

    3.95 GPA.

    Even if FS is easier than your local community college, a GPA of 3.95 is no easy accomplishment. If it were so easy then wouldn’t many more people achieve this?

    My drive at FS was education. I studied. All the time. I never stopped and I was rewarded in the end.

    Yes, FS will accept most anyone. The majority(not all) of the complaints most likely come from the entitlement kids right out of high school. I saw it while I was there and continue to see it today. When I interview a student from any school (Full Sail, Conservatory, Rec Arts, MediaTech…) I always ask for transcripts from all their schools including high school. Even attendance records. This gives me an accurate idea of what there work ethic really is.

    Fot students right out of high school who come to me to ask about the industry and a path, I always tell them the same thing. Go to a 4 yr university first. Major in business or economics and minor in music and or technolgy. Then when your done, if you still want to, add FS to your education resume. You can’t go wrong that way. Even if you a are enormously talented, you chances of success in the entertainment field are still small.

    If you fail, don’t blame the schools.

    JAMES DEAN says:
    October 17th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    There’s no such thing as a 98.8 GPA. And if you’re talking about a 98.8% you shouldn’t be bragging. Being in the Entertainment Business degree the education is about as difficult as elementary school. I’ve attended two colleges other than Full SALE, one of which was a community college and I can honestly say the community college was much more difficult than anything I’ve done at Full SALE.

    Yes, my name really is James Dean. You can find me on FB if you want to know more about the school. My profile picture is that of Avenged Sevenfold.

    -.- says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Yea, why would any employee of a university admit they have kids showing up high and drunk? This is written by a student with an actual work ethic and who actually made something out of their degree through work and experience. Deal with the facts and stop blaming a school for why your friends can’t get a job.

    anonymous says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    “yea” You’ve commented on every near-positive review up to this point, all within a few minutes of eachother, and even changed your name to look less pathetic. I don’t see any logic in your arguments about FSU, so why do you know any better than anybody else? Because your friends can’t get jobs in a failing economy? Thought so. So move on.

    yea says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    You mean Full Sail employee… gtfo kid

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    Jeffc1 says:

    April 19th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    A trade school, not a real college.
    The school accepts anyone with a recommendation letter.
    No one ends up at big name places like they tell you in the orientation.


    independent study says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    -.- said: “You keep saying it is not accredited, when in fact it IS accredited, just not by the national government.”

    That means it’s not accredited. The Department of Education is the SOLE (meaning ONLY) accrediting agency. Everyone else is just a PRIVATE group that say that they are all legit.

    They don’t transfer, and that literally means they DO NOT MEET THE DOE STANDARDS FOR EDUCATION.

    -.- says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Yea, the article above even STATES that FS is not a scam. It simply is not a scam. You keep saying it is not accredited, when in fact it IS accredited, just not by the national government. And in all honesty, accreditation for an art school means nothing because if you are looking for a job in any art area, they don’t care if you have an accredited degree. The only thing that matters is that you have creativity, a strong work ethic, and the tools to craft your art. Who has the greater chance of being a film director, the film major from full sail, or a law major at Harvard?

    yea says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Researching for sister… you really do have to do more research kid… this not a “real college.” Like Devry… not a “real college.” Learn what an accredited school is…

    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    That’s stupid, it’s just as real as any other place. Just because you don’t become a big name doesn’t make it a scam. You don’t have to go to high school to make a big name of yourself, let alone college. They told my sister that she had to submit her high school transcript, so they do require more than a letter.

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    Stephan Wilson says:

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I am a former student who was duped into believing this school could deliver on all their hype. The marketing is fantastic but that’s where it stops! I found the overpriced under delivered “education” was a joke. My credits would not transfer to the schools I was looking to attend to get a “real education”. To add insult to injury, Full Sail University sent me a bill for thousands of dollars for classes I never took!! This is a business in my opinion and nothing more.


    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    You pay for the courses, not the degree. No one can ever take away what you learned in a specific course, even if it doesn’t transfer. I actually work with transfer credits at my job and looking at Full Sail’s courses, most credits won’t transfer to a standard school because the courses are designed to teach specific skills. You can’t major in Film Production at Full Sail and move to Business Management at the University of Phoenix and have a lot of transfer credits. That’s just how it is.

    From what I’ve learned so far, and given the cost, if you start Full Sail, you should finish at Full Sail. You’re wasting your time and money if you don’t have plans to finish.

    I’m surprised to hear about the bill. You shouldn’t be getting charged for classes that you didn’t take, I would definitely get a hold of someone over there. Did you start those courses and withdrawal? You might owe money if that’s the case, because schools charge for classes that you start, but not necessarily for courses that you finish.

    Randy says:
    May 2nd, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Talk to the owner if you were truly charged for those things he will fix it right away. He won’t stand for things like this.

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    Maggie Woolard says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I am writing on behalf of my cousin who went to FullSail. FIRST AND FOREMOST, do you really think that APPLE would offer them the deals that they do and publicize their relationship if the school was not in order with accreditation responsibility.

    SECOND-MY COUSIN was interested in Sound Engineering and I have to be honest with you prior to FS he was not the best student by far, but when it came to his PASSION OF MUSIC-NOTHING WAS GOING TO HOLD HIM BACK. I feel like there are some very upset students who didn’t like the workload, which is only balanced to what programs you are wanting to make your career. I also feel that the teachers who are having issues are because of the reputation that FS has. If you look at any awards show that comes on every year, you will see dozens of FS grads..Do you really think that BIG NAMES would associate with schools that are a scam. I have nothing bad to say about Art Institute of Philadelphia, but I believe that they are in the middle of finical troubles and accreditation issues too, but that is for an Atty. General to say, but they do have websites to check it out.

    In fact, The Attorney General’s office of Florida is the place I would start to look if you have questions. In life you get what you pay for if your push for what you want. Now, back to my previously slack cousin, who I love very much but was very worried about his future. He went to FS and was recruited to go with a company that some major names have tried to guy their sound systems, but this company won’t sell it. He had to sign a non-disclose agreement and worked for them for about 5 years and paid off his student loans within 1 year and he didn’t even get to finish FS because of the job offers he got. He wanted to but the opportunity was too hard for him to pass up. He says now that he wishes that he had completed the full course, but he is not complaining at all. He has done the sound and been offered jobs by some of the biggest names in Rock, Country and just about every genera of music out there. He was offered jobs while on the road for the sound system company that provided the sound for some of the most famous singers of our time.

    He finally chose to work with some of the people in the field that he respected the most. He was approached by singers who recently lost their King of a Brother, a Red Headed country singer/actor, a Canadian Singer who started singing as a child and now hangs out in Vegas for shows and finally his favorite…a singer and man I would Clap for for hours who can still make me feel the crying tears from heaving above. All of these singers and many more wanted the best of the best and they get it. FS helps with placement, but remember my cousin was approached, so I find that many of the statements to be almost incomplete.

    Telling someone to not go someone and not fully explaining why, makes me question them even more. I was getting ready to start my education at FS and I had just bought a Apple Mac Book Pro and I found out that I would have to buy my computer through the school. At first, it made me made,but then I found out what i was getting so I added a few little extras to my personal computer and wound up selling it for more than I paid for it. Now almost every brick and mortar college/university is offering online training because it is a necessity of the times. Full Sail did it too. The schools that I really check out are the ones that started in the air and then online. I am not saying anything bad about the online only, I am just saying that they tend to get a little more study time then the others. Most of the Ivy league schools now offer online education.

    Again, it is what is a necessity of the current times. In the end, you will just take what I say with a grain of salt, but (and remember FS doesn’t have my $ yet, so I have nothing to loose or gain) remember I can go to a department head, teacher, and even the dean if I were persistent enough. How do you go and see someone from a institute if you have never met them. In the end. I just wanted to give you a true and exciting calendar of events for my cousin who went to FS-believe me or not, I don’t care, but it is the truth and any student who is in the department knows exactly what sound system I am talking about, etc. I wish all of you luck, but I really don’t remember when I was going to college right out of high school going on any web site and trashing a site. I do remember researching a school to the max and then making my decision.

    Everyone is so quick to bash something and never take the time to thank them for what they have done. FS if you are reading this….Thanks for giving my cousin an experience of a lifetime that then gave him a job of the century and thanks for teaming up with the most advanced media based company in APPLE to give students all the tools they need to produce wonderful animated films, movies, etc. Bottom line-Study before you really have to study and then suck it up when you really, really have to study. Peace and Namaste and Best Wishes to everyone, MW

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    Eric says:

    April 8th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    The campus program is actually quite good. Do not attempt the MPBS online program. The instructors are great, but they are preparing you for a job market that does not exist. The idea is to teach you equal amounts of composition/arranging, digital audio/pro tools, etc. The problem is–and the instructors will tell you this–there are no typical jobs you can get with this degree. They are teaching you how to become an independent producer/composer/arranger. If you think you will land a job after getting a degree from the MPBS program, forget it.

    What is even more disheartening is the fact that all the credits you earned and paid dearly for will not transfer to another school. If you wanted at some point to get a Master’s degree, you could only get it at Full Sail, which would mean you could have two worthless degrees.

    If you must go to Full Sail, go to campus. The online BS degrees are a joke.

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    Randy says:

    April 2nd, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love this school and yet I still understand some peoples issues. Honestly most of it is not the schools fault. The expense is mostly the materials you use. Nice laptop, camera gear, software and so on. Right there is over $10,000 alone. These are items the school provides you through your student loans. Florida is not a place to look for work after you are done school. You must look far, far away from the area. Reason being is there is nothing for film in the area, at least the type of work that pays. Most of the jobs are freelance which is not for most. I honestly think people have the wrong impression of the industries. You have to work, and not just a little work, I mean a lot of work. You can’t say I’m not going to go out and work at 3 AM, well I’m sorry but that is your job and if you don’t like it then you will be replaced. This is a tough industry and you have to be ready.

    So if your having a hard time making it with your degree, maybe it wasn’t the right career choice for you. You just can’t cut it, in the real world of entertainment. Just passing the classes and earning a degree doesn’t make you successful in the field. You have a lot more work to do and you just can’t expect to put Full Sail on an application and have people going crazy over you. Especially if you have a low GPA and Professionalism. My intentions are to go to a 2 year internship after my schooling. Yes 2 year internship. Sounds crazy but I want to make it and I will work for what I want. Many networks offer these internships, get off your butt and check into it. Getting a degree is only one small step of getting a decent paying career. WORK FOR IT!!!

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    Agar says:

    March 28th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve attended 5 public universities, and Full Sail University. Full Sail has all five beat hands down and by far, in every aspect. Price is comparable after factoring in ALL costs surrounding education. External stressors are minimal, since scheduling and books are automated for you. Your classes are always running, so you can’t hit the same hurdle you hit in public schools where you have to wait around for the class you to need to 1) be running and 2) not be full. The instructors are all knowledgeable and have industry experience, unlike many instructors at public universities that spend 10 years in school to earn a doctorate, then turn around and teach at the same school without ever having a real job in the industry. Classes are small, instructors are professional and accessible, and tutors are available and free. The biggest thing Full Sail has over other universities, however, is the quality. 6 months at Full Sail can give you more training and stronger skills than 4 years at a regular university. No exaggeration. It is outstanding what you can do and in the amount of time you can do it there.

    Full Sail’s biggest and in my opinion only problem is that they accept anyone who can pass the math entry exam. For this reason, a lot of bad students end up at Full Sail, and ultimately fail out of the school within the first 3 or 4 months. In my 3rd month at Full Sail, all but 5 students failed our programming class. At least half of the students failed in each of my classes prior to that too. Then these disgruntled students who were unable to keep up write negative reviews, while the students who are succeeding are too busy to care enough to stop and write a positive one. It would be nice for the good students to not have to put up with slower or lazier students in the early classes if Full Sail would just prevent them from being able to enroll in the first place.

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    PB says:

    March 26th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Worst university I’ve ever attended!! Way to expensive, the job market is flooded and the teachers are so full of shit and treated us with nothing but disrespect. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL! I looked up reviews and so many people wrote reviews telling people not to go, I wish I listened to them. Look at me, $48,087 later and no job to pay my student loans…


    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    That’s actually not a bad amount of loan debt, after I got my master’s degree from a public school, I had about that much. The difference is that I don’t really like what I do and Full Sail is designed to help people who want to work in entertainment find jobs. That’s why I’m looking into this for my sister. If you graduate, you will find a job at some point. They aren’t handed to you though, you have to work for them. Full Sail isn’t supposed to hand out jobs, but to give an education. You don’t need to go to college if all you’re looking for is “a job”.

    Randy says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Agar if he had grants that would be a correct amount but obviously he did something wrong in order to be in this situation. You will have to search and search, if you live in Florida move out, there is nothing here for you (unless you do reality tv) Work for yourself doing home videos, weddings, whatever you can. This school is not expensive compared to others if you look at what you are getting. Look at everything, all the tools. It is you that has to do something. Contact the school see if they have something to offer. They get job listings all the time. Do something and be strong you will succeed. There are companies looking for grads from this school. Even more so since we are making major headlines all from students that didn’t get lazy or want things the easy way.

    Good luck

    Agar says:
    March 28th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I call bs on this post. I highly suspect this is the same woman who failed out of Full Sail’s film program and keeps going around spamming negative reviews and false facts. Allow me address these this post point-by-point:

    Way to expensive:
    You are aware of the cost prior to attending, so I don’t really see how this can be an issue for anyone. Furthermore, the higher tuition is easily counterbalanced by the cutting living expenses in half on an accelerated pace.

    the job market is flooded:
    Full Sail does not control the job market.

    the teachers are so full of shit and treated us with nothing but disrespect:
    The instructors treated me, and even some of the more obnoxious students, with nothing but the utmost respect.

    I looked up reviews and so many people wrote reviews telling people not to go:
    Either the reviews you read were the repeat posts by the same film fail-out who has been spamming negative reviews everywhere, or you’re that student.

    $48,087 later and no job to pay my student loans:
    This amount is not the total cost of a degree at Full Sail, which implies that you did not complete your degree. That means you either willfully dropped out, or failed out. That means you have not completed yet a college education, which does not make you marketable for employment.

    Please do not blame an entire school for your own personal failures. There are plenty of us who have met with great success and appreciate the quality of the education we received at Full Sail. And we have jobs, too.

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    Joe Bloe says:

    March 24th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Full Sail may be legal, but it’s expensive and the quality of its educators is the worst I’ve ever seen. Parents should be aware of the people who are actually teaching their children and potential students need to see past the hype. Visit http://alostcookie.com and you’ll see a “resume”; it’s from the former course director of their film program. He has no real background in the industry and now he left to go to LA & is asking his old students to get him production assistant jobs!! On http://www.hirejasonblanchard.com he discusses, in depth how unprepared he was to work in Hollywood. He’s also begging his former students for money to stay in LA on http://www.gofundme.com/jasonblanchard. These are the level of people you’re spending your education dollars on! They can’t even get themselves work in the industry. On his “resume” it clearly says he designed their film program. It’s so sad to see so many grads leave this school and go to LA (many of whom I’ve employed) only to realize what they were taught was pure bunk. This is an actual first lecture taught to these poor students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW0qg0CcbJs This instructor (same as in the resume) uses the “F” word multiple times and gives the worst advice I’ve EVER heard. USC, NYU… no one would ever DARE to say these kinds of stupid things. Maybe he should check his ego at the AZ/CA border, because as he says in the video “there should be no egos in film school, you all suck equally”. Please, I’m begging you, if you don’t have the grades or money apply to get real industry experience on a set. Someone will take a chance on you! If you have the means, then go to a reputable film program. Don’t waste your money. Please!

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    JD says:

    March 20th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I live near fullsail and have met some students who are making good money once they graduate and some that have never found a job in their field. Students need to realize that if you get a degree in Nursing you can find a job anywhere. Antarctica probably has fulltime nurses working there. If you get a degree in animation you have to be the very best. A mediocre portfolio will get you nowhere.

    I have a bachelors degree in art from another university ($100K and paid it off in 10 years. I get job offers every week in this “horrible economy”. I have been making very good money doing interface design for medical software, marketing web sites, training and simulation.
    Also every textbook will be digitized within the next five years. I could probably start a side company and make a killing doing that as well.

    Because of Apple many companies are taking art and design more seriously. I am not sure that fullsail is teaching kids that they need to learn to use art and design to solve real world problems. People who want to make art for the sake of making art will have a difficult time making a living.

  • Liz says:

    March 20th, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Full Sail is fairly simple. You put in what you get out. I know for a fact that a vast majority of the people who make the complaints (that credits are non transferable, the school is not providing adequate information, or the tuition) are the same people who have dropped out, couldn’t afford it and the best yet, the people who can’t get a job were the same people that did the bare minimum.

    In such a competitive industry, there’s GOING to be someone better than you if you don’t step it up and put everything you have into it.

    It amounts to nothing more than what you put in and the drive you have to learn the material that you’re signing up for. If people are stupid enough to try and go into a $75,000.00 program without having the funds lined up for the entire program… they’re an idiot. That’s their problem, not the school’s.

    You’d be surprised at the amount of people who pay $75,000.00 and will just scrape by, with the attitude, “Well I passed with a C- with my craptastic artwork. Awesome. Good job.”— That is not going to get you HIRED.

    Another thing a lot of people don’t understand is that your free time needs to be completely dedicated to your portfolio, your demo reel, whatever you’re doing. You put every ounce of your time into Full Sail. You don’t sleep, you eat junk food and you’re hyped on caffeine for what seems like 24 / 7. (Especially in the CA and GA programs more than anything else.) However, you still need to take every ounce of free time you have and continue to build your assets. You need to stand out from the crowd just as much as anyone else.

    But again, it all amounts to how much hard work you put into it. Seriously? If you’re not doing an amazing job, I sincerely HOPE you don’t get hired because the last thing we need are terrible people in the industry making everything look like crap. I don’t care how much you love to do it.

    So, that’s my review on Full Sail. Things should get interesting once I get into Object Oriented Programming and Database Structures.


    Randy says:
    April 3rd, 2012 at 6:39 am


    I read what you wrote again and it is kind of concerning, its not professional in any way. You might find yourself in the same boat. One of the things the school said to me when I went through the hundreds of questions I had about there program is there students has had a history of issues with professionalism due the the fact they will accept pretty much anyone. So you drop out of school, get a GED and your accepted. (Not referring to you). That is great that you got in, maybe you finished your degree. Issue is if your not professional and do not have a 100% in professionalism you won’t succeed. This school does do job placement, they get job offers all the time. I have actually seen job listings looking for graduates from this school, mainly the on campus students due to there rigorous program. This doesn’t leave out hope for the ones that are online. For you to say I HOPE you don’t get a job is very disrespectful. I do understand your point but encouragement for success makes someone stronger and want to succeed. Mike of course doesn’t sound professional either. I’m working on it as well.

    But as stated before I have a list of things I need to do and it won’t be easy. Internship is my major goal, without this I might as well apply at McDonalds. Even grads can go sign up or apply for an internship. On Campus can’t do this till after they graduate that is why if your online it is essential you start working on it when you get close to the %50 mark. So for those that are graduates and those that are attending start looking for an internship if you haven’t accomplished it yet. You do not have experience just coming out of school. Might as well be an errand boy or start off in a mail room. There are a few for film if anyone lives in Florida, I just wouldn’t say that I would work there for the rest of my life or anything. HSN hires on interns all the time. We have a few Spanish networks as well. How about a news station? If your in another field search and look. Call the school back and ask them nicely on what they have to offer for job postings. They are not going to run to you.

    Randy says:
    April 3rd, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Mike E
    I signed up for this school just for what they offered. I haven’t graduated yet and I understand what it will take when I do. I know the competition is out there. I also have been working on setting up internships and setting up some sort of future. Out of the mass load of students that graduate there is only a select few that haven’t found a job. That is if you put it in percentage.
    You can change things now though if your having a hard time. Not fully sure what you degree is in. Start checking out other parts of the country for internships. Even at a fully accredited college my wife had to take on 3 internships. This is where you get experience and that is what will help you get a job. Without a good internship you are going to have a difficult time, as well as where you are located.
    I hope you do find a job because having all those loans would suck not working.

    Good luck

    Mike E says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    So you haven’t completed the program yet? Are you kidding me, I bet you don’t find work and have a very difficult time paying for your loans. You sound uneducated and snobby.

  • Glenda Kasey says:

    March 8th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I am not a student at FS, but is thinking about attending. I attend AAU of San Francisco and the tuition is off the chain. I pay $2.734 dollars for one class. I just want to hear the truth because I need a real degree.


    Holley says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Glenda, I’m right there with you. I recently took a break from my Film degree at the Art Institute of Ca at Sacramento in efforts to transfer to a better school with a cheaper cost of living. And, I can relate, AI’s classes are about $550.00 per unit..you have a 4 unit class, you’re at 2 grand a class. I am now enrolling in Full Sail way out in Florida. I as well, feel like “Is this really it?” & with by graduation, owing close to $100,000.00..couldn’t agree with you more. I keep thinking, if we are going to college, I definitely want the best degree I can get. Then raise the question: What IS the best school for my degree? Good luck with all, I have a feeling there is quite a few of us students who share your pain & concern.

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    chuck a real industry vet says:

    March 4th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Look im not gonna use proper spelling or anything in this review but all i have to say is this.

    I have been close to signing deals i have made videos i’ve gotten good radio spins as an artist i know how this game works i have a real world resume. Bottom line is this im in fullsail right now alot the students i go to school with are idiots im running laps around these young kids that have non realistic goals and delusions of grandger. Sorry cant spell doesnt mean im dumb just cant spell, its seems like fullsail is full of 20 year olds that dont know what this game takes have no idea what work ethic is they just want to be the next timberland.

    I can tell you this if that piece of paper can get me in the door for an interview i will do the rest stop being lazy america if you dont succed its your fault. Take a look in the mirror take a deep breath and be real with yourself.I’ve been poor most of my life i live in a terrible neighborhood and school is my only way out… I am a 4.0 student i have won multiple awards i have real word credentials so yea if i dont get a job fullsail is a scam but so far so good and its been nothing but helpfull. When is getting an education ever bad bottom line at minimum if i dont get a big time job fine let me pay my bills do what i love take care of my family and im good… stop listening to whining kids who dont know how to go after what they want halla chuck out lol….and yes mr reeves was an excellent teacher along with many others im a year and a half into the online program and im already looking at a job with disney halla…..


    Randy says:
    April 3rd, 2012 at 7:33 am

    You should be doing an internship right now if your that far into the program. School recommends online students to start %50 in. Just a heads up.

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    just sayin... says:

    February 24th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    First off, I have never went to Full Sail but was thinking about attending in the spring quarter. However, I have done my research and i have been told countless times… YOU DON”T NEED A DEGREE TO BE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC INDUSTRY!! You have to understand that the industry changes very quickly all the time and so many people want o be apart of it! The top Industry gurus started from the bottom without college and are now multi millionaires!.

    Many of them created positions for themselves, interned, or new somebody that new other people in the industry. This industry is tough, and I know that without ever being in it. People have to just simply realize this before wanting to go into these types of fields. One thing I will say is, I think the industry as a whole is too saturated with people wanting to “live the dream” so to speak. Everybody who wants to be in the industry will not get a chance to be in it. It is as simple as that. I don’t care what school you went to and how many loans you have to pay off or whatever the situation may be.

    Those who are suppose to be in the industry will be in the industry. No school can compete with your destiny and where your suppose to be in life. Too many people want to live other peoples dreams. They see somebody have it now they want it. You have to look deep down and ask yourself is this where I am suppose to be and why? Many people (sadly) have no idea what they can offer the industry but wanna be in it so bad. Its bull. I love music, I can’t live without it.

    However, I don’t care about how much money I will make in the industry,or who i meet or the lifestyle. I just wanna learn,learn, learn and learn. I could be in the industry and they wouldn’t have to pay me a dime. Its that serious to me. I will be as patient as I can be to have a chance to learn the industry and be apart of it. Its about having patience, drive, love and knowledge. Sadly, a lot of students who enter Full Sail probably lack all those things. Especially, the knowledge of the industry they want to be apart of. So, I am choosing a different route and not going to Full Sail, because I want to go my own way and not spend countless dollars on a program i can learn for free just by having someone teach me the ins and outs of music business. To anyone who feels like they do need it, good luck to you and i wish you well
    because in the entertainment/music industry … your gonna need tons of it. So be proud and be fearless!!!

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    Nolan (Film Degree, Full Sail University) says:

    February 13th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    For those of you who say Full Sail is a waste of $, time, etc. we had over 70 graduates with credits on Grammy nominated/winning albums/songs this evening 2/11/2012. As you were… Haters.


    Randy says:
    April 3rd, 2012 at 7:36 am


    It would be impossible for all the students to get Grammy nominations. Seeing how a huge amount of them are living in a pipe dream. They don’t realize how much work they have to do to succeed. That is even before they graduate. My feeling is read everything, ask lots of questions, don’t sign up for the school unless you have done this. That goes for any school. You cannot get a job just graduating from Yale without a good internship. I STRESS TO EVERYONE TAKE ON AN INTERNSHIP. It is essential.

    Sharon says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Only 70? And how many students go there every year?

    Joe Bloe says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    See my comment on 3/24 you don’t know how off you are.

    Holley says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    High 5 Nolan!

    Crystal says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Love it!

  • The Truth... says:

    February 11th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I believe that Full Sail is sending their army to write several of these rebuttals posts. Some of the voices sound the same. Hmmm…I think I need to track the ISP to discover THE TRUTH!

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    Troy says:

    February 8th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I am a recent graduate of Full Sail Graduate from the Recording Arts Bachelors and since graduation i have gone on to work at Dark Horse Recording In Nashville. My experience at Full Sail was fairly positive and i got a lot out of it but like every other school out there, there is a limit to how much real world experience and training need to go out and be successful. Here at Dark Horse Recording they have their own institute that in my opinion does a better job of getting you the information you need to be in a studio in a more professional environment in less time for less money. So if you are contemplating going to a big recording school like Full Sail, Flashpoint, CRAS, Berkley, Art Institute, or SAE maybe you should check out Dark Horse. If you know that you want to be in the studio right away and really learn what it takes to be an Audio Engineer this is a great place for you.

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    Former Course Director says:

    February 5th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Full Disclosure: I used to teach at Full Sail and I received my degree from a Public University… not Full Sail. There have been a lot of reviews from the student perspective on here, so I thought I would give my feedback from the teacher’s point of view. I’m writing this review to hopefully shed some light and help people out.

    I taught at Full Sail for 4 years. I witnessed Full Sail go through many changes, including becoming a University, and offering all their degree programs online. Before I left I was teaching on-campus courses and online courses, so I have some knowledge of both. I taught under the Digital Arts & Design program (Graphic Design, Online), so I can only vouch for that degree.

    Let me start off by debunking the whole Full Sail is expensive argument. Yes, if you look at how much Full Sail costs for a year, it seems pretty expensive. But what you’re not realizing, is that if you went to a 4 year university (which will probably take you 5 years), you would spend the same amount of money.

    Since Full Sail offers accelerated degrees, you have to be a self-starter and have the drive to complete your work. If the students had trouble with a concept, I would spend as much time as the student needed to understand the concept. Everyone of my fellow teachers and myself would bend over backwards to help our students, but you needed to at meet us half way. We do not have time to hand-hold. This is college, not high-school.

    If you are wondering if you should attend on-campus or online, I would say on-campus if you can. No matter where you go to school, you will get more out of the school and it’s resources being on campus. The online degrees are setup to give the students the resources to work on their own to complete the course. If you require more one-on-one interaction, you should take the on-campus route.

    The material that was taught in Digital Arts and Design, is well thought out and comprehensive. Full Sail has advisors from the Design field audit their degree and give feedback about what a design student should learn. Everything you would need to know as a designer, we did what we could to teach our students. I had so many students write back and thank me for what they learned in my course, which helped them get jobs right away. Was the degree perfect? No. But we were always changing and updating course material to make sure it was the best it could be.

    One gripe I had with Full Sail as an instructor, was the amount of students we would have in some of our classes. Some classes were small, but some were fairly large. I know when I left, they were working on capping class sizes for Online, but I’m not sure about on campus. That is one more reason why you have to be proactive and engage with the teachers.

    Another gripe would be that Full Sail did not require a portfolio to be submitted for the Graphic Design/Digital Arts & Design degrees. Most art programs require some sort of portfolio, to see if the students have potential and the skills to succeed in the program. I ended up having a lot of students who really did not have the thought process of an artist/designer, and to be honest really did not belong in the program.

    Really do your research and see if Full Sail is right for you. Full Sail’s fast pace environment is not for everyone. But if you stick with it and apply yourself, I do not think you will be disappointed.


    Russ says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Crystal, look into Art institute of Pittsburgh online. My gf goes there now, the education is much better than Full Sail. I go to Full Sail right now. The degree from full sail is not anywhere as good as from AIP. full sail is nation, AIP is regional like all other universities. Full Sail will NOT transfer, AIP will. AIP is better, cheaper and respected, check it out.

    Crystal says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I am a current Graphic Design student. I have only been enrolled for about 7 months. I honestly think its a great school so far. Yes, the amount is rather high for the degree. However I have learned so much material already that I could get a job in the related field. It’s very fast paced for online, but with dedication and love for what your doing it’s great! Staff seems to be professional and very knowledgeable. Again, I can’t stress enough how much they have helped me already. Not only in my career choices but in personal choices as well. The school is definitely not for everyone, but it’s a good choice. If I don’t get a job when I am finished then it’s no-one’s fault but my own. Your skills and knowledge will get you further. I have friends who don’t understand what they are doing and they have accredited degrees. Guess what, the places aren’t looking at the degree, but the knowledge they have. Seen it too many times. My point is that if you have the drive, knowledge, skill, and confidence…Thats what matters if you love what you do!

    John Babbit says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Seriously? You believe $78,000 for just tuition of a non transferable degree is reasonable. My daughter will have her masters in physics for less. Why does Full Sail not list the prestigious faculty? What sort of disclosure do they have on the profits and profiteers?

  • CJ says:

    February 3rd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hello, I am CJ,

    That out of the way, are you all retarded?
    I have done enough research in schools online offering music education that after looking into fullsail, it was a great find. The tuition compared to other schools is not a rip, honestly, look at big named well known schools like julliard and then say that. The teachers? I love them. Yes I attend the school, and yes they have some fantastic industry professionals teaching, like Mr. Reeves that I had the pleasure of having last month and taught me an immense amount(if you don’t know who he is, take a look on Google.) The administration? Been great working with me and setting me up with career contacts. The work load? I work 55-70 hours a week, take care of my grandmother, two dogs and a cat and still put in 25ish hours a week into my school work to get the most out of it and they tell you expect that many hours a week in work and study time. If you graduated and are having problems find a job, theres a lot more an employer looks at than just an accredited degree and hetes a news flash, it starts with you. not your school. Bottom line, its great, and you all need to realize the school isn’t the problem. you are.

    Sincerely, CJ.


    Jeff1 says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The school is the problem. why? because its a scam that accepts anyone and loads them up in U of MIAMI type of debt.

    Crystal says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    You got it right!

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    Cirus The Virus says:

    February 2nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Look it took a total of (6) weeks to figure out that all they really care about is you money. They make you feel all invited, warm and generally a place you want to be. Now you have to follow their schedule which consists of having to pass a whole semester in just (4) weeks and in any month you could have two classes which makes learning everything you would have in a normal class elsewhere four months but at Full Sail you have (4) weeks and if you fail oh well. Then after you leave they will never ever talk to you like the great guy/gal you were before you attended instead they treat you as a has been. I will never ever go back to Full Sail and not just because of what I have written but also because to earn a BA at Full Sail is going to cost you about $70K. Don’t waste you time here at this school.


    Mr. A. says:
    February 10th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    If you are truly talented and dedicated Full Sail is an amazing place to learn the courses that are offered at many educational institutions. The accelerated learning is paramount to working in creative arts because that’s how it is in the real world.

  • Curious says:

    January 31st, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I did some research really quickly after reading some of these reviews and Full Sail is actually accredited…
    but i’m still doing my research I’d be going for a second bachelors degree and I’m still shopping around for schools but a big thing i’m looking for is an online program because I really can’t afford to move anywhere currently. On the whole i found most of these reviews completely unhelpful because I can’t help but feel like its a screaming match between the two sides here… anyone know of a better review site to go to for this topic?


    Russ says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Check out Art Institute of Pittsburgh, my GF goes to AIPO and it is regionally accredited, credits WILL transfer, I go to Full Sail credits WILL NOT transfer. if I were to choose between the two I would be at Art Institute right now, but they do not offer the program I need.

    National Accreditation= trade school, no transfer.
    Regional Accreditation= university,college, will transfer.

    if you want an industry to recognize your degree, REGIONAL if you don’t care about degree or quality of education, National.

    Former Course Director says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Yes, their accreditation is different from Public Universities, meaning your credits will not transfer. That is a common gripe I heard when working there. But is fairly common in regards to public Universities vs Art Schools, Technical schools, etc.

    Mom of a online full sail student says:
    February 13th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    It is only accredited as a technical university….

  • Outside View says:

    January 27th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I have read several things regarding FS, but the real truth does lay with their website. I have not attended this school nor do I know anyone who has attended this school. My reason for looking into this school is that my son is interested.
    You want to know the true factors behind a school or place of employment, church, business what ever it may be. See how many job openings it has listed open. FS isn’t an international business like PEPSI Cola or Ford Motor, therefore the employee turn over should not be so extensive as their help wanted list as this one school. People sit on waiting lists for years for jobs at Ford, Pepsi, IMB, so on and so on. But it looks like this school cant keep instructors Why is that?
    I did not rate this because I dont know about this school I can go off what I have read both good and bad, from the figures the school lists for enrollment and graduation, but to me the true sign of a good school, business, or what ever is there staff and if you cant keep a staff esp for a school…. Something is not right….

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    Dokie says:

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    The dilemma of for-profit education is real enough, but this line is rich: “the Federal Government is planning on passing a ban”

    The “Federal Government” doesn’t plan on passing laws. Individual members of Congress vote on proposed laws. The federal government never collectively decides to pass a law — that’s the purview of we the people and our elected representatives.


    Andrew says:
    February 5th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    actually the dept of education has alot of say and can issue directives or “bans” of certain types of funding that would affect full sail or any other university. for example federal funds for financial aid can be withheld froms schools the us dept of education deems to be ineffective or an outright scam


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    Full Sail blows says:

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Oops. I forgot to give it my rating.

  • Full Sail blows says:

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I like how Full Sail’s robots find every website on the internet to rebuttal every negative comment.

    Don’t you all have jobs in the industry to do?


    Nolan (Full Sail Student) says:
    February 13th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Yup, i have worked on Music videos, With ESPN, I will be on the crew to Star Trek 2. AND

    For those of you who say Full Sail is a waste of money, time, etc. we had over 70 graduates with credits on Grammy nominated/winning albums/songs this evening 2/11/12. That’s just the Winners.

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    When will we learn? says:

    January 17th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    When will people start accepting responsibility for their own decisions in life? No one threatened you, and forced you to enroll in a school or program that costs upward of $80,000; nor did anyone force you to super size your double quarter pounder with cheese meal, nor did they force you to subsequently buy the miracle drug off the infomercial that guarantees dramatic weight loss, with which, can you believe this, you don’t even have to work out or diet to shed those pounds. Seriously people. When you are told that tuition is $75,000, and the possible interest rate on the private loan you are taking out is 12%, and you are going to owe (x) amount of money each month upon graduation (should you graduate that is.

    God forbid you actually have to take and pass classes to earn that diploma); all the while, you know damn well you’re not going to be making a million dollars your first year out of college, why do you insist on blaming anyone but yourself when that time comes for you to start paying everything back? I would urge any potential student, or parent of a student to do their own due diligence, instead of basing their decision off the blog of some angry, delusional kid or parent, who didn’t do their research.

    I’m not even advocating Full Sail. This is common sense. If you’re looking to buy a home, you research the home itself, the surrounding community, the school district. You don’t just thrown a down payment on the table and say, “I’ll take it!” Why would investing in your future be any different? I think this goes beyond the private sector of higher education. It’s seemingly infiltrated every aspect of American culture. When things don’t go the way you want, blame your neighbor, blame your congressmen, blame your dog, but never, NEVER blame yourself. How could anything that’s happened in your life possibly be YOUR fault?

    I imagine in your eyes it can’t be. I’ll leave you with this, instead of focusing your energy on all the negative, take the time to look into just one success story of someone who overcame the odds; that person who lost 100lbs through sweat, grit and pure determination, or that kid who fought tooth and nail to get into the school of their dreams, despite the financial ramifications, because they knew, they absolutely KNEW, this was the right school for them, because it would put them on a path to pursue their dreams. Talk to those people. Then maybe you can write about something people actually would be happy to read, and know what it means to truly take responsibility for your life and your actions.


    Nemo says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Bravo. I met a guy who went to Full Sail and got a job at a movie theater. Lot’s of debt for nothing. Go to a state school.

    Lee says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 1:27 pm


    To NO ONE: ALL Universities have full-time staff members to promote their schools. If you’re not satisfied, you probably need to drop out before investing any more money. To Each His Own…

    no one says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I Find it weird how every positive post about this school has more ratings than the negative post. I’m currently attending this school online and i’ve seen how retarded most of these students are. I had chosen to go to this school because of some circumstances I’m facing right now, but i don’t see where my money is going. I have chatted with all my “teachers” since I’ve been attending the school, and none of them sound enthused or vibrant or anything. even their emails are dry and so cold and to the point, that its like they don’t care anymore. oh and FULL SAIL EMPLOYS A FULL-TIME STAFF THAT DOES NOTHING BUT PROMOTE THE SCHOOL ON THE WEB, and try to scrub away the ugly truth of Full Sail being a full scale student loan scam. I’m thinking of quitting.

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    Mom of a online full sail student says:

    January 15th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    This school is the worst online school I have ever seen! The courses are complicated to navigate and if your child has any disability they overlook it and don not follow the law. I plan on turning in the school for a blatant disregard of my sons individual education plan which is a legal document that must be followed. Also the recruiter lied and said that the game art degree would not have a lot of character design and it did. All of the syllabuses were confusing even to me and I am also a student at another college with a 3.96 average! Do not attend this school it sucks! Mom…


    Fussy Britches says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Once Upon A Time, I fully agree! Congratulations on your 3.96 avg, Mom, but I only have one question for you. If your son is disadvantaged, why in Hell would you send him to Full Sail University? I’m a student there. I love it. It’s not easy. They tell you up front it’s not easy. This school has an accreditation. It’s just like University of Phoenix and DeVry. But, I tell ya one thing…I live in Nashville, TN and every music industry professional I have told that I attend Full Sail is excited and I’ve gotten more job offers as a hire-able intern than I did when I was attending Phoenix. I love what I do, I love my instructors, I love the expensiveness of it. I’m a mother of 5 children. My two teenage boys want to attend there, now. Since it’s so expensive, the instructors take EXTRA time with you if you want the extra time. They’re not going to baby you or your son. I call them. I email them. I iChat with them. And they make sure I can successfully push through every problem that might arise. I have a 4.0 avg! I would recommend this to anyone who is an entertainment lover. I have a full time job with Capitol Records upon graduation in 10 mos, since I’m already interning with a couple different companies.

    Once upon a time... says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    With all due respect ma’am, Full Sail, like most other institutions, has a dedicated Student Success Services staff, who do everything in their power to assist those students who may have disabilities of some form. In addition, the school’s entire curriculum for each degree program is posted on it’s website.


    It clearly states that within the first six months, a Game Art student will be taking a course in “character design.” I’m not saying the school may not have its faults, but what school doesn’t? In the end it’s up to the student and their family to make the decision that’s best for them, and that should be based upon your own research, not the words of others.

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    Lee says:

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I came upon this website today when I thought I’d see how Full Sail has changed since my son graduated two and a half years ago. (A friend was asking me about it.)

    My son attended the University of New Orleans which had a film program, but he had to leave when Hurricane Katrina hit. He transferred to Louisiana State University, but was disappointed that they did not offer a degree in film. After two years of taking general mass com classes, my husband and I decided to let him attend Full Sail University. It was very expensive, but for the first time he was really excited about what he was learning. His basic Math/English/History credit hours transferred from the other colleges and his electives no longer consisted of meaningless classes that he’d never use. Even though he didn’t realize it at the time, EVERYTHING he learned made sense to him once he started working in the film industry.

    He graduated in April of 2009, and he’s worked as a set lighting technician on approximately 15-20 Movies/TV shows (including Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part I and Part II). We live in Louisiana which is now the third leading state for film production, so he’s been very fortunate and very busy. From what I’ve learned, his paper degree is not what got him these jobs …. it was the knowledge he gained at Full Sail that gave him the CONFIDENCE to succeed in this business. There were times when he hated the classes and they didn’t make sense to him, but I can’t tell you how many times since starting work that he made comments like, “now it all makes sense to me,” or “now I know why they drilled that into our heads.”

    A little advice though..

    1. It WAS very expensive, so if you can’t afford it and do not have financial help, you may want to look somewhere less expensive.

    2. After graduating, you MUST be willing to do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door. Just like any professional internship, you’ll be expected to work as an unpaid production assistant on at least one or two productions until you prove yourself and make the necessary CONTACTS you need.

    3. Be PROACTIVE! Don’t sit back and wait for the Full Sail counselors or anyone else to find you a job …. get out and look for them. Make phone calls, send emails and even be willing to move to an area where they’re doing a lot of filming.

    4. When you get the job … work your butt off! If you do, chances are they’ll hire you again for the next movie. The more movies you work on, the more contacts you’ll make!

    Good Luck!

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    Jane says:

    December 30th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I am sorry for all the “blame the victim” replies that you are getting. Consider for your other sons sending them to CC and majoring in something competitive that they can fall back on if need be, like nursing or a trade. They can pursue their dream job and part time education later when they are grounded. When calling a school like FS ask for their graduate to hire ratio *in the field* you plan on majoring in. Anyone interested in the FS blogspot site can access it through the wayback machine.

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    The True Music Lover says:

    December 30th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    This is a shame how people are scammed! I wonder if the college releases numbers of graduates vs enrollment and the average salary of their graduates.
    Bet not!


    Fact checker says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Actually, “Research before Retort”, they may have a link up but there’s not much useful information on it. Way too many ‘-‘ characters in placement stat lines in too many of the programs. It’s also not a good sign that the on-time grad rates are pretty low for such an expensive program. Sounds like check-in-the-box page for me.

    So maybe you should, you know, check your own homework before you start spewing elitist hate.

    John Babbit says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Checked outcomes and statistics. Mostly empty due to a lack of graduates. Also, no information on metrics used for creating the stats.
    I have been put off several times trying to get information on staff as well as actual grads. While I think some of the negative adds are sour grapes, I really doubt real students, past or present, would take the time to post a defense of the business. You simply do not see this with more, shall we say, mainstream institutions. My degrees are valid anywhere, I want my kids to have the same (one down, two to go!)

    Research before Retort... says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Actually, they do:


    You, like most others, decided to just talk instead of doing your own research. You blame a school, or a corporation for being deceitful to the public, and yet you do the exact same thing in your postings.

    I’m not a one percenter, preaching from the pulpit. I fall into the 99% with most of the rest of you, but I also take responsibility for my actions and decisions.

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    Slim says:

    December 29th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    No, I have not attended full sail university. I have, however, been working in the software development field for years. The reviewer earlier who said that employers dont care whether or not you attended a regionally accredited university is completely ignorant of how these things work. Full Sail is not regionally accredited for good reasons. Their programs do not meet the necessary academic requirements. Do you think employers are too stupid to know this? Trust me, we know this all too well. In this economy employers can be very selective. FS grads will be competing for jobs with grads from top universities, respected universities. A UCLA grad will beat a grad from a school that is advertised on 3:00 AM infomercials every time.

    Im writing this because ive had several people ask me about full sail because I work in technology. Every time i’ve told them that my company would never hire someone from a school like FS and I cant imagine other employers hiring them either. Each time they chose to ignore me because FS advisers, who get commission for enrollment, told them a sweet story about how awesome things would be after graduation. Every time the person ended up with mountains of debt and no job prospects. They learned the hard way that what I said was true. For one young man the financial and emotional cost toll was so great I wonder if he can ever recover.


    Phil says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I Call BS Ive had one admit it not at Full sail counselor but at another similar institution. I wont say where or who because I don’t throw people under the bus organizations on the other hand are whole other beast.I might call them if I cant find information online and ill see if the counselor slips out info. Of Course i wont let anyone else know these guys are just doing there job illegal or not. They get paid for getting you to pay the admission or application fee in my case 150 dollars which is excessive since most schools run you between 10 to 30 dollars to apply. And who might you be to judge someone else, Im still researching full sail and a few other for profit schools and universities. But them not getting paid commission for enrolling students is a lie. I just didnt know it was illegal until you mentioned it. So far most of these schools counselors at for profit schools ive looked at get paid on commission so what makes Full Sail different. But Ill be finding out soon and anyone reading this believe me or not i dont care I just know the truth. As for the school itself I cant judge it i never attended I thought about it which is why im researching it at this moment.

    Running off at the mouth again says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Let’s start with glaring error number 1, no member of Full Sail’s staff, nor member of any other institution for that matter receive commission for enrollment. Government regulations makes sure that doesn’t happen, and that there’s no way around it.

    Two, where do you work? Are you the hiring manager? Do you sit in on all of the interviews? For you to say you “work in the software development field,” and therefore have all encompassing knowledge on matters pertaining to technology based companies and their hiring practices; is like me saying that I’ve been drinking red wine for years, which must automatically makes me a sommelier, and someone whose opinion should be respected when it comes to which wine you should serve with your roasted duck at dinner tonight.

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    FullSailReview says:

    December 28th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Here is what you need to know about Full Sail University – READ THIS!

    1. The school is designed to make as much money as humanly possible. With this in mind you have to think about their motivations and their tactics regarding selling the school to prospective students.

    2. Think about the most popular degrees here – Mainly Music Business and Entertainment Business. Now think about what excites young students such as being a record producer, working in the music industry, or mixing dope beats – and I LOVE dope beats ;).

    Now when a college comes along and says, “HEY! We got all that for you! We know you are from a low income family, we know you want to be the next big deal in the industry, and we know you have the government backing your student loans up to nearly $100,000! All you have to do is sign this here and fill out a student loan application and YOU’RE IN!” – In other words they prey on you and your dreams and goals. And if you take out private loans you’re interest rates are going to be EVEN HIGHER!

    3. Now think about the instructors (not teachers because very few of them have teaching certificates nor are they experienced at teaching anything). Think about who you look up to and would want to learn from in your industry. They’re successful and active in the industry and their profession. Now think about who is going to take a teacher’s salary at some technical college? You really think the best of the best are going to be teaching you? PLEASE!

    The truth is that those that have failed to find steady work and those that never made it to true success are the ones teaching you. This is not what you should be paying $70,000 plus for! Look at their cars, look at their houses, and listen to them on a personal level to understand their situation. If you listen closely enough, as I have to many teachers I had befriended, you will hear them mention they are broke, not getting paid enough, over worked, and under stupid guidelines of what they have to teach you.

    What does this mean? Get out there and get a real education at a real university and VOLUNTEER at places you want to work. Get in on the ground floor and ask to hang out during the hours that you’re not working to learn what it is that they do and how they do it. Honestly they’ll probably love someone more committed like that rather than some kid just graduating Full Sail thinking they know a thing or two about the industry.

    4. Think about Full Sail University’s accreditation. They are NOT regionally accredited like many community colleges and 4 year universities. This means that NONE of your credits are going to transfer to another school should you choose to quit or drop out. You’ll have to completely start over! And if you graduate, no school will recognize your Associates or Bachelors degree and let you continue your education with them.

    Also note that if you’re accredited at any level you have requirements regarding graduation rates and placement rates. Which brings me to my next point.

    5. If they have to have a certain percentage of students graduate to maintain university status… And also keeping in mind that they are letting anyone with any educational background into the school… Don’t you then think that they would make the requirements to pass pretty easy? There is a common thread you’ll read about Full Sail and that is that students that put in a TON of work on an assignment tend to get very similar if not the same grade as a student that did little to no work.

    So you end up getting a crappy education designed to let everyone pass and your work is not going to be recognized as a standout project because others are getting the same grade for less than half the work. Does this sound like the kind of school you want to commit thousands of dollars to equating to anywhere from $600-1,000+ a month in student loan payments?

    6. To top things off, there are so many under privileged and under educated students out there that are graduating from this school. They have no serious skills, they don’t know the difference between there and their or even they’re, and they end up not able to get a job out of college that pays enough to cover life’s expenses and their loan payments. Sure there are a few that go on to succeed like one student that sent me a review recently (and will soon go up on the site), but most do NOT succeed.

    Then what happens? Those students default on their loans and tax payers have to pay the bill! Full Sail is taking your tax dollars and screwing over those students that don’t know any better.

    It is time to stop this BS they try to pull. They are like any big corporation that takes advantage of people.


    Nemo says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Many of the positive reviews sound eerily similar.

    John Babbit says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    “Web Instructor” if someone graduates from the University of Miami, they will have a degree valid anywhere. That alone is worth vastly more than a degree of dubious value. Full Sail is a trade school. The “Degree” programs of bachelor and masters are meaningless outside the school grounds. An out of work web designer would likely find comfort there.

    Nolan (Full Sail Student) says:
    February 13th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    For those of you who say Full Sail is a waste of $, time, etc. we had over 70 graduates with credits on Grammy nominated/winning albums/songs this evening. As you were… Haters. argue that!!

    PS: The guy who runs Fullsailreview.. was in the ONLINE DEGREE FOR 3 MONTHS, then dropped out. He doesn’t know jack about full Sail cause he couldn’t handle it! i have 2 months out of my 21 months left. i have been on campus the whole time. don’t listen to that loser. He LOVES to make stuff up.

    Really? says:
    February 11th, 2012 at 6:40 am

    “Professors in a community college’s AA or AS program need only have a bachelors degree”

    Last time I checked. One needs a Masters to teach an A.A. or A.S. degree. You can not compare the University to Miami to a joke of a school like Full sail. Not only that, you are talking about a A.A. degree that amount of money which one can go to Miami Dade College and earn that same degree for $200 per class. All these people are retarded.

    Tdavis says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I have been reading these comments for Full Sail University, both negative and positive. My husband is currently attending this school and he LOVES it. I am thinking about attending, but haven’t decided yet. I do know this – there is not a college in this world that Guarantees employment after graduation. I have a co-worker who obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in economics and is working as an analyst at this bank, because she cannot find a job in her field. Now Columbia University is a full accredited, prestigious, ivy league school and she obtained an A average, and still nobody is impressed. Oh, and by the way – VERY EXPENSIVE!!

    As the old saying goes – do not believe ANYTHING you hear and only half of what you see. People have different experiences from different places. You only get out what you put in. I have three degrees (Associates, Bachelor’s and a Masters) and still cannot get a job in my field (legal/criminal justice) since 2009 and if I do get offered a job in my field, it is at a $20,000 pay cut. I am not going to blame the schools I chose, because the schools did their jobs and when you get student loans, if you read, you will find out that you are responsible for the full amount of the loans whether you graduate or not and whether you can find a job or not, so this school is not a scam and is not doing anything different than any other school out there. Life is what you make it and nobody is going to hand you anything, you have to go and get it. A piece of paper is not going to get it – YOU have to get it!

    Web-Instructor says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    In reply to FullSailReview’s comments on the instructors/teachers:
    Teacher “certifications” are only for K-12 teachers. Teacher certifications for post secondary instructors/professors do not exist for ANY university. The qualification for professors at accredited universities and colleges is having the appropriate advanced degree, PhD or Masters.

    Professors in a community college’s AA or AS program need only have a bachelors degree – no teacher certification. Why would a successful entertainment or design professional take a pay cut to teach? Well for one thing, its not always about the money. Yes I made WAY more as a Web developer than teaching Web, but double $$ doesn’t mean double happiness.

    Then there’s the hours a job requires – I don’t have the crazy overtime requirements as a teacher that I did with all the crazy deadlines working at the way-cool-design firm. I get to spend time with my family now instead of all-nighters with co-workers. PLUS, I really love teaching and care deeply about my students. I want then to learn all the right stuff that will truly help then get and stay employed, all the experiential stuff that no Quick Start Teach Yourself book can impart. Now, shall I write a review about the students who don’t want to work for their degree? Sorry, I’m not going to go there.

    Oh and by the way, have y’all checked out the cost of other private colleges lately, like say for instance the fully accredited University of Miami – tuition alone is $19,000 per semester ($38,000/yr).

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    Kayluh says:

    December 28th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I’m just letting everybody know, its not the school’s responsibility to find you a job after you graduate. its your own.


    John Babbit says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    You are absolutely right Kayluh! Except now you have maybe $80,000 to pay back. By attending Community Colleges (getting a real degree)and working through internships, with little or no pay; you can learn real world skills, meet industry people, have actual job experience and a degree. You will also be if not debt free, much better off. Chances you will have already found you job! Hard work, not a profit motivated, shinny and glitzy organization, is your key to success.

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    Anonymous says:

    December 23rd, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Full Sail is beyond a waste of money. I’ll admit some programs may not be half bad but not a single one of them is worth the debt you jump into. Nor are you going to find a job to justify the cost, meaning you won’t be able to afford to pay back the $700-1,000 a month in loans. And if you defer those loans till you make it on your feet you will end up accumulating interest at anywhere from $150-250 a month. How’s that for ethical? Learn the truth and pull back the curtain over your eyes set there by Full Sail’s multimillion dollar marketing campaigns:


    Phil says:
    March 8th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    555 a month is actually fairly accurate but that would be if you had 0 percent interest on the loans. 5 percent interest would be more like 582 for a government loan. But most of these loans would be between 18 percent(if your lucky) 654.9 and 22 percent 677.7 depending on your credit history. This only includes tuition and yes ive taken out loans before. Housing is an additional 50,000 in loans besides the 100,000 which you hope will be government loans but in reality are more 10-20,000 government and 80-90,000 private loans with similar or worse interest than what ive mentioned. 50,000 housing loans are private so even if they are 0 percent interest its 277.77 a month lets say lowish interest for a private loan 10 percent 305 higher interest 20 percent 333.25 a month.

    This does not include living expense which range from 200 a month if your smart and cheap to 500 if your an idiot gas is another beast all together lets say 50 a week to fill the tank is 200 a month. so best case scenario everything is covered by the government(which it wont) and you have a side job youll be paying the US government 859.77 a month for 15 years. The worst case you have no job and the government cant pay your loans so you go private all the way 1010.95 a month to private companies who can change your interest however they choose so it could go higher than 1010.95 for 15 years this does not include living expenses like food 200-500 a month, fuel 200 a month(in a good scenario mines under 100 a month with my V8 camaro).

    My pay last year was a low 22,000 dollars for the year making 670 a pay check or 1340 (thats what taxes do to you i know you calculated it 1833 it doesn’t add up well its just how it is you pay for med and dental and some other bullshit you have no choice in paying)a month after taxes. most of these jobs range in pay between 30000 and 45000 if your lucky enough to get a job. In other words worst case scenario 30000 a year 2500 a year subtract taxes 200-300 gone if your married with kids 500-600 if your single with no kids then subtract 500-600 on fees an medical next social security. Lets say your single and just finished school youve got 1500-1800 left over worst case 1300 now add student loans best case 859.77 now your left with between 643 to 940 a month to live on.1010 your left with between 490 to 790 a month.

    Now if you were making 45,000 that’s simpler its how much my dad used to make a year 2200 a month after taxes 859 loan 1341 a month 1010 loan is 1109 a month live off of. If these number dont look bad divide the 1109 in half 554.5 a pay check 230 and 395 a pay check just to be in debt for 15 years. is this worth it ive taken loans up before student loans are the same thing they are loans So Greg I had to laugh at the 700-1000 a month my self its close but not quite accurate. The 859-1010 a month is more accurate. Dont believe me then go fuck yourself over then I enjoy watching stupid people ruin there lives. Go to a community college then a reputable school for what you whant. As far as I know Eastern New Mexico Community College has a great Audio Production Program, Rhode Island institute of Design is another great school for those interested in fine art program as well as UCLA and more or less every major university. Just do your research and you save 10s and thousands of dollars in debt.

    Greg says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I just had to laugh at the $150-250 a month interest accumulation and $700-$1000 a month repayment.

    Get a student loan or do some research before you start spouting erroneous numbers.

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    Emma says:

    December 21st, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I heard about this school from a former colleague who had to go back for a second bachelor’s after applying to numerous master’s programs and being told that his degree wasn’t real. I think anyone dumb enough to go here deserves what they get. Some people are easy to scam.


    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Full Sail isn’t a scam, you heard wrong. Any school that makes you spend a few years there isn’t a scam. There are websites that report legitimate scams, Full Sail is clean. Is it good? I hear mixed reactions, but I know it’s not a scam.

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    In cognito says:

    December 19th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I work there. It is a diploma mill, nothing more. It is all about money. They are stealing money from us. Most of the students getting degrees there are funded by VA loans, pell grants, student loans, et al. The students fail, never pay backthe loans, and on and on it goes.

    Most students are sub par. They couldn’t get into a real college, so Full Sail will gladly take the money. It is deplorable.

    The faculty are payed okay, but treated like crap. The management could care less about them. They just want numbers. It is the most blatant case of fraud in the ethical sense that one could ever imagine. I am resigning because I cannot stand the corruption anymore.


    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You work there? Moron. “They are stealing money from us.” You are/were a student and, clearly, not an ethical one.

    A diploma mill would never fail a student so there you go, who’s lying? You are.

    These reviews are supposed to help people and people like you mess that up. It’s one thing to have a bad experience, but be honest. If this was your attitude there, no wonder your experience wasn’t stellar.

    I’m looking for smart people’s reviews. My sister is actually going to put in effort and be honest.

    me says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Sounds like you must have been a sub-par student. Ok, first of all, I think you mean “the management COULDN’T care less” and secondly, I don’t think it matters where the funding comes from. What’s wrong with grants and loans? Not all of us have Mommy and Daddy to pay for school for us. What all of you crybabies have to realize is that the most you can hope for from a degree in any field having to do with entertainment is the knowledge, not the diploma. Nobody cares what school you went to, they only care about your capabilities. A degree is just icing on the cake and might mean, to some employers that you have the ability to finish something.

  • VisionRecords says:

    December 16th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I was considering going to Full Sail University as well. I’m one those people that will do everything short of an FBI background investigation before I part with my money. I looked at the school objectively and read all the comments both positive and negative. Drawing conclusions on what I saw and read, most of the positive comments seem to be propagated by people who have some interest in the school such as (receiving money) aka “employed by” the school. For example the first person was strongly defending the school, and referred to it as OUR school not MY school. Hmmmm.. The second person defending the school commented that the stressed parents student was “scraping by”. How does that person even know the student? Does she make reference to his name?? No she doesn’t. Again, Hmmmm. I was taken advantage of by ORU Oral Roberts University some years ago under the same pretenses. Best advice I can give is, DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE!! Remember the saying BUYER BEWARE? It was made for a reason.

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    Full Sail SCAM says:

    December 14th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Fool Sale is what it should be named. Online students get the worst of it and pay the same price. Overly priced courses with hardly any instruction. No WIMBA sessions (a live platform to participate with students/instructors) as promised.

    And guess what? If you decide to drop out, they charge you for classes you’ve never taken. That’s right! Each “semester” is divided into 4 months. Each class is one month. When you begin your first class at the beginning of the semester, you have 3 days to decide if you want to continue in order to get 100% money back. Three days is not enough to decide if you want to remain in a class when you haven’t learned anything yet! If you stay in past the 3rd week, you get NO money back and then Full Sail sends you a bill for the remaining classes that you never took (because they have to send federal loan money back to the lender if you haven’t used it). Those bills are thousands of $$$ that typical students could never pay. It’s a win-win situation for Full Sail each and every time!

    Even if the student defaults on loans, Full Sail always gets paid, no matter what, and reaps the benefits of federal government student loans. A federal SCAM that needs to be investigated!!


    Researching for Sister says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    It’s a real school. There are plenty of scams out there if you want to see a real one. All schools work the same way Full Sail does. You shouldn’t be paying for classes that you haven’t taken though. I would definitely dispute that.

    Russ says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Objective Observer is LYING!!! you have 5 days if rejected by the school, 3 days if you are not rejected by the school. I have an enrollment agreement that can back up what I am saying. Full Sail is NOT a scam, just a trade school pretending to be a university. national accreditation degrees are not recognized by many, same as ITT, or trade schools that have lost fed funding. they don’t just lose funding that easy, they go on probation first, schools CAN scam and have a lot of time before they lose funding. Check out the Dept of Ed website.

    Objective Observer says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    1. You have 7 days to decide, not 3. Most traditional universities have the same criteria for their “drop/add” period.

    2. If a school’s default rate exceeds a certain percentage, which is designated by the government, not the school; they lose all of their Title IV funding. So while they may receive the money from the student who defaulted (as would any institution), they lose their ability to bring in any future financial aid, which means they can only accept students who can pay all cash for their degree, or have the credit to take out a private loan. Seeing as many people in today’s economy can’t afford to fill up their gas tank, it would seem that Full Sail purposefully trying to scam people would be counter productive to both their educational and business model.

    In the future, you should consider doing your own due diligence, before making accusations against something. Just a thought.

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    Robert M. Blatnick says:

    November 18th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I graduated on February 4, 2011, from Full Sail University with my Master’s degree in Entertainment Business. I did the online course due in part that I reside in Cleveland, Ohio and it was phenomenal! Excellent course material, excellent course instructors and assistant course instructors, and I left with a wealth of knowledge.

    The coursework is very strenuous due to it being an accelerated program. There is absolutely no room for procrastination. If you procrastinate just a tad, you will fall behind, and your grades will reflect this. From the get-go when the first course commences, it is non-stop learning at a fast pace and YOU MUST have self-discipline!

    My only negative comment would be that I wish there was the option to engage in this Master’s degree program on a non-accelerated rate, a normal program duration. I wish that the program was more than (12) months. There is such a wealth of information, and for a new course starting each month, it is difficult to retain all of the information thrown at you. Also, the information learned was so valuable and interesting I wish that each course was longer to dive into it more and to digest it all.

    Hope this helps!

    Robert M. Blatnick, Manager
    MyTh and Company
    Cleveland, OH


    M_In_O_Town says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Yay Sally

    Fussy Britches says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    “Doesn’t Matter”,

    You’re a self serving, flunky drop out who probably couldn’t cut his way through detention, much less a real class. How’s it feel to be called names? Not very nice, huh? I attend this school right now. My name is Sally…Look me up. I’m sure out of 12,000 students, there aren’t many Sallys. I’m not paid by the school. I just happened across this. So, instead of getting wasted everynight and trying to fill your boredom at 4am, why don’t you get into class and actually graduate and get a real job?

    Johnny says:
    January 15th, 2012 at 1:02 am

    If you want to do something great in life people will always want to bring you down (doesn’t matter) what it is

    Shut Your Mouth says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    to the person that commented above me, you dont know this person from a hole in the wall and are obviously too stupid to think that maybe people have succeeded from this program. Get a life loser.

    doesn't matter says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    you obviously have been PAID by full sail university to say good things about it. Get lost. You are a sell out who is clueless

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    LullSail says:

    November 16th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    ITT of the media degree enough said. I have a cousin who went and got his “Bachelors” from Full Sail … he got an internship fresh out of school. Internship up and nobody will hire him because its not a real degree. That is not speculation I am a Degree’d’ed and Certified Blackboard administrator at a Private non-profit University. I helped him get an interview in out Media Services Dept. The director told me that he could not see hiring someone for a position that required atleast an associates without a real degree. Now my cousin is attending UH because he has to finish his original degree. My son wants to go to full sail now and I am the devil because I refuse to do the parent cosigned loan for it.

    Full sail is a business not an educational institution. Their marketing team is world class their faculty support is terrible. That should be all you need to know.


    Russ says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    @Greg, I want to know how you “vetted” Full Sail.

    Greg says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    As a disabled vet, I had to get Full Sail vetted (no pun intended) by industry professionals before my VA rep would sign off on sending me there. Guess what? EVERY SINGLE ONE I talked to endorsed Full Sail.

    With a 1400 SAT, 97 ASVAB, 86 AFQT, and 3.7 AA GPA scores, when I separated the military, being a MGIB/Voc Rehab student, I got offers like crazy from traditional schools, NONE of which offered a degree in Game Design (which is my passion), so I tried to do my second love of engineering.

    I’ve been to traditional brick and mortar schools for years, but my physical injuries from the military make it difficult to get to class and being bi-polar makes 3 month classes EXCEPTIONALLY difficult, near on impossible.

    Epic failure. 0.94 GPA at traditional brick and mortar facilities. Thank God there is an industry endorsed online degree program available for people like me who can’t attend “traditional” school. For those that failed at Full Sail or failed in the job market afterwards, my condolences, but you have to look in the mirror and make a change there. I did.

    Find what works for you and go crazy on it. Since I have done my research, I’ve learned, in my field, the degree is secondary to what I personally can do, so the minute I start my program, I will be building that portfolio and am very confident that I will step out of the Full Sail program and into a career, because I have a plan and drive to be successful. I don’t expect a college to find me a job, I just expect them to give me the tools to do the job I find for myself, and from talking to industry professionals, Full Sail will do just that.

    By the way, for anyone looking at the Game Design degree program, one of the lead designers for Riot Games graduated from Full Sail. Not a real degree my ass.

    Do your research, have a plan, and stop blaming the school for your failure. I don’t blame the brick and mortar schools I’ve gone to for my failures. You shouldn’t either.

    Running off at the mouth again says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    For someone as “Degree’d’ed” as yourself, you would think you would have better writing and communication skills. That should be all anyone needs to know when reading your post.

    Michael says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You are wrong on everything that you said because Full Sail University is a great school and their faculty support is great.

  • Chontella Young says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I enrolled in Full Sail university in January but decided to go another route. I reconsidered in October because the music business was really what I wanted to do. I was not prepared for what happened next.

    I was honest about prior offences that I had on my application. After all, I have gained three degrees and had never had any problems before with a background.

    Well they told me that for reasons of them helping me with employment after I graduate- I needed to submit to national background check!!! I DONT NEED THEM TO HELP ME FIND A JOB AFTER SCHOOL!

    I just can’t believe that our federal goverment would support a school and give them funds when they are discriminating against people for their past records.


    Russ says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Tman is correct, I am currently at Full Sail and I did not have to go through a background check and I am disabled too. I honestly believe they will take anyone, there must be compounding factors in Chontella’s case.

    Greg says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    If you have drug related felonies (could be any felonies though, not sure on that), you can’t get Financial Aid.

    Michael says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Background checks are a must just to get a job. You must be a former student that really couldn’t cut it at Full Sail

    Came Correct says:
    November 16th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Shenanigans. A background check is standard for almost ANY job… three degrees from clown U maybe.

    Tyjec'Amun says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    TMan, your comments are incredibly narrow-minded and unnecessarily aggressive.

    Chontella Young clearly states that she (apologies if the gender guess is wrong) has had some prior offenses; it is reasonable to assume that she is trying to move on and improve her life.

    This background check (which she specified only came up recently, not when she applied; your experience is irrelevant in this case) could be used by Full Sail as an excuse to terminate her education, even though she has already invested time, effort, and money into getting her degree.

    As a final note, try not to be so elitist (“someone who has no business in our school”), especially considering that this isn’t exactly Ivy League we’re talking about. Just because you may not have had a run-in with the law doesn’t mean you should assume that Chontella Young is an evil or unwholesome person because she has.

    TMan says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    What are you talking about? I didn’t have to submit to a background check to attend Full Sail. In any case, why would a background check scare you unless you’re someone that has no business in our school in the first place?

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    Nyx says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I’ve gone to college in the past, and as part of a career-change, I’m currently enrolled in the Game Dev BS program. I’m also concurrently attending public university for Computer Programming. I feel I have enough exposure to both traditional public college and Full Sail University to write a brief objective analysis between the two. This has been my experience so far.

    Full Sail is nationally accredited, not regionally accredited. All this means is the criteria for transferring credits into or out of Full Sail differs slightly from the criteria for transferring credits between two regionally accredited schools. It makes no difference to an employer. Full Sail’s administrative offices are my biggest complaint, as the various departments tend to have trouble communicating and coordinating with each other. It took several weeks for them to figure out my VA benefits, FAFSA eligibility, billing, transfer credit, etc. However, once all that was done, it was smooth sailing thereafter.

    The teaching staff has been great. Every instructor I’ve had has been knowledgeable, experienced, available, and easy to learn from. The material is also great. Very little time is wasted on irrelevant general ed courses, leaving only those which actually benefit you in the field (Composition, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, etc.), and the rest is all core training.

    As previously mentioned, I’m attending Full Sail and a nearby public university at the same time, and doing this has made me realize just how much I love Full Sail. Education at a traditional public university feels so slow, dumbed-down, and dull. Doing 6 classes at a time, not zeroing in enough in any of them, and then having the same classes for 3-4 months straight tends to leave me scattered, unfocused, and bored. A year of college left me feeling like I had the same level of expertise as I did before I started. Then public school has the added stressors of hoping the class you need next is scheduled to run next semester, hoping you can register for it in time before it fills, figuring out which book (the one on the website or the one in the syllabus) is the right one for your class, finding and buying that book before class starts, and often having to attend different campuses all over town to get the class you need. Half the time the instructors have very little involvement with the class and are only at the school for their own research projects, are inaccessible, and have poor teaching practices as reflected in their ratings. Tutors sometimes cost money too. Parking decals run about $80 a term. There are some student success programs, but I’ve never seen much recruiting done on campus at any of the public colleges I’ve attended. A 2-3 hour class drags on painfully as I check the clock every 2 minutes.

    By contrast, at Full Sail I focus on one or two classes at a time, delve deep into the subject, and learn so much more in a single 1-month class than I learn in six 4-month classes at public school. I mean that literally. My first 1-month long programming class taught me more than I’d learned in a year of programming in public school. My scheduling is done automatically, my books are issued to me before each new class, and all my core classes are in one building. Brand new books are issued for free (covered by your tuition), laptops with the appropriate software pre-installed are issued (covered by your fees), tutors are available for free, and classes failed can be retaken for free. Even classes passed can be retaken for free. You’re (usually) free to sit in on any class in the program if you have the free time and desire to do so. All of my instructors so far have been great, and all of my instructors for my next few classes have high ratings. Parking is free. I’ve personally witnessed representatives from AMD, ATI, Google, and EA recruiting on-campus. An 8-hour class blasts by in the blink of an eye, sometimes before I’m even ready to leave.

    As a veteran, my education benefits would pay for me to attend any public school I want 100% free. To attend Full Sail, however, I have to spend several thousands out of pocket, because the VA pays private schools much less. I chose Full Sail anyway, and I couldn’t be happier with that choice.

    I also want to add that people who complain about not being able to find a job should not be blaming Full Sail. Full Sail is not your personal job finder. It is a school. You pay for an education, and they give it to you. What you do with it after graduation is on you. Entertainment industries are extremely competitive, and this is something you should already know and accept before ever enrolling at Full Sail. It’s up to you to decide if your passion is worth the situation it puts you in economically.

    On a final note, I do want to stress what others have said, that if you don’t really know what your passion is, and you don’t have a strong work ethic, then Full Sail will be too fast, focused, and demanding for you.


    Greg says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for your service first off, and secondly thank you for such a great contrast. I, too, have felt traditional school is focused on the lowest common denominator and that college should be HARD and FOCUSED and not just busy work or erroneous, pointless classes (i.e. Film Appreciation was a class I took for an Electronic Engineering degree).

    Yes, Full Sail is for-profit, but that puts you, the student, in the unique situation of being a paying customer and not just a number like a non-profit, tax payer funded schools.

    I for one am eagerly anticipating going to Full Sail. And this is from someone who used to work for AIU (another University of Phoenix type school).

    listeing to jackie Gleason sing says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    HI…name changed for obvious reasons

    just wanted to say, thank you very much. this is bar far, the best, well written and fair opinion i have read about full sail to date. ive been considering fullsail for over a year now for my masters. because of personal problems and reading about the “full sail scam” i was skeptic and didnt join.

    Well I start November 21 2011 and only wish I had started in Nov 2010.

    Wish me luck

    Have a great evening

    Jackie’s girl

    Still Thinking says:
    November 14th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    @NYX I really enjoyed your educated view!

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    lisa Girgio says:

    September 13th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I am writing here today as a very upset, distressed parent of a child who went to Full Sail University! It has been 2 years now since graduation, and over $80,000.00 of debt in school loans, not to mention credit cards used for living expenses, and NO job or no prospect of a job!

    The sales pitch was brilliant & believable to suck us in. The promise of 90% of graduates getting jobs after graduation was impressive! Although, after much research now, we learned that most of those 90% are jobs NOT related in the fields they went to school for, more like Starbucks and waiters/waitresses.

    And not to mention, that the credits taken at Full Sail, will not be honored at other schools or even acknowledged at regular schools or the military! We were totally sucked into a financial endless hole of useless debt. I can not even sleep at night with all of the bills & payments (NOT counting the deferments bills) that we are left with and NO job or hope of.

    He took Recording Arts and then Marketing to broaden his field when he got out. He was given a list of Non paying internships, that he looked forward to, and did well at, only to not get hired because they had no intentions on hiring anyone (as told to him by people who already had jobs there). He did 3 of these “internships” at different companies. He has gotten no more help from Full Sail or support at all. He moved to California in hopes of better opportunities there and MORE job offers, only to be still working as a waiter. Most of his friends that he graduated with, are in the same boat, with only 2 of them working in the industry. Sadly, we are left with high and mounting debt, endless monthly payments and worries where this money is going to come from to pay for a ridiculously high, over rated school with nothing but promises to give! I was that stupid to believe that a school costing that much, may just be able to back what they say & get these kids jobs. I was taken in more ways than one and paying for it everyday out of my pocket and with my health with all this stress to figure out how we are going to pay for nothing!

    I have 2 other kids who both want to go to Full Sail, one for Filming and the other for music. I was holding off before even considering it to see if any shred of hope had come through for their brother. I even had the film child start at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, paying less than 1/4 of Full Sail, He is only in his first year, and has many offers for paying jobs next year, and has been working (non paid) on different major movies being filmed in the Philadelphia area already! I have many people email me on my facebook all the time asking about the school because they know my son has gone there, asking for a good reference. Until now, I have not bashed the school at all, but really can not lie to people anymore or pretend its something it just isn’t. I would never want anyone to go through what we are now. I have gone to different sites and googled the school for help & to see if anyone else is going through what we are, and found MANY, way too many that are in the same exact position and just so unhappy. I wished I had saw and read all the information out there now on the school before he had gone.

    I know this school is only “in this to make money”, but really, its just not right to take people’s hard earned money and give them nothing!

    My son looks everyday for jobs, networks with anyone he can, talks to old school mates, checks the schools website, ect for any future hope, but there just doesn’t seem to be any at all. Unfortunately, I too will be now posting away and warning anyone who will listen to please try to do their research and not to end up like we are, in eternal, crushing debt for nothing!


    Russ says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    @never accountable, funny thing you are defending Full Sail by saying better schools, that have regional accreditation not trade school accreditation like Full Sail are garbage. You are WRONG!

    Tyjec'Amun says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    @ Never Accountable: You’re making some pretty serious assumptions about Lisa’s son there. You don’t know the man nor what he’s like as a student, and I saw nothing in Lisa’s posts that would provide any such information. There are only two reasons I can think of for such an absurdly self-righteous post… either A) you’re just a bitter little wreck of a person, leading the life you prescribe for “everyone complaining about Full Sail” and lashing out as a result, or B) you’re defending your employer.

    If it’s the latter, let me know how much you’re making–I could use a second job.

    Never Accountable says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    @Lisa Giorgio – Your long winded rhetoric sounds typical for a student who didn’t apply himself, scraped by, now has nothing to show for it, and wants to blame everyone but who is staring back in the mirror. Take some ownership of your own situation and tell your son to grow up and accept accountability for his inaction. Everyone complaining about Full Sail should simply waste money at their local community college, get a job – that they hate – paying $28k after graduation, and live miserable lives. It’s hilarious to me the standard Full Sail is held to while garbage state schools in Pennsylvania get a pass.

    Tara O'Kelly says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I’m sorry but I just think your son didn’t give it his all. What you put into your education at Full Sail is what you get. I am currently enrolled and I have 4 friends that graduated Full Sail and have been very successful in the industry they studied. I also have met many other people that have been successful after graduating.

    Yes the school is a lot of money but your missing the reason as to why it is expensive. Have you noticed that all the software and text books were included in the tuition? That can get pretty pricey at any other university, and not to mention the security and the top equipment they have an are always updating to benefit the students. Also Full Sail offers tons of Scholarships that are pretty easy to get.

    If your other kids want to go I think you shouldn’t hold them back, unless you really really can’t afford it,because even though it didn’t work out for one of your kids, doesn’t mean it wont for your other 2. Also look into the scholarships. There’s an easy one for women that can get you up to $21,000 scholarship money.

  • Channel says:

    September 10th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    My husband is killing himself to return Full Sail University. He had to drop out due to cost and mix up with classes. Also, he owed for the Laptop the school gave him, so they stopped him from attending school. We are now trying our best to survive plus to come up with the extra $3500 for the laptop.

    What he did not ask his the accreditation value in the work world. He was too overjoyed to go there in the first place. I think they should tell students upfront the accreditation value, especially since he has a felony and is hoping having a degree will boost his chances for employment.

    The degree simply has trade school value, yet it claims that of regional University. Its like going to the store to buy 2lbs sugar and paying the full cost of what that amount of sugar is worth, only to find out its really 1lb you are getting.

    Think, one can sue a supermarket for that. While if you ask someone at Full Sail’s Student advice department, it gets brushed aside and they say its the work you put in afterwards, when students needs the tool (qualification) they pay for to take in the workforce.

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    Nancy Ford says:

    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Fully agree with Emily’s review of Full Sale University. I attended and was quite surprised at how low the academic bar is set at Full Sail. They accept anyone with a pulse and a checkbook and will graduate anyone that shows up and warms a chair when scheduled to do so.

    If you choose to attend, walk out of the admissions office with an unsigned copy of your enrollment contract and have an attorney look at it. The attorney will tell you that you’d be crazy to sign it.


    Jane says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    @Baka I got into Cooper Union which only takes people on full scholarship and currently work in education. If you want to graduate 80K+ in debt (can you even figure out the compound interest on a student loan like that?) to attend a school with questionable graduate to hire ratios that is your prerogative, but assuming everyone who’s critical of the school couldn’t get in is laughable.

    Anonymous says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I nominate Nancy Ford for President!

    BakaBaee says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Okay I have something to say…

    I’m in high school, looking into Full Sail. & I’ve seen a ton of awesome reviews for it; A TON! But I’ve also seen people @ Tyjec’Amun. @ Tara O’Kelly is just commenting on the bad reviews to reassure people considering the school, like me, that the specific person’s scenario does not happen to everyone, & actually, isn’t very likely. People like @ Tyjec’Amun decide they want to prove how simple-minded they are & try to talk bad about the school, when the school probably didn’t accept them in, & they’re mad.

    I am strongly looking forward to hopefully attending Full Sail. & I want to give a thank you to people like @ Tara O’kelly who post good, honest reviews with knowledge behind them.

    Tyjec'Amun says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    @ Tara O’Kelly: Put the following into your address bar:


    Tara O'Kelly says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I beg to differ. They do have low standards to whom they allow in to the university, but that’s only because they know that someone that interested in the media industry doesn’t like the basic classes like history and stuff so there grades wont be spectacular in college in the SAT. So they choose to not discourage the ones who have the passion but not the grades. Your also wrong about “will graduate anyone that shows up and warms a chair when scheduled to do so.” If you don’t make the grades or fail to attend class, you fail the class and have to retake it. If you keep failing you will be kicked out. So I have no idea where your getting your information from, but I can tell you they are not facts, whether you would like to believe me or not.

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    Emily says:

    July 25th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I would only go to this school if you have family money to waste-DO NOT TAKE ON DEBT FOR THIS SCHOOL. You would be much better getting an unpaid internship in any field you want to go into. You would even be better paying someone to learn from them in an apprentice-type job. I have 2 bachelor degrees from VCU-which is a decent school, and having a degree from college is no guarantee of a job nowadays. Having said that… Having a college degree from a for-profit school where EVERYONE thinks “these schools accept anyone, they must be super easy, they are just diploma mills,” means that any prospective future employer is going to hire someone else with a normal degree. I’m sorry, but that is true. If you are going into a field where it will be hard to get a job or ‘make it’ like music or recording, etc., you will never be able to even TRY to make it if you have all of this debt on you. Not to mention, that when you’re in school for one of these artsy degrees, most of the time they’re not even preparing you for your actual job, and so even with one of these degrees, you still won’t be hired because you’ll lack experience, and it will take time away from you actually pursuing the aspect of the craft that you need to be learning or building on your own. Please look up at watch ‘College Conspiracy’ on youtube. It really opened my eyes, not that they weren’t opened before, to the bubble that is today’s education system.


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