Full Sail University Reviews
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.
How Does it Work?
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 difficulty finding a job in their field.
Now, many students of universities all over the nation make the very same complaint, 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 issue 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 proposing legislation that would make for-profit colleges ineligible for student loans funded by the Federal Government.
Is Full Sail University Legit?
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.
If you have any experience with Full Sail University or their services, please leave your reviews below.
Full Sail University Customer Reviews
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Lack Of School Service
I will no longer attend classes here, the school and the whole staff have poor communication, even the phone staff. I attended classes here for the creative writing program and made several complaints concerning these issues. My issue never got addressed my GPA is now low because of the teachers and them messing up my grades. Everything was fine until I started this school, wish I had never attended...
If you go online your diploma will be delivered to you in a thin, unprotected cardboard envelope.
Awful experience. In a nutshell the classes and coursework is about as copy and paste as you can get. In the Game Design program, you will waste a year in "Gen Ed" courses to feel like you're receiving a well rounded education, but you hardly even get into programming or working on the engines for at least a year. When you do get there, you will be assigned to complete work that is FREE and available for anyone, either on unreal, unity, or youtube.
The teachers aren't always competent in coding either. Very simple problems that otherwise may be challenging for new students, will have no idea how to help you. Looking back on what we struggled with, the issues we had really were beginner level too.
They count "industry experience" that is "required" for teachers to also include if they work in their non-publishing game development lab. So there are teachers that have no experience outside of their curriculum.
Do not under any circumstance go to this school. By the time your capstone is done, you will be offered no internship opportunities, at which some of these internships are completely selected in house at random. Otherwise, you're conpletely on your own outside of possibly seeing your career advisor, who won't be available for more than once every 2 weeks at minimum.. FOR THIRTY MINUTES! good luck!
Even if you give this school your absolute best and grind the course work, you will be nowhere near ready to even junior level game design standards, unless of course you want to work for an indie with a very tight budget.
I am 38 and never had a chance like Full Sail has offered
I am now attending FSU as a Ux designer and it is very interesting and I think it is not a scam. I have the whole launchbox and everything is as planned on their planner if it is not real someone pinch me harder because I got to be in a fantasy.
This school is sketchy
I attempted to apply to full sail (by filling out the form online) and they got my start date wrong. So I messaged them about it, but realized that it was sketchy and I was better off in-state, so I stopped responding to them. They didn’t have my money, my FAFSA, or any important information about me, so I didn’t bother talking to them anymore. I decided to go somewhere else
They proceeded to call my my phone and leave numerous voicemails almost everyday to remind me to fill out paperwork and that stuff. you might say “oh just block them” BUT EVERY NUMBER IS DIFFERENT. they use a variety of phone numbers to reach me and it’s so annoying. I got another one while writing this message right now actually. They left around 30 voicemails on my phone, and even more which I’ve deleted off my phone. They just want my money and from what I’ve heard, it’s not a good school. This school is sketchy
It's a scam, go somewhere else.
Full Sail university scam lies and deceptive sales practices
Full sail lies about their accreditation most if not all employers do not recognize their degree. INCLUDING ALL THEIR SISTER SCHOOLS AND THEIR FAKE DEGREES. They will pass you even if you do no work! THEY'RE A JOKE!!!! but good luck getting out because by the time you figure out they're a scam (one semester) they somehow have you on the hook for two years worth of student loans.
Full sail has always said they are nationally Credited and not regional accreditation. I know some public universities that has turned down public community college accreditation for whatever reason universe serve universities and colleges don’t have to except any transfers that they don’t want so crying about they lied they didn’t lie except to ask consumers to check out the facts before enrolling. As for me UCLA did except my transfer and all I have is a Full Sail University Degree.
You Get What You Put In
I’m currently a student at FSU studying Graphic Design. I see tons of negative reviews and loads of people that claim to have worked there, and all I can do is give y’all my honest to God opinion.
I’m an American, living in Japan, and attending FSU online. Though I am a military veteran and have been using my benefits to pay for the school, I can agree that it is rather pricey. That being said, I have a wife, 2 children under the age of 3, and a full time job. I manage. The coursework is insanely fast paced, but it’s not like they don’t tell you that before you start.
Everyone is complaining about “I took the online course and had to learn things from YouTube”. Yeah. True. Real shocker there right? You’re taking an online course, how else did you expect to learn things?
They do Zoom meetings at LEAST once a week, many of them offer you their own PERSONAL phone numbers telling you to hit them up with questions, and they also put you into a SLACK community where you can ask questions and discuss things with other students and industry professionals.
There are so many tools to use if you’re struggling, but most of y’all just want things handed to you. You have to put in a lot of work, and it’s understandable for what they offer. You get a 4 year degree in 29 months online. You work at your own pace, you’re told due dates, meetings, and even know what to expect later in class.
If you have poor time management skills, FSU isn’t for you, plain and simple. At the start of each class they make you confirm professionalism wickets each time, such as turning things in on time, not making excuses, and giving it your all. They operate much like the real world does, and tons of y’all are upset because you say you “didn’t know” before hand. It’s not easy. Not in the slightest, and many people in my class will probably flunk out or give up, I can tell just by the work they turn in.
I’m not even that far into my program and have been offered jobs and internships based on my work, but sadly turn them all down as I have no plans to leave Japan in the near future. FSU isn’t going to hand you a job, but what they WILL do is point you in the right direction, and give you the tools to be successful for whatever degree program you’re enrolled in.
Networking and putting yourself out there is also necessary to be successful here. All this pick me stuff everyone seems to feel entitled too is getting ridiculous. I dunno if I’ll be successful in the future with my FS degree, but I can tell you I’ll make the most of it with what I have now, and if I fail, I know I only have myself to blame. It’s not like I wasn’t told what to expect.
Don’t listen to everyone’s negative comments. If you wanna go to FSU, go for it. If you don’t, don’t. Apply yourself anywhere and you can go far.
Bravo! I too am married with two babies under two, thanking God for my husband and babies support. I enrolled to FSU at the end of May 2022 best decision ever!
I see more negative comments then positive and it’s because I agree with you everyone wants things handed to them and it doesn’t work like that full sail isn’t bad like everyone is saying, not saying I won’t get challenges.
I too am online and if I don’t put in the work and turn in my assignments on time I won’t see no positive results(time-management). Full sail is fast-paced but you gotta want to be dedicated and willing to put in the work for success.
And that’s beyond Full Sail. We can’t blame a university for not receiving a job after graduation that’s anywhere! And what 4-year college you know allows you to graduate within 2 years? So I second this motion try out Full Sail for yourself if finances are a problem then get financial aid. Go for your dreams people you only live once(yolo).
NO you don't but you will find out soon enough.
I’m in DCBS program at Full sail University. First I want to point out is how many Professors in Digit Cinematography is A working Director, producer, PA, etc. you lean from working Hollywood professors, You get an IPad, apple MacBook Pro, a Sony FX6 Professional studio equipment with tripods and lights.
No other universities will send you supplies to be successful, in the “Real World” it’s up to you to spend that money and the DCBS launch box is over $10,000.00 even the LA Film School don’t offer all this. Not only they give you all the equipment they teach you how to use it. These classes are meant to be hard, because Hollywood is hard to get into and you must know what you're doing. I have a job as an Assistant Director/Producer.
This is a typical result of Full Saul brainwashing.They go to great lengths to prime and groom students to have a severe, unrealistic, and black and white attitudes towards careers and performance, and confuse what is the student's responsibility and what is that of a very expensive for-profit educational institution.
They also make a lot of demands on their students. It is like a boot camp. Information is shot into you via a fire hose. "Accelerated" learning.The school is terrified of criticism. They believe that if they admit to the tiniest flaw, they will open themselves up to a deluge. And they are right. There is a tremendous amount to criticize about the school, and it is exploitative.They have relationships with businesses that interview FS students, and the businesses like doing so... Because FS produces naive kids who are willing to burn themselves out and accept exploitation. They've been trained to give day one. This is FS's "success." Two factors support this ongoing reality.
One is that, yes, many students are entitled, immature, and whine. This gives credence to the propaganda... You get what you put into it, period. Notice any reference to the school and its obligations are absent from that sentence and idea. FS fails in many categories and by many metrics.
The other is that the school provides an environment where go getters can really shine... for a while. Later in life students can experience burn out and failed relationships (wives, husbands, sons, and daughters) as the school brainwashes into them the idea that lack of balance is the only way and those who don't see it in terms of black and white and go along with the party line are just lazy losers. The school is like a boot camp, and your brain will probably turn to jelly 3/4ths of the way through the program.
If you have proper support, you come up for air and recover somehow. I think seeing the end and doing final project give you some breathing room and a boost of motivation.I did get a lot from the school, yes. I did not get a job in what I trained for, however. Their interview prep was woefully inadequate when I attended, and most business in the gaming industry are not places I want to work.I am currently going independent after years of working IT. My work at FS did benefit me in that regard... but many, many students are in debt and find that they have been exploited, for sure.
Great Experience, no complaints
I had an amazing experience at Full Sail. Although, unlike many students, I'm a military veteran and was able to use my Education benefits, so I didn't have to worry about the high tuition price. I attended the BS media communications online program and feel like I learned so much.
I also built a pretty good portfolio. Compared to other colleges I have attended, I feel like I actually learned necessary knowledge for my field of interest. It's a very hands on learning type of school, even if it is online. Almost everything you do its project based.
Also, everyone I have communicated with at Full Sail (advisors, tech support, instructors) has been friendly and helpful, so I am surprised by the number of negative reviews. I will be going back for my master's soon.
Interested in Full Sail
I'm a parent with a junior interested in Full Sail. Upon reading the approach to teaching the coursework, I liked what I read. Mind you, I graduated with a traditional degree but I picked up the vocational skills by pure happen chance with the luck of the draw type of career altering non-traditional switch up early out of college.
Those working for big studios, what talent do they go up against? What's the comparable "college" or "university" track degree program? Are they formally disciplined to approach "solving a business challenge" using a formal based project methodology to move the project from start to finish or hypothesis to solution, and ultimately delivery into production?
Quiet honestly, I foresee companies reorganizing their resources into projectized organization chart if they are not already informally organized that way. This takes a certain kind of person to maintain--almost entrepreneurial spirited or at least a facilitator at the helm to chart the way.
FULL SAIL IS A SCAM
LISTEN TO THE BAD REVIEWS
You will owe a whole lot of tuition even Financial Aid can't help you there. You think FAFSA will cover you but be prepared to owe a whole lot of money. I learned nothing from this school and now I owe $7,450 and that was only for attending under 4 months. It's really not worth it. If you're on Financial Aid GET PREPARED to being in debt because eventually it's money that you'll owe for a while till you finish paying it off.
Begging your pardon ,allow me to respond to your review. In your opinion you said this school is a scam but yet you only attended 4 months and obviously you signed up for the classes,my question is this, how can you attend under one semester and expect to be able to earn anything? The amount you owe correlates to what is owed per semester,I am gonna venture to say that you signed up for online classes and didn't expect it to take the time and dedication it needs to make it worth it. you realized that it was gonna be a 40 to 50 hr a week full time job type commitment to get your degree, you decided not to attend and now they are holding you to your debt for the one semester. so, in my opinion Full Sail delivered the education you owe for and its you who is scamming. You cannot hold the university responsible for your lack of commitment and personal accountability. you knew exactly what you would owe before you started orientation when you signed your paperwork detailing the expenditure.
Considering 8000 dollars in only 4 months that's pretty ridiculous no matter how u try to cut it up lol
My experience there is different -- I applied and "auditioned" for a teaching position in the graphic design department. As such I got to meet a lot of higher-ups and faculty. I am myself a graduate of a top independent art college in the Midwest -- a standard BFA (meaning I did not just have to complete art classes, but English, History, Psychology, Sociology and other mainstream coursework).
So I can tell you this place is a very costly fraud. They "sell people" on a SHORTCUT to jobs in very competitive industries, but they don't teach you anything special you could not have earned in a community college class -- for about 1/5th the cost. These are not even real degrees (AA, BS, BFA and so on) but just "certificates". They have no creds if you decide to transfer to a four year university.
I’m still a current student at Full sail and I have received a job at a major studio in Digital Cinematography field My FASFA, and student loans with 2 scholarships let me pay my tuition and full. Like any and all private or public schools , it’s up to the student to learn and put 100% in the studies, not every one is cut out for rigorous coursework.
Full Sail University proof is in the pudding quite a bit of the graduates are Grammy winners Oscar winners and Tony winners, what better prove is that. It’s not up to any private or public college to get you a job after graduation they can assist you by giving you leads but at the end of the day except to yourselves to sell yourself to the employer not the college or universities responsibility. Period.
I I guess Full Sail University and it’s classes in a place I went from making minimum wage 13 bucks an hour at fast food to make an $32 in a major studio doing what I love to do
got any ideas for someone like me you know it is not really what you know its who you know and like you i am all paid up and school and i am looking to start doing the things i love instead of the 13 dollars a hour metaphorically speaking
Don't go to any of these fake schools.
Thanks for mentioning that! I thought that was super weird years ago. "Full Sail" clearly means "a ship under sail" (think "Cutty Sark") but they use an AIRPLANE? do planes sail? Maybe a glider. But then it crashes. Is that an intentional visual joke?
Community college is more like $6000 a year and you get a REAL Associates Degree (that would transfer to any state university! should you want a bachelor's degree later on!) -- instead it is $43,000 (OR MORE) to study... what? Computer animation? video game design? Those are not even high paying jobs.
You could go to different community colleges for 8 years and probably not spend $43K. (Oh and don't forget -- if you can't live at home -- if you don't live in the general Orlando area -- you've got very pricey housing costs, commuting expenses -- you need a car, Orlando is NOT walkable -- food, a high-end computer and so on.)
ITT was another fake school with very compelling commercials, pretending they could prepare you for "high tech jobs". In fact, it was a scam to get Federal loans and put students in shockingly high debts for basically unusable degrees.
NOTE: Full Sail does not provide information on how many graduates actually achieve TOP JOBS in creative industries such as gaming and animation.
It is worth noting that Disney closed their Orlando studio around 2003-2004 -- they don't even DO animation in Florida today. It's all based in California.
University in California for a bachelors degree can cost as much as $100,000.00+
If full sail is a scam why is there more people in Hollywood production making big money and earning awards, in my opinion the people that is complaining is the ones that does not have a full understanding. Plus part of the tuition is the Launchbox. The most current iPad, current Apple Mac Pro, and specific items for your degree program. As in my previous post I went from fast food making $14.00/hr to $35.00/hr. All because full sail gives the student the skills needed to succeed in the industry. Again it’s not up to any private or public schools to get a Parton a job, leads for jobs is what all colleges and private and public
is it true that full sail scams you where you r in dept for a while and they dont help pay dept off? im joining because i talked to people who r currently there, they r so friendly, but ive seen so many bad reviews, except, I need to know peoples actual experience, and know what they are talking about?
It was a great experience!
You will find many people writing negative stuff about Full Sail University. I finished a Game Development Bachelor of Science in 2019. I would tell you it was a great experience! It was on campus by the way. However, Full Sail University is a very challenging school.
The programs are very fast and intense. Subjects such as programming, graphics programming, engine development are hard. But, there are all the resources you need if you really want to learn. At least, the program I did was amazing. Every school has somethings you may not like. Full Sail is a great school, but I met bad students along the way. Many of them did not make it, those are the ones putting bad reviews.
Many of my classmates are already working for big studios such as Epic Games, EA. Today, I met one currently working on Doom Eternal. So, don't blame the school all the resources are there.
Worst two years of my life
Bad class structure
Small lackluster campus
Extremely expensive compared to other uni's of the same caliber
In my final month of my Bachelor of Science in Game Art. If I'm going to be completely honest it has been the worst two years of my life first of all the way the courses work sucks big time every month you start a completely new topic and have a completely new teacher so you basically spend a whole month building a rapport with your teacher then when you are finally getting to know them you get given a new teacher.
The campus is also pretty bland, not much to do compared with others I have visited. The library's pretty lackluster as well although to be fair they do have a fairly large online library. No dorms on campus either so you will need to rent an apartment that adds more bills onto an already expensive student bill. Because my parents don't live in the US I wasn't applicable for any student aid luckily I was able to land a scholarship that made a fairly large dent but I still feel the pricing is fairly ridiculous.
Honestly avoid Full Sail at all costs it looks amazing on paper but it really isnt. If you've got loads of money and your finding a new way to burn it sure go get yourself a masters but for someone trying to find a uni that's going to help them get a job or someone who wants to have a great time on campus go find a traditional uni there are hundreds out there that do the same courses as Full Sail for half the price.
They had a good start
I went there back in 1986. And they were dishing out courses at a fast pace especially those that involved electronics. Such as when assembling equipment to make sure of proper grounding or soldering or figuring out amperage/voltage etc.
Looking back THEY HAD A LOT OF EGO (Jon Phelps and some other staff) and it was all about collecting those checks from students which most had filed for financial ass. They had very little interest if you successfully graduated hence they were scathed with hot criticism concerning their legitimacy.
Wont give me a tax form also added time to my education by saying my 2 year program is now a 4 year.
Never talk to a live teacher! All classes I have to do by myself without help by looking at videos on YouTube from other palaces.. When I ask a question I am told not to. This place is a scam. Do not go here!
At least when I was there -- I was applying to be a graphic design instructor, not a student -- I thought the whole "schtick" was you could complete an AA degree in only a year or slightly more -- that it was MUCH QUICKER than a stodgy old degree from a university or community college -- more hands on tech instruction -- no boring bothersome "academics" -- so you hit the jobs market at only 19 or 20, ready to get high pay for a job in the gaming or animation industries.
Has that changed? BTW: it is a rip off to have classes on video -- zoom -- or any way but with a real instructor you can talk to and ask questions of -- and who is available for assistance after hours.
You also have to consider COST. Are they offering such unique instruction or access to technologies, that it is WORTH paying as much as for Harvard or Yale... are these classes you could have taken at a community college or state university, for 1/8th the price?
Full Sail is a complete fraud!
Never had a problem
Well I went and currently in the Masters if Internet marketing program. I got my bachelors in Digital cinematography. With the degree alone I can't say I got a job with it cause I have my own hosting business.
As for the accreditation I was able to get a in the alternative teacher program to teach technology applications in the school district here in Frisco, TX so technically I am working now at first I was doing PR however it was not challenging I switch to masters in marketing which is bit hard either depending on your personal goals would be to determine if this is the right school I have never had a problem when it came to being an accredited school
Go somewhere else
For anyone thinking about the school - go somewhere else - my experience starts when I could have done a job transfer at a popular retailer in the area like most college students do, but reject due to the school itself & nothing on my side that was even before going. This was my first red flag & it didn't leave ever since. These negative reviews are always going to be more right than any of the positives which sadly made even the nicest person a recruiter for a cult.
I want to start with this statement "you get want you out into it", I went through a burnout just to be there even if I did well & showed my talents in projects. I also worked there & didn't get a chance to move up like everyone should. So, imagine that - I wish I just got to go somewhere else & making it happen. So, that isn't true & if you are in situation where you are burning out like that - that is a very dangerous statement. And if you are this type of student - BS!
I had a classmate who hated the major to the point of just not showing up & made the group do all their work. This is in a lot of reviews - and it creates a false image of the school that students need to completely stop for this reason alone - it is too much like a cult or a pyramid scheme to do that. The school's policies except for the clause about negative comments (hint this comment is why it doesn't work) are so badly forced that I saw classmates who have been even kicked, come back & just become more popular. There is a lot of bullying at the school & it does go to the sexual parts.
I was in a sexual harassment case where I had to drop it because I was to look like a stripper when I wasn't because it was reported to a teacher & all I got was an email that was very clearly a trap that I didn't respond to it (for very good reason). I wanted out as long as I got that & only believe they had the opportunity I was seeking except I found other places for the same opportunity. Background checks are needed as many students are just around questionable people that just manipulate others to point of being taken advantage of - if the group you were in wasn't strong enough to say no - it was a nightmare for you.
The school stalks your social media accounts & if you are thinking - they will act fast to keep you. This is the only personal part - I went to a job interview that the school disagree with & forced out to bring me to work in an office when I didn't state & was only using what others thought just to keep me in a toxic place. I was getting gaslighted on job postings & I know this as one of my job postings had a skill I didn't require enough of to make a career of. They do this to every single student they don't like. I learned that I was getting better responses with a community college degree from another state than Florida & job postings from Indeed that when they finally did the last act to keep me there - I just wanted to do a college transfer which is why if the comment - if you love to be in a career in the media - don't go here - most will have to leave & will be in misery.
Also, I'm making it clear - to anyone who hates full sail & going there right - get out before the degree including your last class - I know, but graduation- this school doesn't care & take care of your health & have a part time job - it will get more than being called a recruiter for a college that has that same behaviors as the MLM selling leggings that rip holes even before you wear that.
Reading through your review I can see why you didn’t excel. Your post was impossible to follow, your sentences didn’t convey any coherent thought and it was difficult to even comprehend the nonsense you were trying to get across. You should start from scratch maybe learn to write before you try higher education... Maybe take an English class. No one with any semblance of intellect would go on an unintelligible rant like that forgoing all grammar and spelling and coherency. Please do the world a great favor and never procreate.
Ditto Hal Emmerich... Take a grammar and English course. It would serve you well. My son spent 18 months at Full Sail - loved it - has never been unemployed in his field of sound engineering and production. In other words, he is a happy camper.
You learn a lot
I really do not understand how people had a negative experience at full sail. If you do the work, and use the resources, you learn a lot. I was in the graphic design program and learned more at full sail than I did at a large university.
I was online , and yes you have to had a little more drive, but my portfolio was large and had projects in every area in GD. was able to land a job in a month.
Hi there! 'm in the enrollment process now for graphic design and 'm just wondering if you did online or in class degree? If you did online were the classes engaging? Or were they just YouTube videos? Where were you able to find a job? Did your employer have any issues with you going to full sail?
Yeah wake up dude, sorry you're reviewing 5 stars because the school gave you a welcome package?
Wait no, you belong here. Enjoy your play time