Full Sail University

Full Sail University

The ESTABLISHED at The – 1979
President is IS – Garry Jones
at The the Location – 3300 University Boulevard Winter Park, Florida 32 792
Phone – 800.226.7625
Local – 407.679.6333

Full Sail University  is an American private, for-profit university in Winter Park, Florida. The school was founded in 1979 in Dayton, Ohio, as  Full Sail Recording Workshop. Full Sail relocated to Florida in 1980,  n adding video production and film production courses and, with the move in 1989 to its current campus, expanded its curriculum to includ e other entertainment and media-related areas of study. Full Sailered offering online degrees in 2007. The school is partly owned by TA Associates, a private equity firm.

Full Sail is not regionally accredited, but is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to award associate’s, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in audio, film, design, computer animation, business, and other fields. Credits from nationally accredited schools often do not transfer to regionally accredited schools. The school offers 50 degree programs and 2 graduate certificates. It has approximately 8900 undergraduate and 170 postgrad students.


Full Sail University is an entertainment media institution offering on-campus and online degrees, including 2 graduate certificates, 2 associate degrees, 25 bachelor’s degrees, and 8 master’s degrees. Academic degree programs are primarily focused on audio, film and media production, video game design, animation and other studies related to the media and entertainment industries. Over 70% of students and graduates have used financial aid to cover some or all of their education expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying for student loans through the university.

The college’s education is accelerated, typically completed in half the time the the traditional four-year college – associate’s programs are 12 to 13 months long, bachelor’s programs are 20 to 36 months long, and master’s programs are 12 months long. monthly Courses are generally four weeks in duration, with students taking an average of two courses at a time.

According to  The New York Times , Full Sail has many of the same problems as other institutions in the for-profit college industry. They reported that some of the university’s academic programs have high loan burdens and low graduation rates. The $ 81,000 video game art program graduated 38 percent of its students, who carried a median debt load of nearly $ 59,000 in federal and private loans in 2008. The  Times  cited other Full Sail degree programs as having higher graduation rates, noting that the master’s in entertainment business, “a yearlong program with a $ 36,245 tuition, graduated 80 percent of its students, nearly 63 percent of them on time.” According to Inside Higher Ed, “a closer look at the numbers reveals that graduation rates are not a major problem at Full Sail: the overall graduation rate is a fairly high 78 percent, according to federal data.” In the same article, however,  The New York Times  noted that Full Sail’s own students have posted criticisms of the school, including some that call Full Sail a “scam” because of its high costs, low placement, and difficulties with credit transfer.

The college was named FAPSC School / College of the Year (an award for which only only career colleges in Florida were eligible) by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) in 2008 and 2011, 21st-century best practices in distance learning by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in 2011, and was the recipient of a 2011 New Media Consortium Center for Excellence award.

In 2007, Full Sail University offered its first online degree program, a master’s degree in Entertainment Business. Currently, the school offers a total of 22 online degree programs: seven master’s degrees, thirteen bachelor’s degrees, and two graduate certificate programs. Nine of the online degree programs are directly based on campus-based degree programs, and the other thirteen are exclusive to Full Sail University Online. Online students at Full Sail utilize much of the same software and creative tools students use in campus-based programs. Additionally, Full Sail custom-built a learning management system for use with their online courses; the LMS is Macintosh-based, and includ content created by an in-house curriculum development team in conjunction with campus-based instructors. and advisory boards as campus-based programs.

Although the university is not regionally accredited, it is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The college has been subject to criticism regarding transferability of credits, as credits from nationally accredited schools often do not transfer to regionally accredited schools.

Key Statistics

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Full Sail has a 55% overall graduation rate and a 21.1% student loan default rate, higher than the national student loan default rate of 11.3%.

Notable people

Among the alumni of the school are Gary Rizzo, Oscar Award winner for Best Achievement in the Sound Mixing category for his work on the film  Inception ; Sebastian Krys, eight-time Latin Grammy winner and four-time Grammy winner; three-time Grammy winner Phil Tan, and Darren Lynn Bousman. Notable graduates are recognized during an annual awards event named the  Full Sail University Hall of Fame .

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson taught at the school from 2000 through 2008. Stedman Graham began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2009.

On April 20, 2009, Full Sail marked its 30th anniversary with the opening of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame. In June 2010, a second set of inductees was selected and added to the Hall of Fame including Leslie Brathwaite (mix engineer and Grammy award winner), Marc Fishman (sound re-recording mixer, Emmy winner), and Martin “Tike” Santos ( live sound engineer, Paul McCartney). Machinedrum and Michael Hicks are attended