Frequently Asked Questions
Below, you’ll find some common questions that come up about Full Sail University. If you’re looking for information that you can’t find here, please contact us.
- What are Full Sail instructors like?
- What is the typical class size at Full Sail?
- How many hours of school will I have per week?
- Is it important for me to have good attendance in my classes?
- Will I have enough time outside of my academic schedule to get a job?
- Can I work while I'm enrolled in an online degree at Full Sail?
- How often will my class schedule change?
- Will I get vacation breaks for holidays?
- What are online courses like?
- How do I get support if I'm an online student?
- Should I attend Full Sail on campus or online?
- Will I need a computer for my classes?
- What does a LaunchBox consist of and how much does it cost?
- What are the requirements for enrollment?
- What are the requirements to pursue a master's degree at Full Sail?
- Does Full Sail offer summer courses?
- Can I take individual courses at Full Sail?
- Do Full Sail degrees include majors and minors?
- Is it possible to take a double major?
- What happens if I fail a course?
- Once I begin, can I change to a different degree program?
At Full Sail, courses are taught by industry professionals. Our instructors are required to have a minimum of at least four years of real-world experience, yet most have been a part of the industry for many years. Many instructors are still involved in the industry and bring back real world knowledge to the classroom.
To learn more about the specific instructors in your degree of interest, call Admissions at 800.226.7625.
Lecture classes will have no more than 120 students. Lab settings will typically have 6, 9, 12 or 24 students to one lab instructor.
Most campus students attend 32-40 hours of class and labs per week. The lecture portion of the course usually meets during the day or early evening. The lab portion of a course will follow the lecture. Full Sail operates on a 24-hour-a-day basis, and labs may take place at any time during the day or night.
In order to successfully graduate from Full Sail, students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average and 90% lecture and lab attendance rate in all courses.
The schedule at Full Sail is demanding. It is very difficult to have a full-time job and attend Full Sail at the same time. It is probably feasible to have a part-time job in order to have some spending money. Classes are about a month long, and students generally take one or two at a time. This means that class schedules change frequently, necessitating open availability. For this reason, we usually advise against working a part-time job to cover expenses and recommend including your living expenses into financial aid. Those students that choose to work usually find a part-time employer who offers flexible scheduling.
Most campus students attend 32-40 hours of class and labs per week. Online degrees typically require 25-35 hours a week to complete their assigned work. This time frame will vary dependent on the student's level of proficiency with the course content and technology. Everyone is different and can handle varying workloads. It is recommended that students look over the degree courses and speak with an Admissions Representative to discuss this further.
Our online programs are geared toward working professionals, and most online students work full-time while enrolled.
Campus students generally take two courses at a time, and each course runs between one to three months. Online students generally take one course per month. You will usually know your schedule one week in advance of the new month. To view specific course schedules, visit your program of interest, scroll down, and click on the Course Schedules link.
Full Sail students have four weeks of vacation throughout the school year - one week for spring break, one week for summer break, and two weeks over the holidays in December.
Online courses consist of a wide variety of activities and media, including video lectures and presentations, web-based discussions, case studies, written and media-based assignments, and tests. There are synchronous events in which you can participate, or you can view an archived version at your leisure. You'll have both written and media assignments as well as discussions and traditional tests and all assignments contribute to your overall grade, which is available to view at any time via the learning system website. You will typically receive assignments at the start of each week and turn them in by deadlines at the end of the week. When you choose to complete coursework is up to you as long as the deadlines are met.
For more information, visit Learning Online.
Full Sail Tech Support is available seven days a week and can be reached through email at [email protected], by phone at 877.437.6349, or via their online help center.
Online and on-campus degree programs both take the same amount of credit hours to complete. Some people choose to attend on-campus because they believe that's the best learning environment for them. Others choose to pursue a degree online because they can't relocate, want to maintain a full-time job, have family commitments, or due to other factors. In addition, some online programs are not available on campus and vice versa. If you're unsure which program might be best, you should contact an Admissions Representative at 800.226.7625.
Yes, and to help you with that, your tuition includes Project LaunchBox - a computer, hardware, and software package customized to your degree program. Some Project LaunchBox components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox components are downloadable items.
At this time, students receive either a current-generation Apple MacBook Pro or MSI GE Raider laptop, depending on their program. In addition to the computer, you'll also receive supplemental pieces of hardware and software, which vary by degree program.
To view the LaunchBox specifications for your program of interest, visit the degree page, and scroll down to view current components. For more information, call Admissions at 800.226.7625.
Pricing and package specifications are subject to change. Some Project LaunchBox components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox components are downloadable items.
There is no published GPA minimum for our undergraduate programs and all applicants are given consideration. For more information, visit our Undergraduate page.
A full list of requirements and next steps for graduate applicants can be found on our Graduate page.
Full Sail does not offer summer programs. Our programs begin on a monthly basis and some of our individual courses are also available year round.
Some courses may be taken individually, but they are permitted on case-by-case basis. A deposit for each individual course must be included with the application. You can contact Admissions at 800.226.7625 for more information.
There are no majors and minors at Full Sail - students pick one program and complete all of its courses. You can take two programs sequentially, but not at the same time.
Due to our school's accelerated schedule, you cannot take two programs at the same time. You must finish one program before starting another; however many students do enroll in more than one program in order to diversify their skills.
There are a few reasons you may need to retake a class, including failing a class for attendance or grades. When a class is failed, you are automatically rescheduled to take the course again. The course may be rescheduled immediately or later in your program depending on your degree and the course requirements. All retakes for course failure will be charged a $500 fee, which will need to be paid before the start of the rescheduled class. There may be limits on how many times you can retake a class.
Detailed information is provided to students in the syllabus received on the first day of those classes, as well as the Student Manual.
During the first 10 months of your campus program or 16 months of your online program, you have the ability to switch degree programs if they are in the same "school." For more information about associate's degrees and moving between programs, contact an Admissions Representative at 800.226.7625.