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.

Academics
What are Full Sail instructors like?

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.

What is the typical class size at Full Sail?

Lecture classes will have no more than 120 students. Lab settings will typically have 6, 9, 12 or 24 students to one lab instructor.

How many hours of school will I have per week?

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.

Is it important for me to have good attendance in my classes?

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.

Will I have enough time outside of my academic schedule to get a job?

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.

Can I work while I'm enrolled in an online degree at Full Sail?

Our online programs are geared toward working professionals, and most online students work full-time while enrolled.

How often will my class schedule change?

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.

Will I get vacation breaks for holidays?

Full Sail students have four weeks of vacation throughout the school year - one week for spring break, one week for July 4th, and two weeks over the holidays in December. Students also receive additional days off for Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

What are online courses like?

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.

How do I get support if I'm an online student?

FSO (Full Sail Online) support is available seven days a week and can be reached through email at fsosupport@fullsail.com, by phone at 877.437.6349, or via their online help center.

Should I attend Full Sail on campus or online?

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.

Will I need a computer for my classes?

Yes, and to help you with that, Full Sail has teamed up with Apple for the Project LaunchBox initiative, which provides every student with a MacBook Pro laptop available at an institutional discount. The only exceptions are the Game Development, Software Development, and Simulation & Visualization degrees, all of which receive an HP laptop.

What does a LaunchBox consist of and how much does it cost?

At this time, students receive a current-generation Apple MacBook Pro. The only exceptions are the Game Development, Software Development, and Simulation & Visualization degrees, all of which receive an HP laptop. 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.

Do I need to purchase the LaunchBox if I already have a computer?

An Admission Representative can provide you with more information regarding opting out of purchasing the computer portion of the LaunchBox. Please call the Admissions department at 800.226.7625 for more information.

What are the requirements for enrollment?

There is no published GPA minimum for our undergraduate programs and all applicants are given consideration. For more information, visit our Undergraduate page.

What are the requirements to pursue a master's degree at Full Sail?

A full list of requirements and next steps for graduate applicants can be found on our Graduate page.

Does Full Sail offer summer courses?

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.

Can I take individual courses at Full Sail?

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.

Do Full Sail degrees include majors and minors?

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.

Is it possible to take a double major?

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.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you fail a course academically, but satisfactory attendance is maintained, the course can be repeated up to two times at no additional charge. However, if failure is due to poor attendance or being taken again for the third time, tuition for that course must be repaid. There are some courses in degree programs that you need to complete within two attempts, or you will be dismissed from the program. This information is provided to students in the syllabus received on the first day of those classes.

Once I begin, can I change to a different degree program?

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.