Help is All Around: Full Sail's Resources for Academic Success
Published on Apr 19, 2017 by Monica Agatstein
Full Sail University offers many support resources to its students and alumni, from academic advising to career development. Student success is a top priority, and below is a list of just a few of the resources available to students here.
An essential connection between any prospective student and their school of choice is the Admissions department. Full Sail Admissions Representative Shaun Moore explains that the best initial step for getting more information is to set up a conference call with a member of his team. The call will be held with the admissions representative, the prospective student, and their parent or guardian.
“The admissions team will first and foremost assist the student in navigating their path in selecting the right degree program based on their interests, learning style, and what they’re looking for in a college,” says Shaun. “Any admissions representative will also be able to review any questions regarding tuition and the application process.”
Scheduling a campus tour is also highly recommended, which any admissions representative will be able to set up. Attendees will be able to see our immersive learning environments and technology up close, and even get to spend some time with their future instructors. To connect with an admissions representative or schedule a campus tour, please visit their website for more information.
Full Sail’s housing coordinators are available to assist students in the process of finding and securing an apartment, as well as connecting students with a Full Sail roommate if needed. Although Full Sail does not offer on-campus housing, there are many Full Sail-friendly apartment complexes located within walking distance of the school.
Our Housing Resources department specializes in finding the right housing solution to fit our students’ needs, including consideration of specific amenities and family situations. More information can be found in this online housing guide.
Full Sail’s Academic Advising department is dedicated to student success, and every student is assigned an advisor once they are officially enrolled at Full Sail.
“Our goal is to make sure every student makes it to graduation,” says Academic Advising Training Manager Sarah McWilliams. “We monitor our students academically, and try and help them to get back on track if they become derailed for whatever reason.”
Advisors will assist their students in managing their class schedule, discuss their options when facing challenges that disrupt their ability to be successful, or even help you switch programs until you find the right fit.
In addition to its instructors, Full Sail offers other areas on campus that can assist its students on their way to academic success.
“Full Sail’s community has access to an array of print and digital books - including current textbooks - magazines, and full-text databases to support their academic, professional, and personal interests,” says Director of Library Services Stephanie Maata. “Full Sail’s library also provides students access to a large collection of video games, graphic novels, and films which enhance and supplement their curriculum as well as meeting their leisure interests.” The library also provides a physical and virtual space for students to connect and collaborate with others.
Online students have access to materials as well, and if they’re interested in a specific item Full Sail will ship it to them directly, free of charge. The program advisory board - comprised of industry-experienced professionals - reviews our materials multiple times a year to make sure the library is offering the best and most up-to-date information to students.
The Library also hosts special events such as movie screenings and game competitions, and is a common area for students to connect and work alongside one another.
The goal of Full Sail’s Writing Center is help improve the writing and general communication skills of students from every degree program. One-on-one help is available in areas such as grammar usage, essay writing and thesis statements, English as a Second Language, resumes, and more. The Writing Center is able to assist students with any type of writing students will work on in their program, whether it's professional, academic, or creative writing. These resources are available to campus and online students by appointment.
The Student Success Services department is also there to help any student who is struggling academically, including one who needs to request reasonable accommodations for a disclosed, qualifying disability. The department offers a variety of self-help seminars to guide students on their path to success, and also offers a peer-to-peer tutoring program for students who may need extra attention outside of the classroom. These services are offered to campus and online students.
Connect - Full Sail’s internal community website - is a student’s one-stop shop to access coursework, find out what’s happening around campus, and network with peers. Whether you’re looking for the dates of winter break, a change of address form, the latest campus news, or the location of a scheduled event, Connect will have the answer.
“Connect is an essential tool for students which provides important university information about every aspect of Full Sail, offering a direct link to areas such as a degree’s program director and faculty, student clubs, and even administrative departments,” says Online Community Specialist Liz George.
The Career Development department is comprised of three divisions: advising, industry outreach, and the alumni network. Each of these teams works with students on an individual basis to help prepare them for success in their chosen industry.
“We’re the bridge for our graduates to connect with potential employers and career opportunities, and we pursue this effort by hosting employers on campus for tours, presentations, and job interviews, and we work closely with our career advisors to help inform and prepare our for career opportunities,” says Sherri Tantleff, Industry Outreach Representative.
Career Development Advisor Rachel Travaglini explains that part of her role as an advisor is to host specific workshops and mock interviews for her students that focus on various topics and skills related to their industry. The advising team is focused on helping to prepare students to enter the workforce once they graduate, and offers services such as resume reviews, interviewing tips, and also guidance for students and graduates in their job search.
Students begin working with Career Development three months prior to graduating, but there are also weekly open-door office hours available to campus and online students at any point in their college career. The department offers career assistance to alumni while they’re employed in entertainment, media, technology, and arts industry-related fields as well.