The Full Sail Accreditation and the Devry Acccreditation are polar opposites with the same idea. These 2 two schools have a very similar reputation and cost structure and therefore make for the perfect 'real world' example to emphasize how important this 'little' detail called Accreditation really is.
If you don't understand what accreditation is then please take the time to read What is Accreditation?
Once you've read it, you'll understand why choosing a school with the right form of Accreditation is essential. Always keep it in mind during your selection process for a college or university. We'll explain more below.
Both the Full Sail Accreditation and the University of DeVry accreditation are recognized by legitimate Institutions. They are not accredited by the same issuing agency, Though.
Full Sail University has 'National Accreditation' while DeVry University has Regional Accreditation.
The Full Sail accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges on this page of their Website.
Devry University is Accedited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), also known as North Central. It is one of only six Regional Accreditation organizations that are sponsored and recognized by the United States Department of Education.
These are the 6 government sponsored agencies that are authorized to issue Regional Accreditation by the U.S. Department of Education.
In it you'll find The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which granted Regional Accreditation to DeVry University. You won't find Full Sail Accreditation in there anywhere.
Full Sail University simply does not fall under that category. It is a Nationally Accredited institution and that is Full Sail Accreditation Status. This only allows attending students to secure government approved loans to pay for their education.
Most four year colleges and universities in the U.S. are Regionally Accredited and do not recognize National Accreditation such as that from the ACCSC (Full Sail Accreditation).
As Full Sail University does not have Regional Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the credits you'll earn there are not widely transferable to traditional four-year colleges throughout the United States.
That includes any arm of the U.S. Government. If you decide to enlist in the Navy after earning a bachelor's Degree at Full Sail, the U.S. Navy will not recognize it.
It is up to the school you are applying to in the end. They can accept all Full Sail University credits if they want but many schools only accept credits from institutions accredited by the same body as their own.
That's usually the U.S. depatment of Education.
Few other universities (Especially the Regionally Accredited ones) will accept credits earned at Full Sail (We have yet to find one who'll admit to it).
Comparing Devry University to full Sail might be like apples to oranges but the point is that Devry University has Regional Accreditation while Full Sail's Accredation is National.
Credits earned at Devry University are accepted at almost any university both Nationally and Internationally. That might mean something to you.
If you are not worried about returning to school again in the future then attending Full Sail University might get you some of the best film training in the country.
If you are taking the Web-Development Program then you might be better served taking the courses at a school with Regional Accreditation. A degree issued by a regionally accredited school is the most widely accepted Educational document in the world.
You might one day want to go back to school just to qualify for a Government Grant to make the world's very first Karate Video in 3D!