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Basic Certificates in Cosmetology

38,792 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,198 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a basic certificate in cosmetology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 58% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2019-2020, 38,792 earned their basic certificate in cosmetology. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in cosmetology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 55,825
Basic Certificate 38,792
Associate Degree 992

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for cosmetology students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in cosmetology. About 95.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,644
Women 37,148
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,926
Black or African American 7,785
Hispanic or Latino 8,920
White 14,918
International Students 244
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,999
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There are 1,198 colleges that offer a basic certificate in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

859 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for cosmetology students seekinga basic certificate is Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 859 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington. About 99% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

687 Yearly Graduations
85% Women

Asian-American International Beauty College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 687 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Asian-American International Beauty College. Of these students, 85% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Advance Beauty College

Garden Grove, California
553 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Advance Beauty College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 553 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Advance Beauty College. About 90% of this group were women, and 90% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Make-up Designory

Burbank, California
513 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Make-up Designory comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 513 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at MUD. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

485 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup awarded 485 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#6

My Le's Beauty College

Sacramento, California
358 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
100% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is My Le's Beauty College. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 358 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from My Le's Beauty College. About 72% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Douglas J Aveda Institute

East Lansing, Michigan
327 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Douglas J Aveda Institute. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 327 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Douglas J Aveda Institute. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#8

Jupiter Beauty Academy

Boston, Massachusetts
316 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Jupiter Beauty Academy. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 316 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Jupiter Beauty Academy. Of these students, 87% were women and 96% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Studio Academy of Beauty

Chandler, Arizona
296 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Studio Academy of Beauty comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 296 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Studio Academy of Beauty. Around 70% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

#10

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta, Georgia
278 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Atlanta Technical College. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 278 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Atlanta Area Tech. Of these students, 56% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Boca Beauty Academy

Boca Raton, Florida
268 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Boca Beauty Academy. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 268 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Boca Beauty Academy. About 99% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

266 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 266 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

Turning Point Beauty College

Casa Grande, Arizona
258 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
97% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Turning Point Beauty College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Turning Point Beauty College awarded 258 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 97% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
252 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Central Georgia Technical College. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Central Georgia Technical College awarded 252 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 77% of this group were women, and 73% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
246 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 246 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#16

Rosemead Beauty School

Rosemead, California
244 Yearly Graduations
98% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Rosemead Beauty School. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Rosemead Beauty School awarded 244 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 98% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

International College of Cosmetology

Oakland, California
229 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is International College of Cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at International College of Cosmetology awarded 229 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 90% of this group were women, and 90% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Diamond Beauty College

South El Monte, California
225 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Diamond Beauty College. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 225 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Diamond Beauty College. About 79% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

La Belle Beauty Academy

Miami, Florida
222 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

La Belle Beauty Academy comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at La Belle Beauty Academy awarded 222 basic certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#20

Coastline Beauty College

Fountain Valley, California
201 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Coastline Beauty College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 201 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Coastline Beauty College. About 92% of this group were women, and 88% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 22,174
Nail Technician & Manicurist 7,857
General Cosmetology 2,835
Facial Treatment Specialist 2,003
Other Cosmetology 1,086

Below are some popular majors that are similar to cosmetology that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 6,431
Other Personal & Culinary Services 181
Funeral & Mortuary Science 139

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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