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Basic Certificates in Cosmetology

48,917 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,127 schools in the United States where you can get your basic certificate in cosmetology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 59% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2020-2021, 48,917 basic certificates were awarded to cosmetology majors. This makes it the 1st most popular basic certificate program in the country.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 57,805
Basic Certificate 48,917
Associate Degree 1,173

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 96.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,560
Women 47,357
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,278
Black or African American 11,240
Hispanic or Latino 11,901
White 18,209
International Students 338
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,951
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There are 1,127 colleges that offer a basic certificate in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

982 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
45% 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 2020-2021 academic year, 982 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington. About 98% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

803 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 803 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Christine Valmy International School. About 98% of this group were women, and 79% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

526 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin awarded 526 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#4

Douglas J Aveda Institute

East Lansing, Michigan
427 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th 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 2020-2021 academic year, 427 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Douglas J Aveda Institute. About 99% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Advance Beauty College

Garden Grove, California
420 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Advance Beauty College. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 420 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Advance Beauty College. Around 88% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#6

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
356 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 25,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,444 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,020 per year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 356 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from National University College. About 97% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Studio Academy of Beauty

Chandler, Arizona
351 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Studio Academy of Beauty. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 351 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Studio Academy of Beauty. Of these students, 98% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

346 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Asian-American International Beauty College. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Asian-American International Beauty College awarded 346 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Boca Beauty Academy

Boca Raton, Florida
322 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boca Beauty Academy is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Boca Beauty Academy awarded 322 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#10

G Skin & Beauty Institute

West Dundee, Illinois
296 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

G Skin & Beauty Institute is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at G Skin & Beauty Institute awarded 296 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

#11

South Hills Beauty Academy Inc

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
288 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Hills Beauty Academy Inc is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 288 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from South Hills Beauty Academy Inc. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#12

La Belle Beauty Academy

Miami, Florida
286 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

La Belle Beauty Academy comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at La Belle Beauty Academy awarded 286 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#13

Celebrity School of Beauty

Miami, Florida
280 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Celebrity School of Beauty. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Celebrity School of Beauty awarded 280 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 76% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

272 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 272 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

272 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Island Nail Skin & Hair Institute comes in at #14 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 2020-2021 academic year, 272 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Long Island Nail Skin & Hair Institute. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

264 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford awarded 264 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 98% of this group were women, and 88% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Jupiter Beauty Academy

Boston, Massachusetts
258 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th 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. The cosmetology program at Jupiter Beauty Academy awarded 258 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 97% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

251 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics awarded 251 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 78% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#19

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida
247 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 247 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Institute - Tallahassee. About 98% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

La Belle Beauty School

Hialeah, Florida
242 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

La Belle Beauty School is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 242 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at La Belle Beauty School. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 29,044
Nail Technician & Manicurist 10,637
General Cosmetology 2,573
Facial Treatment Specialist 2,375
Other Cosmetology 1,484

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 5,326
Funeral & Mortuary Science 211
192
Other Personal & Culinary Services 6

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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