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Basic Certificates in Cosmetology

41,711 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,198 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a basic certificate in cosmetology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 58% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.6% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2018-2019, 41,711 basic certificates were awarded to cosmetology majors. 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 61,023
Basic Certificate 41,711
Associate’s Degree 940

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

The data on debt ranges for cosmetology majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in cosmetology. About 94.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,347
Women 39,364
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5,008
Black or African American 7,429
Hispanic or Latino 10,218
White 16,173
International Students 269
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,614
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There are 1,198 colleges that offer a basic certificate in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Aveda Institute - Covington

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

Aveda Institute - Covington tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Aveda Institute - Covington awarded 859 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 99% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

687 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
100% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Asian-American International Beauty College. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 687 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Asian-American International Beauty College. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#3

Advance Beauty College

Garden Grove, California
553 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Advance Beauty College 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 Advance Beauty College awarded 553 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 90% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#4

Make-up Designory

Burbank, California
513 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
34% 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 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 513 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at MUD. About 93% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

485 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
66% 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. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 485 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Christine Valmy International School. About 99% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

My Le's Beauty College

Sacramento, California
358 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
100% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

My Le's Beauty College is the 6th 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. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 358 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from My Le's Beauty College. About 73% 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
99% Women
28% 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. The cosmetology program at Douglas J Aveda Institute awarded 327 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

#8

Jupiter Beauty Academy

Boston, Massachusetts
316 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jupiter Beauty Academy comes in at #8 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 2018-2019 academic year, 316 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Jupiter Beauty Academy. About 92% of this group were women, and 95% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Studio Academy of Beauty

Chandler, Arizona
296 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Studio Academy of Beauty is the 9th 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. The cosmetology program at Studio Academy of Beauty awarded 296 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 98% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta, Georgia
278 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Atlanta Technical College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 278 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Atlanta Area Tech. Of these students, 91% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Boca Beauty Academy

Boca Raton, Florida
268 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
46% 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. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Boca Beauty Academy. Of these students, 98% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

266 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 4,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 266 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Of these students, 89% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Turning Point Beauty College

Casa Grande, Arizona
258 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Turning Point Beauty College. 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 2018-2019 school year. About 77% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
252 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
62% 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. Each year, around 8,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Central Georgia Technical College awarded 252 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
246 Yearly Graduations
72% Women

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 246 people received their basic certificate in cosmetology from Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon. Of these students, 72% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Rosemead Beauty School

Rosemead, California
244 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
100% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rosemead Beauty School is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Rosemead Beauty School awarded 244 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 97% 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
88% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

International College of Cosmetology comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at International College of Cosmetology awarded 229 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 92% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Diamond Beauty College

South El Monte, California
225 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Diamond Beauty College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Diamond Beauty College awarded 225 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

La Belle Beauty Academy

Miami, Florida
222 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

La Belle Beauty Academy comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 222 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at La Belle Beauty Academy. Of these students, 100% were women and 98% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Coastline Beauty College

Fountain Valley, California
201 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
96% 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 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 201 basic certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Coastline Beauty College. About 93% of this group were women, and 96% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 21,362
Nail Technician & Manicurist 9,857
General Cosmetology 3,627
Facial Treatment Specialist 1,668
Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor 1,319

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 8,217
Other Personal & Culinary Services 235
Funeral & Mortuary Science 172

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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