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2021 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

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Finding the Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate School for You

In 2018-2019, 103,674 degrees and certificates were awarded to cosmetology students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 893 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs offered the best value experiences for cosmetology students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the cosmetology undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Cosmetology

Our 2021 rankings named McLennan Community College the best value school in the United States for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the medium-sized city of Waco, MCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $3,990 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at MCC accumulate an average of around $12,384 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $74.

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#2

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Johnson County Community College is a great value for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. JCCC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Overland Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at JCCC are $6,690 a year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at JCCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $7,017. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

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#3

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Clarendon College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value cosmetology schools in the United States. Located in the rural area of Clarendon, Clarendon College is a public college with a small student population.

Clarendon College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,008 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Clarendon College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $9,468. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $99.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lake Area Technical Institute. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. LATI is a small public school located in the remote town of Watertown.

LATI undergraduate students pay an average of $5,514 in tuition and fees each year. Cosmetology majors at LATI take out an average of $12,799 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $125, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, LATI is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at San Jacinto Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value cosmetology schools in the United States. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year. Cosmetology majors at San Jacinto College take out an average of $9,288 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $92, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN

With a ranking of #6, Saint Paul College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Saint Paul College are $5,736 a year.

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the rural area of Fennimore, Southwest Tech is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southwest Tech are $6,481 per year. Cosmetology majors at Southwest Tech take out an average of $7,551 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $75, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Southwest Tech also did well on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

South Plains College

Levelland, TX

South Plains College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. South Plains College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Levelland.

South Plains College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,088 in tuition and fees each year. On average, cosmetology graduates from South Plains College take out $7,131 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $67, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. CVTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CVTC are $6,481 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at CVTC accumulate an average of around $8,766 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $84.

CVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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With a ranking of #10, Gateway Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Gateway Technical College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kenosha.

Gateway Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,575 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Gateway Technical College accumulate an average of around $4,682 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $42.

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Wharton County Junior College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Wharton County Junior College is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Wharton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 per year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Wharton County Junior College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $5,988. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the rural area of Shell Lake, WITC is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WITC are $6,885 per year. Cosmetology majors at WITC take out an average of $5,226 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

WITC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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With a ranking of #13, West Georgia Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the rural area of Waco, West Georgia Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Georgia Technical College are $5,452 a year. On average, cosmetology graduates from West Georgia Technical College take out $7,322 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $59.

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#14

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public school with a fairly large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year. On average, cosmetology graduates from North Harris Montgomery take out $8,635 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $73, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA

Savannah Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the city of Savannah.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Savannah Tech are $5,422 a year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Savannah Tech take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $3,589.

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#16

Meridian Community College

Meridian, MS

Meridian Community College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. MCC is a small public school located in the town of Meridian.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $4,258 a year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at MCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $4,103.

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#17

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA

Central Georgia Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Warner Robins, CGTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CGTC are $5,442 a year.

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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Valdosta, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College are $5,552 per year.

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Kansas City Kansas Community College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Kansas City Kansas Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Kansas City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Kansas City Kansas Community College are $6,510 a year.

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Northwest Mississippi Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the distant town of Senatobia, NWCC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWCC are $5,590 per year. Cosmetology majors at NWCC take out an average of $4,766 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $31.

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North Georgia Technical College

Clarkesville, GA

With a ranking of #21, North Georgia Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the rural area of Clarkesville, North Georgia Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Georgia Technical College are $5,402 a year. Cosmetology majors at North Georgia Technical College take out an average of $7,776 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Augusta Technical College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the city of Augusta, Augusta Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Augusta Technical College are $5,632 per year.

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#23

Navarro College

Corsicana, TX

With a ranking of #23, Navarro College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the distant town of Corsicana, Navarro College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Navarro College are $6,222 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Navarro College accumulate an average of around $9,042 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $93.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, MATC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MATC are $6,706 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at MATC accumulate an average of around $8,385 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $67, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbus Technical College

Columbus, GA

Columbus Technical College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the midsize city of Columbus, Columbus Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Columbus Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,442 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#26

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#29

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, GA
#31

Pensacola State College

Pensacola, FL
#32

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#35

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#36

San Diego City College

San Diego, CA
#38

Vernon College

Vernon, TX
#40

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL
#46

IBMC College

Fort Collins, CO
#47

Laurel Business Institute

Uniontown, PA
#48

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
#50

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 893 different United States cosmetology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
52 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
53 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
54 Florida Technical College Orlando, FL
55 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
56 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
57 Vista College El Paso, TX
58 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
58 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
60 Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC
60 Remington College - Cleveland Campus Cleveland, OH
62 Florida Career College - Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, FL
63 Fortis Institute - Pensacola Pensacola, FL
63 Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes Lauderdale Lakes, FL
65 Remington College - Houston Southeast Campus Webster, TX
66 Remington College - North Houston Campus Houston, TX
67 Remington College - Mobile Campus Mobile, AL
68 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
69 Douglas Education Center Monessen, PA
70 Remington College - Lafayette Campus Lafayette, LA
71 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
71 Remington College - Dallas Campus Garland, TX
73 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
74 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
74 Dorsey Schools, Roseville Roseville, MI
76 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
77 Fortis Institute - Erie Erie, PA
78 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
79 Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights Madison Heights, MI
80 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY
81 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
82 Salon Success Academy - Corona Corona, CA
82 Chambersburg Beauty School Chambersburg, PA
82 Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD
82 Black Hills Beauty College Rapid City, SD
82 University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts Springfield, IL
82 Vogue College of Cosmetology-McAllen McAllen, TX
82 Queen City College Clarksville, TN
82 Academy of Hair Design - Lufkin Lufkin, TX
82 Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork Lancaster, PA
82 Aveda Institute - South Florida Davie, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Austin Austin, TX
82 Arthur’s Beauty College Inc - Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR
82 Adrian’s College of Beauty Turlock Turlock, CA
82 Vogue College of Cosmetology-Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM
82 Empire Beauty School-Flagstaff Flagstaff, AZ
82 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology Bowling Green, KY
82 The Salon Professional Academy Battle Creek, MI
82 Paul Mitchell the School Delaware Newark, DE
82 Paul Mitchell the School Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, MI
82 Miller-Motte College Wilmington Wilmington, NC
82 Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology Pine Brook, NJ
82 Aveda Institute - Maryland Bel Air, MD
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville Nashville, TN
82 Academy for Salon Professionals Northridge, CA
82 D’Jay’s Institute of Cosmetology and Esthiology Baton Rouge, LA
82 Gould’s Academy Memphis, TN
82 Hinton Barber and Beauty College Vallejo, CA
82 National Beauty College Canton, OH
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta North Augusta, SC
82 Empire Beauty School-North Hills Pittsburgh, PA
82 Bennett Career Institute Washington, DC
82 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville Louisville, KY
82 Avenue Five Institute Austin, TX
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
82 Hays Academy of Hair Design Hays, KS
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Clackamas Happy Valley, OR
82 The Spa School Columbus, OH
82 Model College of Hair Design Saint Cloud, MN
82 Empire Beauty School-Cheltenham Wyncote, PA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Fort Myers Fort Myers, FL
82 Ohio State College of Barber Styling Columbus, OH
82 Delmarva Beauty Academy Salisbury, MD
82 International College of Beauty Arts & Sciences Los Angeles, CA
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Lewisville Lewisville, TX
82 Eves College of Hairstyling Lawton, OK
82 Cameo College of Essential Beauty Murray, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-Bloomfield Bloomfield, NJ
82 Ambiance Beauty & Barber Academy Inc Melbourne, FL
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Santa Monica Santa Monica, CA
82 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology & Nails-Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL
82 Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology Portland, OR
82 Empire Beauty School-Northlake Atlanta, GA
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Raymore Raymore, MO
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Blue Springs Blue Springs, MO
82 Elite College of Cosmetology Lexington, TN
82 Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Federal Way Federal Way, WA
82 Empire Beauty School-Maine Portland, ME
82 Empire Beauty School-Lebanon Lebanon, PA
82 Empire Beauty School-Chandler Chandler, AZ
82 Larry’s Barber College Chicago, IL
82 Keune Academy by 124 Lawrenceville, GA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Madison Madison, WI
82 Blue Cliff College - Gulfport Gulfport, MS
82 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, KY
82 Erie 1 BOCES West Seneca, NY
82 Florida Academy Fort Myers, FL
82 Mitchell’s Academy - Wilson Wilson, NC
82 Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia Gastonia, NC
82 Cosmetology Career Center LLC Carrollton, TX
82 Wright Beauty Academy Battle Creek, MI
82 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro Greensboro, NC
82 Renaissance Academie Provo, UT
82 Citrus Heights Beauty College Citrus Heights, CA
82 Mr Leon’s School of Hair Design-Lewiston Lewiston, ID
82 Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty Lake Park, FL
82 Phagans Central Oregon Beauty College Bend, OR
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Medford Medford, OR
82 Empire Beauty School-Cherry Hill Cherry Hill, NJ
82 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Campus WOODBURY, MN
82 The Temple Annapolis - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Annapolis, MD
82 Colleen O’Haras Beauty Academy Santa Ana, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Hooksett Hooksett, NH
82 Fort Worth Beauty School Benbrook, TX
82 Bene’s Career Academy New Port Richey, FL
82 Jupiter Beauty Academy Boston, MA
82 La Belle Beauty Academy Miami, FL
82 DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology West Springfield, MA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Toledo Sylvania, OH
82 Salon Institute-Toledo Campus Toledo, OH
82 Paul Mitchell the School Charleston North Charleston, SC
82 Aveda Institute - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City Holladay, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth, NH
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Urbana Urbana, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Rochester Rochester, NY
82 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington Lexington, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-Midlothian Midlothian, VA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Lombard Lombard, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville Knoxville, TN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
82 Elegance International Hollywood, CA
82 The Barber School Midvale, UT
82 Texas College of Cosmetology-San Angelo San Angelo, TX
82 Nuvo College of Cosmetology Norton Shores, MI
82 Empire Beauty School-Manhattan New York, NY
82 Career Academy of Beauty Garden Grove, CA
82 Summit Salon Academy - Anderson Anderson, IN
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Hurst Hurst, TX
82 Aveda Institute - Twin Falls Twin Falls, ID
82 The Temple - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Frederick, MD
82 Paul Mitchell the School Cleveland Twinsburg, OH
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Appleton, WI
82 Paul Mitchell the School Rhode Island Cranston, RI
82 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Hollywood, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Wichita Wichita, KS
82 South Hills Beauty Academy Inc Pittsburgh, PA
82 Texas College of Cosmetology-Abilene Abilene, TX
82 Empire Beauty School-Wyoming Valley Moosic, PA
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Green Bay, WI
82 Pivot Point Academy Bloomingdale, IL
82 Nova Academy of Cosmetology Rochester, MN
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
82 Bellus Academy - Poway Poway, CA
82 Coba Academy Anaheim, CA
82 Paul Mitchell the School East Bay Pleasant Hill, CA
82 Arizona Academy of Beauty - East Tucson, AZ
82 Boca Beauty Academy Boca Raton, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Boise Boise, ID
82 Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science Jefferson City, MO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Esani Roswell, GA
82 Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett Lawrenceville, GA
82 MTI College Sacramento, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Tucson Tucson, AZ
82 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
82 Milan Institute-San Antonio Ingram San Antonio, TX
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
82 Brown Aveda Institute - Strongsville Strongsville, OH
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Paramus Paramus, NJ
82 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-West New York West New York, NJ
82 La’James International College Fremont, NE
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Shorewood Shorewood, IL
82 American Institute of Beauty Largo, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Queens Astoria, NY
82 Missouri College of Cosmetology North Springfield, MO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Greenville Greenville, SC
82 Lil Lou’s Beauty and Barber College LLC Gary, IN
82 Empire Beauty School-Boston Boston, MA
82 Long Island Beauty School-Hempstead Hempstead, NY
82 Empire Beauty School-Florence Florence, KY
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
82 Fort Pierce Beauty Academy Fort Pierce, FL
82 Blue Cliff Career College Mobile, AL
82 Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
82 Paul Mitchell the School Merrillville Merrillville, IN
82 Washington Barber College Inc Little Rock, AR
82 Charles of Italy Beauty College Lake Havasu City, AZ
82 Southern Texas Careers Academy McAllen, TX
82 Aesthetic Science Institute Latham, NY
82 Empire Beauty School-Concord Concord, NC
82 American Academy of Cosmetology Orange Park, FL
82 Florida Career College - Orlando Orlando, FL
82 Capri College, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, IA
82 Victoria Beauty College Inc Victoria, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School Orlando Oviedo, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Aurora Aurora, CO
82 Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc Guaynabo, PR
82 Phagans Beauty College Corvallis, OR
82 Empire Beauty School-Littleton Littleton, CO
82 Delta Montrose Technical College Delta, CO
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Peoria Peoria, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School San Diego San Diego, CA
82 Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett Everett, WA
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Hanover Park Hanover Park, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
82 G Skin & Beauty Institute Oakbrook, IL
82 Coachella Valley Beauty College, Beaumont Beaumont, CA
82 Academy of Hair Design - Beaumont Beaumont, TX
82 Brittany Beauty Academy New York, NY
82 Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy Amarillo, TX
82 Medspa Academies South Jordan, UT
82 Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness Voorhees, NJ
82 Michigan College of Beauty-Monroe Monroe, MI
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
82 Aveda Institute - Tallahassee Tallahassee, FL
82 Blue Cliff College - Alexandria Alexandria, LA
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford Stafford, TX
82 Award Beauty School Hagerstown, MD
82 Central Oklahoma College Oklahoma City, OK
82 Protege Academy East Lansing, MI
82 Empire Beauty School-Avondale Avondale, AZ
82 Celebrity School of Beauty Miami, FL
82 Artistic Academy of Hair Design Morris Plains, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA
82 Arthur’s Beauty School Inc - Conway Conway, AR
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Denton Denton, TX
82 Profile Institute of Barber-Styling Atlanta, GA
82 Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Fayetteville, TN
82 Jolie Health and Beauty Academy-Turnersville Turnersville, NJ
82 Paul Mitchell the School Honolulu Honolulu, HI
82 Brittany Beauty Academy Bronx, NY
82 Grace International Beauty School Flushing, NY
82 Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy-Lubbock Lubbock, TX
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights Glendale Heights, IL
82 PCI Academy-Plymouth Plymouth, MN
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence Florence, SC
82 Taylor Andrews Academy-St George St. George, UT
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Columbia, SC
82 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-La Quinta La Quinta, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Hanover Hanover, PA
82 Corinth Academy of Cosmetology Corinth, MS
82 Empire Beauty School-Lehigh Valley Whitehall, PA
82 International Institute of Cosmetology Wethersfield, CT
82 Dallas Barber & Stylist College Dallas, TX
82 Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology Mooresville, NC
82 O’Briens Aveda Institute Williston, VT
82 Arrojo Cosmetology School New York, NY
82 Aveda Institute - Madison Madison, WI
82 Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences Timonium, MD
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Fargo Fargo, ND
82 Avi Career Training Great Falls, VA
82 Studio Beauty School Spokane Valley, WA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa Costa Mesa, CA
82 Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Mountlake Terrace Mountlake Terrace, WA
82 Western Suffolk BOCES Northport, NY
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE Chicago, IL
82 Montgomery Beauty School Silver Spring, MD
82 Lively Technical Center Tallahassee, FL
82 UCAS University of Cosemtology Arts & Sciences-McAllen McAllen, TX
82 Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel Laurel, MD
82 Empire Beauty School-Lakeland Lakeland, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Grand Rapids Kentwood, MI
82 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Mattydale Mattydale, NY
82 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO
82 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte Charlotte, NC
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA
82 Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Bedford, NH
82 Empire Beauty School-Monroeville Monroeville, PA
82 Aveda Institute - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
82 La James International College-Davenport Davenport, IA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Bradley Bourbonnais, IL
82 Modern Beauty Academy Oxnard, CA
82 Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design Spokane, WA
82 Woodward Beauty College Woodward, OK
82 Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology West Dundee, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Augusta Augusta, GA
82 Milan Institute-Clovis Fresno, CA
82 Remington College - Columbia Campus Columbia, SC
82 PCI Academy-Ames Ames, IA
82 Grabber School of Hair Design St. Louis, MO
82 Denmark College Merrillville, IN
82 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-La Salle PERU, IL
82 P B Cosmetology Education Center Gloucester, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-Owings Mills Owings Mills, MD
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Appleton Appleton, WI
82 Hair Academy Inc-New Carrollton New Carrollton, MD
82 Bellus Academy - El Cajon El Cajon, CA
82 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Dallas Grand Prairie, TX
82 Bold Beauty Academy Billings, MT
82 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO
82 Paul Mitchell the School North Haven North Haven, CT
82 Aveda Institute - Portland Portland, OR
82 Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady Schenectady, NY
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI
82 Tenaj Salon Institute The Villages, FL
82 Academy of Cosmetology Merritt Island, FL
82 La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology Mason City, IA
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Plano Plano, TX
82 Empire Beauty School-Peekskill Peekskill, NY
82 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Clarksville Clarksville, IN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park Overland Park, KS
82 Ideal Beauty Academy Louisville, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-West Mifflin West Mifflin, PA
82 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
82 New York Institute of Beauty Islandia, NY
82 Star College of Cosmetology 2 Tyler, TX
82 Designer Barber & Stylist School Ft Smith, AR
82 Midwest Technical Institute - Moline Moline, IL
82 Aveda Institute - Chicago Chicago, IL
82 Seguin Beauty School-Seguin Seguin, TX
82 Innovate Salon Academy South Plainfield, NJ
82 Academy of Hair Design - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
82 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy Lynchburg, VA
82 Innovations Design Academy Canton, IL
82 Aveda Institute - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
82 Aveda Institute - Columbus Columbus, OH
82 Paul Mitchell the School Milwaukee Pawaukee, WI
82 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Rockford Rockford, IL
82 Aveda Institute - Des Moines West Des Moines, IA
82 Empire Beauty School-Spring Lake Park Spring Lake Park, MN
82 Loraines Academy & Spa Saint Petersburg, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Springfield Springfield, PA
82 UCAS Univeristy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-La Joya La Joya, TX
82 Empire Beauty School-Green Bay Ashwaubenon, WI
82 International Academy of Style Reno, NV
82 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis Memphis, TN
82 Capri Beauty College New Lenox, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Birmingham Hoover, AL
82 International School of Skin Nailcare & Massage Therapy Atlanta, GA
82 Alamo City Barber College San Antonio, TX
82 Venus Beauty Academy Sharon Hill, PA
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
82 Vogue College of Cosmetology-San Antonio Fredericksburg San Antonio, TX
82 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster Westminster, CO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh Raleigh, NC
82 Skin Institute Saint Louis, MO
82 Tom P Haney Technical Center Panama City, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Rexburg Rexburg, ID
82 Montana Academy of Salons Great Falls, MT
82 Empire Beauty School-York York, PA
82 Career Academy of Hair Design Springdale, AR
82 Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Malden Malden, MA
82 Butler Beauty Academy - Kittanning Beauty Academy Kittanning, PA
82 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, North Dayton Dayton, OH
82 Monmouth County Vocational School District Freehold, NJ
82 Intellitec College - Grand Junction Grand Junction, CO
82 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Virginia Beach, VA
82 Aveda Institute - Covington Covington, LA
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne Melbourne, FL
82 Olympian Academy of Cosmetology Alamogordo, NM
82 Delta Technical College - Ridgeland Ridgeland, MS
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Beaverton Beaverton, OR
82 Paul Mitchell the School Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
82 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Layton Layton, UT
82 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville Louisville, KY
82 Brighton Institute of Cosmetology Brighton, MI
82 Southeast Texas Career Institute Silsbee, TX
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Madison, WI
82 Boca Beauty Academy - Parkland Parkland, FL
82 Broken Arrow Beauty College - Tulsa Tulsa, OK
82 Warrensburg Area Career Center Warrensburg, MO
82 Palomar Institute of Cosmetology San Marcos, CA
82 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-Harlingen Harlingen, TX
82 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-San Antonio Military San Antonio, TX
82 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Arlington Arlington, TX
82 Hawaii Institute of Hair Design Honolulu, HI
82 Paramount Beauty Academy Portsmouth, OH
82 Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing, MI
82 Bellus Academy - National City National City, CA
82 VICI Beauty School Greenfield, WI
82 Lytles Redwood Empire Beauty College Inc Santa Rosa, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte, NC
82 Evans Hairstyling College-Rexburg Rexburg, ID
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Shoreline Shoreline, WA
82 Laird Institute of Spa Therapy Manchester, NH
82 Empire Beauty School-Tampa Tampa, FL
82 Shore Beauty School Egg Harbor Township, NJ
82 Ohio State School of Cosmetology-Canal Winchester CANAL WINCHESTER, OH
82 Trend Barber College Houston, TX
82 Flair Beauty College Valencia, CA
82 Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Kenilworth Kenilworth, NJ
82 Stylemaster College of Hair Design Longview, WA
82 Michigan College of Beauty-Troy Troy, MI
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Atlanta Marietta, GA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Provo Provo, UT
82 Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento Sacramento, CA
82 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
82 Twin City Beauty College Saint Joseph, MI
82 Florida College of Natural Health-Pompano Beach Pompano Beach, FL
82 Stage One-The Hair School Lake Charles, LA
82 Vibe Barber College Memphis, TN
82 Daytona College Ormond Beach, FL
82 J Michael Harrold Beauty Academy Terre Haute, IN
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Dallas Dallas, TX
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin Elgin, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Stone Park Stone Park, IL
82 Summit Salon Academy - Tacoma Tacoma, WA
82 David Pressley School of Cosmetology Royal Oak, MI
82 Bitterroot School of Cosmetology Hamilton, MT
82 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Northfield Northfield, NJ
82 Capri Cosmetology Learning Centers Nanuet, NY
82 Elite School of Cosmetology Norwalk, OH
82 Parisian Beauty School Hackensack, NJ
82 Ohio State School of Cosmetology-Heath Heath, OH
82 Paul Mitchell the School Roanoke Roanoke, VA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Columbia Columbia, SC
82 Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare Salt Lake City, UT
82 Paul Mitchell the School Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks, CA
82 Headlines Academy Inc Rapid City, SD
82 Academy of Career Training Kissimmee, FL
82 Brown Aveda Institute - Mentor Mentor, OH
82 Aveda Institute - Denver Denver, CO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Normal Normal, IL
82 Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie, PA
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg Spartanburg, SC
82 Empire Beauty School-Union Union, NJ
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Ft Worth Fort Worth, TX
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Clifton Clifton, NJ
82 CRU Institute of Cosmetology and Barbering Garden Grove, CA
82 Enid Beauty College Enid, OK
82 The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology Downers Grove, IL
82 Summit Salon Academy - Gainesville Gainesville, FL
82 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology Esthetics & Nails-Decatur Decatur, IL
82 Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design Greenville, NC
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Rockford Rockford, IL
82 Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy Clarksburg, WV
82 Paul Mitchell the School Houston Houston, TX
82 Empire Beauty School-Shamokin Dam Shamokin Dam, PA
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Hillsboro Hillsboro, OR
82 Southern School of Beauty Inc Durant, OK
82 Cozmo Beauty School Bonita Springs, FL
82 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Visalia Visalia, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Bloomington Bloomington, MN
82 ASM Beauty World Academy Davie, FL
82 Suffolk Beauty Academy Suffolk, VA
82 Empire Beauty School-Hurstborne Louisville, KY
82 Health and Style Institute High Point, NC
82 Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-San Antonio San Antonio, TX
82 Victoria’s Academy of Cosmetology Kennewick, WA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
82 Exposito School of Hair Design Amarillo, TX
82 Francis Tuttle Technology Center Oklahoma City, OK
82 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-Perth Amboy Perth Amboy, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-NE Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
82 John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute-Goldwell Product Artistry Ballston Spa, NY
82 American Beauty College West Covina, CA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes Port Huron, MI
82 Salon & Spa Institute Brownsville, TX
82 John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Springfield Springfield, MO
82 Jolie Health & Beauty Academy-Cherry Hill Cherry Hill, NJ
82 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling Sterling, IL
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville Libertyville, IL
82 Compass Career College Hammond, LA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington Lexington, KY
82 Tri-State Cosmetology Institute El Paso, TX
82 Bellus Academy Manhattan, KS
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Tonawanda Tonawanda, NY
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Lafayette Lafayette, IN
82 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Hazleton Hazleton, PA
82 Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ
82 Delta Technical College Horn Lake, MS
82 Genesis Career College-Lebanon Lebanon, TN
82 Empire Beauty School-Lauderhill Lauderhill, FL
82 Jenks Beauty College Jenks, OK
82 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
82 California Beauty School Modesto, CA
82 Aveda Institute - Provo Provo, UT
82 Professional Cosmetology Education Center El Dorado, AR
82 Lyle’s College of Beauty Fresno, CA
82 Celebrity Stylist Beauty School Monroe, LA
82 Empire Beauty School-Thornton Thornton, CO
82 Paul Mitchell the School St Louis St. Louis, MO
82 Collectiv Academy Midvale, UT
82 Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
82 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge Woodbridge, VA
82 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Reno Reno, NV
82 Empire Beauty School-Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
82 Blake Austin College Vacaville, CA
82 Blue Cliff College - Houma Houma, LA
82 Trend Barber College Houston, TX
82 Milan Institute-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
82 Altoona Beauty School Inc Altoona, PA
82 Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics NYC Staten Island, NY
82 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Cincinnati West Chester, OH
82 Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology-Seattle Seattle, WA
82 Elaine Steven Beauty College Saint Louis, MO
82 Charleston School of Beauty Culture Charleston, WV
82 Aveda Institute Portland - Vancouver Campus Vancouver, WA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Atlanta Atlanta, GA
82 Sunstate Academy Fort Myers, FL
82 International Salon and Spa Academy Colorado Springs, CO
82 Capri College, Davenport Davenport, IA
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Brick Brick, NJ
82 Headmasters School of Hair Design Lewiston, ID
82 Aveda Institute - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
82 Capilo School of Hair Design Augusta, ME
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Eugene Springfield, OR

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Cosmetology Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 52,002
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 23,657
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 10,042
Barbering/Barber 8,937
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, & Nail Instructor 1,881
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1,732
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,563
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 1,409
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,142
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 773
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 247
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 239
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 50

Related Major Annual Graduates
Culinary Arts 26,643
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,965
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Tiffany Bumgardner.

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