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2021 Most Popular Online Cosmetology Trade Schools

4 Colleges
$15,675 Avg Salary
$10,029 Avg Student Debt

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. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Most Popular Online Cosmetology Trade Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 4 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for cosmetology majors pursuing an online .

Our 2021 rankings named Trinity Valley Community College the most popular online school in the United States for cosmetology students. TVCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Athens.

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Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Out of the 4 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Vincennes University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Vincennes University is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Vincennes.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means National American University - Rapid City is a great place for cosmetology students pursuing an online degree. Located in the small city of Rapid City, National American University - Rapid City is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Delta College

University Center, MI

The excellent online programs at Delta College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best cosmetology schools in the United States. Delta College is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of University Center.

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One of 3 majors within the trade school area of study, cosmetology has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 4 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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