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2021 Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

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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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 1,633 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular undergraduate certificate programs for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Cosmetology program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc the most popular school in the United States for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Instituto de Banca is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the city of Guaynabo.

Of the 895 students majoring in cosmetology at Instituto de Banca, 37% are male and 63% are female.

On average, cosmetology graduates from Instituto de Banca take out $5,136 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $38, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Aveda Institute - Covington helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular cosmetology schools in the United States. Aveda Institute - Covington is a small private for-profit school located in the small suburb of Covington.

Of the 886 students majoring in cosmetology at Aveda Institute - Covington, 6% are male and 94% are female.

Cosmetology majors at Aveda Institute - Covington take out an average of $10,482 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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#3

Douglas J Aveda Institute

East Lansing, MI

The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Douglas J Aveda Institute helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular cosmetology schools in the United States. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Douglas J Aveda Institute is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 327 students majoring in cosmetology at Douglas J Aveda Institute, 4% are male and 96% are female.

On average, cosmetology graduates from Douglas J Aveda Institute take out $10,093 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Olympian Academy of Cosmetology helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular cosmetology schools in the United States. Olympian Academy of Cosmetology is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the remote town of Alamogordo.

Women make up 82% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology graduates from Olympian Academy of Cosmetology carry an average student debt load of $10,332. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $107, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Empire Beauty School-Manhattan. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of New York, Empire Beauty School-Manhattan is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 94% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

Cosmetology majors at Empire Beauty School-Manhattan take out an average of $10,111 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Everett.

Women make up 96% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

Cosmetology majors at Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett take out an average of $9,396 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 $104.

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#7

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Aveda Institute - Tallahassee is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee.

Of the 229 students majoring in cosmetology at Aveda Institute - Tallahassee, 4% are male and 96% are female.

Cosmetology majors at Aveda Institute - Tallahassee take out an average of $12,254 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $129, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School

North Little Rock, AR

Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of North Little Rock, Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 94% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology graduates from Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School carry an average student debt load of $12,997. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $139, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of Las Vegas, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 215 students majoring in cosmetology at Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin, 2% are male and 98% are female.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology graduates from Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin carry an average student debt load of $10,636. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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Paul Mitchell the School Temecula did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #10 on the list. Paul Mitchell the School Temecula is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Temecula.

Women make up 97% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

On average, cosmetology graduates from Paul Mitchell the School Temecula take out $13,540 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $151, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Jacinto Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

Women make up 96% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at San Jacinto College accumulate an average of around $9,288 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $92, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Paul Mitchell the School Houston landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Paul Mitchell the School Houston is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Houston.

Women make up 94% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

On average, cosmetology graduates from Paul Mitchell the School Houston take out $13,066 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $144.

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#13

Elaine Sterling Institute

Sandy Springs, GA

With a ranking of #13, Elaine Sterling Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large city of Sandy Springs, Elaine Sterling Institute is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 98% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology graduates from Elaine Sterling Institute carry an average student debt load of $8,876. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $99.

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#14

Texas Barber College

Houston, TX

Texas Barber College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Houston, Texas Barber College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 187 students majoring in cosmetology at Texas Barber College, 83% are male and 17% are female.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Texas Barber College accumulate an average of around $9,572 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $99.

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Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the city of Gastonia, Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 186 students majoring in cosmetology at Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia, 6% are male and 94% are female.

Cosmetology majors at Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia take out an average of $13,898 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $169.

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#16

Parisian Beauty School

Hackensack, NJ

Parisian Beauty School came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Hackensack, Parisian Beauty Academy is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

About 89% of the students majoring in cosmetology at the school are women while 11% are male.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology graduates from Parisian Beauty Academy carry an average student debt load of $8,287. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $78.

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Emma’s Beauty Academy-Juana Diaz landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Emma's Beauty Academy-Juana Diaz is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Juana Diaz.

Women make up 71% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

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Bellus Academy - Poway did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #17 on the list. Bellus Academy is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Poway.

About 83% of the students majoring in cosmetology at the school are women while 17% are male.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Bellus Academy accumulate an average of around $10,087 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $99.

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#19

Elegance International

Hollywood, CA

Elegance International did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #19 on the list. Elegance International is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Hollywood.

Women make up 96% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

Cosmetology majors at Elegance International take out an average of $6,998 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $79, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #20 on the list. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

Of the 175 students majoring in cosmetology at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester, 4% are male and 96% are female.

The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $8,021. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $65, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Paul Mitchell the School Esani did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the small city of Roswell, Paul Mitchell the School Esani is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 97% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

On average, cosmetology graduates from Paul Mitchell the School Esani take out $11,177 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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Emily Griffith Technical College ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Emily Griffith is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Denver.

Of the 169 students majoring in cosmetology at Emily Griffith, 33% are male and 67% are female.

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Instituto Educativo Premier ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Premier is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Ponce.

Women make up 58% of the cosmetology majors at the school.

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#23

Georgia Career Institute

Conyers, GA

Georgia Career Institute came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Georgia Career Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Conyers.

Of the 168 students majoring in cosmetology at Georgia Career Institute, 3% are male and 97% are female.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Georgia Career Institute accumulate an average of around $8,110 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $80.

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With a ranking of #25, Aveda Institute - South Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Davie, Aveda Institute - South Florida is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 94% of the students majoring in cosmetology at the school are women while 6% are male.

The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Aveda Institute - South Florida take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $12,809. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $139, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#27

Century College - San Juan

San Juan, PR
#28

Medspa Academies

South Jordan, UT
#30

Bella Capelli Academy

Monroeville, PA
#31

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute

Philadelphia, PA
#32

Florida Barber Academy

Plantation, FL
#38

Vista College

El Paso, TX
#42

Hair Academy Inc-New Carrollton

New Carrollton, MD
#44

Eric Fisher Academy

Wichita, KS
#44

Aveda Institute Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1633 different United States cosmetology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Paul Mitchell the School Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
53 Sunstate Academy Fort Myers, FL
54 D’Mart Institute Barranquitas, PR
54 Florida Technical College Orlando, FL
54 Aveda Institute - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
57 Beauty Academy of South Florida Hialeah Gardens, FL
58 Studio Academy of Beauty Chandler, AZ
59 Empire Beauty School-Michigan Grand Rapids, MI
59 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Cincinnati West Chester, OH
59 Paul Mitchell the School Orlando Oviedo, FL
62 Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness Voorhees, NJ
63 Paul Mitchell the School St Louis St. Louis, MO
63 Paul Mitchell the School Denver Lakewood, CO
65 Paul Mitchell the School Tampa Tampa, FL
66 New England Hair Academy Malden, MA
66 Ohio State College of Barber Styling Columbus, OH
68 Paul Mitchell the School Richland Richland, WA
68 Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA
68 Fullerton College Fullerton, CA
71 Pickens Technical College Aurora, CO
72 Career Academy of Hair Design Springdale, AR
73 Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology West Dundee, IL
73 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
73 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
73 Moler Barber College Oakland, CA
73 Paul Mitchell the School Modesto Modesto, CA
73 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green Bowling Green, KY
79 Long Island Beauty School-Hauppauge Hauppauge, NY
79 Milan Institute-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
81 Empire Beauty School-Center City Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
82 Bellus Academy - National City National City, CA
83 Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City Holladay, UT
84 Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA
84 Cosmetology Career Center LLC Carrollton, TX
84 Empire Beauty School-Queens Astoria, NY
84 East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa, AZ
88 Academy of Hair Design - Springfield Springfield, MO
88 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, North Dayton Dayton, OH
90 MTI College Sacramento, CA
90 Empire Beauty School-Morrow Morrow, GA
90 Bene’s Career Academy New Port Richey, FL
93 Z Hair Academy Overland Park, KS
93 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Plano Plano, TX
93 Paul Mitchell the School Columbia Columbia, SC
93 Paul Mitchell the School Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
93 Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA
98 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Arlington Arlington, TX
99 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI
99 Georgia Institute of Cosmetology Athens, GA
101 Paul Mitchell the School Rexburg Rexburg, ID
101 Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
103 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford Stafford, TX
103 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Ft Worth Fort Worth, TX
103 Crave Beauty Academy Wichita, KS
106 Total Image Beauty Academy Union City, NJ
106 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington Lexington, KY
108 Bellus Academy Manhattan, KS
109 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
110 Capri Cosmetology Learning Centers Nanuet, NY
110 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Virginia Beach, VA
110 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
113 Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Federal Way Federal Way, WA
113 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
113 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis Bartlett, TN
113 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Mattydale Mattydale, NY
117 Shear Excellence Hair Academy Tampa, FL
118 American Educational College Bayamon, PR
118 Paul Mitchell the School East Bay Pleasant Hill, CA
118 Paul Mitchell the School Lombard Lombard, IL
118 Atlanta School of Massage Atlanta, GA
122 Davis Technical College Kaysville, UT
122 California Hair Design Academy La Mesa, CA
124 Twin City Beauty College Saint Joseph, MI
124 Paul Mitchell the School Pasadena Pasadena, CA
126 Empire Beauty School-Hooksett Hooksett, NH
126 Tenaj Salon Institute The Villages, FL
126 Leons Beauty School Inc Greensboro, NC
129 International Institute of Cosmetology Wethersfield, CT
129 Ogden-Weber Technical College Ogden, UT
131 Clary Sage College Tulsa, OK
131 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
131 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-Perth Amboy Perth Amboy, NJ
131 Paul Mitchell the School Charleston North Charleston, SC
135 Paul Mitchell the School Fort Myers Fort Myers, FL
135 Taylor Andrews Academy-Orem Orem, UT
135 Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design-West Jordan West Jordan, UT
135 Paul Mitchell the School Columbus Columbus, OH
135 Hairitage Hair Academy Saint George, UT
135 Paul Mitchell the School Mclean McLean, VA
141 Florida Career College - Orlando Orlando, FL
141 The Salon Professional Academy - Evansville Evansville, IN
143 Paul Mitchell the School Logan Logan, UT
143 Paul Mitchell the School Tulsa Tulsa, OK
143 IBMC College Fort Collins, CO
143 Empire Beauty School-Maine Portland, ME
143 Bellus Academy - El Cajon El Cajon, CA
143 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-Casselberry Casselberry, FL
143 Phagans School of Hair Design Happy Valley, OR
150 Alamo City Barber College San Antonio, TX
150 Paul Mitchell the School Jessup Jessup, MD
150 Aveda Institute - Columbus Columbus, OH
150 Paul Mitchell the School San Antonio San Antonio, TX
150 Paul Mitchell the School Michigan Sterling Heights, MI
150 Blue Cliff College - Metairie Metairie, LA
156 Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA
156 Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics Woburn, MA
156 Arrojo Cosmetology School New York, NY
156 Paul Mitchell the School North Haven North Haven, CT
156 Larry’s Barber College Chicago, IL
156 Aveda Institute - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
156 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Clarksville Clarksville, IN
163 Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park Overland Park, KS
163 Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento Sacramento, CA
165 Grabber School of Hair Design St. Louis, MO
165 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Dallas Dallas, TX
165 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL
165 Empire Beauty School-Boston Boston, MA
165 Paul Mitchell the School Wichita Wichita, KS
165 Aveda Institute - Provo Provo, UT
165 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
165 Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc Knoxville, TN
165 David Pressley School of Cosmetology Royal Oak, MI
165 Paul Mitchell the School Toledo Sylvania, OH
175 The Beauty Institute-Ambler Ambler, PA
175 Empire Beauty School-Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
175 Dallas Barber & Stylist College Dallas, TX
175 Empire Beauty School-Wyoming Valley Moosic, PA
175 Intellitec College - Grand Junction Grand Junction, CO
175 Empire Beauty School-Avondale Avondale, AZ
175 Aveda Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
182 Paul Mitchell the School Reno Reno, NV
182 The Temple - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Frederick, MD
182 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Layton Layton, UT
182 Paul Mitchell the School Rhode Island Cranston, RI
182 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville Knoxville, TN
182 Empire Beauty School-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
182 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-San Antonio San Antonio, TX
189 The Temple Annapolis - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Annapolis, MD
189 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville Louisville, KY
189 Penrose Academy Scottsdale, AZ
189 Paul Mitchell the School Greenville Greenville, SC
189 Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology Wallingford, CT
189 Milan Institute-Clovis Fresno, CA
189 Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC
189 Paul Mitchell the School Bradley Bourbonnais, IL
189 Paul Mitchell the School Normal Normal, IL
189 Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville Madison, AL
199 International Salon and Spa Academy Colorado Springs, CO
199 Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
199 Citrus College Glendora, CA
199 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
203 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
203 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
203 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
203 La Belle Beauty Academy Miami, FL
203 Paul Mitchell the School Cleveland Twinsburg, OH
203 San Diego City College San Diego, CA
203 Paul Mitchell the School Webster Webster, TX
203 Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture-Ft Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
211 Denmark College Merrillville, IN
211 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
211 Paul Mitchell the School Atlanta Atlanta, GA
211 Aveda Institute - New York New York, NY
211 Aveda Institute - Maryland Bel Air, MD
211 Sunstate Academy Clearwater, FL
211 American Beauty School Bronx, NY
211 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
211 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
211 Taylor Andrews Academy-St George St. George, UT
221 Artistic Academy of Hair Design Morris Plains, NJ
221 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie Metairie, LA
221 Aveda Institute - Phoenix Tempe, AZ
221 MyrAngel Beauty Institute San Lorenzo, PR
221 Paul Mitchell the School Chicago Chicago, IL
226 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
226 Award Beauty School Hagerstown, MD
226 Skin Institute Saint Louis, MO
226 Summit Salon Academy - Tampa Tampa, FL
226 International Academy of Style Reno, NV
226 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
226 San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Inc San Francisco, CA
226 Paul Mitchell the School Spokane Spokane Valley, WA
234 Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Mountlake Terrace Mountlake Terrace, WA
234 Skin Science Institute Salt Lake City, UT
236 Pro Way Hair School Stone Mountain, GA
236 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-Harlingen Harlingen, TX
236 Paul Mitchell the School Miami Miami, FL
236 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Hurst Hurst, TX
236 Aveda Institute - Lafayette Lafayette, LA
236 Paul Mitchell the School Springfield Springfield, MO
242 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
242 The Barber School Midvale, UT
242 Aveda Institute - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
242 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Reno Reno, NV
242 Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady Schenectady, NY
242 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh Raleigh, NC
242 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
242 Boca Beauty Academy - Parkland Parkland, FL
242 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
242 Manatee Technical College Bradenton, FL
242 Empire Beauty School-Speedway Speedway, IN
242 Paul Mitchell the School Honolulu Honolulu, HI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
254 Vogue College of Cosmetology-McAllen McAllen, TX
255 John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, IL
255 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-North Dallas Dallas, TX
255 Empire Beauty School-Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA
255 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
255 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Northfield Northfield, NJ
255 Paul Mitchell the School San Jose San Jose, CA
255 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Campus WOODBURY, MN
255 Independence College of Cosmetology Independence, MO
263 Salon Success Academy - Upland Upland, CA
263 Cannella School of Hair Design, Chicago (South Archer Ave) Chicago, IL
263 Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology Newtown, CT
266 Clarendon College Clarendon, TX
266 Associated Barber College of San Diego San Diego, CA
266 Paul Mitchell the School Missouri Columbia Columbia, MO
266 Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie, PA
266 GateWay Community College - Central City Phoenix, AZ
266 Paul Mitchell the School Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
266 Brittany Beauty Academy Levittown, NY
273 Paul Mitchell the School Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, MI
273 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Rochester Rochester, NY
273 Joseph’s College Cosmetology Lincoln, NE
273 Sheridan Technical College Hollywood, FL
273 Futura Career Institute Hialeah, FL
278 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Greenville Greenville, SC
278 Empire Beauty School-Bloomfield Bloomfield, NJ
278 LaBarberia Institute of Hair Mayfield Hts, OH
278 P B Cosmetology Education Center Gloucester, NJ
278 Genesis Career College-Cookeville Cookeville, TN
278 Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD
278 Empire Beauty School-Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
278 Paul Mitchell the School Jersey Shore Brick, NJ
286 Paul Mitchell the School Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
286 Aveda Institute - Des Moines West Des Moines, IA
286 Lytles Redwood Empire Beauty College Inc Santa Rosa, CA
286 Guy’s Shreveport Academy of Cosmetology Inc Shreveport, LA
286 Bennett Career Institute Washington, DC
291 Paul Mitchell the School Nampa Nampa, ID
291 College of Hair Design-Downtown Lincoln, NE
291 Jolie Health & Beauty Academy-Cherry Hill Cherry Hill, NJ
291 Barber School of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
291 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Denton Denton, TX
291 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Hollywood, FL
291 Empire Beauty School-NE Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
298 Winston Salem Barber School Winston-Salem, NC
298 Empire Beauty School-Springfield Springfield, PA
298 Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente, CA
298 Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology Boise, ID
298 Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia San Juan, PR
298 Paul Mitchell the School Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
304 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Clifton Clifton, NJ
304 American Beauty College West Covina, CA
304 Southern Careers Institute - Brownsville Brownsville, TX
304 Empire Beauty School-Reading Reading, PA
304 Paul Mitchell the School Birmingham Hoover, AL
304 Lancaster Beauty School Lancaster, CA
304 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA
311 Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook Westbrook, ME
311 Cosmetology & Spa Academy Crystal Lake, IL
311 Hair Academy II Hillcrest Heights, MD
311 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth, NH
311 Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett Lawrenceville, GA
311 Orange Technical College - Westside Campus Winter Garden, FL
317 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
317 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
317 Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte, NC
317 La Belle Beauty School Hialeah, FL
317 UCAS University of Cosemtology Arts & Sciences-McAllen McAllen, TX
322 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge Woodbridge, VA
322 Empire Beauty School-Monroeville Monroeville, PA
322 Cambridge Technical Institute San Juan, PR
322 Paul Mitchell the School Ogden Ogden, UT
322 Keune Academy by 124 Lawrenceville, GA
322 Innovate Salon Academy South Plainfield, NJ
322 North Adrian’s College of Beauty Inc Modesto, CA
322 Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Omaha, NE

Cosmetology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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 26 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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