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Undergraduate Certificates in Cosmetology

57,805 Yearly Graduations
$16,897 Median Salary
$10,500 Median Debt
There are 1,541 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 53% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.2% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 57,805 students earned their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate 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 57,805
Basic Certificate 48,917
Associate Degree 1,173

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $16,897. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $14,826 to a high of $18,987.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $10,500. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $13,182 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,037.

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The median monthly payment of a cosmetology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $74.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. About 86.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 8,056
Women 49,749
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,430
Black or African American 10,915
Hispanic or Latino 15,896
White 25,443
International Students 127
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,994
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There are 1,541 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,532 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
100% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate. Each year, around 25,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,444 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,020 per year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,532 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from National University College. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

829 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 829 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington. About 97% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Douglas J Aveda Institute

East Lansing, Michigan
316 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Douglas J Aveda Institute. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 316 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Douglas J Aveda Institute. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#4

Century College

San Juan, Puerto Rico
302 Yearly Graduations
82% Women

Century College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 302 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Century College. Of these students, 82% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology

Alamogordo, New Mexico
289 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 289 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Olympian Academy of Cosmetology. Of these students, 76% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

284 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett awarded 284 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Instituto Educativo Premier

Ponce, Puerto Rico
240 Yearly Graduations
79% Women

Instituto Educativo Premier is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 240 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Premier. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#8

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida
231 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 231 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Institute - Tallahassee. About 95% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Celebrity School of Beauty

Miami, Florida
224 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Celebrity School of Beauty is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 224 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Celebrity School of Beauty. Of these students, 83% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
218 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 218 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Modern Hairstyling Institute-Bayamon. About 67% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts
209 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 209 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester. About 98% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

206 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 206 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Ogle School. About 97% of this group were women, and 92% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Health and Style Institute

High Point, North Carolina
205 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Health and Style Institute. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 205 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Health and Style Institute. Around 74% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#14

Georgia Career Institute

Conyers, Georgia
204 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Career Institute comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Georgia Career Institute awarded 204 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Bella Capelli Academy

Monroeville, Pennsylvania
186 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Bella Capelli Academy. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 186 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Bella Capelli Academy a Paul Mitchell partner school. Of these students, 98% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

183 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Aveda Institute - South Florida. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 183 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Aveda Institute - South Florida. Of these students, 90% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Bellus Academy - Poway

Poway, California
182 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Bellus Academy - Poway. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 182 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Bellus Academy. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#17

Medspa Academies

South Jordan, Utah
182 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Medspa Academies comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 182 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at National Institute of Medical Aesthetics. Of these students, 99% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Parisian Beauty School

Hackensack, New Jersey
177 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Parisian Beauty School. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 177 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Parisian Beauty Academy. About 94% of this group were women, and 77% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Paul Mitchell the School Temecula

Temecula, California
173 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Mitchell the School Temecula is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 173 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Paul Mitchell the School Temecula. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Cosmetology 42,938
Barbering 7,737
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 2,459
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,034
Nail Technician & Manicurist 986

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 7,225
Funeral & Mortuary Science 391
Other Personal & Culinary Services 74

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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