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Undergraduate Certificates in Cosmetology

55,825 Yearly Graduations
$15,600 Median Salary
$9,795 Median Debt
There are 1,629 schools in the United States where you can get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 52% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.2% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 55,825 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 55,825
Basic Certificate 38,792
Associate Degree 992

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $15,600. 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 $13,900 to a high of $17,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $9,795. 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, $12,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $7,891.

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The median monthly payment of a cosmetology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $102.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. About 86.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,813
Women 48,012
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,491
Black or African American 10,705
Hispanic or Latino 14,935
White 24,694
International Students 131
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,869
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There are 1,629 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

886 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 886 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute, Covington. About 96% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Douglas J Aveda Institute

East Lansing, Michigan
327 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Douglas J Aveda Institute comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 327 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Douglas J Aveda Institute. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#3

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology

Alamogordo, New Mexico
291 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 291 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Olympian Academy of Cosmetology. About 79% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Empire Beauty School-Manhattan

New York, New York
279 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Empire Beauty School-Manhattan 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 2019-2020 academic year, 279 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Empire Beauty School-Manhattan. Of these students, 93% were women and 90% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

245 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 245 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett. About 95% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida
229 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aveda Institute - Tallahassee is the 6th 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 2019-2020 academic year, 229 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Aveda Institute - Tallahassee. Of these students, 96% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School

North Little Rock, Arkansas
218 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 218 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School. Of these students, 92% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

215 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 215 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#9

Paul Mitchell the School Temecula

Temecula, California
210 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Mitchell the School Temecula comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 210 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Paul Mitchell the School Temecula. Of these students, 92% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
206 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jacinto Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 31,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at San Jacinto Community College awarded 206 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 73% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

192 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Mitchell the School Houston is the 11th 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 2019-2020 academic year, 192 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Paul Mitchell the School Houston. About 94% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Elaine Sterling Institute

Sandy Springs, Georgia
191 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Elaine Sterling Institute comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 191 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Elaine Sterling Institute. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

#13

Texas Barber College

Houston, Texas
187 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Texas Barber College. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Texas Barber College awarded 187 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 99% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 24% were women.

#14

Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia

Gastonia, North Carolina
186 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 186 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia. About 96% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Parisian Beauty School

Hackensack, New Jersey
184 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Parisian Beauty School comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Parisian Beauty School awarded 184 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Bellus Academy - Poway

Poway, California
183 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bellus Academy - Poway comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 183 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Bellus Academy. About 86% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Emma's Beauty Academy-Juana Diaz

Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
183 Yearly Graduations
66% Women

Emma's Beauty Academy-Juana Diaz is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 183 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Emma's Beauty Academy-Juana Diaz. About 66% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts
175 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in cosmetology. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 175 people received their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester. About 96% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Paul Mitchell the School Esani

Roswell, Georgia
171 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Mitchell the School Esani comes in at #20 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 2019-2020 academic year, 171 undergraduate certificates were handed out to cosmetology majors at Paul Mitchell the School Esani. Of these students, 94% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Cosmetology 42,027
Barbering 7,423
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 2,305
Hair Styling & Design 997
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 813

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 7,563
Funeral & Mortuary Science 336
Other Personal & Culinary Services 96

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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