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2021 Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

1,360 Schools Ranked
$27,299 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$11,735 Avg Student Debt

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house.

The Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 1,360 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

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Top Trade Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

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#1

Cinta Aveda Institute

San Francisco, California
$10,895 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Cinta Aveda Institute the best school in the United States for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $10,895 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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$9,396 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,396 in student loans.

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$10,818 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 1,360 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Inc landed the # 3 spot on the list.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from SFIEC accumulate an average of $10,818 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#4

Josef's West Academy

Fargo, North Dakota
$9,100 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Josef’s West Academy. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,100 in student loans.

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#5

Unitek College

South San Francisco, California
$11,372 Avg Student Debt

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Unitek College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best trade school schools in the United States.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $11,372 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#6

Unitek College

Hayward, California
$14,217 Avg Student Debt

Unitek College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Unitek College accumulate an average of $14,217 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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$7,498 Avg Student Debt

Industrial Management Training Institute came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Industrial Management Training Institute accumulate an average of $7,498 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#8

Southeastern Technical Institute

South Easton, Massachusetts
$6,523 Avg Student Debt

Southeastern Technical Institute came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $6,523 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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$14,856 Avg Student Debt

New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for trade school students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education accumulate an average of $14,856 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#10

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota
$11,432 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,047 Avg Student Debt

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

If you want to attend Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, expect to pay an average of $11,432 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine accumulate an average of $14,047 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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$11,098 Avg Student Debt

CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate trade school programs.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,098 in student loans.

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#12

Unitek College

Fremont, California
$35,284 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,965 Avg Student Debt

Unitek College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for trade school students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #12 on the list.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $35,284 to cover tuition and fees at Unitek College. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $10,965 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Unitek College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 8% took at least some of their classes online.

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#13

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
$35,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,426 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, Loma Linda University did quite well on this year’s best schools for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

Loma Linda University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $35,180. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Loma Linda University accumulate an average of $21,426 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Loma Linda University. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 35% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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$12,367 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, Paul Mitchell the School-Missouri Columbia did quite well on this year’s best schools for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from PMMO Columbia LLC accumulate an average of $12,367 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#15

Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology

Wallingford, Connecticut
$11,433 Avg Student Debt

Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate trade school programs.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $11,433 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#16

The Salon Professional Academy-Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota
$10,381 Avg Student Debt

The Salon Professional Academy-Fargo landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate trade school programs.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $10,381 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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$12,463 Avg Student Debt

Aveda Institute Portland-Vancouver Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for trade school students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #17 on the list.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Aveda Institute Portland-Vancouver Campus accumulate an average of $12,463 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#18

Aveda Institute-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
$8,785 Avg Student Debt

Aveda Institute-Madison came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,785 in student loans.

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#19

Paroba College of Cosmetology

Everett, Washington
$8,976 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #19, Paroba College of Cosmetology did quite well on this year’s best schools for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Paroba College of Cosmetology accumulate an average of $8,976 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#20

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$8,785 Avg Student Debt

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for trade school students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #20 on the list.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $8,785 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#21

Paul Mitchell the School-Milwaukee

Pawaukee, Wisconsin
$14,869 Avg Student Debt

Paul Mitchell the School-Milwaukee ranked #21 on this year’s Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $14,869 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#22

North Bennet Street School

Boston, Massachusetts
$14,176 Avg Student Debt

North Bennet Street School came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from North Bennet Street School accumulate an average of $14,176 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#23

DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
$14,749 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Memorial Medical Center accumulate an average of $14,749 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#24

O'Briens Aveda Institute

Williston, Vermont
$11,825 Avg Student Debt

O’Briens Aveda Institute ranked #24 on this year’s Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,825 in student loans.

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#25

Institute of Technology

Salem, Oregon
$7,003 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #25, Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for trade school students working on their undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Institute of Technology accumulate an average of $7,003 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Trade Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Aveda Institute-Portland

Portland, Oregon
#28

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#29

Warrensburg Area Career Center

Warrensburg, Missouri
#31

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

San Mateo, California
#34

Cloud County Community College

Concordia, Kansas
#36

Eric Fisher Academy

Wichita, Kansas
#37

Paul Mitchell the School-Spokane

Spokane Valley, Washington
#38

Casal Institute of Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
#39

Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

Woburn, Massachusetts
#41

Aveda Institute-Provo

Provo, Utah
#42

Panache Academy of Beauty

Baraboo, Wisconsin
#43

Ulster BOCES School of Practical Nursing

Lake Katrine, New York
#44

Summit Salon Academy

Tampa, Florida
#47

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, Missouri
#48

Ricci's Academy of Cosmetology

Newtown, Connecticut

Rest of the Top 15% Best Trade Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

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Rank School Location
51 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
52 Washburn University Topeka, KS
53 Aveda Institute-Tallahassee Tallahassee, FL
54 Paul Mitchell the School-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
55 Paul Mitchell the School-Salt Lake City Holladay, UT
56 Victoria’s Academy of Cosmetology Kennewick, WA
57 Paul Mitchell the School-Louisville Louisville, KY
58 Hawaii Medical College Honolulu, HI
59 Innovate Salon Academy South Plainfield, NJ
60 Sumner College Portland, OR
61 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
62 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
63 Cameo College of Essential Beauty Murray, UT
64 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
65 Indiana County Technology Center Indiana, PA
66 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
67 Paul Mitchell the School-Normal Normal, IL
68 Brown Aveda Institute-Mentor Mentor, OH
69 Tucson College of Beauty Tucson, AZ
70 International Academy of Style Reno, NV
71 Paul Mitchell the School-Esani Roswell, GA
72 Paul Mitchell the School-Merrillville Merrillville, IN
73 Studio Academy of Beauty Chandler, AZ
74 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
75 Paul Mitchell the School-Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks, CA
76 Paul Mitchell the School-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
77 National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay Clearwater, FL
78 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
79 Perry Technical Institute Yakima, WA
80 Academy of Cosmetology Merritt Island, FL
81 Brown Aveda Institute-Strongsville Strongsville, OH
82 Paul Mitchell the School-Richland Richland, WA
83 Pima Medical Institute-Aurora Aurora, CO
84 Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News, VA
85 Avi Career Training Great Falls, VA
86 Alexander Academy Lunenburg, MA
87 Crave Beauty Academy Wichita, KS
88 Pima Medical Institute-Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
89 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
90 Paul Mitchell the School-Ogden Ogden, UT
91 Aveda Institute-South Florida Davie, FL
92 Paul Mitchell the School-Fort Myers Fort Myers, FL
93 Georgia Career Institute Conyers, GA
94 Universal Technical Institute of Massachusetts Inc Norwood, MA
95 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
96 D’Jay’s Institute of Cosmetology and Esthiology Baton Rouge, LA
97 Paul Mitchell the School-Wichita Wichita, KS
98 Pima Medical Institute-El Paso El Paso, TX
99 Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science Jefferson City, MO
100 Keune Academy by 124 Lawrenceville, GA
101 Aveda Institute-Boise Boise, ID
102 Paul Mitchell the School-Logan Logan, UT
103 Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford Stratford, CT
104 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Manassas Manassas, VA
105 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Green Bay, WI
106 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
107 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
108 Phagans Beauty College Corvallis, OR
109 Paul Mitchell the School-Fresno Fresno, CA
110 Paul Mitchell the School-Arlington Arlington, TX
111 Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture-Ft Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
112 Aviation Institute of Maintenance Oakland, CA
113 Herzing University - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
114 Medical Career Institute Ocean, NJ
115 Western Suffolk BOCES Northport, NY
116 Universal Technical Institute - Houston Houston, TX
117 Capilo School of Hair Design Augusta, ME
118 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
119 Salon Institute-Toledo Campus Toledo, OH
120 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
121 Paul Mitchell the School-Lexington Lexington, KY
122 Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School North Little Rock, AR
123 Southeastern Institute-Charlotte Charlotte, NC
124 Paul Mitchell the School-Temecula Temecula, CA
125 Bellus Academy-Poway Poway, CA
126 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Appleton, WI
127 Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Willow Street, PA
128 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
129 Paul Mitchell the School-Lombard Lombard, IL
130 Beyond 21st Century Beauty Academy Santa Fe Springs, CA
131 Paul Mitchell the School-Pasadena Pasadena, CA
132 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
133 Paul Mitchell the School-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
134 Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin Austin, TX
135 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
136 Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology San Fernando, CA
137 Paul Mitchell the School-Madison Madison, WI
138 Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics-Paul Mitchell Partner School Bedford, NH
139 Universal Technical Institute of Pennsylvania Inc Exton, PA
140 Empire Beauty School-Hooksett Hooksett, NH
141 Paul Mitchell the School-Reno Reno, NV
142 Schuyler Steuben Chemung Tioga Allegany BOCES Elmira, NY
143 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
144 Hunter Business School Levittown, NY
145 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
146 Independence College of Cosmetology Independence, MO
147 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
148 ETI School of Skilled Trades Willowbrook, IL
149 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
150 Paul Mitchell the School-Chicago Chicago, IL
151 Baptist Health College-Little Rock Little Rock, AR
152 Alaska Career College Anchorage, AK
153 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
154 Erie 1 BOCES West Seneca, NY
155 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville Libertyville, IL
156 College of Hair Design-Downtown Lincoln, NE
157 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
158 New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants Long Island City, NY
159 Hair Professionals Career College Sycamore, IL
160 Coba Academy Anaheim, CA
161 Paul Mitchell the School-San Diego San Diego, CA
162 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE Chicago, IL
163 Mitsu Sato Hair Academy Overland Park, KS
164 Empire College Santa Rosa, CA
164 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
166 Paul Mitchell the School-Columbia Columbia, SC
167 Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center Altoona, PA
168 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
169 Lincoln Technical Institute-Shelton Shelton, CT
170 Academy of Hair Design-Springfield Springfield, MO
171 Bellus Academy Manhattan, KS
172 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
173 PCI Health Training Center Dallas, TX
174 La’James International College Fremont, NE
175 Casal Aveda Institute Austintown, OH
176 North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, KS
177 University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts Springfield, IL
178 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
179 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
180 American Trade School Saint Ann, MO
181 Atlantic Beauty & Spa Academy LLC Egg Harbor Township, NJ
182 Universal Technical Institute of Illinois Inc Lisle, IL
183 Paul Mitchell the School-Orlando Oviedo, FL
184 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
185 San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino, CA
186 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
187 Florida Academy Fort Myers, FL
188 Adult and Continuing Education-BCTS Hackensack, NJ
189 Paul Mitchell the School-Tampa Tampa, FL
190 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Rockford Rockford, IL
191 Daytona College Ormond Beach, FL
192 Wyotech-Laramie Laramie, WY
193 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
194 Summit Salon Academy-Anderson Anderson, IN
195 Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design Spokane, WA
196 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
197 Twin City Beauty College Saint Joseph, MI
198 Paul Mitchell the School-Nampa Nampa, ID
199 Lincoln Technical Institute-Allentown Allentown, PA
200 Capri Beauty College Oak Forest, IL
201 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
202 American Institute of Beauty Largo, FL
203 Paul Mitchell the School-Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
204 Paul Mitchell the School-Knoxville Knoxville, TN
205 Bellus Academy-El Cajon El Cajon, CA

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best trade schools ranking:

Rank School Location
206 Cambridge Junior College-Yuba City Yuba City, CA
207 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
208 Paul Mitchell the School-Bradley Bourbonnais, IL
209 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
210 Lincoln Technical Institute-New Britain New Britain, CT
211 Sheridan College Sheridan, WY
212 Renaissance Academie Provo, UT
213 Lincoln Technical Institute-Iselin Iselin, NJ
214 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
215 Lincoln Technical Institute-Moorestown Moorestown, NJ
216 Bold Beauty Academy Billings, MT
217 American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education Piscataway, NJ
218 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
219 American Institute of Medical Technology Tulsa, OK
220 Central Lakes College-Brainerd Brainerd, MN
221 Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
222 Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM
223 Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle, WA
224 New York Medical Career Training Center Flushing, NY
225 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Dallas Irving, TX
226 Warren County Career Center Lebanon, OH
227 Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton, WA
228 Avalon School of Cosmetology-Layton Layton, UT
229 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
230 Diamonds Cosmetology College Sherman, TX
231 Enid Beauty College Enid, OK
232 Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown, OH
233 Boca Beauty Academy-Parkland Parkland, FL
234 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
235 Automotive Training Center-Warminster Warminster, PA
236 Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
237 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
238 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
239 Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA
240 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK
241 Boise Barber College Boise, ID
242 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
243 Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
244 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
245 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
246 Cameo Beauty Academy Oak Lawn, IL
247 Universal Technical Institute-Southern California Long Beach, CA
248 Great Oaks Career Campuses Cincinnati, OH
249 Summit Salon Academy-Kokomo Kokomo, IN
250 Lincoln College of Technology-Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX
251 CALC Institute of Technology Alton, IL
252 Ross Medical Education Center-Grand Rapids North Grand Rapids, MI
253 The Spa School Columbus, OH
254 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology-North Dayton Dayton, OH
255 Ross Medical Education Center-Knoxville Knoxville, TN
256 American College of Hair Design Inc Sedalia, MO
257 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
258 Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA
259 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green Bowling Green, KY
260 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
261 Paul Mitchell the School-Costa Mesa Costa Mesa, CA
262 Professional Skills Institute Maumee, OH
263 Blake Austin College Vacaville, CA
264 Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Cape Girardeau, MO
265 Phagans School of Hair Design Happy Valley, OR
266 Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln Lincoln, RI
267 Gwinnett College Raleigh, NC
268 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth, NH
269 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
270 Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville Nashville, TN
271 Paul Mitchell the School-Modesto Modesto, CA
272 Celebrity School of Beauty Miami, FL
273 WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City, MO

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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