What Are the Best Cosmetology and Beauty Schools?

Find out what to look for in cosmetology and beauty schools. Get information on programs offered at three of the best schools with cosmetology programs in the country. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of Cosmetology and Beauty Schools?

Aspiring cosmetologists can pursue certificates or associate's degrees in cosmetology and related fields. Cosmetology schools may operate salons open to the public, giving you a chance to practice your skills hands-on. The top cosmetology schools are state-approved to provide students with training that prepares them to pass the cosmetologists' licensing exam. You may want a school that has a high license examination pass rate for your state.

What Are Three of the Best Cosmetology and Beauty Schools?

Idaho State University in Pocatello

Forty students per year are admitted to the College of Technology's 61-credit cosmetology program. An 11-credit postsecondary technical certificate program in nail technology is offered in the summer. These credits are transferable to the cosmetology program.

The daytime cosmetology program takes 3.5 semesters, including a summer session. You may need to complete English and math prerequisites. ISU reports that 93% of 2015 graduates were employed in cosmetology jobs or continuing their education. These options are available:

  • Technical Certificate, Cosmetology
  • Postsecondary Technical Certificate, Nail Technology

Riverside City College (RCC) in CA

Day or night cosmetology programs at RCC take one or two years, respectively. You'll take at least 1,600 hours of instruction in hair, skin and nails. You'll earn 42 college credits and a cosmetology certificate. A 17-hour esthetician program is also offered. With experience, you could pursue the 16-credit cosmetology instructor training program that could land you a position in the California Community College Cosmetology program. RCC has its own salon offering services to the public. You could demonstrate your skills in the RCC and California Cosmetology Association annual competition.

RCC cosmetology graduates from January 1 through March 31, 2015 had a 95% pass rate on both the written and practice state licensing exam. You could earn these certificates:

  • Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology
  • Certificate of Completion in Esthetician

Southern Regional Technical College in GA

The 4-semester, 57-credit Cosmetology Diploma program at Southern Regional includes training in English, math and computers. Your occupational courses would include chemical texture theory, shampooing and conditioning; hair cutting, coloring and treatments; facials and nails; and salon management.

  • Cosmetology Diploma

Ten More Schools With Cosmetology and Beauty Programs

College/University Institution Type Location
Albany Technical College Public, 2-year Albany, GA
Hill College Public, 2-year Hillsboro, TX
Withlacoochee Technical Institute Public, 2-year Inverness, FL
Ridgewater College Public, 2-year Willmar, MN
Paris Junior College Public, 2-year Paris, TX
Maysville Community and Technical College Public, 2-year Maysville, KY
Everett Community College Public, 2-year Everett, WA
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Public, 2-year Fort Cobb, OK
Fullerton College Public, 2-year Fullerton, CA
Gaston College Public, 2-year Dallas, NC

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