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2021 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

893 Colleges
$5,580 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$15,693 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate School for You

With 103,674 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, cosmetology is the #7 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 893 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value undergraduate certificate programs for cosmetology students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the cosmetology undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Cosmetology

Our 2021 rankings named McLennan Community College the best value school in the United States for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. MCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Waco.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $3,990 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at MCC accumulate an average of around $12,384 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $74.

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#2

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Out of the 893 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Johnson County Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at JCCC are $6,690 per year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at JCCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $7,017. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

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#3

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Clarendon College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Clarendon College is a small public school located in the remote area of Clarendon.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Clarendon College are $4,008 per year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Clarendon College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $9,468. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $99.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lake Area Technical Institute. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the town of Watertown, LATI is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LATI are $5,514 per year. Cosmetology majors at LATI take out an average of $12,799 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $125, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, LATI also did well on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend San Jacinto Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year. Cosmetology majors at San Jacinto College take out an average of $9,288 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $92, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN

With a ranking of #6, Saint Paul College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Saint Paul College is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Saint Paul College are $5,736 a year.

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Southwest Tech is a small public school located in the rural area of Fennimore.

Southwest Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year. Cosmetology majors at Southwest Tech take out an average of $7,551 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $75, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Southwest Tech excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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#8

South Plains College

Levelland, TX

South Plains College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the town of Levelland, South Plains College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Plains College are $4,088 per year. On average, cosmetology graduates from South Plains College take out $7,131 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $67, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #9, Chippewa Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CVTC are $6,481 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at CVTC accumulate an average of around $8,766 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $84.

CVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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Gateway Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Gateway Technical College are $6,575 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Gateway Technical College accumulate an average of around $4,682 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $42.

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Wharton County Junior College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the town of Wharton, Wharton County Junior College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 a year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Wharton County Junior College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $5,988. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #12 on the list. WITC is a small public school located in the rural area of Shell Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WITC are $6,885 a year. Cosmetology majors at WITC take out an average of $5,226 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 $57.

WITC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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West Georgia Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. West Georgia Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Waco.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at West Georgia Technical College are $5,452 per year. On average, cosmetology graduates from West Georgia Technical College take out $7,322 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 $59.

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#14

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Harris Montgomery are $5,564 per year. On average, cosmetology graduates from North Harris Montgomery take out $8,635 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $73, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA

Savannah Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate cosmetology programs. Located in the city of Savannah, Savannah Tech is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Savannah Tech are $5,422 per year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at Savannah Tech take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $3,589.

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#16

Meridian Community College

Meridian, MS

Meridian Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the town of Meridian, MCC is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MCC are $4,258 per year. The average amount in student loans that cosmetology majors at MCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $4,103.

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#17

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA

Central Georgia Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. CGTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Warner Robins.

CGTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,442 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #18, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Valdosta.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College are $5,552 a year.

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With a ranking of #19, Kansas City Kansas Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the midsize city of Kansas City, Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Kansas City Kansas Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,510 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #20, Northwest Mississippi Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. NWCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Senatobia.

NWCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,590 in tuition and fees each year. Cosmetology majors at NWCC take out an average of $4,766 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $31.

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#21

North Georgia Technical College

Clarkesville, GA

With a ranking of #21, North Georgia Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students working on their undergraduate certificate. North Georgia Technical College is a small public school located in the rural area of Clarkesville.

North Georgia Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,402 in tuition and fees each year. Cosmetology majors at North Georgia Technical College take out an average of $7,776 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Augusta Technical College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Augusta Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Augusta.

Augusta Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,632 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Navarro College

Corsicana, TX

Navarro College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #23 on the list. Navarro College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Corsicana.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Navarro College are $6,222 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at Navarro College accumulate an average of around $9,042 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $93.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. MATC is a large public school located in the city of Milwaukee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MATC are $6,706 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, cosmetology majors at MATC accumulate an average of around $8,385 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $67, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Columbus Technical College

Columbus, GA

Columbus Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for cosmetology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #25 on the list. Columbus Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Columbus.

Columbus Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,442 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#26

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#29

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, GA
#31

Pensacola State College

Pensacola, FL
#32

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#35

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#36

San Diego City College

San Diego, CA
#38

Vernon College

Vernon, TX
#40

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL
#46

IBMC College

Fort Collins, CO
#47

Laurel Business Institute

Uniontown, PA
#48

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
#50

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 893 different United States cosmetology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
52 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
53 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
54 Florida Technical College Orlando, FL
55 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
56 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
57 Vista College El Paso, TX
58 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
58 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
60 Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC
60 Remington College - Cleveland Campus Cleveland, OH
62 Florida Career College - Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, FL
63 Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes Lauderdale Lakes, FL
63 Fortis Institute - Pensacola Pensacola, FL
65 Remington College - Houston Southeast Campus Webster, TX
66 Remington College - North Houston Campus Houston, TX
67 Remington College - Mobile Campus Mobile, AL
68 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
69 Douglas Education Center Monessen, PA
70 Remington College - Lafayette Campus Lafayette, LA
71 Remington College - Dallas Campus Garland, TX
71 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
73 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
74 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
74 Dorsey Schools, Roseville Roseville, MI
76 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
77 Fortis Institute - Erie Erie, PA
78 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
79 Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights Madison Heights, MI
80 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY
81 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
82 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville Louisville, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-Lauderhill Lauderhill, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Fresno Fresno, CA
82 New Dimensions School of Hair Design Joplin, MO
82 Moler Barber College Oakland, CA
82 Brittany Beauty Academy New York, NY
82 Acaydia School of Aesthetics Provo, UT
82 Enid Beauty College Enid, OK
82 Magnolia College of Cosmetology Jackson, MS
82 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education Lexington, KY
82 Hawaii Institute of Hair Design Honolulu, HI
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Kenilworth Kenilworth, NJ
82 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Paramus Paramus, NJ
82 Laird Institute of Spa Therapy Manchester, NH
82 Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology Wallingford, CT
82 Academy of Hair Design - Springfield Springfield, MO
82 Shear Ego International School of Hair Design Rochester, NY
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Green Bay, WI
82 Paul Mitchell the School Roanoke Roanoke, VA
82 P&A Scholars Beauty School Detroit, MI
82 J Michael Harrold Beauty Academy Terre Haute, IN
82 Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute Lowell, MA
82 Aveda Institute - Madison Madison, WI
82 Coba Academy Anaheim, CA
82 Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
82 Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Cheyenne Cheyenne, WY
82 Empire Beauty School-Lebanon Lebanon, PA
82 Corinth Academy of Cosmetology Corinth, MS
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI
82 SW School of Business and Technical Careers-Cosmetology San Antonio, TX
82 International College of Beauty Arts & Sciences Los Angeles, CA
82 Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin Las Vegas, NV
82 Summit Salon Academy - Tampa Tampa, FL
82 Fort Pierce Beauty Academy Fort Pierce, FL
82 Boca Beauty Academy - Parkland Parkland, FL
82 Academy of Salon Professionals Sedalia, MO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Jersey Shore Brick, NJ
82 Southern Texas Careers Academy McAllen, TX
82 Palomar Institute of Cosmetology San Marcos, CA
82 Ideal Beauty Academy Louisville, KY
82 Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design Spokane, WA
82 Designer Barber & Stylist School Ft Smith, AR
82 Phagans School of Hair Design Happy Valley, OR
82 Shear Excellence Hair Academy Tampa, FL
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Peoria Peoria, IL
82 Medspa Academies South Jordan, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-York York, PA
82 Levittown Beauty Academy Levittown, PA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Michigan Sterling Heights, MI
82 Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park Overland Park, KS
82 Empire Beauty School-West Mifflin West Mifflin, PA
82 Tenaj Salon Institute The Villages, FL
82 John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, IL
82 Montgomery Beauty School Silver Spring, MD
82 Academy of Hair Design - Pearl Pearl, MS
82 Continental Academie of Hair Design, Hudson Hudson, NH
82 Florida Academy Fort Myers, FL
82 Coachella Valley Beauty College La Quinta, CA
82 Florida Career College - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL
82 Academy of Hair Design - Jasper Jasper, TX
82 Career Academy of Hair Design Springdale, AR
82 Tucson College of Beauty Tucson, AZ
82 Arthur’s Beauty College Inc - Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR
82 Omega Institute of Cosmetology Houma, LA
82 SW School of Business and Technical Careers Eagle Pass, TX
82 Alamo City Barber College San Antonio, TX
82 Pivot Point Academy Bloomingdale, IL
82 Aveda Institute - Denver Denver, CO
82 The Barber School Midvale, UT
82 Chambersburg Beauty School Chambersburg, PA
82 BJ’s Beauty & Barber College Tacoma, WA
82 Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland Maitland, FL
82 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Rockford Rockford, IL
82 Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences Timonium, MD
82 Jolie Health and Beauty Academy-Turnersville Turnersville, NJ
82 Salon Success Academy - Fontana Fontana, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Laconia Laconia, NH
82 Oehrlein School of Cosmetology East Peoria, IL
82 Stylemaster College of Hair Design Longview, WA
82 Baldwin Beauty School - South Austin Austin, TX
82 Headlines Academy Inc Rapid City, SD
82 Capri Beauty College Oak Forest, IL
82 Crave Beauty Academy Wichita, KS
82 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology Esthetics & Nails-Decatur Decatur, IL
82 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Mattydale Mattydale, NY
82 Altoona Beauty School Inc Altoona, PA
82 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design Nicholasville, KY
82 Blue Cliff Career College Mobile, AL
82 Bene’s Career Academy New Port Richey, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Ardmore Ardmore, OK
82 Empire Beauty School-Jackson Jackson, TN
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek Goose Creek, SC
82 LaBarberia Institute of Hair Mayfield Hts, OH
82 Lil Lou’s Beauty and Barber College LLC Gary, IN
82 Empire Beauty School-Springfield Springfield, PA
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Dallas Dallas, TX
82 Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc Guaynabo, PR
82 Continental School of Beauty Culture, West Seneca West Seneca, NY
82 Arizona Academy of Beauty - East Tucson, AZ
82 Bellus Academy - Poway Poway, CA
82 Casal Aveda Institute Austintown, OH
82 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro Greensboro, NC
82 Aveda Institute - Portland Portland, OR
82 L’esprit Academy Livonia, MI
82 Dallas Barber & Stylist College Dallas, TX
82 Lytles Redwood Empire Beauty College Inc Santa Rosa, CA
82 Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD
82 Paul Mitchell the School Madison Madison, WI
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Appleton, WI
82 La Belle Beauty Academy Miami, FL
82 Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology Oswego, IL
82 Mr Leon’s School of Hair Design-Lewiston Lewiston, ID
82 Boca Beauty Academy Boca Raton, FL
82 Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics Nails & Cosmetology Clinton, MS
82 Nova Academy of Cosmetology Rochester, MN
82 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green Bowling Green, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth, NH
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Appleton Appleton, WI
82 Josef’s West Academy Fargo, ND
82 Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak, MI
82 New Tyler Barber College Inc North Little Rock, AR
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
82 Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing, MI
82 P B Cosmetology Education Center Gloucester, NJ
82 Advance Beauty Techs Academy San Jacinto, CA
82 Artistic Academy of Hair Design Morris Plains, NJ
82 Joseph’s College Cosmetology Lincoln, NE
82 EINE Inc Tewksbury, MA
82 Career Beauty College Lawrenceburg, TN
82 Western Suffolk BOCES Northport, NY
82 Bella Capelli Academy Monroeville, PA
82 Independence College of Cosmetology Independence, MO
82 Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody Dunwoody, GA
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Hillsboro Hillsboro, OR
82 All Beauty College Kingman, AZ
82 Gary Manuel Aveda Institute Seattle, WA
82 Parisian Beauty School Hackensack, NJ
82 Aveda Institute - Covington Covington, LA
82 Empire Beauty School-Center City Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
82 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Dallas Grand Prairie, TX
82 Wisconsin Academy a Paul Mitchell Partner Group-PMTS Lincoln Lincoln, NE
82 Paul Mitchell the School Normal Normal, IL
82 Exposito School of Hair Design Amarillo, TX
82 Blue Cliff College - Gulfport Gulfport, MS
82 Warrensburg Area Career Center Warrensburg, MO
82 La James International College-Ft Dodge Fort Dodge, IA
82 The Beauty Institute-Ambler Ambler, PA
82 All Beauty College Lake Havasu City, AZ
82 E Q School of Hair Design Council Bluffs, IA
82 Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE Chicago, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, MI
82 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
82 Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady Schenectady, NY
82 Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts Kalispell, MT
82 Paul Mitchell the School Birmingham Hoover, AL
82 Florida Academy of Health & Beauty Oakland Park, FL
82 Texas College of Cosmetology-Lubbock Lubbock, TX
82 Ohio State Beauty Academy Lima, OH
82 John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute-Goldwell Product Artistry Ballston Spa, NY
82 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow Glasgow, KY
82 Trend Barber College Houston, TX
82 Miller-Motte College Conway Conway, SC
82 David Pressley School of Cosmetology Royal Oak, MI
82 Butte Academy of Beauty Culture Butte, MT
82 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
82 North Florida Cosmetology Institute Inc Tallahassee, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Dixie Louisville, KY
82 North Adrian’s College of Beauty Inc Modesto, CA
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights Glendale Heights, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Provo Provo, UT
82 Massachusetts School of Barbering Quincy, MA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Atlanta Atlanta, GA
82 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Madison, WI
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Tualatin Tualatin, OR
82 Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA
82 PCI Academy-Plymouth Plymouth, MN
82 Delta Technical College Horn Lake, MS
82 Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology Portland, OR
82 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Northfield Northfield, NJ
82 Paul Mitchell the School Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
82 Aveda Institute - Boise Boise, ID
82 American Beauty College West Covina, CA
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Columbia, SC
82 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington Lexington, KY
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Evansville Evansville, IN
82 Central Oklahoma College Oklahoma City, OK
82 Shore Beauty School Egg Harbor Township, NJ
82 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC
82 National Beauty College Canton, OH
82 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-Boston Boston, MA
82 Empire Beauty School-Nashville Brentwood, TN
82 Capri College, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, IA
82 Model College of Hair Design Saint Cloud, MN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Lombard Lombard, IL
82 Flair Beauty College Valencia, CA
82 Studio Beauty School Spokane Valley, WA
82 Black Hills Beauty College Rapid City, SD
82 Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA
82 Missouri College of Cosmetology North Springfield, MO
82 Mitsu Sato Hair Academy Overland Park, KS
82 D’Jay’s Institute of Cosmetology and Esthiology Baton Rouge, LA
82 San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Inc San Francisco, CA
82 Elaine Steven Beauty College Saint Louis, MO
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Chicago Chicago, IL
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill Rock Hill, SC
82 Penrose Academy Scottsdale, AZ
82 Empire Beauty School-Hurstborne Louisville, KY
82 Aveda Institute - New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
82 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy Lynchburg, VA
82 Collectiv Academy Midvale, UT
82 Skin Institute Saint Louis, MO
82 Champ’s Barber School Lancaster, PA
82 Blake Austin College Vacaville, CA
82 La James International College-Johnston Johnston, IA
82 Design’s School of Cosmetology Paso Robles, CA
82 Mitchell’s Academy - Wilson Wilson, NC
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Hurst Hurst, TX
82 Skin Science Institute Salt Lake City, UT
82 Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics Woburn, MA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Houston Houston, TX
82 Academy of Hair Technology Greenville, SC
82 Phagans Central Oregon Beauty College Bend, OR
82 Newberry School of Beauty Granada Hills, CA
82 The Temple Annapolis - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Annapolis, MD
82 American Institute of Beauty Largo, FL
82 Bellus Academy Manhattan, KS
82 Paul Mitchell the School Pasadena Pasadena, CA
82 Mitchell’s Academy - Raleigh Raleigh, NC
82 G Skin & Beauty Institute Oakbrook, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Honolulu Honolulu, HI
82 Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy - Lakeland Lakeland, FL
82 Blue Cliff College - Alexandria Alexandria, LA
82 Midway Paris Beauty School Ridgewood, NY
82 Avenue Five Institute Austin, TX
82 Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics NYC Staten Island, NY
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford Stafford, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School Toledo Sylvania, OH
82 The Salon Professional Academy - San Jose San Jose, CA
82 Salon Institute-Toledo Campus Toledo, OH
82 Charles and Sues School of Hair Design Bryan, TX
82 Milan Institute-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
82 Total Transformation Institute of Cosmetology San Marcos, TX
82 Academy of Hair Design - Jackson Jackson, MS
82 Paul Mitchell the School Columbus Columbus, OH
82 Empire Beauty School-Reading Reading, PA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH
82 The Beauty School Stroudsburg, PA
82 La James International College-Davenport Davenport, IA
82 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO
82 UCAS Univeristy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-La Joya La Joya, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School St Louis St. Louis, MO
82 W Academy of Salon and Spa Danville, CA
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-San Antonio San Antonio, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City Holladay, UT
82 Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology Dekalb, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Merrillville Merrillville, IN
82 Texas Barber College Houston, TX
82 Protege Academy Mt. Pleasant, MI
82 Hair Expressions Academy Rockville, MD
82 Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Omaha, NE
82 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie Metairie, LA
82 Aveda Institute - Phoenix Tempe, AZ
82 Arkansas Beauty School - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
82 American Academy of Cosmetology Orange Park, FL
82 Vibe Barber College Memphis, TN
82 Empire Beauty School-Cherry Hill Cherry Hill, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett Lawrenceville, GA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Denver Lakewood, CO
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
82 Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology Boise, ID
82 Paul Mitchell the School Ogden Ogden, UT
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Huntsville Huntsville, AL
82 Schuyler Steuben Chemung Tioga Allegany BOCES Elmira, NY
82 Paul Mitchell the School Portland Portland, OR
82 Victoria’s Academy of Cosmetology Kennewick, WA
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Ft Worth Fort Worth, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School San Diego San Diego, CA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Rexburg Rexburg, ID
82 Cosmetology Career Center LLC Carrollton, TX
82 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling Sterling, IL
82 Lyle’s College of Beauty Fresno, CA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin Elgin, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis Bartlett, TN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Austin Austin, TX
82 The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology Downers Grove, IL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville Madison, AL
82 Phagans School of Beauty Salem, OR
82 Evans Hairstyling College-Rexburg Rexburg, ID
82 Manuel and Theresa’s School of Hair Design-Victoria Victoria, TX
82 Ohio State College of Barber Styling Columbus, OH
82 College of Wilmington Wilmington, NC
82 Aveda Institute - Twin Falls Twin Falls, ID
82 Carsten Institute of Cosmetology New York, NY
82 Montana Academy of Salons Great Falls, MT
82 Seguin Beauty School-New Braunfels New Braunfels, TX
82 Niles School of Cosmetology Niles, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Manhattan New York, NY
82 Moore Career College Baton Rouge, LA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Cleveland Twinsburg, OH
82 Expertise Cosmetology Institute Las Vegas, NV
82 Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Fayetteville, TN
82 Empire Beauty School-Bloomfield Bloomfield, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-Owings Mills Owings Mills, MD
82 Northwest College School of Beauty - Beaverton Beaverton, OR
82 Hays Academy of Hair Design Hays, KS
82 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-Harlingen Harlingen, TX
82 Empire Beauty School-Union Union, NJ
82 Paul Mitchell the School Modesto Modesto, CA
82 JZ Trend Academy Paul Mitchell Partner School Bismarck, ND
82 Modern Beauty Academy Oxnard, CA
82 Coachella Valley Beauty College, Beaumont Beaumont, CA
82 UCAS University of Cosemtology Arts & Sciences-McAllen McAllen, TX
82 Texas College of Cosmetology-Abilene Abilene, TX
82 Tom P Haney Technical Center Panama City, FL
82 Jupiter Beauty Academy Boston, MA
82 Remington College - Columbia Campus Columbia, SC
82 Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design-West Jordan West Jordan, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
82 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, North Dayton Dayton, OH
82 Erie 1 BOCES West Seneca, NY
82 Loraines Academy & Spa Saint Petersburg, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School Esani Roswell, GA
82 Alexander Academy Lunenburg, MA
82 Cameo College of Essential Beauty Murray, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-North Hills Pittsburgh, PA
82 Empire Beauty School-Shamokin Dam Shamokin Dam, PA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Reno Reno, NV
82 American Institute - Margate Margate, FL
82 Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology Pine Brook, NJ
82 La James International College-Iowa City Iowa City, IA
82 Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology-Seattle Seattle, WA
82 Taylor Andrews Academy-St George St. George, UT
82 Marketti Academy of Cosmetology Waterford, MI
82 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, South Dayton Dayton, OH
82 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Irving Irving, TX
82 Georgia Career Institute Conyers, GA
82 Empire Beauty School-Florence Florence, KY
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
82 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Reno Reno, NV
82 Denmark College Merrillville, IN
82 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
82 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology Johnson City, TN
82 Georgia Institute of Cosmetology Athens, GA
82 Michigan College of Beauty-Monroe Monroe, MI
82 La Belle Beauty School Hialeah, FL
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Greenville Greenville, SC
82 Beauty Academy of South Florida Hialeah Gardens, FL
82 TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Scottsdale, AZ
82 Capri Beauty College New Lenox, IL
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Denton Denton, TX
82 La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology Mason City, IA
82 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Virginia Beach, VA
82 Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Mountlake Terrace Mountlake Terrace, WA
82 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Hazleton Hazleton, PA
82 Star College of Cosmetology 2 Tyler, TX
82 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Webster Webster, TX
82 Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty Lake Park, FL
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Fargo Fargo, ND
82 Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-North Dallas Dallas, TX
82 Suffolk Beauty Academy Suffolk, VA
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Danville Danville, IL
82 Josef’s School of Hair Design Inc-Grand Forks Grand Forks, ND
82 Long Island Beauty School-Hempstead Hempstead, NY
82 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-West New York West New York, NJ
82 VICI Beauty School Greenfield, WI
82 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte Charlotte, NC
82 Mandalyn Academy American Fork, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-Avondale Avondale, AZ
82 Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science Jefferson City, MO
82 Profile Institute of Barber-Styling Atlanta, GA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa Costa Mesa, CA
82 Academy of Hair Design - Beaumont Beaumont, TX
82 Academy of Hair Design - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
82 CRU Institute of Cosmetology and Barbering Garden Grove, CA
82 Lancaster Beauty School Lancaster, CA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Springfield Springfield, MO
82 Empire Beauty School-Winston-Salem Winston-Salem, NC
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Lafayette Lafayette, IN
82 Paul Mitchell the School Arlington Arlington, TX
82 Academy of Cosmetology Merritt Island, FL
82 Hair Professionals Career College Palos Hills, IL
82 Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook Westbrook, ME
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
82 Colleen O’Haras Beauty Academy Santa Ana, CA
82 KC’s School of Hair Design Pontotoc, MS
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne Melbourne, FL
82 Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Bedford, NH
82 The Salon Professional Academy Battle Creek, MI
82 French Academy of Cosmetology Spring Lake, MI
82 Empire Beauty School-Warwick Warwick, RI
82 Ambiance Beauty & Barber Academy Inc Melbourne, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Speedway Speedway, IN
82 International School of Beauty Inc Palm Desert, CA
82 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
82 Paramount Beauty Academy Portsmouth, OH
82 Aveda Institute - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
82 Universal Career School Sweetwater, FL
82 Empire Beauty School-Littleton Littleton, CO
82 Academy of Hair Design - Lufkin Lufkin, TX
82 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-North Plainfield North Plainfield, NJ
82 Empire Beauty School-Vernon Hills Vernon Hills, IL
82 Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw Kennesaw, GA
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta North Augusta, SC
82 Lansdale School of Cosmetology Inc Lansdale, PA
82 Elite School of Cosmetology Norwalk, OH
82 First Class Cosmetology School Beloit, WI
82 Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
82 Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology San Fernando, CA
82 Bucks County School of Beauty Culture Inc Feasterville, PA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville Louisville, KY
82 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth Campus Plymouth, MN
82 Career Academy of Beauty Garden Grove, CA
82 Woodward Beauty College Woodward, OK
82 The Academy of Hair Design Six Hattiesburg, MS
82 Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy Amarillo, TX
82 Twin City Beauty College Saint Joseph, MI
82 Empire Beauty School-Hanover Hanover, PA
82 Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture-Ft Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
82 All Beauty College Fort Mohave, AZ
82 Hinton Barber and Beauty College Vallejo, CA
82 Parisian Spa Institute Jacksonville, FL
82 ASM Beauty World Academy Davie, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School North Haven North Haven, CT
82 Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness Voorhees, NJ
82 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL
82 Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel Laurel, MD
82 Empire Beauty School-Concord Concord, NC
82 Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design Greenville, NC
82 MTI College Sacramento, CA
82 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster Westminster, CO
82 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
82 Academy of Career Training Kissimmee, FL
82 Paul Mitchell the School San Antonio San Antonio, TX
82 Genesis Career College-Lebanon Lebanon, TN
82 Academy of Hair Design - Grenada Grenada, MS
82 Paul Mitchell the School Logan Logan, UT
82 Empire Beauty School-Cheltenham Wyncote, PA
82 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
82 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Layton Layton, UT
82 Phagans Beauty College Corvallis, OR
82 Ravenscroft Beauty College Fort Wayne, IN
82 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Arlington Arlington, TX
82 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO
82 Empire Beauty School-Thornton Thornton, CO
82 Seguin Beauty School-Seguin Seguin, TX
82 New York Institute of Beauty Islandia, NY
82 The Hair Academy Bismarck, ND
82 Lively Technical Center Tallahassee, FL
82 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology Bowling Green, KY
82 Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte, NC
82 Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Tampa Tampa, FL
82 Aveda Institute - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
82 Charles of Italy Beauty College Lake Havasu City, AZ
82 Monmouth County Vocational School District Freehold, NJ
82 Paul Mitchell the School Charleston North Charleston, SC
82 Academy for Salon Professionals Northridge, CA
82 Empire Beauty School-Buffalo Cheektowaga, NY
82 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Shoreline Shoreline, WA
82 Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes Port Huron, MI
82 Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie, PA
82 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-Casselberry Casselberry, FL
82 Professional Cosmetology Education Center El Dorado, AR
82 Miller-Motte College Wilmington Wilmington, NC

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Culinary Arts 26,675
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Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

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  • 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.
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