List of the Top Hair Stylist Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Dec 18, 2019

Certificates, apprenticeships and other degrees in cosmetology and hair styling can be earned primarily at technical and community colleges in the U.S. Learn about the programs available at the country's top schools for study in this field.

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Top cosmetology schools offer multiple program options and provide students the chance to gain career experience. Here we'll highlight two top schools and mention several others noted for their excellent cosmetology programs.

Top cosmetology schools are included based on their ability to provide accredited, hands-on training that leads to employment. To begin, Pueblo Community College (PCC) is a quality institution that provides education in cosmetology and hair styling. Next, Chippewa Valley Technical College provides real-world experience with their own salon for students to train in. Let's review these in a little more detail.

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, CO is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students may earn a cosmetology certificate or a special hair stylist certificate. The hair stylist certificate is broken up into three semesters of classes with topics including sanitation, rules and regulations, chemical textures, hair cutting, hair coloring, hair styling, management, and ethics. Associate-level degree options are also available.

Chippewa Valley Technical College

At Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI, a technical diploma in cosmetology can be earned in a year. In addition to cosmetology studies, students take classes in retail sales and marketing, management, and cosmetology law. Workplace training occurs at an on-campus salon. According to the college, 86% of graduates find an industry job. The program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Other Top Hair Stylist Programs

The following schools also have quality cosmetology programs:

School Name Distinction Location Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)
Pitt Community College Winterville, NC Students train in a salon setting for roughly a year to prep for the state licensure exam. $1,930 in-state; $6,538 out-of-state
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA Certificate and associate cosmetology programs feature a wide breadth of coursework that includes facial hair, scalp diseases, and anatomy in the context of cosmetology. $3,547 in-state; $8,914 out-of-state
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA Students gain experience working with real clients in a fully operational salon open to the public. $1,346 in-state; $8,710 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO Offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a certificate in cosmetology as well as certificates in hair styling, nail technology, and aesthetics $4,158 in-state; $15,246 out-of-state
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID Offers an advanced technical certificate in cosmetology that admits 40 students a year and boasts 93% gainful employment $7,420 in-state; $22,940 out-of-state
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI Students can enter a 2-year apprenticeship in cosmetology that allows them to work at the college's salon for pay while taking four hours of coursework each week $4,405 in-state; $6,271 out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, TX Offers certificates and associate degrees in cosmetology or hair weaving and braiding that qualify graduates to sit for state licensing examinations $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state

These are some of the best schools to study cosmetology. Graduates are typically prepared to earn a license and enter the workforce immediately.

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