Top Beauty Schools and Colleges: List of Schools

Learn about some of the top beauty schools and colleges in the United States. Get specific details on three of these top schools, and explore a list of other strong institutions offering beauty-related programs. View article »

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  • 0:47 Saint Paul College
  • 1:32 Mayland Community College
  • 2:02 College of DuPage
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School Overviews

The term beauty school is used to describe schools, usually community colleges and technical schools, that offer career training in personal appearance services. For example, a cosmetology program includes classes in hair styling and coloring, nail care, and skin care, while an esthetics technology program teaches students about skin analysis and care. Two of the best beauty schools include Saint Paul College and Mayland Community College. They offer associate's degrees, certificates, and diplomas in various types of personal appearance services, which is uncommon for most programs of this kind. The College of DuPage, another distinctive school, has an on-campus salon at which students can work.

Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College

School Highlight: Offers diploma, degree, and certificate programs in cosmetology.

Saint Paul College offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Cosmetology program, which is intended for those who want broad training in beauty services including hair styling, nail care, and skin care. A diploma is also offered, in addition to a nail care technician certificate. The school also offers diploma programs in cosmetology and esthetics. Its nail care certificate program requires 16 credits of coursework in nail technology. The esthetics certificate program includes classes in cosmetic chemistry and makeup application. The certificate programs are designed for entry-level salon positions.

Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC

School Highlight: This school offers a cosmetology major, in addition to a diploma program and a certificate.

Mayland Community College offers a cosmetology diploma program, which is made up of 47 credit hours and classes including cosmetology concepts and salon courses. Students can also major in cosmetology, and there is a cosmetology instructor training program as well as a cosmetology certificate. Manicuring nail technology is also offered as a 12-credit program.

College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL

School Highlight: Students can work at a functional on-campus program salon.

The cosmetology program at DuPage, which offers an associate's degree and a certificate, teaches a range of beauty skills, such as chemical processes, nail care, salon operations, and esthetics. After graduating from the program, students are qualified for state licensing. The school runs a salon that is conveniently on campus for students to work at, both before and after graduation.

Top Beauty Schools

The following schools also offer reputable cosmetology and esthetics programs:

College/University Name Location Distinction
Fullerton College Fullerton, CA In addition to preparing students to become cosmetologists, Fullerton College has programs that can also prepare aspiring salon owners, makeup artists, makeup distributors, and consultants
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI Offers an Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA 90% of cosmetology students pass the state board licensure exam on the first try
Riverside Community College Riverside, CA Holds cosmetology night classes as well as day classes for working professionals
Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA Offers cosmetology classes part-time
Vincennes Beauty College Vincennes, IN Offers over 50 styling salons for students

There are a number of community colleges that offer quality beauty programs with a variety of distinguishing features, such as on-campus salons, associate's degrees, and high passing rates on licensure exams.

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