Barber Schools in Chicago, IL with Program Information

Dec 11, 2018

Barber training is available through cosmetology programs at a couple of schools located within around 25 miles of central Chicago. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program options and requirements at these colleges.

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Chicago Schools with Barber Training

Although there aren't any not-for-profit schools that offer programs specifically designed for barbers in the Chicago area, there are institutions that offer cosmetology programs, which can provide the skills necessary to become a barber. Find out about the hands-on experiences and courses at two colleges, and then review the table of facts on each school.

  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College is the closest of these schools, as it is located roughly 6 miles from downtown Chicago. At this school students can obtain an advanced certificate in cosmetology.
  • Students who're looking for an alternative can find an associate's degree program and a certificate program in cosmetology at the College of DuPage. This school is about 26 miles from the downtown Chicago area.

Comparison of Schools

Both profiled schools have open admission policies; to find out how the colleges differ, take a look at the table below. It has info on tuition rates, student enrollment numbers and other stats.

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College College of DuPage
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 8,186 26,165
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $3,506 in-district
$8,126 in-state
$11,906 out-of-state
$4,050 in-district
$9,660 in-state
$11,760 for out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 73% 72%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 57% for full-time students 74% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (began 2014)* 18% 23%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College

The cosmetology certificate program meets all of the standards set by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Advanced Certificate in Cosmetology

This 36-credit hour program is designed so students can sit for the IDFPR licensing examination after earning the certificate. The program consists of eight courses that cover salon technology, basic styling technology, hair tinting technology, hair shaping technology and advanced styling technology. In the introduction course for the program, students get familiar with the proper sanitation and sterilization techniques and learn basic skills in scalp treatment and shampooing. Students receive practical experience by working under a licensed cosmetologist in the summative seminar course.

College of DuPage

This school gives cosmetology students in the certificate and associate's programs a chance to provide salon services to the public. Both programs require a total of 1,500 clock hours in cosmetology.

Cosmetology Certificate

The lower-division courses in this certificate program cover basic hair styling, cosmetic chemical services, basic thermal styling and salon sanitation and safety. Students also learn about salon operations, esthetics and nail technology. Students must complete two license review courses, which are designed to help them pursue a cosmetology license after completing the program. The program requires a total of 50 credit hours, and students must pass written and practical exams before receiving the certificate.

Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology

This program requires a minimum of 68 credit hours; 48 of which cover cosmetology concepts and 18-22 that are reserved for general education courses. Students can expect to take courses in salon operations, basic hair styling, chemical services and thermal styling. Students are required to complete two license review courses, which can help them pursue IDFPR licensure after finishing the program.

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