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Chicago Beauty Schools with Course and Program Overviews

Sep 14, 2018

There are just two not-for-profit schools within 25 miles of Chicago that have beauty programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Beauty Schools Near Chicago

While there are many for-profit beauty schools within the Chicago area, there are only a few not-for-profit schools offering cosmetology and beauty programs. This article looks at two public schools within 40 minutes of downtown that offer certificates and a degree in cosmetology. It also includes a table that allows individuals to compare various aspects of these two schools.

  • The City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College has an advanced certificate option in cosmetology. This school is a little more than eight miles from Chicago's downtown.
  • About 25 miles from Chicago's downtown area in Glen Ellyn, IL, is the College of DuPage. Here, cosmetology students can pursue a certificate or associate's degree.

Comparison of Schools

There are several factors to consider when choosing a beauty school. This table allows students to compare both schools featured in this article, looking at features such as costs and size in order to make an informed decision about their education.

Harry S. Truman College College of DuPage
School Type Community college; public Community college; 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 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 - Fall 2017) 57% for full-time students; 34% for part-time students* 74% for full-time students; 51% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2014) 18%* 23%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Harry S. Truman College

This school is one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. In addition to awarding degrees and certificates, Harry S. Truman College offers programs in adult education, career and technical education, alternative high school and personal enrichment, as well as online learning opportunities. The cosmetology program meets the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation standards, meaning that students who complete the program are eligible to take the state licensure exam.

Advanced Certificate in Cosmetology

After completing a basic cosmetic art and cosmetology introduction course, students in this 36-credit program study hair tinting, basic styling and hair shaping. There are also two classes offered in salon technology. Finally, students take an advanced styling technology class that covers customer service, as well as advanced techniques in hair waving, tinting, coloring, shaping and styling. Additionally, a summative seminar is offered at the end of the program, which allows students the opportunity to develop a work portfolio and prepare for the licensing exam.

College of DuPage

Students interested in studying cosmetology at the College of DuPage have two options with a certificate and an associate's degree program.

Cosmetology Certificate

Salon safety and sanitation, basic thermal styling, cosmetic chemical services and basic hairstyling are a few of the introductory classes in this 50-credit cosmetology program. Students also study esthetics, nail technology and salon operations. Several cosmetology topics in this program are covered in multiple courses to expose students to beginning and advanced concepts and techniques. There is also a review course that helps students prepare for the state licensing examination. After completing the program, graduates can apply for a cosmetology license from the state.

Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology

Of the 50 credits required for the cosmetology certificate program, 48 are also required to earn an Associate of Applied Science. The certificate's two-credit internship is not required, but students do need a cosmetology elective worth two credits for the associate's degree. Degree-program students must also take credits in general education. These courses cover oral and written communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, behavioral and social sciences and fine arts and humanities. This associate's degree program requires a minimum of 68 credits to complete.

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