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Beauty Schools in NYC with Certificate Program Overviews

Research beauty programs in New York City, which currently has a few schools offering programs within 37 miles of downtown. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for three New York City schools and decide which program is right for you.

New York City Beauty Programs

Aspiring cosmetologists have a few school options in the New York City area. This article provides details on three of these schools, all of which are 37 miles or less from downtown. Provided in the following section is a table that compares important school information.

  • A cosmetology and hair certificate program is available at the Career School of NY, which is only about ten miles from New York City's downtown area.
  • Although the Union County Vocational Technical School is located almost 22 miles from downtown New York City in New Jersey, it is one of the nearest public schools that offers a cosmetology certificate program.
  • Western Suffolk BOCES, located about 37 miles away from downtown New York City, also offers a cosmetology certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

Check out the table below for specifics on school type, enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more.

Career School of NY Union County Vocational Technical School Western Suffolk BOCES
School Type <2-year; private not-for-profit <2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 41 84 265
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $12,345 $5,500 $10,610
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 90% 54% 100%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Students (2016-2017)* 21% 97% 70%
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2014-15)* 71% 79% 79%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Career School of NY

To enter into this school's cosmetology program, students must receive a passing score on the entrance examination and possess a GED or high school diploma.

Cosmetology Program

A minimum of 1,000 hours has to be completed in order to graduate from this program. Students who are in the program learn about hair coloring, hair cutting, hair analysis and hair styling. The rest of the curriculum goes over makeup application, professional development, salon management, sanitation, skin care and manicuring. In total, students are required to purchase four different textbooks.

Union County Vocational Technical School

Students of this program receive specialized training in areas such as anatomy and physiology, electricity and chemistry, cosmetology sciences and infection control.

Cosmetology Program

Nail care, skin care, hair care and the business of cosmetology are the four main focuses of this cosmetology program. In the hair care courses, students learn to work with hair enhancements and wigs along with natural hair. Waxing, facials, makeup application and tweezing are all issues covered in the skin care area of the program. Finally, students are also educated on nail art, gels, acrylics and nail extensions. By the end of this program, students will have completed at least 1,000 instruction hours and be ready to take the New Jersey licensing exam.

Western Suffolk BOCES

At this school, students can pursue a course that helps prepare them for the New York cosmetology state board examination.

Cosmetology Program

Safety and professional requirements are just two of the issues covered in this program's curriculum. Students also learn about physiology and anatomy in order to help them with their cosmetology work. Other courses in this program go over chemical restructuring, hair coloring and lightening, keratin treatment, shampoos and chemistry as applied to cosmetology. If students have already accumulated cosmetology hours from another school, this program allows them to only take the additional hours they need for licensing.


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