Cosmetology Schools in Chicago, Illinois with Program Descriptions

Nov 29, 2018

Research cosmetology in Chicago, which currently has only two public schools offering programs within 50 miles of downtown. Read an overview of the programs, admission information and program requirements for these two Chicago schools and decide which program is right for you.

Chicago Cosmetology Programs

Chicago-area students interested in cosmetology have a few schools to consider. Get the details on two public schools, which are less than an hour from downtown Chicago. A table is provided to compare important school information, such as tuition rates and graduation rates.

  • Harry S Truman College is situated 7.6 miles from downtown. It offers an advanced certificate in cosmetology.
  • Located almost 23 miles from downtown, the College of DuPage offers an associate's degree and a certificate for cosmetology students.

Comparison of Schools

It can be difficult to choose the right school. Use the table below to compare the two schools and make an educated decision.

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 for in-district; $8,126 for in-state; $11,906 for out-of-state* $4,050 for in-district; $9,660 for 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 (Full-time students starting Fall 2016 returning Fall 2017) 57%* 74%*
Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014) 18%* 23%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Harry S Truman College

This college is one of seven schools within the City Colleges of Chicago, which happens to have its own public broadcast television station and radio station. Cosmetology students can earn an advanced certificate through the school's human services division.

Advanced Certificate in Cosmetology

After an introductory class on cosmetic art and cosmetology, students move onto studying technology involving hair tinting, basic styling and hair shaping. From there, students learn about salon and advances in styling technology. A final course in a practical setting at the end of the program allows students the chance to apply all the skills they've acquired. All of these courses contribute to a required 36-credit-hour minimum for the program and prepare students for Illinois' cosmetology licensing exam.

College of DuPage (COD)

COD's cosmetology programs are housed within the school's Business and Technology Division. These programs ready students for the state licensing cosmetology examination. Students need to purchase a cosmetology kit containing the books and supplies needed for the program in addition to the program's tuition.

Certificate in Cosmetology

In this program, introductory courses are offered in cosmetology topics like chemical services, esthetics and nail technology, hair styling and thermal styling. As students advance through the 50-credit-hour coursework, they take more advanced classes on those same introductory topics. Students are also educated on cosmetic chemical services, salon operations and sanitation and esthetics. A review for the state licensing examination is offered as well.

Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology

The associate's degree program has a curriculum similar to the certificate program at this school. However, in addition to the 50 credit hours of cosmetology study, students also spend 18-22 credit hours in general education requirements. The general education courses cover subjects like humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, physical and life sciences, communication and mathematics.

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