Cleveland-Area Cosmetology Schools
There are just a few public or private not-for-profit schools with cosmetology programs in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. This article looks at three of those schools, all less than 30 miles from the city center. All of the cosmetology programs described here prepare graduates to take the state licensing exam for cosmetologists. In addition to information about the programs, this article includes a table of facts about the schools, such as costs and enrollment, which can help prospective students make a decision about their training.
- Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is a public school near Cleveland offering a cosmetology program. Students can gain experience through the New Beginnings salon on campus. Just 7 miles from downtown, this is the closest school to Cleveland profiled here.
- Remington College - Cleveland Campus in Cleveland, Ohio, has an associate's degree program. This school is around 8 miles from downtown Cleveland.
- Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio, is about 29 miles from downtown Cleveland. The public school offers a program in cosmetology.
Comparison of Schools
The following table makes it easy for prospective students to see how each of these schools compares in important areas, such as financial aid and graduation rates.
|Polaris Career Center||Remington College - Cleveland Campus||Lorrain County Joint Vocational School|
|School Type||<2-year; public||2-year; private not-for-profit||<2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||194*||670*||113*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Fringe rural|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$9,068*||$14,467*||$5,595*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||73%*||93%*||83%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)||89% for full-time students*||51% for full-time students*||57% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies in 2014-2015)||91%*||47%*||81%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Polaris Career Center
This cosmetology program spans 2 years. Students meet 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday and gain hands-on experience in the on-campus salon.
This 1,500-hour program goes over manicuring and pedicuring, wig and hair care and facial treatments. There is also coursework on hair relaxing and coloring, hair highlighting and toning, permanent waving, hair treatments and scalp care. Additionally, students typically learn about salon management, dispensary operations, reception duties and sanitation.
Remington College - Cleveland Campus
Students interested in studying cosmetology at Remington College can enroll in an associate's degree program. No previous experience is required.
Cosmetology Associate's Degree Program
Students will study nail, hair and skin care, in addition to cosmetology business principles. The program is conducted in a beauty school environment, and students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Achievement in color, cutting and styling.
Lorrain County Joint Vocational School
The class size in the cosmetology program at Lorrain County Joint Vocational School Adult Career Center is limited to 22 students so that each student can receive individual attention. Classes are held Monday-Thursday.
In this program, students learn through hands-on experience in the school's salon. Topics covered include hair care, styling and cutting, in addition to manicuring, pedicuring and skin care. Students also explore topics related to the business side of cosmetology, including cosmetology laws, salon operations, reception and sanitation. The program consists of 1,500 hours total and takes just over a year and a half to complete.