Fremont Beauty Colleges with Training Program Information

There are more than five schools around the Fremont, California, area that have beauty programs. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program and admission requirements at three of those colleges located within 30 miles of the city's center.

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Beauty Schools in Fremont, CA

Unfortunately, there are limited options for beauty colleges located directly in Fremont. However, in the surrounding area there are several 2-year schools that offer training in cosmetology. This article highlights the required coursework in programs at three such institutions. It also includes a table of statistics on the profiled schools in addition to some info on a couple of other area training options.

  • San Jose City College is about 20 miles south of downtown Fremont and has cosmetology certificate and associate degree programs as well as an esthetician certificate option available.
  • An associate degree and certificate in cosmetology can also be pursued about 26 miles north of Fremont at Laney College.
  • Cosmetology students at the College of San Mateo can earn a certificate or associate's degree in the field. The campus is roughly 28 miles west of Fremont.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Aesthetician and Skin Care
  • Barber and Hair Cutting Services
  • Beauty Salon Management
  • Cosmetology, Hair, and Nail Instructor
  • Electrolysis
  • Facial Treatment Specialist
  • Hair Design
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Nail Technician - Manicurist
  • Permanent Cosmetics and Tattooing

Comparison of Schools

Get to know more about the featured colleges by reviewing this table. It contains facts and figures on student enrollment, tuition rates, school settings, student retention and more to help you make an informed education decision.

San Jose City College Laney College College of San Mateo
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 9,072* 10,548* 8,935*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $1,338 in-state; $7,010 out-of-state* $1,156 in-state; $6,316 out-of-state* $1,324 in-state; $7,308 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013) 72%* 77%* 50%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2013) 61% for full-time students* 56% for full-time students* 72% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2013) 23%* 24%* 16%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

San Jose City College

San Jose City College (SJCC) offers an associate degree in cosmetology and an esthetician certificate through its business and technology division. Students who want to enroll in cosmetology programs at SJCC must be 18 years old and must apply directly to the program. Students must purchase their own kits and supplies.

Esthetician Certificate of Achievement

Students interested in working as makeup artists, estheticians or make-up salespersons may want to complete this 2-semester certificate program. This program consists of two, 11-unit courses, which are generally held on Saturdays and evenings.

Cosmetology Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology program consists of five courses totaling 53.5 units. Students complete theory, lab and professional skills courses in topics including chemical relaxing, hair cutting, permanent waving, hair coloring, hair styling, skin care, makeup, facials and manicuring. The curriculum also covers salon management, rules and regulations of cosmetology work and professionalism.

Associate of Science in Cosmetology

Students in this program complete all the same courses as the certificate program with the addition of general education courses. The program includes the 1,600 hours of instruction required to be eligible for a cosmetology license in the state of California.

Laney College

Laney College offers a certificate an associate's degree in cosmetology. Day and evening options are available for both cosmetology programs.

Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology

The cosmetology certificate program includes the required 1,600 hours of instruction needed for students to qualify for the state licensing exam in cosmetology. The program consists of courses in manicuring, hair styling, facials and chemical services. Students can complete the program during the day in three semesters and in the evening in four semesters.

Associate in Arts in Cosmetology

Students in this associate's degree program take all the required certificate courses and then must complete an additional 19 units of general education requirements.

College of San Mateo

The College of San Mateo offers both a certificate and an associate's degree program in cosmetology.

Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology

Students take 57 semester units of courses in cosmetology fundamentals and advanced cosmetology, which cover topics in styling hair, maintaining skin and caring for nails. Students can start the program in either the spring or fall semester. This full-time program typically takes 13 months to complete.

Associate in Arts in Cosmetology

The major course requirements for the associate's degree are identical to the required classes for the certificate program. Students also must complete general education courses.

Other Schools

Students interested in beauty colleges may also want to consider the cosmetology programs at Skyline College and Gavilan College, which are both about 40 miles from downtown Fremont.

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