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Nail Schools in Chicago, IL with Program Overviews

Research nail schools in Chicago, IL, which currently has two public colleges within 30 miles of downtown that offer programs. Read an overview of associate's degree and certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Chicago Nail Schools

There are just two public schools in the Chicago area that offer training in nails. In both cases, it is through their cosmetology programs. After reporting on the schools and their programs, this article includes statistics for these institutions, such as enrollment, costs and the graduation rate. This information is presented in a format that makes it easy to compare the two schools, which are both within 35 minutes of downtown.

  • About 26 miles from downtown Chicago, the College of DuPage offers nail technology training in its associate's degree program in cosmetology and its cosmetology certificate program.
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College, around eight miles from the downtown area, offers an advanced certificate program in cosmetology.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information about these two schools that could be helpful to aspiring nail technicians who are making a decision about their training.

College of DuPage City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 26,165* 8,186*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,050 in-district; $9,660 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state* $3,506 in-district; $8,126 in-state; $11,906 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 72%* 73%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 74% full-time; 51% part-time* 57% full-time; 34% part-time*
Graduation Rate (students who started in fall 2014) 23% graduation rate; 30% transfer-out rate* 18% graduation rate; 17% transfer-out rate*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

College of DuPage

College of DuPage opened its doors in 1967. Its cosmetology programs are offered in two locations - Addison, IL (in association with the Technology Center of DuPage), and the Naperville Regional Center in Naperville, IL.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Cosmetology

In this cosmetology degree program, students learn about nail technology. The nail technology and aesthetics introduction course covers pedicuring and manicuring. In the advanced course, students apply their skills in pedicuring and manicuring to paying clients in the school's salons.

Cosmetology Certificate

Students who enroll in the certificate program follow the same cosmetology curriculum as students enrolled in the associate's degree program minus the general education courses. They also take 2 courses in nail technology and aesthetics, an introductory course and an advanced course.

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College

Harry S Truman College is among City Colleges of Chicago's largest colleges. Truman College started in 1956 and moved to its present location in 1976.

Advanced Certificate in Cosmetology

In this program, the cosmetic art/cosmetology course provides students with instruction in how to perform pedicures and manicures. Students are required to complete 2 courses in salon technology. Students put their manicuring and pedicuring skills to use in the salon, working on actual customers.

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