Best Cosmetology Colleges in California

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We have created a 2019 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Cosmetology degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 146 Cosmetology schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Cosmetology Colleges in California for 2019

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Make-up Designory Burbank, CA

Make-up Designory offers 1 Cosmetology Degree program. It's a private school in a mid sized city. In 2015, 623 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 623 Certificates degrees.

2 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Trade Technical College offers 3 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 82 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 77 Certificates degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

3 El Camino Community College District Torrance, CA

El Camino Community College District offers 3 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 45 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 36 Certificates degrees, and 9 Associate's degrees.

4 Citrus College Glendora, CA

Citrus College offers 3 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 169 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 155 Certificates degrees, and 14 Associate's degrees.

5 Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA

Cinta Aveda Institute offers 5 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a private college in a large city. In 2015, 189 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 189 Certificates degrees.

6 Elegance International Hollywood, CA

Elegance International offers 1 Cosmetology Degree program. It's a private school in a large city. In 2015, 222 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 222 Certificates degrees.

7 Laney College Oakland, CA

Laney College offers 2 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 44 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 39 Certificates degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

8 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA

Pasadena City College offers 3 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 21 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 19 Certificates degrees, and 2 Associate's degrees.

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9 Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA

Lu Ross Academy offers 5 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a private school in a mid sized city. In 2015, 168 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 168 Certificates degrees.

10 Asian American International Beauty College Westminster, CA

Asian American International Beauty College offers 4 Cosmetology Degree programs. It's a private school in a large suburb. In 2015, 443 students graduated in the study area of Cosmetology with students earning 443 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Make-up Designory Make-up Designory Burbank, CA 10 : 1 204
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
1/5
50 : 1 14,650
El Camino Community College District El Camino Community College District Torrance, CA
1/5
46 : 1 24,001
Citrus College Citrus College Glendora, CA
1/5
43 : 1 12,999
Cinta Aveda Institute Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA 12 : 1 279
University Logo Elegance International Hollywood, CA 22 : 1 462
Laney College Laney College Oakland, CA
1/5
50 : 1 11,667
Pasadena City College Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
1/5
46 : 1 27,050
University Logo Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA 13 : 1 176
University Logo Asian American International Beauty College Westminster, CA 46 : 1 452
Saddleback College Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
1/5
42 : 1 19,552
Santiago Canyon College Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA
1/5
50 : 1 11,187
Sacramento City College Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
1/5
49 : 1 22,690
Paul Mitchell the School-Modesto Paul Mitchell the School-Modesto Modesto, CA 7 : 1 103
Allan Hancock College Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
1/5
35 : 1 10,949
Butte College Butte College Oroville, CA
1/5
32 : 1 11,669
Bellus Academy-Poway Bellus Academy-Poway Poway, CA 14 : 1 300
Riverside City College Riverside City College Riverside, CA
1/5
52 : 1 19,086
San Diego City College San Diego City College San Diego, CA
1/5
51 : 1 16,520
University Logo Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA 15 : 1 256
El Camino College-Compton Center El Camino College-Compton Center Compton, CA
1/5
46 : 1 7,427
San Jose City College San Jose City College San Jose, CA
1/5
45 : 1 8,445
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 25 : 1 418
Cerritos College Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
1/5
49 : 1 22,043
University Logo Career Academy of Beauty Garden Grove, CA 20 : 1 153

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