Wondering How to Choose your Cosmetology school?

Here are a few things to consider when choosing an esthetics or cosmetology school.

Choosing the best school for your needs and lifestyle means that different things are more important to different people. But here are some of the factors you should consider when trying to choose your cosmetology school.

  • Location
  • Student to Teacher Ratio
  • Facility Quality
  • Public Transportation Availability
  • Availability of One-on-One Support
  • Morale and Classroom Atmosphere
  • School reputation
  • Schedule Flexibility
  • Financial Aid Options
  • Programs Offered
  • Job Placement Services
  • Ties to Local Salons

That might feel like a lot to consider, but it’s easier to narrow down based on your needs. If you are on a tight budget or schedule then the school with the most financial aid opportunities and program schedules might be the best fit, however, if you are more concerned with job placement after graduation, choosing a cosmetology school with close community ties and job opportunities will be more important than the tuition.

Whether you choose a big name or go for a local school, here are some of the qualities a great cosmetology school will have:


Making sure the school you choose is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission for Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), means it’s recognized by the US department of education. The NACCAS sets industry standards and curriculum guidelines to ensure that you are getting a high-caliber education. A NACCAS accredited cosmetology school’s benefits include a lower overall expense since accredited schools allow students to qualify for federal financial aid.


Professionalism, ethics, and business training will all go into your overall cosmetology career, so it should also be included in your training at an excellent cosmetology school! This type of training can help you prepare for job interviews, client consultations, marketing, and resume building.


The hands-on experience is arguably the most important part of your cosmetology education, and most of that magic happens in the salon! Student Salons bring in real-life customers who pay discounted prices for student services under the watchful eyes of a professional instructor. This experience in the student salon is key to becoming comfortable behind a chair and interacting with clients.