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Cosmetology And Esthetics School Rankings

In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges, with the majority of these rankings focused on bachelor's and master's degree programs at universities and 4-year colleges, or the institution as a whole. Beauty schools and cosmetology and esthetics programs are not usually part of the mainstream institutions that get ranked by US News &World Report, The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This doesn't mean there are absolutely no rankings to consult for these programs, though! A number of cosmetology and esthetics programs are found at the community and career college levels. Two main sources of general community college rankings (designed to identify the "best" schools and programs according to quality and value) are The Washington Monthly and Career College Week, and ...Read More[+]
In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges, with the majority of these rankings focused on bachelor's and master's degree programs at universities and 4-year colleges, or the institution as a whole. Beauty schools and cosmetology and esthetics programs are not usually part of the mainstream institutions that get ranked by US News &World Report, The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This doesn't mean there are absolutely no rankings to consult for these programs, though! A number of cosmetology and esthetics programs are found at the community and career college levels. Two main sources of general community college rankings (designed to identify the "best" schools and programs according to quality and value) are The Washington Monthly and Career College Week, and schools and programs may also ranked, or at least discussed, by industry-specific print and online publications (for instance PCI Journal, a professional journal dedicated to skin care), so a library and Internet search can be helpful.

There are also less "official" rankings in popular sources like websites offering student reviews (for instance VastRank.com or StudentsReview.com). Professional associations, such as the American Association of Cosmetology Schools may also offer awards and honors for teaching excellence, and looking at who they have honored can also be used to supplement your 'ranking' of schools.

Each of these sources, however, has its own particular set of criteria for evaluating schools and programs. In the case of the controversial Gourman Report (which ranks all undergraduate programs), the author specifically refuses to disclose his methodology. How then should all these rankings be interpreted?

First, the ranking reports usually come with data to support conclusions, and while data collection can be subjective (in the case of student reviews in particular), the editors of these reports generally make an effort to ensure that statistics are comparable. So the reports can be used by you to compare institutions and schools on the basis of the data provided.

Second, the statistics that come from the rankings can also suggest topics that need to be studied in more detail. For instance, these programs often offer industry placements, but if the ultimate employment rate of grads are low, you may want to ask why.

All college rankings have one other thing in common: they are a list of institutions and schools. Scanning the list might suggest a beauty school that you hadn't considered or perhaps even heard of. Used this way, the rankings can help expand your list of schools that can then be researched in more detail.

However, you should never judge a beauty school or program based on rankings alone. Rankings can be helpful, but there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Schools that are less prominent may have a program that better suits your needs. Lesser known regional colleges and institutes can also be a good choice if you wish to remain close to home during your studies. Often times, these schools have strong relationships with local industries and employers as well as more flexible programs. Once you have accumulated this information, you can create your own beauty school rankings.
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American Institute  Campus

At American Institute, we believe you can become whatever you want to be, and we’re ready to help you get there.

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Steiner Institute of Esthetics at VASOM  Campus

Prepare for a Career That You Will Love!

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Florida College of Natural Health  Campus

Prepare for a Career in Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry, or Skin Care!

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Steiner Institute of Esthetics  Campus

Do you want a career that offers the satisfaction of helping people and a work environment that is positive and exciting?  With the education you will receive at the Steiner Institute of Esthetics, that career can be yours. 

Programs Offered:
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The Cosmetology & Spa Institute  Campus

Explore a career in the beauty industry with Cosmetology & Spa Institute.

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Meridian College  Campus

At Meridian College, our Admissions Representatives specialize in removing the roadblocks that lie between where you are, and where you dream of being. If you dream of a new career, contact us today.

Programs Offered:
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Steiner Institute of Esthetics at UCMT  Campus

Prepare for a Career That You Will Love!

Programs Offered:
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Virginia College  Campus

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

Programs Offered:
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Alameda Beauty College  Campus
Start your career with training from Alameda Beauty College.
Programs Offered:
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Fortis Institute  Campus

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

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