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Create Your Success Story in Cosmetology

Exercise artistry and creativity with a career as a cosmetologist, hairstylist, or manicurist! The ultimate hands-on career, cosmetology professions are highly suited for people who enjoy working and talking with customers, having diverse days, and learning new skills. Compton College's Cosmetology Program prepares students to gain certification from the State Board of Cosmetology.

Upon completing the program, students will know how to cut and color hair, perform hair treatments, give a facial, and more.

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Cosmetology By the Numbers


How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate of Science Degree

  • Compton College students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Cosmetology by completing the required courses (totaling 44-48 units).

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers one Certificate of Achievement for students in the Cosmetology Program:
    • Cosmetology Level II (44-48 units)

Certificate of Accomplishment

  • Students who earn a 2.0 GPA or higher in the following programs are also awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment:
    • Cosmetology Level I

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Hairdresser/Hairstylist
  • Manicurist
  • Nail Technician
  • Cosmetologist
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for someone in the cosmetology field in California is $28,605 and varies based on experience. Cosmetologists and hairstylists also earn tips on top of their base salary.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Cosmetology Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Cosmetology Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"I have had extraordinary advisors and counselors at Compton College that have motivated me to transfer. Thanks to Compton College, I can now say that I have a brighter future in academia and a strong support system that is rooting in my favor."
Stephanie Arely Zacatares, Compton College student


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