2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Skin Care

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as % of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Duvall's School Of Cosmetology ( TX ) °$25,1714.27$1,076$8,407Pass
Hair Professionals Career College ( IL ) °$23,0794.73$1,093$8,540Pass
Paul Mitchell The School ( UT ) °$23,0033.72$857$6,696Pass
Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College ( MN ) *$22,6342.84$655$5,118Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$21,9993.45$759$5,930Pass
South Hills Beauty Academy ( PA ) °$21,7382.02$473$3,696Pass
La' James International College - Des Moines ( IA ) °$21,6083.17$692$5,407Pass
Capri Institute Of Hair Design ( NJ ) °$21,5522.72$662$5,172Pass
Josef'S School Of Hair Design ( ND ) °$21,0143.27$717$5,602Pass
San Francisco Institute Of Esthetics & Cosmetology ( CA ) °$20,9913.51$874$6,829Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$20,9303.2$676$5,282Pass
Iowa School Of Beauty ( IA ) °$20,8234.19$874$6,829Pass
Rizzieri Aveda School For Beauty And Wellness ( NJ ) °$20,2924.26$874$6,829Pass
Aveda Institute ( NY ) °$20,1803.26$874$6,829Pass
Casal Aveda Institute ( OH ) °$20,0013.53$728$5,688Pass
Aveda Institute ( MN ) °$19,9594.04$857$6,696Pass
Brown Aveda Institute ( OH ) °$19,8463.16$690$5,391Pass
Merrell University Of Beauty Arts & Science ( MO ) °$19,8403.82$759$5,930Pass
Gary Manuel Aveda Institute ( WA ) °$19,7414.45$1,009$7,883Pass
Design'S School Of Cosmetology ( CA ) °$19,6892.71$534$4,172Pass
Avenue Five Institute ( TX ) °$19,6845.29$1,093$8,540Pass
Tricoci University Of Beauty Culture ( IL ) °$19,5864.78$1,009$7,883Pass
Graham Webb International Academy Of Hair ( VA ) °$19,4243.44$874$6,829Pass
La' James International College ( IA ) °$19,3924.02$780$6,094Pass
Evergreen Beauty And Barber College ( WA ) °$19,3103.87$854$6,672Pass
Pivot Point Academy ( IL ) °$19,2994.52$958$7,485Pass
Paul Mitchell The School Bradley ( IL ) °$19,2314.81$1,093$8,540Pass
G Skin & Beauty Institute ( IL ) °$19,1964.17$886$6,922Pass
Institute Of Beauty And Wellness (The) ( WI ) °$18,9584.24$845$6,602Pass
Universal Spa Training Academy ( IL ) °$18,9045.35$1,093$8,540Pass
Baltimore School Of Massage ( MD ) °$18,6684.64$994$7,766Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$18,6126.2$1,155$9,024Pass
Douglas J Aveda Institute Chicago ( IL ) °$18,5924.64$934$7,297Pass
Elizabeth Grady School Of Esthetics And Massage Therapy ( MA ) °$18,5063.12$683$5,336Pass
Aveda Institute Covington ( LA ) °$18,4874.12$874$6,829Pass
Hair Professionals Academy Of Cosmetology ( IL ) °$18,4734.03$874$6,829Pass
Aveda Institute Denver ( CO ) °$18,4665.91$1,093$8,540Pass
Aveda Institute Lafayette ( LA ) °$18,3073.45$632$4,938Pass
Skin Science Institute Of Laser & Esthetics ( UT ) °$18,2289.05$1,651$12,899Pass
Artistic Academy Of Hair Design ( NJ ) °$18,0382.53$531$4,149Pass
Paroba College Of Cosmetology ( WA ) °$17,9485.12$1,020$7,969Pass
Paul Mitchell The School Dallas ( TX ) °$17,9475.5$1,093$8,540Pass
Hair Professionals Career College ( IL ) °$17,8236.13$1,093$8,540Pass
Lancaster School Of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork ( PA ) °$17,8162.22$437$3,414Pass
John Jay Kenner Academy ( LA ) °$17,7920$0$0Pass
Bellus Academy ( CA ) °$17,6514.55$865$6,758Pass
California Academy (The) ( CA ) °$17,6424.4$874$6,829Pass
Ogle School Hair Skin Nails ( TX ) °$17,6113.58$688$5,375Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CT ) °$17,6023.84$739$5,774Pass
My Le'S Beauty College ( CA ) °$17,1790$0$0Pass
Western Hills School Of Beauty & Hair Design ( OH ) °$17,1125.22$1,093$8,540Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( KS ) °$17,0906.82$1,377$10,759Pass
Gallery College Of Beauty (The) ( MI ) °$17,0434.75$874$6,829Pass
Aveda Institute Chapel Hill ( NC ) °$16,8845.37$1,019$7,961Pass
Capitol School Of Hairstyling ( NE ) °$16,8534.52$874$6,829Pass
Mississippi Institute Of Aesthetics, Nails, & Cosmetology ( MS ) °$16,8482.8$510$3,985Pass
Xenon International Academy Ii ( NE ) °$16,7834.82$866$6,766Pass
Empire Beauty School ( PA ) °$16,6424.43$874$6,829Pass
Capri Cosmetology Learning Center ( NY ) °$16,5923.9$721$5,633Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$16,5274.7$870$6,797Pass
Tricoci University Of Beauty Culture ( IL ) °$16,5135.75$1,009$7,883Pass
Masters Of Cosmetology College ( IN ) °$16,46710.21$1,719$13,431Zone
Paul Mitchell The School Austin ( TX ) °$16,4295.93$1,093$8,540Pass
College Of Hair Design ( NE ) °$16,3405.69$930$7,266Pass
Xenon International Academy Iii ( CO ) °$16,2524.14$743$5,805Pass
Rudae'S School Of Beauty Culture ( IN ) °$16,1323.09$564$4,407Pass
Hair Dynamics Education Center ( CO ) °$16,1203.86$665$5,196Pass
Aveda Institute Las Vegas ( NV ) °$16,0716.41$1,240$9,688Pass
Tricoci University Of Beauty Culture ( IL ) °$16,0315.71$1,009$7,883Pass
Spa Tech Institute ( ME ) °$15,9954.84$874$6,829Pass
Central State Beauty And Wellness College ( OK ) °$15,9873.14$683$5,336Pass
Capri Institute Of Hair Design ( NJ ) °$15,8914.07$736$5,750Pass
Jolie Health And Beauty Academy ( PA ) °$15,8894.93$947$7,399Pass
Bellus Academy ( CA ) °$15,8804.78$874$6,829Pass
Continental School Of Beauty Culture ( NY ) °$15,8274.93$874$6,829Pass
Empire Beauty School ( ME ) °$15,8134.67$744$5,813Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$15,5854.84$874$6,829Pass
Career Academy Of Beauty ( CA ) °$15,5404.17$750$5,860Pass
Advanced Institute Of Hair Design ( WI ) °$15,4733.02$496$3,875Pass
Utah College Of Massage Therapy ( UT ) °$15,4446.13$1,019$7,961Pass
House Of Heavilin Beauty College ( MO ) °$15,4066.84$1,093$8,540Pass
Olympian Academy Of Cosmetology ( NM ) °$15,3323.24$633$4,946Pass
Evergreen Beauty And Barber College ( WA ) °$15,3184.58$828$6,469Pass
Virginia School Of Massage ( VA ) °$15,2886.03$936$7,313Pass
Aveda Institute-Corpus Christi ( TX ) °$15,2595.85$1,092$8,532Pass
Palomar Institute Of Cosmetology ( CA ) °$15,2503.52$593$4,633Pass
Florida College Of Natural Health ( FL ) °$15,1553.72$694$5,422Pass
Parisian Beauty Academy ( NJ ) °$14,9582.39$460$3,594Pass
L'Esprit Academy ( MI ) °$14,6683.67$539$4,211Pass
Continental School Of Beauty Culture ( NY ) °$14,6545.81$874$6,829Pass
Academy Of Salon And Spa ( AR ) °$14,5839.55$1,397$10,915Zone
Southwest Institute Of Healing Arts ( AZ ) °$14,3795.48$1,092$8,532Pass
Federico Beauty Institute ( CA ) °$14,3394.28$693$5,414Pass
Atlanta School Of Massage ( GA ) °$14,2837.6$1,311$10,243Pass
Miller-Motte Technical College ( VA ) °$14,2135.85$963$7,524Pass
Michigan College Of Beauty ( MI ) °$14,1662.67$506$3,953Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Nashville ( TN ) *$14,1470$0$0Pass
Oliver Finley Academy Of Cosmetology ( ID ) °$14,1404.51$832$6,500Pass
International Salon And Spa Academy ( CO ) °$14,1295.04$918$7,172Pass
Georgia Career Institute ( GA ) °$14,0894.77$759$5,930Pass
International Academy Of Hair Design ( AZ ) °$14,0093.04$506$3,953Pass
Tricoci University Of Beauty Culture ( IL ) °$13,9786.9$1,009$7,883Pass
National Academy Of Beauty Arts ( MO ) °$13,9506.11$1,035$8,086Pass
Miller - Motte Technical College ( TN ) °$13,9486.33$1,049$8,196Pass
Tennessee Career Institute ( TN ) °$13,9315.15$737$5,758Pass
Ogle School Hair Skin Nails ( TX ) °$13,9094.18$738$5,766Pass
Continental School Of Beauty Culture ( NY ) °$13,8804.12$690$5,391Pass
Crave Beauty Academy ( KS ) °$13,8726.94$1,093$8,540Pass
Daytona College ( FL ) °$13,8635.27$920$7,188Pass
Empire Beauty School ( NY ) °$13,7666.31$1,020$7,969Pass
Empire Beauty Schools ( NH ) °$13,5535.87$867$6,774Pass
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$13,5300$0$0Pass
National Beauty College ( OH ) °$13,4445.09$823$6,430Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CT ) °$13,3653.6$622$4,860Pass
Tennessee Academy Of Cosmetology ( TN ) °$13,3615.07$886$6,922Pass
Ogle School Hair Skin Nails ( TX ) °$13,3524.39$621$4,852Pass
Jenny Lea Academy Of Cosmetology ( TN ) °$13,3436.38$966$7,547Pass
Cosmetology And Spa Academy ( IL ) °$13,2705.51$878$6,860Pass
Carsten Institute Of Cosmetology ( AZ ) °$13,2513.73$637$4,977Pass
Paul Mitchell The School - Esani ( GA ) °$13,1478.69$1,311$10,243Pass
Douglas J Aveda Institute ( MI ) °$13,0490$0$0Pass
Aveda Institute Columbus ( OH ) °$13,0246.2$1,048$8,188Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$12,9105.21$729$5,696Pass
Studio Academy Of Beauty (The) ( AZ ) °$12,8785.76$874$6,829Pass
All-State Career ( MD ) °$12,8095.07$1,014$7,922Pass
Creative Images Institute Of Cosmetology ( OH ) °$12,5846.79$947$7,399Pass
Emily Griffith Technical College ( CO ) *$12,4890$0$0Pass
Salon Professional Academy (The) ( CO ) °$12,4414.36$640$5,000Pass
Tucson College Of Beauty ( AZ ) °$12,3845.3$879$6,868Pass
Glen Dow Academy Of Hair Design & Salons ( WA ) °$12,3564.83$717$5,602Pass
Milan Institute Of Cosmetology ( TX ) °$12,2485.67$874$6,829Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$12,1905.62$867$6,774Pass
Capri Institute Of Hair Design ( NJ ) °$12,1545.67$846$6,610Pass
Altoona Beauty School ( PA ) °$12,1323.45$573$4,477Pass
Bene'S Career Academy ( FL ) °$11,9923.83$524$4,094Pass
Tricoci University Of Beauty Culture ( IL ) °$11,9676.68$1,009$7,883Pass
Independence College Of Cosmetology ( MO ) °$11,9629.89$1,382$10,798Zone
Marinello School Of Beauty ( NV ) °$11,9095.77$874$6,829Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$11,8906.41$874$6,829Pass
Missouri College Of Cosmetology North ( MO ) °$11,6424.59$598$4,672Pass
Summit Salon Academy ( WA ) °$11,5885.89$1,020$7,969Pass
Toledo Academy Of Beauty Culture - East ( OH ) °$11,5213.07$485$3,789Pass
Guy'S Academy Hair, Skin & Nails ( LA ) °$11,0810$0$0Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( NV ) °$11,0525.58$874$6,829Pass
Jolie Hair And Beauty Academy ( MA ) °$10,7377.18$920$7,188Pass
University Of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences ( TX ) °$10,6526.91$939$7,336Pass
Beauty Schools Of America ( FL ) °$10,6449.5$1,311$10,243Zone
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$10,4625.78$873$6,821Pass
Rosemead Beauty School ( CA ) °$10,2090$1$8Pass
California Hair Design Academy ( CA ) °$10,0003.32$612$4,782Pass
Alhambra Beauty College ( CA ) °$10,0000.1$15$117Pass
La' James International College ( IA ) °$9,8737.11$945$7,383Pass
Ravenscroft Beauty College ( IN ) °$9,8286.1$948$7,407Pass
Newberry School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$9,7472.72$536$4,188Pass
Thanh Le College, School Of Cosmetology ( CA ) °$9,7000.09$10$78Pass
Kenneth Shuler School Of Cosmetology & Nails ( SC ) °$9,6483.23$506$3,953Pass
Broken Arrow Beauty College ( OK ) °$9,6434.75$680$5,313Pass
Milan Institute ( TX ) °$9,6126.87$874$6,829Pass
Empire Beauty Schools ( NH ) °$9,6105.51$874$6,829Pass
Central Carolina Community College ( NC ) *$9,5590$0$0Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$9,5125.32$860$6,719Pass
Salon Success Academy ( CA ) °$9,3564.98$766$5,985Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( UT ) °$9,2648.01$948$7,407Zone
David'S Academy Of Beauty ( CA ) °$9,2380$0$0Pass
Charleston School Of Beauty Culture ( WV ) °$9,1652.12$322$2,516Pass
Academy Of Hair Design ( NV ) °$9,1235.35$725$5,664Pass
Advance Beauty College ( CA ) °$9,0980$0$0Pass
Florida Career College ( FL ) °$8,9838.64$927$7,243Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$8,8426.43$874$6,829Pass
Leon'S Beauty School ( NC ) °$8,6340$0$0Pass
International Academy ( FL ) °$8,4458.37$874$6,829Zone
Royale College Of Beauty ( CA ) °$8,4103.97$579$4,524Pass
Empire Beauty School ( PA ) °$8,3157.21$1,017$7,946Pass
Michigan College Of Beauty-Monroe ( MI ) °$8,3094.16$506$3,953Pass
Coastline Beauty College ( CA ) °$8,2800$0$0Pass
Asian-American International Beauty College ( CA ) °$8,1620$0$0Pass
International School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$7,9974.73$609$4,758Pass
Salon Success Academy ( CA ) °$7,9726.07$648$5,063Pass
Francis Tuttle Technology Center School District No. 21 ( OK ) *$7,6621.18$144$1,125Pass
Nouvelle Institute ( FL ) °$7,3520$0$0Pass
Palace Beauty College ( CA ) °$5,4524.68$391$3,055Pass
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