Career Information

Experiencing a growth rate of 10 to 20 percent per year, an exciting Cosmetology industry can offer you a stable profession with salaries for full-time salon professionals in Illinois ranging from an attractive $30,000 to $50,000 per year.

And what a profession! Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, styling and coloring hair, beauty care and advice. Cosmetologists train to give manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments, makeup analysis, and cleaning and styling services for wigs and hairpieces.

The Cosmetology program at College of DuPage provides professional-level skills in the field of personal beauty. Students gain knowledge and skills in a broad range of disciplines including aesthetics, business, chemical processes, hair design, nail technology, safety, salon operations and sanitation. Students are eligible to apply for a cosmetology license from the state of Illinois upon successful completion of the program.

Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

For more information please contact

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Mia Boyd, Faculty/Program Coordinator
(630) 942-2918

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592


  • Gina Steiner

    Gina SteinerCosmetology

    “I don’t believe it is possible to get a finer education anywhere else. The cost is so low, and the educational opportunities are incredible. The instructors are top professionals in their field and are incredibly talented. Many have experience in the entertainment field as well as being highly recognized in national competitions.

    Where can you go for this tuition and receive this level of training? COD only!”

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  • Leyla Kuchiyeva

    Leyla KuchiyevaCosmetology

    “I’m honestly 110 percent glad I signed up. I met great students and instructors, and I cannot explain how much fun I had. My favorite part of the course was having beauty competitions with prizes for the winners. Take control of your own life and don’t leave what can be done today for tomorrow.”

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  • Bobby Berry

    Bobby BerryCosmetology

    “The Cosmetology program is amazing. COD is one of the best community colleges in the nation, and every year the program gets better and better. It prepared me in every way to be successful behind the chair, and I also learned great life skills.”

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  • April Frazier

    April FrazierCosmetology

    "Cosmetology is more than just doing hair. Cosmetologists are the only professionals outside of doctors licensed to treat your hair, scalp, skin and nails. The world needs cosmetologists."

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