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

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

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

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048


  • Spotlight: Natalia Negrete

    Natalia NegreteCosmetology

    “The teachers were there for me nonstop and helped me balance both my cosmetology and my regular classes. They encouraged me with my journey of 27 credits each semester my last year, and they went above and beyond with helping me when I was struggling with my work. College of DuPage also provided a plethora of opportunities to find jobs and helped with skills in order to work in the field of cosmetology.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Tessa Dittmann

    Tessa DittmannCosmetology

    “COD let me connect with really great teachers and students whose advice moves me along in not only my career but also in my daily life. COD is helping me reach my goals by providing me with the steps to properly sign up for classes and pointing me toward classes that are right for the degree I chose. It’s a cheaper and smarter way to go so you don't have all the debt on you back when you finally get out of college.”

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  • Spotlight: 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."

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  • Spotlight: Leyla Kuchiyeva

    Leyla KuchiyevaCosmetology

    “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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  • Spotlight: 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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College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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