There are many factors that should be considered when choosing a cosmetology school, the most important of which are personal preferences. Any prospective student must decide what is most important to them, such as convenience and flexibility. If one wishes to attend school close to home and take evening classes that fit around a work schedule, then that significantly narrows down the number of schools to choose from.
Things to look at in selecting a cosmetology school are the length of the program, class schedules (day and evening classes), and whether the program is more self-designed or pre-determined. Aspiring cosmetology students should review the curriculum carefully. If skin care is a specialization of interest, the student needs to be sure the option is available. It might be beneficial for one to talk with clients and students, and ask about their satisfaction with services and programs, and also find out how experienced and qualified the instructors are. Spending time at the school and with the staff and students is a great way to get a feel for the environment and make sure it is a good fit.
Finally, students should ask about career placement. What kinds of career services are offered? How much hands-on time does the program offer to help give students experience? Find out the job placement success rate, and ask if the school has relationships with area salons and spas.