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About the Program

The Cosmetology program at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota provides you with an affordable education to prepare you for an exciting career in the Cosmetology industry. A leader in Cosmetology education in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul area), the Century College Cosmetology degree and/or diploma will prepare you for your license in Cosmetology, and put you on a the path to earning a good wage in a career that you’ll love. Students will: 

  • Express individual creativity by providing a wide range of artistic hair, nail, and skincare services using the latest technology, trends, and name-brand products
  • Operate and manage a full-service interactive salon and spa
  • Work in the theater, film, and advertising fields as a make-up, hair, or nail artist

Interested in a career in Cosmetology? Schedule a program tour!

The Century College Cosmetology program offers you incredible value. You will save thousands of dollars by earning your Cosmetology degree and/or diploma at Century College compared to private, for-profit colleges or beauty schools.

While attending the Cosmetology program you will have unique opportunities to gain “real-world” experience while earning your education. Our on-site Cosmetology Salon 120 is open to the public, giving you the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. The Cosmetology program also provides you the chance to take part in industry competitions and gain leadership training via the SkillsUSA program. 

Cosmetology areas of instruction include:

  • Hair styling and cutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Permanent waving
  • Chemical hair relaxing
  • Nail care
  • Skin care, makeup and waxing

Nail Care Technician

The Nail Care Technician certificate at Century College is a short-term program that will prepare you for licensure as a Nail Care Technician. In the program, you will be instructed in nail care theory and practical application techniques including:

  • Shaping
  • Polishing
  • Massage of hands and feet
  • Application of gel polish artificial nails

The completion of the Cosmetology degree, diploma or Nail Care Technician certificate will prepare you for the State of Minnesota written exam and certification of skills as required by Minnesota cosmetology laws and rules for licensure.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition Cost Per Credit

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs quality for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Rachel Hedin - Cosmetology Alum

"Century is always known for great stylists. They prepare you for real-life situations.... You don't just learn from the teachers, you learn from each other, too."

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Kiana Sutherlin - Cosmetology Alum

"Century prepared me by giving me all the fundamentals of hair and the gateway to finding my passion."

Amberlee Rehbein - Cosmetology Alum

"Century provided part-time options, which was perfect for my work schedule."

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Jessica Robinson - Cosmetology Alum

"I left here (Century College) knowing the basics and I could apply that to anything. And I'm thankful for that."

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Kristin Hoogheem - Cosmetology Alum

"The hours were great here (Century College Cosmetology program), and allowed me to work outside of school."


This program is licensed by the MN Board of Cosmetologists Examiners.


Cosmetology Student

Potential Job Titles

Cosmetology Student and Teacher
  • Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
  • Manicurists/Nail Technicians

Salary Data

Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
Average Wage: $14.12/hour
Top Earners: $23.71/hour

Manicurists/Nail Technicians
Average Wage: $11.01/hour
Top Earners: $16.41/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -

Additional Requirements

High School diploma or GED, State Licensing Exam, and Certification of Skills are required for licensure.