Students receive valuable hands-on training in the College’s highly-ranked cosmetology program. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


Website ranks San Jacinto College’s program 8th in nation, 1st in Texas


HOUSTON — The San Jacinto College cosmetology program is ranked eighth in the nation, fourth in the South, and first in Texas by a research website called Best Beauty Schools based on facilities, curriculum, faculty profiles, job placement rates, and other factors.

The Best Beauty Schools website employs an objective ranking system of 1,634 cosmetology programs in the United States, 837 in the South, and 131 cosmetology programs in Texas (under the category of “general cosmetology programs”), with the conclusion “the best beauty programs in Texas are offered by San Jacinto College. The school has a good general cosmetology program: three-star rating for curriculum and four-star rating for teaching.” According to the site, Texas has the most general cosmetology colleges in America, followed by California (130), Florida (107), Illinois (81), and North Carolina (80).

Best Beauty Schools claims to have a fair and impartial ranking system according to their welcoming statement, which reads: “Unlike the majority of sites dedicated to beauty school reviews, our site is not contracted by any school or college group. This allows us to keep it unbiased when analyzing various governmental and independent sources of college data and to present both positive and negative information.”

The Best Beauty Schools site rankings are compiled from the most recent data collected from the schools and issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The data is public, and the site provides their ranking results as a guide for students and parents looking for college information. Their ranking algorithm is based on proprietary formulas that involve 61 academic, financial, and organizational factors and metrics, as well as faculty profiles, student retention rates, and alumni job prospects. The factors are each weighted differently and are then scored to reflect program ratings. Consideration is also given to other characteristics of each college, such as the student body enrollment and past ranking history.

The site’s ranking system examines five areas of each college’s cosmetology program: general cosmetology, esthetics and skin care, nail technology, hairstyling and barbering, and management and instruction. San Jacinto College’s cosmetology program had high national, regional, and state rankings in four of the five categories: general cosmetology (8th in America, 4th in the South, 1st in Texas); esthetics and skin care (9th in America, 5th in the South, 1st in Texas); nail technology (8th in America, 5th in the South, 1st in Texas); and management and instruction (6th in the nation, 4th in the South, 1st in Texas). San Jacinto College did not rank in the hairstyling and barbering category, but that is due to the structure of the College’s credentialing system. All San Jacinto College cosmetology students are thoroughly trained in hairstyling and haircutting, but the College does not offer any credential that is limited strictly to just hairstyling and barbering.

San Jacinto College offers a one-year cosmetology operators program, an associate degree, and several specialty courses in cosmetology. The Cosmetology Operator Certificate of Technology includes 12 courses based on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation curriculum for the cosmetology exam. The courses use the Milady method, and students earn 1,500 contact hours.

For students looking to gain additional skills or to specialize, San Jacinto College also offers a two-semester esthetics program at the North Campus, a two-semester nail technician course at the Central Campus, and a one-semester eyelash-extension course at all three campuses at different times throughout the year.

Classes are available at all three San Jacinto College campuses, including some night classes. There are salons on each campus that operate daily to provide students hands-on training. The associate degree requires an additional year and academic coursework, and is designed for those interested in management or owning their own business.

Judy Hendley, consumer services department chair at the San Jacinto College North Campus, says the high national, regional, and state rankings show the College emphasizes quality at every level of cosmetology training. She says the College’s training is also comparatively affordable. “Students registering in private beauty schools for cosmetology are paying up to $18,500 for tuition,” she said. “San Jacinto College offers the same training for $2,394 for in-district students, plus they earn transferable college credit, in case a student wants to go beyond a one-year certificate to earn a cosmetology associate degree. All Texas cosmetology schools must teach the state-required curriculum in order for students to be eligible to take the state cosmetology operator examination. San Jacinto College offers a great education at a great price.”

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About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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