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Why Should I choose Minnesota School of Cosmetology?
Many of our students choose Minnesota School of Cosmetology because of our industry-experienced instructors, busy and professional clinic floor (where you can gain valuable, real-world experience working with diverse clientele), and our ongoing employment-search assistance.
What makes Minnesota School of Cosmetology different from other cosmetology schools?
Some of the things we believe set us apart from the competition are:
- Our industry-experienced instructors
- Comfortable, upbeat, caring atmosphere
- Accredited by NACCAS
- Hands-on training with a diverse community of clients in a busy salon setting
- Opportunities to network with industry professionals
- Small class sizes
- On-site financial aid representatives
- Ongoing job-search assistance
- Much more!
Minnesota School of Cosmetology's program is designed to prepare you for a career immediately out of school. Our career services department contacts employers to find entry-level positions in the industry and helps match them with students. Though the type of career you begin is based primarily on the work that you put in as a student, Minnesota School of Cosmetology's career services department can help you get your foot in the door.
How do I know if Minnesota School of Cosmetology is a good fit for me?
Our admissions team meets with each student individually for an informational session. The interview gives you the chance to hear about the school in detail, get your questions answered, see the classrooms and workstations where you'll learn and train, and determine if Minnesota School of Cosmetology is the right choice for you. The interview also gives us a chance to see if you're the right candidate for Minnesota School of Cosmetology.
Do I need an appointment to interview/tour?
Yes, and it's simple to do. All interviews are scheduled by appointment with an admissions representative. You can call 1-877-541-8777 or email us to schedule yours today.
What do you look for in the admissions interview?
Because our goal at Minnesota School of Cosmetology is to provide the education and experience necessary for you to have a long-term career in the cosmetology industry, we're looking for people that are dedicated and passionate about working with clients and helping them look and feel good about themselves. We're looking for creative and motivated people who are ready to work hard to get the professional skills needed to be successful in the cosmetology and beauty industry.
Do I need to bring a parent along to my meeting with an admissions representative?
Most parents are involved in the decision-making process. If they will be helping you financially, we do require that you bring one or both of your parents/guardians. You may also need them as a cosigner on a student loan. It is to your benefit to have your parents or guardian understand Minnesota School of Cosmetology's credentials and career prospects. If you are over 18 years old, you are not required to bring a parent/guardian.
Is there a GPA requirement for acceptance?
Not at this time. Of course, we encourage you to get the best grades possible while in high school. We seek students with the dedication and discipline to become strong students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology and successful entrepreneurs in the cosmetology industry.
Do I need to have cosmetology experience to get accepted?
No. However, customer service experience is certainly helpful. Many of the skills you will need to be successful in the industry are taught here at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.
How do I get started toward enrollment?
If you're interested in moving forward, the first easy step is to submit the enrollment application. The application doesn't commit you to coming, nor does it admit you to school, but it does save you a seat if you would like to attend.
Is there an application fee?
All undergraduate programs do not require an application fee.
What happens after you review my application?
Once we review the application, we will fill out the welcome package containing a financial aid application, high school transcript authorization form, college transcript authorization form and immunization form. Then, if you haven't already visited campus, we will give you a campus tour, personal interview, and financial aid interview. If all goes well in the interview and our requirements are met, you will receive your acceptance letter.
Should I graduate high school first before I apply?
Not necessarily. While a high school diploma or GED is required to start at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, many prospective students submit their applications before they graduate high school or obtain their GED. The college planning process can be long, so it may be worthwhile to apply and work toward acceptance while still in high school or working on obtaining your GED.
Do you have multiple campus locations?
We currenty have one campus in Woodbury, MN.
Does Minnesota School of Cosmetology help students get jobs?
Absolutely! Minnesota School of Cosmetology's career services department helps both students and graduates with career search assistance in addition to helping them prepare for various career opportunities. While we can't guarantee you a position, our career services department can be a valuable resource throughout your career development.
What can I expect from the career services department at Minnesota School of Cosmetology?
We will work with you one-on-one to help you find opportunities relevant to your education and experience. We can also assist you with resume writing, interviewing and follow-up procedures. The Minnesota School of Cosmetology career services department also offers ongoing assistance after you graduate.
What kind of jobs do you train for?
Career opportunities are available to a licensed cosmetologist in many areas of the industry, including salon stylist, hair color or texture services specialist, hair replacement or extensions specialist, retail specialist, skin care specialist, makeup artist, nail technician, salon owner or manager, educator, session stylist, competitor, writer, and platform artist.
What is the length of your cosmetology programs?
As a full-time student with nearly perfect attendance you will complete your training in 10 months. If you work full-time or have family commitments you may choose a part-time program. Part-time students typically complete the program in 18-20 months.
How much homework or work outside of class will I have to do?
You should expect daily/weekly homework and reading assignments.
What is a typical class size?
Classes at Minnesota School of Cosmetology are taught in both lecture, demonstration and hands-on format. Our average student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1.
What type of classes will I be taking?
Students receive classes in theory, which gives you a basic scientific knowledge of various subjects such as anatomy, physiology, haircutting, hair styling, permanent waving, hair coloring, manicuring, facials, pin curling, roller placement and salon management. In addition, practical classes are also given prior to clinic floor training. This course is designed with the individual in mind, keeping up with the current trends in the field of cosmetology.
When will I be learning in a classroom?
Theory class times vary. After your basic instruction, most theory classes are held once a week. The other days of the week you will be on the clinic floor practicing your skills in a hands-on environment.
Will I need to purchase my own computer to complete my Minnesota School of Cosmetology assignments?
The management of personal mobile devices is a professional skill, and our policy is meant to reflect what you are likely to find in the workplace. The use of mobile devices and other technologies will be supported to the extent that such use is relevant to the content and/or activities at hand. All students are expected to own a device that provides access to their instructors, learning resources, and CampusConnect. This device will be used as part of the learning experience in class and online. Use of mobile devices is one way to actively participate in discussions and activities.
How much is tuition?
What financial aid is available for me?
Financial resources generally vary based on individual qualifications. Minnesota School of Cosmetology currently offers state and private funding options that could cover tuition and kit fees if you qualify. If you are a Minnesota resident, you may also qualify for the Minnesota State Grant. Graduating high school seniors could be eligible for a President's or Director's Academic Scholarship. Once you complete your admissions application, you can discuss your budget with our on-site financial aid department.
Does Minnesota School of Cosmetology help find housing?
While Minnesota School of Cosmetology does not have on-campus housing, our student services department has resources for students who are seeking housing. There are options for local housing, whether you want your own apartment or want to keep rent low by sharing with roommates.
I will need to work part time; where can I find work?
There are options for part-time work since we are located near restaurants, theaters and retail stores. Our career services department also has resources to help and recommendations on where to look and how to get started.
Where do students park?
Free parking is available at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. At Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury, if parking in the front of the building, students are required to park in the last four spots of each row (farthest away from the building).
Are there bus lines nearby?
Unfortunately, Minnesota School of Cosmetology is not located directly on a bus line. However, there is a city bus that drops off less than a mile walking distance from our campus. Transit Link is also an option-you're admissions representative can provide you details on these options.
How do I get to your school?
Our Woodbury Campus is located in the Valley Creek Mall on Weir Drive, just west of I-494 off of Valley Creek Road.
1750 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
What's the next step for me?
The next step is to give us a call at 1-877-541-8777 or request more information. We look forward to hearing from you!