Best 57 Esthetician Schools in California for 2023

Discover the best esthetician schools in California, as ranked by the Beauty Schools Directory team with the latest data available for 2023.

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Top Esthetician Schools in California

#1 - Cosmo Beauty Academy
#2 - Diamond Beauty College
#3 - JD Academy of Salon and Spa
#4 - Advance Beauty College
#5 - Asian-American International Beauty College

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If you're looking for a school with a longstanding reputation, Capri Beauty College could be the one for you. The school was founded in 1960 and has been using Pivot Point training and curriculum methods since 1986—it was even deemed a Legacy Partner in 2018. Since its launch, the school has won many awards, including the Chicago Tribune's Best Beauty School in Chicago Southland five years in a row.

The school's cosmetology program teaches students everything they need to know about hair and beauty. This includes essential training, practical chemical applications, and treatments, hairstyling, shop management, sanitation,  interpersonal relations, esthetics, and nail technology.

The school has an impressive 4.7-star rating on Indeed, with comments like: "Great teachers and students who make the classes and your time there fun. You will leave with great friends. Some things were hard to get the hang of, but you just have to keep pushing, and you will get there."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  98.60%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  93.70%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  93.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  92.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  90.90%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  88.70%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  87.30%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  86.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  86.00%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  85.90%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.80%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.10%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.00%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  82.60%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  81.90%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  81.40%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  80.60%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  80.20%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  79.60%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  78.20%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  77.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  77.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76.60%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76.20%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76.20%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76.00%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  75.20%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  74.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  74.30%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  73.90%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  73.40%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  73.40%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  73.10%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  72.90%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  72.90%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  72.40%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  71.00%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  70.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  70.40%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  69.50%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  69.30%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  68.80%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  66.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  65.70%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  65.40%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  64.50%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  62.70%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  61.50%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  61.20%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  61.00%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  60.50%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  57.30%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  57.10%
3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  54.00%
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3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  50.90%
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How We Ranked California Esthetician Programs

The selected esthetician schools are accredited or state-approved to provide esthetician programming according to the licensing requirements in the state. We researched schools that qualified as Title IV institutions and had an average of at least 25 students enrolled in the most recent 3 years of available data (2019 - 2021). These schools are all within 50 miles of a major city center and had a weighted 3-year average graduation rate (2018, 2019, and 2020, the most recent publicly available as of press time) greater than 50%. After filtering for those requirements, we sorted the remaining programs by the highest weighted average graduation rate to determine the top 57 esthetician schools in California.

Graduation rate and student enrollment data are from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports. Certain schools may be omitted from the Beauty Schools Directory ranking, particularly if their IPEDS self-reported data are missing key information. Many excellent educational institutions may as a result not be represented on these rankings of top esthetician schools.

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This program ranking and others on our site were created by Beauty Schools Directory editorial staff based on both proprietary and publicly available data points. In providing this information for our readers, our team makes editorial decisions independent from any commercial partnerships with any educational institution.

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