Does helping people feel better about their appearance, giving them confidence and higher self-esteem appeal to you? Maybe you just love to learn creative new hairstyles or decorate your friends’ nails and would like to use that talent to earn money? If so, Cosmetology may be a good fit for you!

At SIC, you can complete your cosmetology certificate in just one year and be on your way to working in a salon! SIC will prepare you for the real-world work environment and employer demands through both individual and group instruction with small classes, which means you get more personal attention. You’ll also find that SIC has one of the lowest tuition rates around.

The Cosmetology and Cosmetology Teacher programs at Southeastern Illinois College inspire the creative and professional aptitude of both men and women. Both programs are designed to give students training in the arts, skills and applied sciences that deal with adornment through care and treatment of the hair, nails and skin. The college also offers a cosmetology refresher course for students wishing to brush up on their skills.

Southeastern's Cosmetology Program will prepare you for entry level positions in this exciting and stable career field. You’ll graduate with 38 college credits and log a minimum of 1500 clock (classroom and lab) hours. You’ll learn skills in:

  • Hair:  cut, style, formal styling, color, highlights, perms, rejuvenation, beard trimming
  • Nails:  manicures, pedicures, cuticle treatments, acrylics, shellac, nail art
  • Makeup:  bridal, seasonal, color palettes, special effects, eye and lip treatments
  • Skincare:  facials, waxing, chemical peels … and so much more.

Employment opportunities and salaries in the cosmetology field are based on attributes and factors such as experience, quality of work, speed of performance, dependability, enthusiasm, professional attitude, computer knowledge and education.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth projections for Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Manicurists and Pedicurists are 13% from 2016-2026 – faster than average. Median pay for the various occupations listed ranged from $23,230 to $24,900 in 2017 before tips.

A professional career in cosmetology is limited only to the ambitions and desire of each individual. This profession offers advantages and opportunities in an artistic, creative and innovative field. You may advance your career in different areas, such as:

  • hairstylist
  • color specialist
  • nail technician
  • makeup artist
  • esthetics (skin care) professional
  • sales in cosmetic or skincare lines
  • management of a salon
  • cosmetology teacher
  • product educator and/or demonstrator

Or maybe you have plans to open your own salon. Business courses included in the program provide a good foundation for students with entrepreneurial aspirations.  Additionally, you can get access to free assistance with this venture at SIC through the Small Business Development Center.

The program also offers internships during the last semester of training. These internships allow students to perform hands-on, live work and affords an opportunity to network with employers for potential future jobs.

Although the Cosmetology program at SIC is strict with clinical hours and expectations to provide the best education and board certification preparation, it is not without fun activities for those interested in joining the more social Cosmetology Club.

The SIC Cosmetology Program is licensed through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.  Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Admission requirements to the SIC Cosmetology program include, but may not be limited to:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • ASSET test*
  • All entrance tests must be completed by date set by college
  • Class size is limited to those applicants whose composite test scores are among the top 18
  • Successful completion of any developmental courses as indicated by score(s) earned on the ASSET test

State Board Pass Rates for SIC Cosmetology Students:

2018 - 83%

2017 - 84%

2016 – 92%

2015 – 89%

Space is limited in this program. Interested students can contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245 and, or email