The Post-Secondary Experience: Beauty School or College?

Nov 27 2019

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[Updated 2019]

You’re confident and ready to share, “I will be pursuing my future career in the beauty industry by attending beauty school.”

We couldn’t be more excited for you! We’re ready to help you pursue your future dreams and have a fun post-secondary experience. At the Douglas J Aveda Institute, our curriculum is focused on professional growth and the future success of our students.

The Douglas J Aveda Difference

Choosing a beauty school over traditional university or community college doesn’t necessarily mean giving up the typical “college experience”. The Douglas J Aveda Institute campuses are located just minutes away from neighboring universities. Ann Arbor students can walk to the University of Michigan, East Lansing students will see Michigan State University across the street, our Chicago campus is just minutes away from DePaul University and our Knoxville campus is close by the University of Tennessee. This means you can control your post-secondary experience in a variety of ways, even if you choose a beauty school.

Make Lasting Connections

Finding new friends is one of the best parts of a post-secondary experience. Whether you’ve recently graduated high school or have given college a try already, you’re probably looking to stick close to your friends. With the close proximity of all of our institutions to college campuses, you’ll have no problem hanging out with your friends, grabbing lunch, studying or even finding a roommate.

Another advantage to beauty school is the time spent with like-minded individuals. It’s common to make friends with your fellow aspiring beauty pros while in school. Even if you don’t know anyone here yet, don’t worry, we have no doubt that you’ll make new friends at Douglas J Aveda Institute!

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Find a Great Living Situation

Speaking of roommates, there is plenty of housing available for students around the university campuses, which means you and your friends can find a place to call home together. It also means that you’ll be within walking distance of all of the hottest places to grab a bite or experience the culture of these beautiful cities. Find out what to look for in a future roommate so you can be confident while moving in! Great roommates can make a good school experience a great one.

Attend Fun College Events

Attending fun events is a great way to engage with peers while you’re in school. If you attend Douglas J. Aveda Institute, football games, parties and study groups will all be close by. You’ll be able to take advantage of our flexible course schedules to rally with your friends to cheer on a local team, attend local parties and explore your cities!

We know that your study material will be slightly different from your college friends, but who doesn’t love to pick up some coffee and gather in the library to harness some brain power? See your friends, socialize and be productive together!

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What To Expect

While you’ll still be able to get the typical college experience through friends and local events, you can expect that school itself will be a little different! At Douglas J Aveda Institute, our intro students begin learning in a classroom setting. However, as students advance through our program, they can expect to observe more advanced students and prepare to eventually see their own guests in the student salon.* This pacing and hands-on learning environment can be fairly different than your average college setting. Find out more about what you can expect and what our students wish people knew about beauty school.

Experience Douglas J Aveda Institutes

Are all of these reasons fueling your desire to pursue a beauty school education? Contact your closest Douglas J Aveda Institute to get started. Perfect your practical and theoretical knowledge in our 1500-hour cosmetology program. We can teach you skills in haircutting, styling, skin care, nailcare and makeup artistry! With an education in beauty, there are a variety of exciting careers you could choose from in the future. Get in touch with us today! We can’t wait to help you start your post-secondary education!

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.