5485 East State Street

Rockford, IL 61108

Enrollment:  888.616.9051

Salon Appointments:  815.226.9848

Located at 5485 East State Street in Rockford, IL just west of Interstate 90, our 9,000-square-foot Rockford beauty school and barbering school is home to an upscale beauty salon and spa, theory room, dispensary, library, wet room, lounges and classrooms – everything you need to start your career in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology/Manicuring or Beauty Education.

The campus location is easily accessible from the surrounding areas, including Rockton, Roscoe, Belvidere, New Milford, Winnebago, and Holcomb.

If you’re looking for a cosmetology, barber, or beauty school in North East Illinois, then pay us a visit to see if Tricoci University is right for you. We’re situated right between Rockford University and the St. Anthony Medical Center.

Interested in taking a tour of our Rockford campus? You can either apply online or call us to schedule an appointment at 888.616.9051.


Full-Time 12 Months

Part-Time 20 Months

The most current, technically precise and versatile education available in the cosmetology training field today. Learn to become a Hairdresser, Hair Colorist, Cosmetologist, Stylist, Nail Technician, Make-up Artist, or Esthetician.


Full-Time 6 Months

Part-Time 9 Months

Our curriculum focuses on creating a secure foundation of the scientific building blocks for skin: its function, properties, and needs. Learn to become a Facialist, Waxing Specialist, Body Treatment Specialist, Medi-Spa Esthetician, or Make-up Artist.


Part-Time Day Classes

This 3 day per week schedule allows our students to continue to “earn while they learn” to be a teacher. Learn to become a Cosmetology Teacher, Cosmetology Teacher with Experience*, or Esthetics Teacher.

Beauty History of Rockford, IL

Rockford-based cosmetics manufacturer ColorLab Cosmetics was launched when a local makeup artist wanted to recreate a discontinued shade of lipstick. Owner Mary Swaab has since patented her color-mixing methods, and now the company allows anyone to create private label cosmetics or custom cosmetics for a special event.

Rockford has been home to prominent players in the beauty and style industries including special effects makeup artist Shaun Smith (Face/Off, Darn of the Dead, and Chronicles of Narnia), Virgil Abloah (Louis Vuitton artistic director) and Kelly Bensimon (Elle Accessories editor).

Local startup Bearded Republic is manufacturing beard-care products including a variety of beard butters that can improve facial hair texture while moisturizing the underlying facial skin.

Beauty Events in Rockford, IL

Each summer, Rockford’s Barber/Beauty Battle gives the community a chance to compete for style titles such as the Best Fade, Best Creative Hair Style or Best Creative Makeup. More than 2,000 people attend the annual event that’s sponsored by Tricoci University and supports domestic violence awareness.

The Natural Hair Health and Beauty Expo is an annual event held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford. Participating barbers and hairstylists each create a look that a model showcases during the runway portion of the event.

Beauty is an important part of special events, and the Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo brings together local wedding vendors including hair and makeup artists. This beauty event can give you insight into the latest special event style.

Financial Assistance

Federal student aid programs (i.e. Title IV) are available for students who qualify. A TUBC Financial Aid Coordinator can assist students with these programs and other financial assistance options to make Tricoci University as affordable as possible. Please call 888.616.9051 for more information about financial assistance programs.

Tuition and Kit costs by program

For more information on this campus and its programs, please visit our Consumer Information section.


Tricoci University student salons are a great way to experience high-level salon and spa services at very modest prices. Student salon guests can walk-in or call in advance for an appointment to enjoy these services—an appointment is highly recommended. For salon appointments, please call 815.226.9848.


Monday 9:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am-4:00pm
Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm
Friday 9:30am-4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am-2:00pm
Sunday Closed

NOTE: Not all services are available at all times. Hours may vary by program.