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Rockford Beauty School


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Campus Information

Rockford Beauty School

Rockford Beauty School

The Rockford campus of the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is one of the most attractive Beauty Schools in Illinois. Found at 5485 East State Street in Rockford, this beauty and barbering school has 9,000 square feet of learning space for students.

Easily accessible from surrounding areas and towns like Winnebago, Holcomb, New Milford and Roscoe, we are one of the most popular choices for people looking to enter the beauty industry.

If you’re looking for a cosmetology, barbering or esthetics course in Northeast Illinois, the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture should be your first choice. You can find us right between Rockford University and the St. Anthony Medical Center.

Are you interested in taking a tour of our Rockford campus? If so, you can book a student tour today!

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Our Programs

Rockford Campus that
Redefine the Beauty Industry

Our cosmetology program is one of the most challenging and versatile in the industry today. With our help, you can build the knowledge and skills to become a first-class Hairdresser, Hair Colorist, Cosmetologist, Stylist, Nail Technician, Make-up Artist or Esthetician.

  • Full Time – (37.5 Hours/Week) 10-12 Months
  • Part-Time – (22.5 Hours/Week) 17-20 Months

The Rockford Campus esthetics course is designed to create a strong foundational knowledge and skill set that will enable you to understand and care for skin of all kinds. Learn to become a Facialist, Waxing Specialist, Body Treatment Specialist, Medi-Spa Esthetician or Make-up Artist with our help!

  • Full Time – (37.5 Hours/Week) 5-6 Months
  • Part Time – (22.5 Hours/Week) 9 Months

The Rockford campus offers one of the most comprehensive and challenging barbering courses in the state of Illinois. From the basic skills that every barber needs to advanced artistry and techniques and even business savvy—we teach aspiring barbers how to build a successful career.

  • Full Time – (37.5 Hours/Week) 10-12 Months
  • Part-Time – (22.5 Hours/Week) 17-20 Months

We accept all federal student aid programs (i.e., Title IV) that are available for students from low to middling income brackets. Our on-site TUBC Financial Aid coordinators can assist you in applying to these programs. We are dedicated to making our courses as accessible as possible.

The three-day-per-week schedule we utilize allows our students to continue to “earn while they learn” to be a beauty industry teacher. Learn to become a Cosmetology Teacher, or Esthetics Teacher with our comprehensive programs.

For more information about this campus’s tuition and kit costs, you can reach out to one of the team members with Consumer Information or visit our Consumer Information section.

Guest Services

Experience High-Level salon and spa services

Amazing Experiences at Modest Prices

Alongside our state-of-the-art theory room, dispensary, library, wet room, lounges and classrooms, the Rockford campus has a high-quality salon and spa space for practical experience via guest services.

Tricoci University student salons offer a way to experience high-level salon and spa services at very modest prices for our customers and a phenomenal level of practical, supervised experience for our students. Student salon guests can walk in or call in advance for an appointment, but some services are only available at certain times. As such, we encourage you to call ahead if you have something specific in mind.

Guest Service Hours

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NOTE: Please contact your campus to schedule an appointment. Not all services are available at all times. Hours and availability may vary by program.

Beauty History of Rockford, IL

Rockford may not be as big as Chicago, but this town has a strong history when it comes to beauty. Cosmetics manufacturer Color Lab Cosmetics, for example, is Rockford-based and was launched when a local makeup artist wanted to recreate a discontinued shade of lipstick. Owner Mary Swab has since patented her color-mixing methods. The company has made history once more by allowing anyone to create custom cosmetics for a special event.

Rockford has always been home to prominent players in the beauty industry. This includes, but is not limited to, special effects makeup artist Shaun Smith (Face/Off, Dawn of the Dead, and The Chronicles of Narnia), Virgil Abloah (Louis Vuitton artistic director), and Kelly Bensimon (Elle Accessories editor).

On a more recent note, local startup Bearded Republic is now manufacturing beard-care products, such as beard butters, that can improve facial hair texture while moisturizing the skin underneath.

Beauty Events in Rockford, IL

Every summer, Rockford is home to the Barber/Battle, which provides the entire community a chance to compete for a range of titles, such as the Best Fad, Best Creative Hairstyle, or Best Creative Makeup. This annual event generally sees 2,000 people and allows members of the community in this area to meet and network. More than this, the event supports and funds domestic violence awareness campaigns, making it broadly beneficial.

The Natural Hair Health and Beauty Expo is an annual event held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford. Each participating barber and hairstylist creates their own look for a model to showcase during the runway portion of the event. This event is widely popular.

Beauty is an important part of many special events in every walk of life, but few are quite as important as our weddings. The Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo, for example, brings together local wedding vendors, hairstylists, and makeup artists. This beauty event will give you insight into the latest special event style—this makes it a fantastic event for aspiring beauty professionals.


Frequently Asked Questions
About Rockford Beauty School

The Rockford campus offers two different programs to attending students: a cosmetology program and an esthetics program. Students in our cosmetology program have the opportunity to learn more about makeup application, hair styling, services during special events, and more. Full-time students within this program can receive their license within a year’s time, while part-time students can receive their licenses in twenty months.

The esthetics program is designed to emphasize skincare and treatments among other skills. Students in this program can receive their licenses within six months, if taking classes full-time, or nine, if taking them part-time.

All Tricoci University locations offer flexible scheduling to ensure that our programs are accessible to students from all walks of life. The Rockford campus offers full-time cosmetology, esthetics and barbering courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. The cosmetology and estheticscourses also have part-time classes that run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Yes! Students who come to take classes at the Tricoci University campus in Rockford will have the opportunity to receive a Student Kit. On the first day of class, eligible students will receive a Student Kit, which includes an Apple iPad, as well as other necessary items to ensure student success in the program.

Finding the right campus for your cosmetology journey can be complex. However, as long as you choose a high-quality school, you can maximize your learning throughout the process. The Rockford Campus is perfect for people who live in and around this area—there’s no need to go further afield because this campus has the same facilities as those in and around the greater Chicago area. You can request more information about the Rockford campus by getting in touch with a Tricoci University team member today.

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