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Recent Reviews

3/14/2024 via Google
via Google

Leaving this review as a former student & my experience with the school along with other peers. I’ll start off by saying, it’s unfortunate this is one of the only programs in the Rochester area that holds Part Time classes. Otherwise I would have went with another school a while back! As there are a couple of decent staff members, the school is *extremely* unorganized, most of the staff is rude- & I mean rolling their eyes at students type-rude, which is comical for what type of “educators” they are. One educator, clearly on some type of drugs (we know the school can’t talk about it, but us adults have voiced our concerns more than countless times about this matter) and nothing is done about it. Nobody helps her. Nobody offers anything for her. Staff just shakes it off like it’s normal and it’s sad to watch. I hope she gets the help she deserves as I do not wish she hurts a client on the floor while high, herself, students or staff. If the school actually cared about the well being of their staff, they would have gotten her help long ago or taken other measures. Anytime it was brought up, they just said “we can’t talk about another staffs business.” Correct, but you can certainly get her the help she needs or guide her in the right direction. As I was in the program, I was a part time student, work full time during the day and am a mama. My average was above 90-100% as well as perfect attendance & making up hours when needed. In the beginning of the program, students were able to make up hours any day of the week, which was great & extremely helpful for those who worked and had families. That changed soon after to signing up to make up work, and to only come in on Wednesday & Saturdays. I worked both days, but I still made up hours when needed- even received a certificate for perfect attendance and an above 95% average. Unfortunately, in December (being there since august) I was removed from the program. I had missed a couple days one week, because they had the educator who is high on the floor to teach. And who wants to be taught by someone who’s nodding off and about to pass out on the floor having to call an ambulance? Nobody. The next week went by, unfortunately my family and I had caught covid. Even talking to the educators after my 5 days of quarantine (per state with covid regulations) they said I was clearly sick, but I was still missing too many days. So I wouldn’t be able to return until 6 months later in June because I had passed all the modules in between. Still to this day, I am confused as to why they would count one of my missed days being “Christmas” but nobody else was there & / or had to work there that day. So, if you don’t want to waste your time and be 16k in debt, then I highlyyyyy suggest looking at other schools. To most of the good reviews from students, they literally sat us all down on our first day and had us give them a 5 star review so that way they don’t look like a mess of a school. They would ask us during those 15 minutes, “did you fill it out???-“ “so I can get on google right now and I’ll see it?!”, basically pressuring you into making it seem like a great school when I promise you it is far from it. Now I’m getting charged 5k to pay for a kit i was suppose to use when I came back, but apparently going to collections 1 month later, ha! What a joke. The director, Laurie, lied the entire time. She said she’d leave “updates”, tell us when we could return, get our stuff out of our lockers, etc. they certainly need a new director to get that school back into shape for sure to fix that mess! The only educator there who actually gave most of the girls hope was Mr. Toni, who unfortunately (also fortunately) was a substitute teacher. (Keep rockin, Mr. Toni!)

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Erica Covell
12/22/2023 via Google
via Google

I am a former student that decided to stop going to empire due to the non-stop issues, lack of education and unprofessionalism. This is the most unorganized organization I ever came across in my adult life. Most of the reviews are posted by teachers or staff asking the students to post so of course they are good reviews. My experience at empire was awful from my 1st day until my last day. Only good part of empire was the friends I made. This school is filled with drama. In my experience as a whole the teacher are not good at all. Well at empire I had a teacher almost fall in my book due to drugs and had to be removed from building. Another teacher had no idea what they were doing at all whole classroom complained… so they finally removed him. Educator 3, knew her information but struggled with being present in the class to teach it. After leaving the classroom setting you go to salon floor… the educator (number 4) on floor would roll her eyes at me for no reason. Tell me to do things that I had already completed as some of the other student continued to not complete their work or hang out in her office all day. I would ask for help and get no help. The teacher was not the same skin color as I was. I was not the only student that had issues with this and the director admitted this to me after the other director walked out with no notice. The former director couldn’t deal with this school anymore. There are 5 educators in this building… I briefly got to experience Ms.Henderson to make up hours she seemed to be the only one that had it together! Joe in admissions is great as well. He helped me survive the 600 hours I made it through a couple times. Now I look back wish I left my first day! I filed a grievance no one had ever got back to me. The school waited to drop me after 21 weeks (I left at 20) so I now have to pay them in full. I’m not one to write reviews.. and I feel bad to even say anything bad about the educators but some one needs to hold them accountable!!! I now owe money for something I did not receive an education. It so bad there I would never return. Empire should not be an accredited school. Do not go here! Run!

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Shaellan Hurley
12/5/2023 via Google
via Google

i tried attending this program but unfortunately financial aid sucks. 1 of the financial councilors insinuated on me getting pregnant and having a child so i could have a dependent in order to attend. disgusting. the teachers are very nice and knowledgeable however.

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In the School's Words

Dreaming of a future in Cosmetology? Enjoy the personal rewards of helping people look and feel their best. Empire Beauty School offers you a one-of-a-kind educational approach to learning the latest trends and fundamentals of Cosmetology.

You'll learn:

  • Haircutting
  • Styling
  • Coloring
  • Make-up Application
  • And more!

You'll also learn the business basics as we show you how to:

  • Market your skills to new clients
  • Retain clientele
  • Increase your income potential
  • Manage a salon or spa
  • Sell professional products to your clients

Our Programs

At Empire Beauty School, our one-of-a-kind CLiC curriculum is a visual approach to learning. With our education you learn by seeing and doing.

Plus you'll apply your skills on your mannequins using your professional student kit. As part of your new student kit you will receive the Career Success Tablet. Your textbooks and curriculum are downloaded onto your tablet. As you progress through your training, you'll have the confidence to work in a student salon environment with guests.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Our friendly financial aid representatives will help you find the financing that suits you best. We offer a variety of options to help you afford your dreams. is a website for Empire Beauty School students and alumni seeking career opportunities. Stylists can create resumes, develop digital portfolios, search for career opportunities and apply for open positions through one simple site. The beauty career website is part of the education process at Empire which assists students to better understand these elements of their career. Empire Beauty Schools offers job placement assistance through our website

Empire Beauty Schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).

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Empire Beauty School - Rochester offers the following programs:



Program Length 1,000 hours
Average Completion 7 months
Program Tuition $12,750

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Accreditation or State Approval

One or more programs offered at this school is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accredited programs qualify graduates for applicable state licensing. In addition, accredited schools typically can offer more financial aid options, including federal financial aid. Learn more about accreditation and approval.


To apply to this school, there is a $100 application fee.

Financial Aid

57% of students received financial aid

On average, students received $4,453 in financial aid.

Student Body

Gender Ratio

97% Female, 3% Male

Race / Ethnicity Ratio

26% White, 1% Hispanic / Latino, 46% African American, 0% Asian American, 0% American Indian, 0% Hawaiian / Pacific, 3% Two or More, 24% Unknown

68 students are enrolled in this school

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Page last updated: 04/09/2024

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