Belle Academy of Cosmetology
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Belle Academy of Cosmetology is in a midsized suburb containing between 100,000 and 250,000 residents. It is in the New Haven-Milford CT area.
Address
27a South Commons Road
Waterbury, CT 06704
www.belleacademy.com
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
Cosmetology
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Cosmetology
Barbering
Award Levels
1-2 Year Certificate
Quick Facts
Institutional Control
Belle Academy of Cosmetology is a private for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Accreditation
fair
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Belle Academy of Cosmetology holds an accreditation from one of the national accreditors. Credits earned from the national accreditors are often not accepted by schools holding the more prestigious regional accreditation, and it's important to verify that your credits will transfer if you are considering an eventual switch to another school. Please read below for concerns we found in the accreditation records.
Accreditation History
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc. (Accredited January 8, 2013 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on January 23, 2017.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for January 31, 2022.
  • A probation was placed on the accreditation on September 17, 2019 for Probation or Equivalent or More Severe Status: Monitoring--Place on ICRR
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
Study Types
All students are full-time. No students take distance education courses.
Full-time
100%
Online classes
0%
Context: Student body size
Belle Academy of Cosmetology has 5 students.
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Graduation Rate
All undergraduate students are full-time. In the last reporting year, 90% of full-time first-time students received a degree within 150% of the expected time for completion.
90%
Time to complete
On time
50% more time
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect the percentage of full-time first-time students who graduate with a 2-year degree or certificate within 3 years.
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student race/origin
Belle Academy of Cosmetology reports that 75% of students are minority, which is near the middle of the context schools. Similarly, this school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
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student gender
Is the gender balance of Belle Academy of Cosmetology students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 100% women students, Belle Academy of Cosmetology has a higher percentage of women than 97% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Belle Academy of Cosmetology offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Undergraduate services offered

Remedial services

Academic/career counseling services

Placement services for program completers

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their first year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

100%0%20%40%60%80%100%Full-time
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Belle Academy of Cosmetology cannot offer federal student loans
We do not have data on loan repayments for this school. Although students can receive federal student loans through Belle Academy of Cosmetology, it seems that very few students typically require loans. In the most recent reporting year, only 100% of full-time freshmen took out federal loans.
Context: Need met for degree-seeking undergraduate students
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This school provides only limited data on graduation rates and loan repayment. You might want to reach out to the school to see if they can provide evidence of student success. This school is a private for-profit institution. There are many good for-profit schools, but there are also many that are predatory. There are laws requiring the reporting of graduation rates and student loan repayment history to help to warn you if there may be problems. However, newer schools may not yet have that data and it's difficult for potential students to know if they will be safe.
Classroom Quality
Student attention at Belle Academy of Cosmetology

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
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Full-time and long-term instructors at Belle Academy of Cosmetology
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Belle Academy of Cosmetology has 40% full-time instructors, and 60% of the context schools have a higher percentage of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at Belle Academy of Cosmetology, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 29% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
40%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Belle Academy of Cosmetology last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

1-2 Year Certificate
What percentage of students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
Choose how to look at freshman residence
Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Belle Academy of Cosmetology compare to the context group?
100%0%20%40%60%80%100%In-state
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Student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
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Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Belle Academy of Cosmetology with that of the current context group.
13%25%63%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderAsianAmerican IndianMultiracialNot ReportedInternationalBlackWhiteHispanic
Student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
35-39
40-49
Unknown
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Age in context
Age over time
Context: Age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the focus at Belle Academy of Cosmetology compared to the focus for the context schools.
8%17%17%8%17%17%0%10%20%30%40%65 and over50-6440-4935-3930-3425-2922-2420-2118-19Under 18
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Student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for students at Belle Academy of Cosmetology.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Belle Academy of Cosmetology.
100%0%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Programs Offered
Cosmetology
A program that generally prepares individuals to cut, trim, and style scalp, facial, and body hair; apply cosmetic preparations; perform manicures and pedicures; massage the head and extremities; and prepare for practice as licensed cosmetologists in specialized or full-service salons. Includes instruction in hair cutting and styling, manicuring, pedicuring, facial treatments, shampooing, chemical applications, esthetics, shop management, sanitation and safety, customer service, and applicable professional and labor laws and regulations

Note: The name and definition of this program are based on Department of Education CIP code descriptions, which ensures uniform reporting across schools in the US. Please check this school's website for detailed program information and their specific course descriptions.

Choose how to look at program completions
By Level
By Race/Origin
By Gender
Completions in Cosmetology by award level
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1-2 Year Certificate

Recently College Scorecard released data on starting salaries and cumulative federal student debt for each school/program combination with sufficient graduates to allow for privacy concerns with data releases. Shown in the box plots below are data for all schools offering cosmetology and related personal grooming services (which may contain several related fields) by award level. If a value is reported for Belle Academy of Cosmetology, then that is shown in blue.

Starting Salaries
$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000Associate'sCertificate
Cumulative Federal Student Loan Debt
$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000Associate'sCertificate
Admissions
Open Admissions
Belle Academy of Cosmetology is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Campus overview
No Student Housing Available

This school does not report any housing for students.

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Programs for Veterans

If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.

Programs offered
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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School finances
Belle Academy of Cosmetology: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

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Chart explanation
Belle Academy of Cosmetology
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Belle Academy of Cosmetology have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Belle Academy of Cosmetology have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Tuition dependence
Interest obligations
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

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Chart explanation
Belle Academy of Cosmetology
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at Belle Academy of Cosmetology have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Belle Academy of Cosmetology is a private for-profit school, meaning that its annual goal is to make a profit for its shareholders. The other types of schools are public or not-for-profit, and profit is not a goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Belle Academy of Cosmetology into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

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Tuition and fees revenue
Educational sales revenue
Other revenue
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses