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Cosmetology Program Application Checklist
Check each item below
as you complete requirements

Printable Checklist (.pdf)

__ Complete online application for admissions

__ If you are currently an RVCC student with another major, you need to go to the Admissions Office, reapply to RVCC, declaring Cosmetology as your major and pay the $25 application fee.

__ Attend a Cosmetology Information Session
The session will explain the program in detail and give you the opportunity to ask questions. You will receive an information packet that includes your LRI test eligibility slip. The LRI test is a requirement to enroll in the program. The test is administered at the colleges Testing Center.

__ Submit official final high school transcript to the Office of Enrollment Services, P.O. Box 3300, Somerville, New Jersey 08876-1265. The official transcript must have the school's seal and be in an unopened envelope. GED graduates must provide a GED Score Report or diploma.

__ Submit previous college official transcript(s), if any, to the Admissions Office.

_ Submit immunization record (full-time students only) Submit to the Admissions Office, documentation that you’ve had measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and Hepatitis B vaccinations in accordance with State of New Jersey immunization requirements. Click here for more information on immunization and to download a form.
    __ Complete placement testing
Testing is at the RVCC Testing Center, located just to the left of the main reception desk on the main (Branchburg) campus. You will need a photo ID and the LRI eligibility testing slip you received in your application packet. You will then be given Math and English Accuplacer placement tests and LRI workplace skills test. College transcripts or high SATs might exempt you from the Math and English parts of the testing. Allow up to four hours for the testing. We encourage you to take the tests in one sitting, with a short break in between the Accuplacer and the LIR testing, though you can take the tests over the course of multiple days if you choose. We recommend that you prepare ahead of time by studying Math and English.

__ Schedule an interview
Call Marcia Bird at 908-526-1200 x8618.

__ Attend an interview
Prepare for this interview as you would a job interview. Be prepared to explain why you should be accepted into the RVCC Cosmetology program and why you are interested in a career in the Cosmetology industry. The interview will be approximately 45 minutes.

__ If you seek financial aid you must complete the FAFSA from at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. For more information, consult the RVCC Financial Aid website at www.raritanval.edu/financialaid. Allow two weeks for processing.

Minimum requirements for admission

1) Complete of all checklist steps

2) Able to lift 25lb

3) Able to stand for extended periods of time

4) At minimum, placing into Math 020 and English 060

5) There is no minimum required score for the LRI test

6) Readiness to complete payments on time

Admission are competitive. Fulfilling the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

This program is made possible thanks to support from, and partnership with, the U.S. Department of Labor  

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