Founded in 1978, the University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts (USCA) offers you a state-of-the-art learning environment with fully equipped classrooms and superior instructors. Our students learn in an atmosphere of professionalism and graduate knowing they have been trained to meet the highest standards of their profession.
Over the years we have graduated more than 1,700 students. Some of these students are working in Springfield and throughout the Midwest. Others are working in places as far away as Canada and New Zealand.
The mission of USCA is to provide our students with the knowledge and training necessary for their chosen program of cosmetology, esthiology, nail technology or teaching. By learning in an atmosphere of professionalism and excellence, USCA students will build a foundation to help prepare them for a successful and satisfying career. We also strive to teach teamwork and respect as well as emphasize the need for continued personal and professional growth in order to meet the highest standards of their profession.
Located on Springfield's busy west side, near Veteran's Parkway and Wabash Avenue, our facility was designed to promote both learning and the practice of professional skills. Our students have the advantage of spacious, professionally designed clinic areas and quiet classrooms, with the latest equipment for all areas of study. The student equipment and textbooks are up-to-date, and provide the student with everything they will need for their course of study. The usual class size averages 18 students per instructor. Students with documented learning disabilities may be eligible for accommodations including a test reader, extra test taking time and more. Students who have special needs can work with the Director of Admissions in order to optimize their success in the program. Free parking is provided for students and clients.
USCA is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), a nationally recognized agency for private cosmetology schools. NACCAS is located at 4401 Ford Ave., Suite 1300, Alexandria VA 22302 (phone 703-600-7600).
USCA is approved by the Department of Education for participation in federal Title IV student financial aid programs, including PellGrant and Family Federal Education Loans.
USCA is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to operate as a cosmetology school offering cosmetology, esthiology and nail education. This license was first issued in 1931 and was transferred to the present owners in 1978. The Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation is located at 320 W. Washington, Springfield, IL 62786 (phone 217-785-0800) and also in Chicago.
USCA is a member of the Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS), the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), the International Chain Salon Association (ICSA) and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Are you ready to begin? If you are interested in enrolling or in visiting the school before you make your decision, you should call 217-753-8990 and arrange a visit. An interview with the school’s admissions and financial aid counselor is recommended. If you submit an enrollment application by mail or online, you will be contacted so a visit can be arranged.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of personal appearance jobs is projected to jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018. This rate of growth is nearly three times that of total U.S. employment (11 percent) during the same period.
- Professional Beauty Association's "Economic Snapshot of the Salon and Spa Industry," June 2011.
Note: Dates in parentheses represent class start dates for Esthiology & Full Time Nail Technology.