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80 Years of Beautiful Careers

Since 1934, Empire Education Group has been educating future beauty professionals in the art cosmetology. For nearly three generations, the company has been living up to its core purpose; to create opportunities for people to improve their lives.

From its corporate headquarters in Pottsville, Pennsylvania Empire continues with its 80 year tradition of providing a high-quality education and training to future beauty professionals for successful, rewarding and in-demand careers in the beauty industry. The goal of every Empire employee is to support students through every phase of their education, graduation and career placement. Providing opportunities for others and maintaining excellence in education is at the cornerstone of the company, and has been from the very beginning.

Mission Statement


  • To create opportunities for people to improve their lives.


  • Integrity
  • Customer Dedication
  • Co-Worker / Team Focus
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Passionate Commitment


  • To be the global leader in cosmetology education, focused on the success and satisfaction of students and co-workers throughout their careers.

The Beginning of Empire Beauty Schools

The first Empire Beauty School opened in 1935 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. For the next 65 years, Empire focused on its home state of Pennsylvania, growing to more than 20 schools.

In 2000, Empire began to grow through acquisition, first in Atlanta, finding the market to be a good match with Empire's philosophies, the company now operates three schools in Georgia.

Between 2001 and 2003, Empire continued to expand its presence on the East Coast, adding schools in:

  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

In 2004, Empire acquired five schools in New York City and Boston, followed shortly thereafter by one in Chicago. Several Greenfield locations subsequently opened in Chicago, with several others in the planning stage.

Regis Corporation Merger

The School Division of Regis Corporation was merged with Empire Beauty Schools in 2007, forming Empire Education Group and adding 51 schools in the process, creating the largest provider of cosmetology education in North America.

Throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010, the former Regis schools transitioned to Empire's brand and curriculum, as Empire opened new locations in:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • And acquired additional schools in Tennessee, New York and Ohio

Empire Today

2011, 2012 and 2013 marked even more growth for Empire, as the company added new schools in places like Savannah, GA, Rochester, NY, Buffalo, NY, Glen Burnie, MD, Augusta, GA, Cheltenham, PA and Virginia Beach, VA. Empire Education Group continues to expand in existing as well as new markets, providing its signature cosmetology instruction to students across the United States.