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Empire Beauty School in State College, PA
  • Empire Beauty School
  • 206 W Hamilton Ave
  • State College, PA 16801
  • 814-238-1961
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State College Beauty School - Empire

Join the exciting beauty industry as a licensed cosmetologist. The Empire Beauty School in State College, PA offers a rare combination of advantages to advance your career. The State College location offers you a cosmetology education with all the support to start your training.

Empire Beauty Schools are accredited* which holds us to a higher standard of quality.

Empire’s fun and interactive classes are conducted by trained and licensed beauty educators. Our State College school has a student salon where you will work on real clients while you learn to build your own book of business.

If you want a career with unlimited potential for creativity, flexibility, and making others feel more beautiful the world of beauty is the perfect place for you.

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Why Empire?

  • Experience: Empire has over 80 years of experience in cosmetology education
  • Unique: Certified learning in cosmetology (CLIC) includes mannequins , textbooks, and special tools that all work together to enhance your learning at Empire
  • Interactive: White board technology and digital textbooks make learning more visual, easy, and fun
  • Accredited: National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences ( NACCAS) accreditation
  • Advanced: We’ll help you get licensed, opening new opportunities
  • Affordable: Our accreditation enables us to help students get federal financial aid

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About the area

Located on West Hamilton Avenue in the Hamilton Square Plaza 3 blocks off of South Atherton Street and near the South Fraser Street intersection, in this college town is Empire Beauty School of State College, PA.

The 18 year old beauty school has been turning out future beauty professionals at this location. There is plenty of free parking. Our beauty school is within walking distance of the Penn State University Main Campus. Students have convenient access to public transportation through the Centre Area Transit Authority (CATA) bus lines, as well as nearby gas stations such as Graham's Exxon, Minit Mart, Penns Mobil, and several others. Take in a shopping excursion to the Nittany Mall or the local shops in the town. Several eateries and other restaurants are nearby such as Brother's Pizza of Hamilton Street, Pizza Hut and Fugi and Jade Garden. There are day care centers near the school such as ABC Children's Center for students with children who need care. Tour the Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, enjoy a Penn State game or take in a game at the Golf Toftrees Resort.


Empire Beauty School's cosmetology education programs include technical training, as well as learning the business side of the industry. Students develop fundamental and advanced skills throughout their training. Listed below are the programs that are offered at the State College, PA beauty school. For more information on these programs, please visit our Consumer Information section.

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In the Cosmetology program at the Empire Beauty School in State College, PA : The program includes several areas of focus including hair design, hair cutting, color, texture, basic skin care, and more.


Our cosmetology school in State College, PA has regular events for the students. Check out some videos of cosmetology students and staff at the State College Empire Beauty School.


The State College Empire Beauty School has received both industry honors, and recognition as a high performing school within the largest system of cosmetology schools, the 110 campuses of Empire Education Group. Several Empire Beauty School locations all around the country, as well as Empire Education Group as an organization, have also received several Modern Salon’s excellence in education awards for outstanding achievement in cosmetology education.

Community Involvement

State College Empire Beauty School students actively participate in community events which support their hands-on training such as performing a day of beauty services for local patrons. The proceeds are used to help to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

The students also have the opportunity to participate in local and national competitions, as well as their own school’s beauty shows, to highlight their skills and talents. Empire's Future Professionals Expo offers students exposure to beauty industry leaders, one-on-one mentor workshops with beauty professionals and the opportunity to interview with prospective employers.

Success Stories

Linda and Brian Gilbride and daughters Kelly Davis and Amy Costanzo are all graduates of Empire Beauty School and work together in their family owned salon. Linda was the first in the business, and also is in management with haircare manufacturer Joico.

The Gilbride Family

Owners, Totally Tan and Synergy Day Spa