Are you interested in enrolling at Don Roberts School of Hair Design? Our simple admissions process was designed to help you take the first steps. From the Discovery Day to the application to your first day of class, we’re here to help you! Apply today!

Admissions Process

  • Participate in a Discovery Day.
    • Tour the Campus
    • Monitor Classes
    • Talk with an Advisor
  • Complete the enrollment application—be sure to Sign and Date
  • Submit Enrollment Application and a copy of:
    • High School Diploma or Ged certificate
    • Birth Certificate or Valid Passport
    • Drivers’ License
    • Social Security Card
    • Any document that validates a change of name since birth
  • If making the application online, submit documents to
  • If submitting the application in person, an appointment is preferred
  • Review Consumer Disclosure information
  • Attend an Orientation

Admissions FAQs

What are the hours of class?

  • Hours of Class are Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    Days of class are program dependent
    Manicure and Esthetics Monday thru Wednesday
    Cosmetology and Barber Wednesday thru Saturday
    Instructor/Undergraduate License Dependent and Wednesday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    All programs require an online activity for preassigned homework assignments.

What is the difference between you and other schools in the area?

  • Private school
    • Small Classes
    • One on One Instruction
    • Online education
    • 100% Licensing rate with the State of Indiana

Can I attend two programs at one time?

No, not at the same time. However, you can cross over applicable credits from one program to the other after you obtain your first licenses; such as Cosmetology to Barber or Manicure to Esthetics.

Is there financial aid?

Yes, for those that qualify. We offer private scholarships, federal grants, student loans, and a private payment plan. Visit our Financial Aid page for details.

Can I attend more hours per week?

Yes, if you have qualified for the Choice Scholarship

What is the Choice Scholarship?

Visit our Financial Aid page for details.

How do I get my license?

All curriculums qualify for both an Indiana and Illinois licensing exam.
Indiana requires both a practical and a written test
Illinois requires an endorsement from Indiana to Illinois; No test is required

Can I get my license before graduation early and go to work?

Yes, if you are a full recipient of the Choice Scholarship, you can sit for your licensing exam prior to graduation.


  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt