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9833 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
p. 314-966-8888
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Grabber School of Hair Design

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For those students with a flair for style who want to learn an exciting skill rather than just stare at a stack of books, there’s no better fit than the Grabber School of Hair Design, located in Ballwin, Missouri.

Sleek and contemporary, even the campus itself was designed by people who know style. Unlike outdated cosmetology facilities where students often feel as though their instructors are a little bit behind the times, Grabber knows how to provide the stylish contemporary instruction needed to jump-start a career in the the arts of cosmetology and manicuring.

The school prides itself on graduating students who can successfully navigate a salon, but who also understand the history of style, who are keenly attuned to the history and future of hairstyling, and who know how to listen to a client and give them what he or she really wants.

Students also gravitate towards the school because the programs can be completed quickly and are easily tailored to busy work schedules. For those who are already handling a career, part-time classes can be completed in just 14 months, leaving students certified and ready to begin their new career. Those attending full-time can have their degree completed in just 10 months. Students can also choose between evening and weekend classes or traditional day classes.

While a large part of instruction is about hairstyles, salon techniques, and other work-based skills, this is not a school that blindly throws its graduates out into the fierce world of hairstyling without any job-seeking skills intact. During their course of study, students will also learn how to put together a portfolio showcasing one’s skills and talents, how to conduct oneself in an interview situation, and how to compose the best resume possible and choose references for letters of recommendation. 95 percent of graduates have jobs lined up before graduation, and begin working immediately.

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Courses begin each month, so there is perpetually rolling admissions to the school. For prospective students, it is important to submit an application and enrollment papers two weeks before the start date. To enroll, you need to schedule an appointment with the admissions office. For this appointment be prepared to bring your high school diploma or proof of GED and your high school transcripts along with a proper form of identification. Photographs are also taken for student licenses, so it might be a good idea to have a look in place that you want to see for a few months to come!

Financial Aid

Many students attending the school receive financial aid. Financial aid advisors can help with everything from completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to learning about available scholarships and job opportunities to help finance school. Thankfully, with grants and other opportunities available, many students are able to attend school simply with a few grants and loans.

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Students attending Grabber have the great opportunity to be working with other creative and dynamic individuals who are interested in learning the ropes of the salon industry. The school provides opportunities to learn even faster and get to know fellow students by hosting various events, providing career counseling, and even organizing occasional extracurricular activities. With facilities where the student-to-teacher ratio is low and all of the contemporary pieces of equipment one is going to work with in a salon are provided, students get the absolute best hands-on experience possible. The surrounding community also gets to take advantage of a more affordable way to get stylish, with the school’s salon being open to the public. This is also a great way for students to learn how to communicate with a client, how to encourage a more flattering look, and how to handle those rare occasions when the reception to a look is less than stellar.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Since this career-oriented school is so focused on a fast-track of learning to prepare students for the workforce, there is not much of a focus on amenities offered at traditional colleges and universities, like clubs and athletics.


Accreditation is awarded by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences, meaning not just that the school meets and exceeds expectations, but also that students who need some assistance in handling the costs of tuition are eligible for federal and national aid.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 6 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 56 0.18
Larceny 283 0.93
Vehicle theft 12 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near St. Louis, MO 63126
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population15,386 (15,386 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,550 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$53,728
Families4,522 (2.87 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemContinuous
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

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Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 28 1 1 84 114
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 25 1 76 102
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 3 1 8 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 8
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.

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