Sam Brown’s Cosmetology & Barber Institute classes begin the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:00AM to 12:00PM for orientation. Classes for new full-time or part-time students start the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00PM to 7:00PM after orientation. Then students resume normal school schedule.

Registration Requirements

  1. At least 17 years of age (birth certificate or positive proof of age)
  2. School application (click here to download a copy of the school application)
  3. State board application received from school.
  4. High School Diploma (original), GED (original), or transcript verifying the successful completion of the 10th grade (must have at least 10 credits)
  5. Two passport-size photos
  6. $5.00 money order payable to Missouri Department of Revenue for license
  7. $100.00 registration fee for Cosmetology and Manicuring or Manicuring and Instructor. (non-refundable). $200.00 registration fee for Barber/Cosmetology Crossover (non-refundable).
  8. $280.00 for student textbooks (Pivot Point and Milady) payment at registration
  9. Uniform/Matrix Program fees start at $60.00

If you are considering a career in the cosmetology industry, or would like to receive additional information, please feel free to stop by the school or call 573-445-7311 to set up a personal interview.

General Information Form & School Application For Student

Personal Information

Please use 2 digit month, 2 digit day and 4 digit year. Ex. 01/01/2017.

In Case of Emergency Contact


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Work Experience

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Please answer all questions.

14. We are a school of cosmetology & barber institute; in what order of classes do you prefer to learn?

List in order of 1-9

List in order of 1-8


Class Time

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Thursday: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM

Clinic Floor Hours

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 12:30PM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday: 10:30AM - 5:00PM

Call 573-445-7311 to schedule an appointment.

1729 West Broadway Suite 5
Columbia, MO 65203


Abby Rhodes

The comprehensive training I received at Sam Brown’s Institute of Cosmetology gave me the confidence to accept a position at the Marc Salon immediately upon graduating in September, 2007.

Because of the structure and discipline I practiced every day in school, I now have the tools needed to be a great cosmetologist and to build a lasting clientele. I try to show my clients the same personal attention and care that Sam showed me as a student.

I didn’t just “go to beauty school” at Sam Brown’s Institute. I received a thorough education that extended well beyond the fundamentals of cosmetology. I learned how to be a good employee and how to get along with my co-workers. I learned how to provide clients with a truly relaxing and satisfying experience. I learned to stay current by investing in further education and to never give up. It was often Sam’s persistence and courage to overcome adversities in his own life that helped me to see my own strength. Not many stylists I have met since graduating can say that their educators were as invested in their students as those at Sam Brown’s. This is what makes Sam Brown’s Institute so exceptionally unique and impressive. I am so grateful to Sam’s mother for the gift she passed on to her son and to Don Vander Pal for his support and partnership of Sam’s dream, but most of all I am grateful for Sam Lanham. Grateful for always keeping the fire lit underneath me with his passion for this business and his compassion for all his students.