• Admissions Process and Application

  • Admission Process

    The Cosmetology program is a limited entry program.

    Prior to applying, it is very important that you read through the Program Details, Curriculum Information and Enrollment Guidelines for Limited & Restricted Entry Programs.

    People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact Accessible Education Services at 503-491-6923 or dsoweb@mhcc.edu. Please call at least 2 weeks prior to event.

    Admission of all students is centralized in the Admissions, Registration and Records office. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Cosmetology program. The Admissions, Registration and Records office have the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria and has the sole authority to inform students of their admission status.

    Students are admitted to the Cosmetology program every term, dependent upon space availability. Students cannot designate the preferred term of entrance, due to the number of accepted students changing every term. Complete applications are kept on a "Ready for Entrance" list until either accepted into the program or three terms have past (starting from the term of application). Students not accepted into the program by the end of the third term who wish to remain on the "Ready for Entrance" list must notify the Cosmetology admissions evaluator in the Admissions, Registration and Records office of their intent to remain on the list. If an invited student declines their invitation, but wishes to stay on the "Ready for Entrance" list, their name goes to the bottom of the list.

    Mt. Hood Community College's Admissions, Registration and Records office sends all application notifications by email. Once accepted into the program, students must confirm their acceptance within the timeline indicated in the letter. Any student who does not respond will lose their place, dropped from the "Ready for Entrance" list and their seat will be offered to the next candidate.

    If you have questions regarding the admission requirements and procedures, please email LRAdmissions@mhcc.edu. For questions about the program, contact the program faculty listed below or an adviser from the Academic Advising and Transfer Center. Additionally, you are strongly urged to attend a Cosmetology Information Session.

    Faculty Adviser Student with Last Name Beginning Phone Email Location
    Marty Castellanos A-H 503-491-7437 Marty.Castellanos@mhcc.edu AC1385
    Denise D'Angelo I-P 503-491-7636 Denise.DAngelo@mhcc.edu AC1382
    Carol Redwine Q-Z 503-491-7499 Carol.Redwine@mhcc.edu AC1381

    Date of Application

    Applications are continuously accepted on a year round basis. Students are selected for entry each term as seats become available. All required documentation for admission to the program must be received by the Admissions, Registration and Records office for the application to be considered complete.

    Admission Requirements

    1. General Admission Application : Applicants who are new to MHCC or have not attended within the last 4 terms MUST fill out a general admissions form, select General Studies as your major. Please submit the general admissions form prior to applying to the program. Applications without a recent admissions form on file will be incomplete and not considered for admission to the Cosmetology program.
    2. MINIMUM PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must demonstrate prerequisite skills in reading, writing, and math by either Option 1 or 2 listed below. If using Option 2, coursework must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.


    RD115 WR115/WR101 MTH060


    RD090/WR115 or higher level of reading or Writing-specific course WR090 or a higher level of Writing-specific course MTH020 or a higher level Math-specific course

    OPTION 1 – Mt. Hood Community College Placement Test (CPT)

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test given on a walk-in basis. Students are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep. There is no fee to take the CPT. Your scores will be available upon completion of the test.
    • The CPT scores are valid for 5 years.
    • If you have COMPASS scores from another school, you will not need to take MHCC's Accuplacer CPT. Please submit your COMPASS score report with your application packet, and we will convert your test results for use at MHCC. Please note: MHCC is unable to utilize ALEKS scores for math placement.
    • Test scores are not on official college transcripts. You will need to contact your college's testing center to obtain your reading,writing, and math scores for use at MHCC.

    OPTION 2 – Transcript Requirements if meeting the Minimum Skills Prerequisite using Completed Coursework.

    • Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken (official electronic (EDI) transcripts are fine).
    • Do NOT include MHCC transcripts.
    • Secondary transferred coursework is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
    • Nationally accredited (for-profit institutions) transcripts are not required and will not fulfill program or degree requirements, but may be submitted.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy.
    • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential services. For more information, visit AICE or NACES. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the skills prerequisite requirement.

    Transfer Credits: Upon acceptance to the program, students who have prior college coursework applicable to the Cosmetology program may request a transcript evaluation online.

    1. How to Apply: Applicants may apply online via this link: Apply Online !

    Important Note on Program Acceptance and Registration

    • All application notifications are sent via email. It is your responsibility to set your "spam filter" system to accept email addresses containing @mhcc.edu. Do this even if you are currently receiving emails from MHCC. We cannot be responsible for notices which are not received due to spam or junk mail handling. Make sure to add @mhcc.edu to your "safe senders list". Applicants should be checking their email on a computer and NOT on a smart phone.
    • Students must confirm their acceptance into Cosmetology program by responding to their acceptance letter within the specified timeline indicated in the letter. Failure to respond will result in their seats given to the next qualified applicant.
    • Students admitted into the Cosmetology program must register for program classes by the date stated in your acceptance email. Failure to register by the stated date will result in their seats given to the next qualified applicant.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA & ADAAA) And Rehabilitation Act Information

    Mt. Hood Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admissions or access to its programs, services and activities. If you have a disability and need accommodations, auxiliary aides, or services, please contact Disability Services at (503) 491-6923 or dso.web@mhcc.edu. Individuals are not required to disclose disability in the admissions process. Disability Services staff can provide assistance and guidance during the application process if you have any questions. Individuals with disabilities are required to meet the essential functions of the curriculum and program with reasonable accommodations.

    Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

    The College shall comply with all local, state and federal laws related to equal opportunity and affirmative action in its employment practices, services, programs and activities. The College is committed to providing an inclusive environment and equal opportunity to all persons and prohibits all forms of discrimination based on age, gender, race, color, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran's status, familial relationship, expunged juvenile record, or other status or characteristic protected by law, or association with individuals in such protected status or characteristic.


    The College promotes non-discrimination by maintaining a respectful working and learning environment free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. It is against district policy for any manager, supervisor, faculty, staff or student to engage in discrimination of any member of the College community based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. The College shall comply with all local, state and federal laws with regard to non-discrimination.

    Financial Aid

    Applicants may qualify for financial aid and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online. This application includes grants, loans and work study. Information about financial aid, including instructions for completing the FAFSA, is posted on the MHCC Financial Aid web page. Scholarships are also available. Visit the scholarship web page for more information.

    To avoid missing financial aid deadlines and opportunities, it is recommended that the FAFSA be completed on October 1 for the following academic year or at the time of program applications. Financial aid inquiries may be directed to FinAid.Mail@mhcc.edu.

    Veteran Services

    If you are a veteran, member of the Reserves or National Guard and plan to take classes, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans' Affairs or Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. Benefits may also be available to eligible spouses and/or children of veterans. The Office of Veteran's Services, located on the main Gresham campus in AC1152, provides a one-stop, centrally located area for students applying for or have questions regarding their veteran benefits.