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Learn the 7 Important Things to Ask About During Your Admissions Tour

Finding the right fit for your needs and your career goals can be tough, but at Paul Mitchell the School Normal, the struggle isn't so real. Our students receive technical and business education all while gaining the skills they need to be a successful professional. If you're considering beauty school, readu up on some of the things you might want to ask about during your admissions tour.


It’s a word you’ve probably heard, but maybe haven’t given much attention. But, it’s important to be sure that the institution that you want to attend is accredited by an agency/institution that is recognized by the state where you will be getting your license. It’s likely that they will tell you that they are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) which is where Paul Mitchell the School Normal receives our accreditation.

Accreditation is one of the things that makes it possible for educational institutions (colleges, trade schools etc…) to offer scholarship funds to their students.

While Paul Mitchell is happy to provide proof of accreditation, there is also this resource for you to research.

Cost Of Attendance

Most schools provide financial information on their website, but it never hurts to make sure that you get the most up-to-date information. This includes asking about fees outside of the total tuition cost, such as a tuition deposit and when it is due.

These points may also be addressed if/when you speak with someone about your financial aid and scholarship options.

Career Placement

During your on-site tour, we recommend that you inquire about the licensure rate, completion rate, and placement rate of their students. Websites are incredibly helpful tools, spend time looking at the Career Placement information before your tour. Check out our programs page here to see our completion and licensure rates.


Curricular information includes the number of hours required to complete the program, the textbooks required, internships/externships, technical training, etc. Every cosmetology training program is unique in some way. While it is true that the same standard practices are covered, the balance of classroom lecture and hands-on learning will vary.

It’s important to get a good idea of what day-to-day life as a student is like to make sure that it will align with what you’re looking for.

The Kit

Generally the cost is included in tuition/ fees, like it is here at Paul Mitchell the School Normal. However, depending on the school you ultimately choose, you may be expected to purchase one on your own. Student kits can range in price from as low as $1,500 to as much as $2,400. Be clear about the expectations and responsibilities that will fall on you as a student before the official enrollment process begins.

Supplemental Learning

It is important to have access to other resources and professionals outside of the classroom and the salon floor. Ask about guest lecturers or instructors as well as opportunity field trips and professional exposure. Paul Mitchell the School Normal features platform artists to ensure our students are receiving the most relevant and up-to-date education possible. Our students also have the opportunity to compete at the national level where they meet and work with top industry stylists!

The State Board Exam

Every school prepares students for the State Board exam. However it is good to know if there is any kind of supplemental support and if the curriculum is designed to address all of the topics in the exam. Paul Mitchell the School Normal is dedicated to providing a curriculum that supports a thorough mastery of the material, while providing students the chance to build their client base before graduating.

These are just a few of the many things could influence your selection, speak with an admissions representative about your questions and let Paul Mitchell the School Normal help you get your career off to the right start.

Call us or stop by to schedule an appointment Main: (309)-451-0400 | Salon Services: (309)-862-3400 1503 E. College Ave. Suite L Normal, ILLINOIS 61761

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