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Our Programs

What’s in a name? In our case, a whole lot! Paul Mitchell has been an iconic brand of professional hair care products for over 30 years. We have a network of over 50,000 salons in 81 countries, and we graduate nearly 14,000 students ever year from our 100+ schools. When you graduate from a Paul Mitchell school, you take our name with you—which includes a reputation for innovation and excellence, and a longstanding commitment to quality.

Our Holistic Approach

A Paul Mitchell Schools education also goes far beyond the technical training you’ll need in order to enter the beauty industry. It’s an intensive experience that’s designed to help you identify your career goals and develop all the skills you need to succeed. That means everything from giving you a great technical foundation to nurturing you as an artist and a person, and even helping you with networking and job placement.

Compare the Paul Mitchell Difference

Paul Mitchell Schools

Standard Cosmetology Schools

Start With

Complete Kit of Professional Level Supplies:

  • Premium Paul Mitchell styling tools and cutting, color and styling essentials
  • Digital, print and video instructional materials
  • Included in tuition

Basic Supply Kit

may or may not be included in tuition


Hands-on With:

  • Mannequin heads
  • Live models
  • Live demos
  • Guest artists
  • Exclusive video tutorials
  • The Paul Mitchell Cutting app
  • ...and sometimes also from books.

From Books


Cosmetology Skills plus:

  • Business Skills
  • Merchandising skills
  • Retail skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Portfolio prep
  • Personal career plan
  • Educational and career path guidance
  • Opportunities to shine:
    • Honors level
    • Dean’s list
    • Salon open house
    • Activities outside of school
    • Fashion shows
    • Industry events
    • FUNraising for charity
    • Student teams
  • ...and much more.

Cosmetology Skills

Walk Away With

The Preparation You Need to Succeed:

  • Real-world salon skills
  • Industry contacts
  • A community of committed, passionate peers
  • The Paul Mitchell name behind your certificate
  • …and the preparation you need to pass the state board and become a licensed cosmetologist.

The Preparation You need to Pass

the state board and become a licensed cosmetologist.

Dean's List and Honors Program

Our students work hard, and they deserve recognition for it! The Paul Mitchell Schools national Dean’s List program recognizes Future Professionals who excel in academia, community, attitude, school program involvement, and culture. The extensive criteria include academic and attendance requirements, participation in philanthropic activities, membership and leadership in student-run programs, and much more.

Our Honors Program offers aspiring Future Professionals the opportunity to work independently and earn extra recognition for their skill development and coursework completion. Participating students receive invaluable experience, special recognition at graduation, and Honors recognition for their resumes. It’s the cherry on top of a fun yet rigorous beauty school education.

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