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Admission Requirements

Merrell University offers continuous enrollment with classes starting monthly. All courses are written and taught in English. Start dates are subject to change without notice.  To be eligible for enrollment an applicant must:


  1. Be 18 years of age or have written approval from a legal guardian; 

  2. Complete a Merrell University application for admission;

  3. Provide a copy of a valid high school diploma or its equivalent or GED certificate (see High School Diploma Policy for more information);

  4. Provide a copy of a birth certificate, valid driver’s license, or valid State ID;

  5. Complete an interview with an administrator that indicates the applicant meets minimum requirements and the ability to perform all Central Job Functions. (See Human Rights and Central Job Function Requirements);

  6. Submit two (four for Esthetics) recent 2”x2” pictures for state license; and

  7. Complete post-secondary student enrollment application (to be completed with Dir. of Admissions) and submit $5 licensing fee ($10 licensing fee for Esthetics).


Instructor Training applicants must provide a current license (Cosmetology, Manicuring, Esthetics, or Barber) registered with the Missouri Board of Cosmetology.


Barber and Barber Crossover  applicants must also complete a Barber Medical Exam Form.

Merrell University does not participate in the Ability to Benefit Program and does not require proof of immunizations and/or vaccinations. Merrell University reserves the right to deny an application of admission if it is not filled out in its entirety, admission requirements are incomplete/fraudulent, or the applicant has a felony conviction of a violent crime within the last 10 year.


Non-Discrimination and Handicap Policy


Merrell University is in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1974, as amended, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, ethnic origin, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law, in the application, admission, operation, participation, access and treatment of the School’s programs and activities. Title IX Coordinator – Scott Sharp 573-632-4464

Merrell University is in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in that no qualified person (Human Rights and Central Job Function Requirements), by reason of handicap, will be excluded from enrolling in its program of instruction. Merrell University will assist the handicapped applicant in finding the appropriate state or federal agency that would best help theapplicant achieve their goals.

For information regarding (Human Rights and Central Job Function Requirements), special facilities, and services to accommodate disabled students, please contact the admissions office or Title IX Coordinator.

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