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Nova Academy of Cosmetology - Mankato

Welcome to Nova Academy of Cosmetology in Mankato, a premiere destination attracting aspiring beauty students from all over southwestern Minnesota, including Mankato, New Ulm, St. Peter, Lakeville, Marshall, and even Sioux Falls, for those pursuing their passion from out-of-state.

Nova Academy of Cosmetology – Mankato boasts a state-of-the-art facility, providing an optimal learning environment. Inside, a dedicated team of experienced educators is committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience.

For those eager to work in the beauty industry, Nova Academy of Cosmetology serves as an excellent starting point. Explore our comprehensive programs to discover the array of opportunities available to you. Take the crucial first step and connect with our admissions team today to secure your spot in our vibrant community of beauty enthusiasts.

Programs Offered

A comprehensive program that covers various beauty treatments, including hairstyling, makeup application, and skincare.

Focuses specifically on skincare and related treatments, teaching techniques like facials, waxing, and exfoliation.

Training in nail care, manicures, pedicures, and nail artistry.

Teaches the application and styling of eyelash extensions to enhance eyelash length and volume.

A higher level of skincare training, encompassing advanced techniques and treatments.

An integrated program merging advanced skincare practices with a comprehensive esthiology curriculum.

Ongoing learning for beauty professionals to update skills and stay current with industry trends.

Prepares individuals to become educators in the beauty industry, teaching future professionals.


Nova Academy of Cosmetology offers an outstanding reputation, experienced instructors, and comprehensive curriculum. With a focus on hands-on training, state-of-the-art facilities, and a supportive learning environment, students can be confident that they will receive the best education and preparation for a successful career in the beauty industry.
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Attending beauty school at Nova Academy of Cosmetology offers a platform for unleashing your creativity, allowing you to explore and experiment with diverse techniques in hair, makeup, skincare, and nail artistry.
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We pride ourselves on offering Prosper U and Beauty as a Business programs, providing our students with comprehensive training not only in technical skills but also in essential business knowledge, enabling them to thrive as well-rounded beauty professionals in the industry.


Nova Academy of Cosmetology becomes an affordable option for aspiring students, thanks to the availability of federal financial aid and self-loans, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder the pursuit of a fulfilling career in the beauty industry.


I enjoyed every bit of school. I highly recommend Nova as an excellent choice of school for this industry as they give you more than enough information and knowledge to set you apart and get you far into the world of hair and skin.

– Megan M. – Cosmetology + Esthiology Student

Nova is a top notch school where all instructors and staff are dedicated to top of the line education and

student success. I am so glad I took this step and that I did it through Nova!

– Sharesa G. – Cosmetology Student

I had a great experience here at Nova! It’s a wonderful staff and great teaching! Absolutely loved the atmosphere! I was always excited to come to school!

– Kylie C.- Cosmetology Student

Salon, Spa & Advanced Skin Services

We offer a wide range of services to cater to your hair, skin, and nail needs. We take pride in offering advanced skin treatments that are normally only found at med-spas. What sets us apart is not only the exceptional quality and variety of our services, but also our affordability.

Rest assured, our dedicated team of future professionals, who perform the services are backed by skilled instructors, ensuring your service is performed to your satisfaction. We use only professional-grade products, to ensure the highest quality outcomes. While we excel in individual appointments, we also specialize in catering to  special occasions like weddings, proms, and birthdays.


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Monday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am – 7:30pm

Thursday: 8:30am – 7:30pm

Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (1st & 3rd Saturdays), Closed on other Saturdays

Sunday: Closed

Appointments: 507.345.4033

Admissions: 507.901.3003

Address: 500 Raintree Rd, Mankato, MN 56001

maria garfieldmaria garfield
20:54 15 May 24
By far one of the worst school salons I've been to. I would not recommend if you would like to sit there for hours while these poor students have to wait for “ instructor check”, with that, the instructor’s don’t seem very nice to the students or seem to care about their success. Definitely seems like the owner cares more about money than the students. Shame since my daughter was thinking about going to school here. Won’t be going back.
johnnay Wardjohnnay Ward
19:51 14 May 24
Lexi was amazing she made sure I was token care of she took her time with me she didn’t rush she was made me aware of everything she was doing I will be most definitely coming back to her she was the best !!She did an pedicure, facial , wash and style I fell asleep in her chair 😂
Jerry FlorenJerry Floren
21:26 26 Apr 24
Tara YatesTara Yates
21:46 27 Mar 24
Alexis was phenomenal and gave me one of the best facials I've ever had!! She was very knowledgeable and it was super relaxing.
Chandler DeBergChandler DeBerg
16:41 20 Feb 24
I’ve been getting chemical peels and micro needling done and it’s made a huge difference for my skin. I’ve been seeing Ivy for about two months and she is awesome. She knows what she’s doing and she’s super gentle. Justine greets you like a friend and not a customer. It’s a relaxing experience and I’m always recommending this place!
Alishia PeteAlishia Pete
14:02 17 Feb 24
Mankato LocationWe have been customers at Nova for years. I've been letting my daughter get peek a boo highlights for about 4 years now. This always cost me about $40 after tip. We would do 2 foils to lighten/bleach and 2 foils of color - 4 foils total. THEY WANTED $110 BASE RATE TO DO IT TODAY! I about fell over. I'm so glad I just didn't drop and go like I planned. I'm so glad I stuck around to overhear the price the instructor said. I stopped them in their tracks. We just did a hair trim and left. I would have been pissed picking my daughter up and finding out after they did the service the price. Saddly we won't be back with this pricing. The gals I talked to today said they have lost alot of clients do to this insane price hike at the beginning of the year. Otherwise they do a great job there. I use to recommend to alot of people to go to Nova. Can't do that anymore.
Kelcy BeckKelcy Beck
15:39 19 Jan 24
Had a facial on Monday from Karlie Beck she did an awesome job. I highly recommend her.
Amanda BrayAmanda Bray
16:39 29 Dec 23
Very happy with the services! Lauren T does an absolutely amazing job and is so patient, ensuring you get exactly what you want!
Miranda MeyerMiranda Meyer
20:33 15 Dec 23
Lori GeelanLori Geelan
17:51 15 Dec 23
I will miss my girl!!!!!
Annika HauffeAnnika Hauffe
03:11 03 Dec 23
Lauren Tobias was amazing!! I had a partial highlight done and it turned out amazing.Definitely going back.
Alexis BarberAlexis Barber
02:02 01 Dec 23
Highly recommend Alli P. for all your aesthetician services. I have gone to her 3 times and she’s done amazing. Left with amazing lashes and glowing face do to a facial.
Nina MartinsonNina Martinson
13:34 23 Nov 23
Came to nova yesterday to get pampered and the girls I worked with blew my mind above and beyond!!!would recommend nova to anybody over any other hair salon the girls there really take care of you and the trainer as well! went above and beyond deff made sure I didn’t leave the chair until I was 100% satisfied downright my time here was amazing my haircuts so cute thank you girls again!
Dina DauerDina Dauer
01:14 22 Nov 23
Maddi S did a great job with my hair. She will do great even after she graduates. Been here many times and will continue to go
18:23 16 Nov 23
Sydney Grossklaus worked wonders during my mom's appointment, and the results were nothing short of amazing. My mom's skin was not only treated with expert care but also radiated a healthy glow after Sydney's exceptional touch. The transformative effects of Sydney's expertise were truly remarkable, leaving us in awe of her skill and the unmistakable radiance that adorned my mom's complexion post-appointment. Sydney's talents undoubtedly turned the experience into a rejuvenating and uplifting beauty session that surpassed our expectations
Heidi BarteltHeidi Bartelt
16:45 25 Oct 23
Shelly was absolutely amazing!
Kaitlynn WenischKaitlynn Wenisch
16:19 18 Oct 23
Amanda E. gives the best facials!!
Abril MarquezAbril Marquez
16:05 18 Oct 23
Kaitlynn Wenisch did a fantastic job with my facial !! It was so relaxing I fell asleep . Will be coming back again !
Chloe BankenChloe Banken
16:49 05 Oct 23
Josie Gibson is the best! i’ve been to her a couple times, yet she still surprises me with her knowledge & hard work. She slays
Sara RolloffSara Rolloff
22:37 27 Jul 23
Kimberly EnzKimberly Enz
17:00 21 Jul 23
Julia P. was very Sweet and took her time making my pedicure a wonderful experience. Thank you! Love my piggy’s.
Rachel RiskaRachel Riska
15:31 11 Jul 23
Kayla always does an amazing job and is so patient and kind when I explain what I would like. 100% recommend!
Brianna DayBrianna Day
22:39 06 Jul 23
Amanda Day was wonderful! She’s done my hair multiple times and i’ve loved it every time! it’s turned out gorgeous and exactly like the photos i’ve shown her. She is efficient and skillful and makes the appointment fun. Love coming to her! Makes the long drive worth it!
Greta GormanGreta Gorman
21:12 21 Jun 23
i went with my friend and had a very good time 👍 livie did a pedicure for me and it was very nice (so was she) 10/10 give her raiserecommend btw massage chairs were amazing and i got free flipflops
Kendall HabanaKendall Habana
15:42 31 May 23
I had an absolute blast working with McKenna. She did a mani-pedi and it turned out wonderful. I definitely recommend this place because it’s good service and a fun environment. Remember that they are students learning so nothing will be perfect but it’s worth the time.
Riley SailerRiley Sailer
15:02 31 May 23
Anna G is amazing! She did wonderful lashes, nails and hair for me. 10/10 recommend.
Robert LorenzenRobert Lorenzen
03:36 30 Apr 23
Do not trust these people to honor price limits. I brought my then girlfriend here and told them a max price, I came back and it was literally over double what I told them. They said that they forgot but would not budge on any of the prices. Unless you know exactly what they are going to do and how much it will cost I highly recommend you do not go here. Absolutely the work customer service I have ever experienced.
I sat in that chair for over 7 hours and you would expect a good outcome for all the time you would sit there, but no. She clearly applied the color right on my scalp and missed a bunch of areas so now I look bald in some spots. She was rushing to get the job done at the very end. Not impressed at all. Not only that, but they got dye all over the back of my clothes. Will not be going back there again and will not recommend this place to anyone else. Not worth the $180. 😡

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