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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.


• Accelerates the exfoliation process of your skin and helps remove the dead skin cells 
• Leaves skin looking firm and radiant 

• Hyperpigmentation 
• Fine lines 
• Sun damage

So perfect for this fall season🎃
Nothing better than a fresh wax🌷 

Yesterday we had the opportunity to complete a body wax! 

Hard or soft wax can be used when demonstrating an underarm wax. To achieve the baby soft feeling, I used a gentle soft wax which worked wonders for a quick hair removal fix! 

P.S. We have weekly specials here at Nova! Every Wednesday at Nova Academy is Waxy Wednesday! Pop in to get 50% off any wax service✨
I graduated!!! 

 Thank you to everyone who has supported me! If you’ve sat in my chair, just know that i cherish the times that we had. Thank you for growing my confidence behind the chair💕 

on to bigger things in the near future!!
Hi everyone!✨ My name is Julia and I am currently a cosmetology student at Nova Academy of Cosmetology in Mankato, MN. I started a few weeks ago and I am excited to take you on this journey with me. I will start taking clients in the next few months and I can’t wait to see all your gorgeous faces!!!🤍 #cosmetologystudent #mankatohair #mnhairstylist
a new chapter begins…
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Monday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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

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.

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2023/10/30 00:15:33

Cosmetology, Esthiology, Advanced Practice Esthetics-Combined
January 9, 2023 | March 6, 2023 | May 1, 2023 | July 10, 2023 | September 5, 2023 | October 30, 2023

Advanced Practice Esthetics (500 Hours)
August 21, 2023 | October 2, 2023 | November 13, 2023

Nail Technology
January 30, 2023 | March 27, 2023 | May 22, 2023 | July 31, 2023 | September 25, 2023 | November 20, 2023

Instructor Training
By Appointment