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Nova Academy of Cosmetology - Rochester

Welcome to Nova Academy of Cosmetology in Rochester, where we take pride in catering to aspiring beauty school students from a wide range of locations, including Rochester, Winona, Hastings, Albert Lea, and beyond, extending even to Mason City and La Crosse for out-of-state students.

Our cosmetology school is renowned for its spacious and state-of-the-art facility, providing an ideal environment for learning. We are home to a team of highly trained educators. They are committed to offering students a truly unique and enriching educational experience.

If you’re eager to embark on a rewarding career in the beauty industry, Nova Academy of Cosmetology is the perfect starting point for your journey. Explore our comprehensive programs to discover the exciting opportunities that await you. Take that important first step and contact our admissions team today to secure your place among our vibrant community of beauty enthusiasts. Let us help you achieve your dreams in the beauty industry.

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 Millbrandt – 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 Golish – 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 Canterburg – 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 – 4:30pm

Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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

Sunday: Closed

Appointments: 507.280.6910

Admissions: 507.901.3003

Address: 5979 Bandel Rd NW, Rochester, MN 55901

alicia lankfordalicia lankford
20:51 17 Nov 23
Natalie did a great job on my husband's hair cut! Very professional!
Lori CoolidgeLori Coolidge
13:08 17 Nov 23
I’ve been going to Nova for a year now, every 7 to 8 weeks, since my daughter’s good friend enrolled in the program. Every time I’ve had a great experience!Jayden, Makayla, and Mercedes have done an excellent job with my color, cut and eyebrow tint. The instructors have been thorough in their guidance and mentoring and I’ve never had any doubts that my hair wouldn’t look great. In fact, I’ve received more compliments on both my hair color and cut than I ever did all those years I was paying nearly $200 for the same services from my previous stylist. Thank you for doing excellent work!
Najma AliNajma Ali
01:16 30 Oct 23
Javaeh Tre Ali NelsonsJavaeh Tre Ali Nelsons
21:36 11 Oct 23
this is best place to get your hair done ! Mercedes is the goat! Everyone here is so polite and educated! Ava is the person who did my hair and it turned out so good definitely recommend her!
Kathryn ProctorKathryn Proctor
15:27 06 Oct 23
I expect it to take longer than a regular salon, but 4 hours and 15 minutes for a root job and a few foils seems excessive. Why wouldn't the instructor get the poor girl some help?My hair didn't turn out like I asked for but it looks good. She did a good job.Also paid the same amount I pay at my regular salon.
Wesley ProctorWesley Proctor
02:26 30 Jul 23
Went to get my first facial and Bijou did a great job! She explained the process and was so charismatic and kind! My skin is absolutely glowing!
Mollie AllenMollie Allen
21:06 29 Jul 23
Amazing experience!! I had Elle do a partial foil on my hair and it turned out AMAZING!!
Lexy GullicksonLexy Gullickson
16:14 28 Jul 23
Elle helped take me from brunette back to blonde and did an amazing job in one session! Super friendly and always had a smile on her face! Along with explained everything she did so I understood!
Lynn FreerksenLynn Freerksen
23:07 26 Jul 23
July 26th, as I entered the shop I was greated by a couple different gals and everyone was so nice. My clinician today was Elle and she was waiting for me with a smile on, rearing to go. My highlights seem to move along fast as we were making small talk the whole time. And the hair style I asked for was kind of complicated but she nailed it. I am extremely happy with my new hair-do and the professional staff around there. I was very pleased with the treatment and professionalism I received from Elle today. Hope to visit again in the near future.
Ian GillIan Gill
20:00 25 Jul 23
Both of my experiences with Bijou at Nova were exceptional! She did an enzyme peel and hydrofacial, both treatments were incredibly relaxing and showed great benefits for the weeks after. She was very gentle and checked in with me the whole time to make sure I was comfortable! Bijou is the best!!!!!!!
Alyssa LofthusAlyssa Lofthus
12:09 29 Jun 23
ELLE LEEPER. She is the one to go to at Nova! I had always said that Blondes have more fun, and well let’s just say she made a dream become reality! We had talked about what I had wanted and with less words and all action she went for it. To say it turned out just good was an understatement, IT TURNED OUT PERFECT! 100/10. Cannot wait for her to graduate so I can continue my hair care with her, she is amazing!
Choua LeeChoua Lee
02:04 29 Jun 23
I saw how Elle did my nephew hair and quickly asked for an appointment. I went in today for a color. Elle was nice and bubbly. She did such an amazing job, way more than what I excepted ! Highly highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed. Totally following her after she graduates.
Teisha MarieTeisha Marie
22:43 19 Jun 23
Went to Nova to see Elle needing a fresh start for my hair! She listened to what I was wanting and also threw in her own ideas to make it even better! I absolutely loved how my hair turned out afterwards, it was the beautiful dark chocolate that I wanted and then we also added in some caramel bits!! Absolutely recommend Elle if you're needing a refresh or new look!!
Abby DohlmanAbby Dohlman
00:18 19 Jun 23
Elle Leeper is amazing. She knew exactly how to do my hair when I went in for highlights and it turned out AMAZING!!! Elle also did my prom hair and eyelash extensions. i got so many compliments on all of it. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Elle!!
Kayla HillKayla Hill
15:59 17 Jun 23
I came in and got a fresh new look with Elle. She was patient and listened to what I was wanting. She took me from blonde to dark and it looked amazing. She was so fun to work with, her smile is contagious and has such a bubbly personality. I have seen her twice and will follow her after school. I highly recommend her!

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Cosmetology, Esthiology,  Advanced Practice Esthetics-Combined, APE (500hr)
January 8, 2024 | March 4, 2024 | April 29, 2024 | July 8, 2024 | September 3, 2024 | October 28, 2024

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