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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.


bres_chop_shop thank you a million times for my purple hair🫶🏻💜😈🦄👾💁🏻‍♀️🍇💟☯️🟣🪻🟣 I love it!! 💟💟💜💜 If you need your hair done DM HER!! Tell I sent you!!

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

Amber JAmber J
18:31 17 Apr 24
I would like to give credit to a specific person but unfortunately it took the whole team to help my baby, lol. I made the lazy parent mistake of giving my 9 year old full rein of her hair and long story short, she had the craziest knots! They gave her combs, product and written instructions to bring home. She went in embarrassed and left Nova feeling like a princess!!! I cannot thank them enough for making her feel that way and helping us in a huge way. We will definitely be back for regular maintenance:)
Joan McKinessJoan McKiness
21:09 13 Apr 24
I went to Una about my thinning eyelashes. They had become short and sparse and asked her if there was anything she could do for my lashes.I am simply astounded by how natural the eyelashes that she did for me. She ‘filled in’ new lashes between my natural lashes and they are absolutely beautiful! They looked like my own, but only better!Thank you Una for your work! They are beautiful!
Addie LAddie L
15:51 12 Apr 24
Amina MangueraAmina Manguera
00:39 29 Mar 24
Karen StaffordKaren Stafford
16:28 22 Mar 24
Mindy was very nice and listened to what I wanted. She did a wonderful job.My only suggestion is to have your people that check you out pay close attention to the sheets, as I was charged for a full foil and it was suppose to be a partial. It was changed in the sheet, so I see where it could of been confusing. I’m ok about it but others may not. Thank for the good service
cecilia Ggcecilia Gg
17:55 16 Mar 24
Danette ErnstDanette Ernst
13:34 05 Mar 24
Great experience.
Kelli RobinsonKelli Robinson
15:35 03 Mar 24
I had a manicure polish change done by Alexis, and I was very pleased! She was very sweet, easy to talk to and she has a bright future ahead of her. Thank you for a wonderful service.
Johanna HaroldsonJohanna Haroldson
14:32 28 Feb 24
Ava Johnson is amazing she put me right to sleep with a facial and washed and styled my hair like a pro love that girl!!
Lisa RietmannLisa Rietmann
21:32 19 Feb 24
Got a Glo2 facial from Ava today. She was amazing as was the facial. Glowing results. Loved it!
Alishia PeteAlishia Pete
03:54 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.
Jena CarlsonJena Carlson
01:53 10 Feb 24
Had such a great experience and love how my hair turned out
Syd (Saxycatlady)Syd (Saxycatlady)
13:44 09 Feb 24
Everyone there was so kind. I had a waxing service done and they made sure I was comfortable and kind.
Mark MurphyMark Murphy
22:02 08 Feb 24
I had a perm by Mindy and I am very pleased with the look. Mindy explained everything she was doing and is very pleasant. Thank you Mindy. Terri Murphy
kevin filipekkevin filipek
02:24 06 Feb 24
I know l am OLD SCHOOL, you put me with a person with mental health issues, and doesn't know if it is a Woman or a Man, male or female, you should make sure people are alright with an experience, this experience has traumatized me for my remaining years of life with that experience I will never be back , you should check with people to make sure they are all right with tha situation, never to return again
Jamie MeliisaJamie Meliisa
20:17 01 Feb 24
Alyana L did a fantastic cut and style on my hair and Carlie did an excellent microneedling job - Thank you to both
Linda McGuireLinda McGuire
20:53 28 Jan 24
Patty SkoglundPatty Skoglund
23:07 24 Jan 24
My facial was very relaxing, the hot towels were my favorite part:)
PeterMindy RicePeterMindy Rice
23:48 19 Jan 24
Emily did an amazing job with my facial! So relaxing and rejuvenating! Products were high quality, too. Go see Emily!!!
Courtney LCourtney L
18:10 19 Jan 24
I have always had more than positive and professional experiences here. I go for chemical peels and have found the students and instructors to be incredibly knowledgeable. I get great advice and (non-soliciting) product recommendations that have greatly improved my skin.They only use high quality products for the procedure that are either medical grade or from a higher end all-natural brand based on your skin needs. They’ve even switched out products for me last minute so I could see how they felt before making a large purchase. Now they’re also giving samples of wonderful brands to take home following a peel.They also give the option to have a relaxing experience and not talk during the procedure, making it more spa like. You definitely don’t have to talk or get recommendations if you let them know you just want to relax.Overall, Nova is by far the best deal I’ve found for regular chemical peels. I’ve been to expensive and mid-grade places which have always been 2-4 times the cost - many times with less recommendations, little to no control over products, and once I was burned. Nova may have less frills, but they are affordable, friendly, knowledgeable, and use quality products.
Teagan Hood BeckmanTeagan Hood Beckman
17:45 19 Jan 24
I had a chemical peel with Emily, she was so nice! She explained every step so I knew exactly what she was putting on my face and what it does. So happy with my appointment!
Hannah FHannah F
04:49 19 Jan 24
Emily Frusher is amazing!! I got the hydrating acne treatment by her and she did so good. She was very professional, talkative, and sweet. She made me feel very comfortable by asking questions and listening to my concerns with my skin. My skin overall felt very hydrated after this treatment!!
Sahra JilaowSahra Jilaow
04:46 19 Jan 24
I absolutely love the atmosphere in Nova! It is clear that they care about their students and their success. With that, I had the absolute best experience doing my FIRST EVER signature hydrafacial, lymphatic drainage, and derm planning with Emily Frusher. Emily was extremely kind, patient, and gentle with my skin and explained the process in a clear way! Usually with spa treatments it can feel awkward being on the other side of the chair, but I felt extremely comfortable and time definitely flew by. My skin has never felt better and I felt like I was glowing! I highly recommend booking with Emily and I look forward to booking with her for future appointments!!
Sarah AtkinsonSarah Atkinson
14:40 15 Jan 24
Highly recommend Ava A for aesthetician services. Very professional and knowledgeable. Loved my results!
Haley TurnerHaley Turner
03:18 12 Jan 24
Recently got my hair cut and colored by Natalie! I get tons of compliments on my fresh blonde highlights and the length was 100% exactly what I wanted. I recommend nova and Natalie to everyone!!
Kirk RubadoKirk Rubado
21:25 08 Jan 24
They are so detailed and excited. Great to help out
Marisa KinneyMarisa Kinney
14:43 22 Dec 23
The best scalp massage as I was getting a wash and style yesterday!! Jaysa is talented!
Deanna JestusDeanna Jestus
15:26 13 Dec 23
I had a facial and eyebrow wax with Gracie and had the best experience! Gracie did a fantastic job. I will be going there again and recommending her and Nova!I have been to Gracie J two more times since this first review. I had a color and style and the most recent was a Brazilian Hair Blow Out. She has made my hair look so healthy and easy to do daily. My hair has never looked so good and felt so soft.
Lynn SandsLynn Sands
14:54 13 Dec 23
Everyone here is so friendly it almost feels like family. Kiana gave me lash extensions and I loved them. She made me look and feel young again and was so very nice and patient with me. I will definitely be going back and will ask for Kiana again.
Jayne OzlenJayne Ozlen
03:58 13 Dec 23
I've had a couple services here they both were awesome! I'm excited to try so many things here!
Jayne OzlenJayne Ozlen
20:21 08 Dec 23
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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