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Start Your New Career!

2016 Class Start Dates

• Jan 11  • Feb 22
• April 4  • May 16
• July 11  • Aug 22
• Oct. 3  • Nov 14


Nova revamped their training for the 2015 Academic year. This enhanced training is meant to benefit our future professionals lives both in and out of the classroom!


Every month Nova offers offers discounted pricing on salon professional products and student provided services.

Beyond the Classroom

At Nova Academy of Cosmetology; we strive to cultivate an environment of success that stretches beyond the classroom. We encourage an interactive learning environment where students are engaged, have fun all  while receiving a true, real world, hands on experience.

About Us

Nova Academy of Cosmetology was founded in 2005 by 3 beauty industry veterans who wanted to bring advanced training to southeastern Minnesota. Nova is not a corporation, it is a student focused forward thinking school that offers a hands on real life training to its students.Nova Academy of Cosmetology offers full business training, advanced skin care skin care training,  Mens cutting techniques and Wella’s renowned color education.

Mission Statement

Nova Academy of Cosmetology is dedicated to student success by enriching lives and cultivating professionals through innovative, personalized education in a creative and inspiring environment that prepares graduates with the business skills and fiscal responsibility necessary for success in the workplace.


    Nova Academy of Cosmetology is an educational business providing licensing preparation in:
    • Cosmetology
    • Esthiology
    • Nail Technology
    • Retail Product Sales
    • Advanced/Continuing Cosmetology Education


    Nova has been federally funded since July 2010, with financial aid available to those who qualify. – Nova’s FAFSA school code is: 041576


    Nova has a completion rate of over 90%. Once you start at Nova; we do everything we can to help you reach your goals!


Nova Academy of Rochester Minnesota now includes an iPad Mini® as apart of their course kits! We believe that in today’s world of fast moving high technology a student should be given tools that keep pace and help them succeed.

*Not all programs qualify for the iPad Mini. Contact Nova for full details.

What others say about us

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 GolishCosmetology Student

Nova has helped me achieve my dream of working for a successful Medispa! It was well worth the 1.25 hour drive every day for 3 months! I feel very prepared for the workforce! I have loved my time at Nova and feel confident as I graduate that I will be successful. The instructors were so helpful preparing me and helping me figure out Wisconsin’s esthiology requirements!

Ali WelchEsthiology Student

I recommend Nova, not only because I loved everything I learned, but the moment I walked in the doors the staff/instructors made you feel so welcome each day. I have learned so many techniques in facial procedures and made friends along the way. It’s a place I will come back to, and I know if I ever have any questions about the future they will always be willing to answer.

Rose WilsonEsthiology Student

Great School! I loved everything about Nova. They helped me achieve my career in every way they could!

Ashley YorkEsthiology Student

The decision to go to Nova was an easy one. I had looked at a few other schools before and the amount of support and kindness from the staff and other students was astonishing. It was important to me to feel comfortable and confident at my new school. Looking back, I couldn’t have chosen a better place to learn and grow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Nova!

Nicole WeissEsthiology Student

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 MilbrandtEsthiology 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 CanterburgCosmetology Student
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