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1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761-9446
p. 309-268-8000
w. www.heartland.edu

Heartland Community College

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Established in the early 1990s, Heartland Community College (HCC) has been providing academic opportunities for residents of Normal, Pontiac, and Lincoln, Illinois for over a decade. Because the state of Illinois requires students to attend community college much in the same manner they attend high school, by district, the school was established to provide options for those living near Bloomington, an area that, for many years, had no specific community college for its district.

Like many two-year institutions in Illinois, Heartland is looking towards the future, with extensive plans for renovations and more facilities for its students to use. Presently, the college offers students the opportunity to earn associate’s degrees and diplomas. There is also a program for those looking to complete their GED.

With over 40 programs, the school offers ample opportunities for students who are looking to continue their education at a four-year college or university. Credits and programs are designed to transfer beyond two-year community college, and the introduction courses are designed both for students who plan on pursuing their education further, and for those who are simply looking to complete two years of coursework. Over 5,000 credit-seeking students are enrolled each semester, with more non-credit students attending evening classes and special professional development classes.

Some of the most popular programs include Criminal Justice, the Humanities and Fine Arts department and its wide variety of courses, Computer Sciences, Social Work, Agriculture, Engineering, and Pre-Medicine.

HCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as being a member of the North Central Association. Its nursing program is also accredited by the NLNAC, or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Prospective students should fill out the school’s admissions application, including a copy of their GED or high school diploma, as well as any scores from the SAT or ACT tests that might have been completed. Transfer students should also include their college transcript and any coursework they might have completed if they wish to transfer credit.

It is important to keep in mind that, while the general admissions guidelines do apply to everyone, certain departments may have their own specific requirements in addition to those general admission requirements. For prospective students who are unsure, the best thing to do is check in with the department head and double-check that there is nothing else required to enroll.

Financial Aid

Most students attending the college receive some form of financial aid, whether need or merit-based. Because the entire financial aid process can sometimes be daunting for first-time or returning students, those enrolled are encouraged to make time to speak with counselors in the Financial Aid Office. Appointments can be scheduled during regular business hours, and counselors are more than happy to sit down with students and assist them on everything from searching for community-based scholarships to completing the FAFSA correctly the first time, thus ensuring that there will be no delay in aid being awarded prior to the start of the semester.

First and foremost, students should keep the financial aid deadlines in mind. For fall semester, the deadline is the first of April, while for spring, the deadline is the first of October. Students must fill out the FAFSA and to cut down on any potential trouble, it is best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Students are eligible for work-study financial aid, various need and merit-based scholarships, and grants. Veterans are eligible for a wide variety of benefits that apply specifically to them, too.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5926th for the average student loan amount.
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Most students attending the college as credit-seeking students are already in their mid-20s, with the age of non-credit students rising to an average of 39. This means that, while there are numerous ways to be involved on campus, HCC is more of a commuter school, where students live at home or on their own and commute to classes. There are on-campus clubs and organizations, including student government and a school newspaper, but for the most part, attention is focused on athletics and attending classes. With a student body of over 5,000 and expansion efforts completed, there are more than enough facilities; from the state-of-the-art gymnasium to the college’s child-care center that keep students contented and occupied.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Athletics are a very popular part of HCC, with both the Hawks and the lady Hawks enjoying the recently-constructed, state-of-the-art athletic facilities on campus. Part of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Mid-West Athletic Conference, the teams have been known for their high ranking and athletic prowess. In particular, the men’s baseball team has enjoyed a great deal of success, ranking sixth in the nation and netting National Championships. Both the women’s and the men’s soccer teams are off to promising starts as well, and appear poised and ready to bring more victory to the school.

Students who are not signed up for official teams can still enjoy the school’s athletic facilities, whether through pick-up games of soccer and baseball or through extensive workouts in the fitness room. The local community is also grateful for the renovations, with a number of different athletic camps hosted during the summer months.

Information Summary

Ranks 106th in Illinois and 3132nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 71 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 16 0.03
Robbery 19 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 279 0.53
Larceny 994 1.89
Vehicle theft 26 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Normal, IL 61761-9446
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population45,337 (45,174 urban / 163 rural)
Households15,108 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,313
Families8,186 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1713

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3251st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,900 $7,800 $11,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $270 $270 $270
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $130 $260 $390
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,270 $9,170 $13,070
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,270 $18,170 $22,070
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,870 $10,770 $14,670

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,930 $4,080 $7,620 $7,890 $11,310 $11,700
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,500 $7,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,600(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2051st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,209 ($64,073 male / $57,408 female)
Number of FT Faculty 89 (41 male / 48 female)
Number of PT Faculty 302
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,330,575

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