About Heartland

Campus building

When we say, "Choose your destination. We'll help you get there," we really mean it!

We have four primary goals at Heartland Community College:

  • supporting student success
  • serving as a great community resource
  • modeling stewardship and sustainability
  • striving for continuous improvement

At our campuses in Normal, Lincoln and Pontiac, we do everything we can to make it easy for area residents of every age to continue their learning.

Exploring Your Heartland Options

The reasons people come to Heartland vary widely and so do our programs. You can:

Supporting Your Learning

We keep Heartland classes small, so you get personal attention from our dedicated faculty and staff. We offer many free student services to help you succeed.

Learn about:

Helping with College Costs

We are constantly working to control costs and keep college affordable. Experts in our Financial Aid Office can help you learn about grant and aid programs for which you might qualify. The Heartland Community College Foundation awards close to 200 scholarships every year to different kinds of students. We even have campus employment opportunities and payment plan options to help you achieve your education goals.

Heartland is also home to special programs dedicated to helping you complete your education including Next Step and Project RISE.

Offering a Rich College Experience

When you become a Heartland student you have many ways to get involved in campus life. Make friends by joining one or more of HCC's 30+ clubs and organizations. You can hang out in the Hawks Nest Game Room and stay active in our Fitness and Recreation Center.

Are you a competitive athlete or sports fan? The Heartland Hawks have been nationally recognized for their talent on the field and their contributions to our community. The Corncrib is home to men's baseball and soccer and women's softball and soccer.

Fostering Social, Economic and Environmental Well-Being

Heartland is committed to protecting the environment. Our campus in Normal is home to:

  • A commercial-grade wind turbine that generates about half of the College's electricity
  • The Green Institute, which supports our commitment to sustainability through education, training, programs and initiatives for the College and community
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • The Illinois Green Economy Network, which promotes sustainability and renewable energy programs at colleges across the state
  • The Workforce Development Center, Illinois' first state-funded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building

Heartland is also a weapon and tobacco free campus. The Illinois Department of Public Health has recognized the College as a Gold Level Illinois Healthy Worksite.

Visiting Heartland

Heartland is a community resource and we invite you to:

Living in Bloomington-Normal
Bloomington-Normal was recently promoted in an article by The Huffington Post, “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought To Live In, But Should”. It ranked high for its affordable rent, big city amenities and Midwest charm. Learn more about our community at the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

HCC serves District 540, a geographic corridor that extends along Interstate Highway 55 in Illinois, roughly from Pontiac to Lincoln.

District 540 & Our History