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HCC Student Athletes


Providing each Heartland Community College student athlete the support necessary to achieve success toward their academic and career goals.


All student-athletes are required to meet with Rachel Cook for Advising. You will meet with her at least once a semester to choose classes for the upcoming semester, create a plan of study to stay on track to graduation and to be sure you are eligible for your sport. Rachel will also help you through the academic side of your recruitment process as you look into what 4-year school you will transfer to. Even if you are not going to continue to play your sport when you transfer, Rachel will help you through this process, In addition, in the Advising office, there are resources for major and career exploration opportunities and help with choosing a transfer institution. 

myHeartland Account

Your myHeartland account is where all pertinent student information is housed. You can see your class schedule, check grades, get access to Blackboard for your classes, use the library's online resources, and check your email. It is very important that you check your myHeartland account email while you are a student. All departments on campus, including instructors, will communicate with you through that email.

Grade Checks

Grades are monitored throughout the semester. Grade checks are done at the 5-week and mid-term mark and are required for all student-athletes. 5-week grade checks involve you talking with your instructor and having them fill out a grade sheet that you will then turn in to Rachel. These checks are an initial opportunity to see how things are going and get feedback from your instructors about how to improve. It also helps give you an idea of what academic support services on campus you should use (tutoring, meeting with the librarians, Writing Center, math lab, etc.) Mid-term grades are posted in your myHeartland account and are the last mandatory check of grades. Some student-athletes will be required to check grades one last time at the 12-week mark, as well. 

Student-Athlete Success Series

This workshop series is required of all incoming student-athletes. There are approximately 6 workshops throughout the first semester. In theses workshops, we will cover a variety of topics including time management, personal responsibility, study skills, transitioning into college, expectations of student-athletes at Heartland, eligibility, and the athletic transfer. 


Rachel tracks eligibility for all student-athletes, but it is important for you to know what is required of you academically to remain eligible for your sport. In general, as a student-athlete, you need to pass 12 credit hours each semester with a GPA of 2.0 (a straight C average). If you fail to do that, you will meet with Rachel to determine if you can still remain eligible. 

Scholarship/Financial Aid

Heartland Athletics offers scholarships that cover full tuition and fees. If you are on scholarship, you are responsible for paying for books and living expenses. Whether you are on scholarship or not, you can apply for Financial Aid to help with additional expenses. If you have questions about that process, please contact Financial Aid directly and let them know you are a student-athlete and whether or not you are on scholarship. 

Contact Us

Normal Campus

Community Commons Building (CCB) Suite 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Schedule an appointment: 309-268-8027
Phone: 309-268-8033

Heartland Pontiac Center

211 E. Madison Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-6777

Heartland Lincoln Center

2201 Woodlawn Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-735-1731