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Community Information

The following is an overview of the surrounding area where Heartland Community College is located.

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About Illinois

Illinois is in the Midwest.The state* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 978 KB) represents a range of areas, with a large agricultural base of field corn, soybeans, and wheat. The central part of the state, near HCC, is based in the plains with flat landscape. Southern Illinois offers a warmer climate with more trees and hills. Much of Northern Illinois is concentrated around the city of Chicago and its suburbs.

Chicago is world-renowned as home of the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, blues music, and much more. Sporting teams include the Chicago White Sox (baseball), Chicago Cubs (baseball), Chicago Bulls (basketball), and Chicago Bears (American football). In addition to sports, there are many museums, theaters, special events, and neighborhoods diverse in ethnicity and culture to visit. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States.

An expression Americans have is "Will it play in Peoria?" The essence of the expression is will the concept or idea be acceptable to conservative, Midwest people. Peoria is 45 minutes away from HCC by car. An industrial town of 113,000, the Peoria area offers entertainment and shopping experiences.

Springfield, Illinois' state capital, is approximately a 60 minute drive from HCC. Springfield and the surrounding area are home to many historical sites, many related to former president Abraham Lincoln. As the state capital, Springfield is home to numerous governmental agencies.

Champaign-Urbana is another large city in Illinois that is only a 45 minute drive from HCC. Champaign-Urbana is similar to Bloomington-Normal. The top-ranked University of Illinois, located in Urbana, draws many international students. Champaign-Urbana offers a variety of entertainment, cultural events, and shopping locations.

About Bloomington-Normal

Heartland Community College (HCC) is located in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. To learn more about our community, read the Pantagraph's City Guide or the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitor Bureau's profile on Bloomington-Normal.

With a population of approximately 161,200, Bloomington-Normal has many ties to education. In addition to Heartland Community College, it is home to Illinois State University (a public university), Illinois Wesleyan University (a private college), and Lincoln College (a private liberal arts college).

Some very recognized companies have headquarters in Bloomington-Normal. State Farm Insurance Companies has its national and regional headquarters in Bloomington. State Farm sells life, home, and auto insurance in addition to providing banking and financial services. Mitsubishi Motors North America has a large plant in Normal, which produces the Eclipse as well as other vehicles. Bloomington-Normal is also the home to Beer Nuts (a glazed peanuts company), Nestle (a chocolate/candy company), and Bridgestone/Firestone (an automobile and truck tire company).

Other Bloomington-Normal attractions include: A small zoo , a historic movie theater, two major hospitals, an arena football team, a hockey team , two shopping malls and numerous shopping plazas, a performing arts center , and a nationally recognized summer Shakespeare Festival.

Housing Options

Being a college town, students are able to find apartments for rent fairly easily. Most apartment buildings are designed for a group to rent a unit. Most apartments have 3 or 4 bedrooms. Smaller apartments are also available. Length of the leases, rental amounts, and utility arrangements vary according to the rental company and location. A few apartment buildings are within walking distance of the college. Apartments near the Illinois State University (ISU) campus are only a few miles from HCC. Public buses run between the ISU and HCC campuses.

Limited housing near campus may be available to international students. Students within AELP have priority. If interested, indicate so on the application.

Host families are not available through the college. Some students, however, have a relative or friend who lives nearby who is able to accommodate a student.

Transferring for a Bachelor's Degree

Students graduating from HCC and wishing to complete their Bachelors degree have many local choices, including Illinois State University (Normal), Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington), Lincoln College (Normal), Bradley University (Peoria), University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana or Springfield), Eureka College (Eureka), Lincoln Christian College (Lincoln).

Admission into transfer institutions can be competitive and often based on previous academic success. Students can become familiar with requirements and courses through their HCC Academic Advisor. Some majors have limited admission and require early admission applications to be considered.

The Climate and Average Temperature

Average temperature changes with the seasons in Bloomington-Normal. June and September are usually the most comfortable months of the year, while an extended period of warm, dry weather may occur in late October or early November. Precipitation is heaviest during the growing season and lowest during mid-Winter. Snow has fallen as early as September, but is more likely in November.The last snowfall is usually in March.