Education

Bloomington-Normal is home to top-notch higher education institutions, including Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, the Normal campus of Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. According to the American Institute for Economic Research, Bloomington-Normal was ranked the 15th best college town with under 250,000 residents. But more importantly, companies here have access to a steady pipeline of educated potential workers, as well as resources to help develop their current workforce.

63

Parks

10

Public School Districts

9

Private Schools 

2

 ISU Laboratory Schools

2,500

Acres of Regional Parks in McLean County

Illinois State University
Founded in 1857, ISU was the first public university in Illinois. With a 2017 enrollment of 20,784 and faculty numbering 1,394, ISU has six colleges and 35 academic departments offering more than 160 fields of study.  Read More

Heartland Community College
HCC was established in 1990 and classes were first offered in the fall of 1991. Since then, enrollment has grown to over 9,000 credit students and 16,000 non-credit students. HCC offers 16 associate and transfer degrees and 31 certificates.  Read More

Illinois Wesleyan University
A private university founded in 1850, IWU has a student enrollment of 1,649 undergraduates. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier private residential liberal arts universities, IWU offers 80 majors, minors and programs and programs with 193 faculty members.  Read More

Lincoln College - Normal
Lincoln College’s Normal campus, a private commuter college, offers a variety of academic programs for non-traditional students and busy working professionals. Accredited by the North Central Association, Lincoln offers bachelor’s degrees in an accelerated hybrid format in liberal arts, business management, supply chain and logistics management, criminal justice studies, health services administration, sport management, organizational leadership and entrepreneurship.
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