College & Community
Illinois Central College provides an affordable avenue to quality education, technology, cultural events, and personal enrichment to the members of its community. Our East Peoria Campus is located near the intersection of Routes 24 and 116, just east of the Illinois River. It is situated on more than 400 acres of beautiful, wooded terrain and is home to five major buildings. Our Peoria Campus is located near the riverfront amidst the flair and activity in the heart of downtown and consists of two major buildings.
Our students range from traditional high school graduates to 40-year-old professionals to adults seeking a better career. That's why we offer accommodating schooling with courses offered nights, weekend, and summers. Some students are pursuing occupational certificates with hopes of entering their chosen careers while others intend to obtain their associate's degrees and transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Still others seek to improve current skills or simply take courses for personal enrichment.
The College faculty and staff pride themselves in supporting the College philosophy, which states: "The student is the center of all that is done at Illinois Central College."
The College district is as diverse as the students we serve and the programs we offer. From the activity and commerce of downtown Peoria, to the quaint town square of nearby Washington, to the openness and the tranquility of central Illinois farm country - the Illinois Central College district offers something for everyone.
The Peoria metropolitan area is home to some 400,000 people and is nearly equidistant from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Peoria ranks among U.S. News and World Report's "10 Hottest Cities," based on economic growth. The Tri-County Area is booming with existing businesses expanding and new high tech business increasing in number. There are job opportunities galore. Plus, you'll find affordable homes, excellent schools and colleges, fine health care facilities, great shopping, a high cultural environment, and loads of recreation.
People in the Peoria area are proud of its traditional Midwestern friendliness and warmth. They also hold a high regard for their public and parochial school systems with public schools ranked among the top in the nation in "graduate outcomes," a combination of graduation rates and college board scores.
Culture is also important to the area - thus, the popularity of the Symphony Orchestra, Civic Chorale, the Civic Opera, the Ballet Company, plus many museums and galleries.
If advanced education is in your future or in the future of a member of your family, central Illinois offers several options. Bradley University is located in Peoria. The University of Illinois at Springfield offers its courses on the Illinois Central College campus. And you'll find Illinois State University less than 50 miles away in Bloomington, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign less than 100 miles away. Eureka College is in nearby Eureka, Illinois.