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* Watkins, Mia (October 4, 2012) "Miles College to build three new buildings in $20 million project; enrollment up by 9 percent." {{BN}}
* Watkins, Mia (October 4, 2012) "Miles College to build three new buildings in $20 million project; enrollment up by 9 percent." {{BN}}
* "Miles College clears $2.1M in outstanding student balances." (July 31, 2021) {{BT}}
* "Miles College clears $2.1M in outstanding student balances." (July 31, 2021) {{BT}}
* "Enrollment Increases Second Year in a Row at Miles College." (September 23, 2021) ''Alabama NewsCenter''/{{BT}}
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Miles College is a historically black college founded in 1898. Located at 5500 Myron Massey Blvd in Fairfield in western Jefferson County, it is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with 1,501 students enrolled for 2021. The college is a member of the United Negro College Fund and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The president is George French Jr. The student newspaper is The Milean.

Miles College offers 25 different degrees in education, business, biology, and the sciences.

The college competes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The school colors are purple and gold, its mascot is the Golden Bear, and its marching band is the Miles Purple Marching Machine.


Miles College was founded in 1898 by leaders of the Colored Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church, later renamed the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The C.M.E. denomination had separated form the white-dominated Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1870. The college was named Miles Memorial College in honor of William H. Miles, a founding bishop of the C.M.E. Church who had been born a slave in Kentucky. By his death in 1892, Bishop Miles had helped the C.M.E. Church become one of the largest denominations among African Americans in the South.

In 2006, Miles College purchased the former Lloyd Noland Hospital from HealthSouth, creating space for a 41-acre "north campus" in addition to the college's existing 35 acres. The college is considering acquiring property between the two parcels, currently the site of the Demetrius C. Newton Gardens apartments operated by the Fairfield Housing Authority.

The school broke ground on a $20 million construction project in October 2012, adding a 240-bed residence hall, a student center, and an admissions and welcome center. It also restored its pedestrian entranceway with grants from Home Depot and Energen. Other plans for the north campus include a school of international studies, a health and wellness center, and a performing arts center.

Miles College is a member of the Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative which provides funding and support for small business development. In July 2021 Miles College used funds from the CARES Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to clear $2.1 million in outstanding account balances for currently-enrolled students, and another $1.6 million to provide resources to support students disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.


See main article Miles Golden Bears.

Miles' athletic teams are the NCAA Division II Golden Bears of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The team colors are purple and gold. The football team plays in 8,500-seat Sloan-Alumni Stadium on campus. The basketball teams compete in 1,200-seat Knox-Windham Gymnasium.

Notable Alumni

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