Miles College is a historically black college founded in 1905. 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 1802 students enrolled for 2012. 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 in various sciences. Their mascot is the Golden Bears, and the marching band is the Miles Purple Marching Machine. According to a recent non-profit organization, Miles College ranks 4th in the nation for graduating black college students.
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.
- 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 Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium on campus. The basketball teams compete in 1,200-seat Knox-Windham Gymnasium.
- Emory Anthony, attorney
- Richard Arrington, former Mayor of Birmingham
- William Bell, former Birmingham City Council member, current Jefferson County Commission member
- Mildred Brown, publisher of the Omaha Star
- U. W. Clemon, U. S. District Court judge
- Steven Hoyt, Birmingham City Council member
- Bernard Kincaid, former Mayor of Birmingham
- Thales McReynolds, former NBA player
- Carole Smitherman, Birmingham City Council president
- Bennett Stewart, former U. S. Congressman
- Paul A. G. Stewart, Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Cleopatra Tucker, New Jersey assemblywoman
- Abraham Woods, Jr, minister and Civil Rights leader
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- Garrison, Greg (October 22, 2010) "Miles College looks at linking with Noland hospital site." The Birmingham News
- Norris, Toraine (February 26, 2011) "Miles College eyes housing complex." The Birmingham News
- Watkins, Mia (October 4, 2012) "Miles College to build three new buildings in $20 million project; enrollment up by 9 percent." The Birmingham News