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Miles College

Miles College is a senior, private, liberal arts Historically Black College with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church that motivates and prepares students, through committed faculty, to seek knowledge that leads to intellectual and civic empowerment. The Miles College education engages students in rigorous study, scholarly inquiry, and spiritual awareness enabling graduates to become life-long learners and responsible citizens who help shape the global society.

In over 117 years that Miles College has been matriculating scholars, its graduates have been trailblazers in fields ranging from politics, medicine, law and business to education. From the founders of Miles College, who endeavored to provide African American access to higher education, to the students who brought the heart of the Civil Rights movement to Birmingham, it is no exaggeration to say that Mileans have made history.

Miles College Facts

  • Miles offers evening and weekend courses for working students who wish to continue study toward degrees. With small classroom size 14-1 teacher to student ratio, and strong alumni support
  • Two historic markers were installed in February 2014 on campus. These historic civil rights markers are commemorative symbols to honor and salute the Miles College students who participated in the Civil Rights Movement for their courageous efforts and undying determination.
  • 2011 and 2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (SIAC) for football with a notable cadre of student athletes with stellar academic credentials.
  • Three Division Championships and two conference championships in five years.
  • The Center of Academic Excellence program at Miles College prepares undergraduate students with global skill sets that are critically needed by the nation’s intelligence community. For Miles College, this means having a unique, distinguished program not found at any other college or university within Alabama.
  • Notable guests to the beautiful campus of Miles College include, Jesse Jackson, Michael L. Lomax, Victoria Rowell, Robin Givens, Bern Nadette Stanis, and most recently Congressman John Lewis and Hillary Clinton.

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Miles College Staff


When you have a strong HBCU, you have a strong middle class. That means you strengthen the African American workforce. This impacts Birmingham. It impacts Alabama. It impacts this nation.


George T. French, Jr. President