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Miles College is a Historically Black College founded by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in 1898. Today the college is affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.). The campus is located in Fairfield, Alabama, which is only two blocks away from Birmingham.


The Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Miles College.

The baccalaureate degrees available at Miles College include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music Education, and the Bachelor of Social Work. There are also six different academic divisions available, which include Business and Accounting, Communications, Education, Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. All of the divisions except for Education allow students to pursue majors and minors.

Honors Program

Miles College also offers an Honors Program for students with high academic achievements. Incoming freshman are eligible to enroll in this program if they have received the Presidential, Dean A, or Dean B scholarship. Transfer students interested in the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, send three letters of recommendation, complete an admissions application, write an essay of intent, and be interviewed by the Honors Curriculum Director.

Students enrolled in the Honors Program must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to remain in the program. If a student’s GPA drops below the required GPA they have one year to bring it back up before the student is removed from the program. Students in this program must also be involved in weekly meetings, seminars, workshops, and participate in campus activities to remain in the Honors Curriculum. The “Honors Scholar” stamp will be placed on all college transcripts of students who have completed at least 18 honors hours.

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Students interested in attending Miles College must either obtain the files online or contact the Office of Admissions in order to receive an Admissions Package. Along with a completed application form students must also send an official high school and/or college transcript, official SAT or ACT scores, a health form, and immunization records to the Office of Admissions. The immunization records must include two doses of MMR or the admissions process cannot be completed. If a student has not yet taken the SAT or ACT, scores can be received after enrollment but must be received before the student completes their second semester. Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT must instead take the College ASSET Exam to ensure suitable class placement. Although not needed for admission, in order for students to be eligible for institutional scholarships they must have taken the SAT or ACT. All students, once accepted to Miles College, must also pay a nonrefundable Orientation Fee to the Miles College Business Office.

Transfer Students

Transfer students with less than 32 completed semester hours must send in both their official high school and college transcripts. All readmitting and transient students must also pay a small nonrefundable application fee.

International Students

International students interested in attending Miles College must send their official high school and/or college transcripts as well as their SAT or ACT test scores. These students must also pay an advance of one year’s tuition and fees. After the Office of Admissions has received all the required admissions documentation and tuition and fees, an I-20 Form will be mailed to the student. International students are not eligible for any financial aid or scholarships at Miles College.

Financial Aid


There are several institutional scholarships awarded which include the President’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship – A, Dean’s Scholarship – B, Athletic Grant-in-Aid, Performance Grant-in-Aid (Band/Choir), the Addie Cannon-Sloan Memorial Emergency Fund, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship, United Negro College Fund Scholarship, Army and Air Force ROTC College Scholarships, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) – Birmingham Chapter, and the Johnny Morrow Memorial Book Scholarship.

Grants and Loans

The grant programs available include the Federal Pell Grants, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants, the National Smart Grant, the Alabama Student Grant Program (ASGP), and the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP).

Students who wish to borrow money through a loan program have three different options, which include the Federal Perkins Loan, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan, and the William D. Ford Federal Plus Loan Program.

Work Study

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program if they are found to be financially eligible. Through this program students are able to work 10 to 15 hours a week during the semester and can work up to 40 hours during vacation breaks and in between the semesters. Students who are working 40 hours a week during breaks must save at least 60% of their earnings to pay for their educational expenses.

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The student body at Miles College comes from a diverse population and more than half of the students are not from Alabama.

Greek Life

Miles College offers several National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations. Students interested in participating in one of these organizations must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The Greek-lettered Organizations offered at Miles College include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.


Students interested in living on campus must submit an Application for Housing and pay an application fee to the Miles College Business Office. The nonrefundable application fee is required to reserve the student a room. Once the student enrolls for the semester this fee will be credited to their account. However if the student does not enroll the application fee is nonrefundable.

Also students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. All of the rooms available are designed to house two students and the rooms come with individual telephone services. Laundry facilities are available for students living on campus and are located either on the first floor or in the basement of the resident hall.

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The sports teams at Miles College are known as the Golden Bears. Their athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division II. The sports teams offered for both men and women include basketball, cross country, cheerleading and track and field. Men are also able to compete in baseball and football whereas women are able to compete in softball and volleyball. There is also a marching band available for students who are interested in performing half-time entertainment as part of the school’s Purple Marching Machine. Students interested in performing in the marching band must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Additional School Information

All freshman and sophomores are required to attend the College Forum for four consecutive semesters in order to be eligible for graduation. To complete the requirement each semester students must attend 20 chapel assemblies. Students who fail to attend 20 assemblies will have to makeup the work by doing 35 hours of community service and by writing a seven-page research paper. If students are unable to attend chapel because of a prior work engagement a letter from the student’s employer must be submitted to the Dean of Chapel at the beginning of each semester.


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  • Miles Golden Bears. 2010. MC. 1 June 2011 <http://www.milesgoldenbears.com/>.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in Alabama and 2115th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 12 0.73
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.55
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 6 0.37

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 96 0.86
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.04
Forcible Rape 9 0.08
Robbery 82 0.73
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 446 3.99
Larceny 752 6.73
Vehicle theft 98 0.88

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fairfield, AL 35064-2621
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population12,879 (12,879 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,796 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,436
Families3,276 (3.17 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationChristian Methodist Episcopal
Congressional District107

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1738th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,224 $10,224 $10,224
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $822 $822 $822
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $448 $448 $448
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,318 $22,318 $22,318
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,112 $26,112 $26,112
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,582 $15,582 $15,582

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,490 $11,014 $10,490 $11,014 $10,490 $11,014
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,552 $6,812
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,768(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,350(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,928(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity954
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,000
Board Fee$2,896

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4229th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $42,414 ($42,752 male / $36,519 female)
Number of FT Faculty 101 (36 male / 65 female)
Number of PT Faculty 130
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $706,085

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5500 Myron Massey Blvd
Fairfield, AL 35064-2621
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