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Miles College

Official Miles College seal
Established 1905
Type Private HBCU
Religious affiliation CME Church
President Dr. George French, Jr
Location Fairfield, Alabama,
United States

33°28′56″N 86°54′35″W / 33.4821°N 86.9098°W / 33.4821; -86.9098
Campus 76 acres (310,000 m2)
Former names Miles Memorial College
Colors Purple and Gold
Nickname Golden Bears [1]
Athletics NCAA Division II [1]
Affiliations Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference [1]
Website www.miles.eduand

Miles College is a historically black college founded in 1905. Located six miles (10 km) west of Birmingham, Alabama in Fairfield, Alabama, it is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church). Miles College is also a member of the United Negro College Fund.



Miles College began organization efforts in 1898 and was founded in 1905 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. It was chartered as Miles Memorial College, in honor of Bishop William H. Miles. In 1941 the name was changed to Miles College.

Academics and demographics

Miles is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (for the awarding of baccalaureate degrees), the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Council of Social Work Education. Miles College offers 25 bachelor degrees in the following divisions: Business and Accounting, Communications, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Their current president is Dr. George French, Jr., a graduate of University of Louisville and Miles Law School.


The college sits on 51 acres (210,000 m2) where there are over 16 facilities. Recently, Miles College purchased the Lloyd Noland Hospital site which will increase the size of the campus to 76 acres (310,000 m2).

Sloan Field is named after the college's 13th president, Albert J. H. Sloan II.

Student activities

The college has organizations as Student Government Association, Honors Curriculum, Academic Clubs, religious organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, general interest clubs as well as the Gospel/Concert Choirs.


Marching band

The Miles College band is known as the Purple Marching Machine (PMM). The Purple Marching Machine was established in 1996, under the guidance of Prof. Arthur Means Jr. With 200+ Members in the band. The current band director is now Mr. Donlad Crawford


Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2008 Football Standings
Team Conf W Conf L Overall Record
X - Tuskegee University 9 0 10-0-0
Morehouse College 6 3 6-4-0
Albany State University 6 3 7-3-0
Fort Valley State University 6 3 6-5-0
Clark Atlanta University 5 4 6-5-0
Benedict College 4 5 5-6-0
Lane College 4 5 4-7-0
Stillman College 2 7 3-8-0
Miles College 2 7 2-8-0
Kentucky State University 1 8 3-8-0
Final 2008 season standings
X - 2008 Conference Champions

Miles currently has a sports program which include: basketball, football, volleyball, track, baseball, softball and cross country. Their mascot is the Golden Bears. [1]

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