is a historically black college
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founded in 1898. It is located in Fairfield, Alabama
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, which is six miles (10 km) west of Birmingham, Alabama
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. It is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
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(CME Church). Miles College is also a member of the United Negro College Fund
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Miles College began organization efforts in 1893 and was founded in 1898 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
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(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. Also Miles College is one of 16 schools in the Nation with a Center of Academic Excellence under the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The current president of Miles College is George French, Jr., a graduate of University of Louisville
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and Miles Law School
Miles Law School is a state accredited law school located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is independent of Miles College.Miles Law School was founded on August 26, 1974. Among the founders were Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll of the C.M.E. Church, Dr. W. Clyde Williams, former president of Miles College,...
The college sits on 51 acres (206,389.9 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 (307,561.4 m²).
Sloan Field is named after the college's 13th president, Albert J. H. Sloan II.
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.
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 Miles College Athletics Program currently competes in the Division II (NCAA) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
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(SIAC). Miles College Football Team won The Inaugural SIAC 2011 Championship,under the leadership of Coach Reginald Ruffin. The program has men's and women's sports that include: basketball, football, volleyball, track, baseball, softball and cross country.
Their mascot is the Golden Bears.