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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.

Miles 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.


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Charles Barkley Donates $1 Million to Miles Collegecharles barkley at miles with students
On January 6, 2020 for the first time in Miles College’s 122 years, the college received its single largest gift— $1 million—from a superstar with home town ties. Charles Barkley, former NBA Hall of Fame athlete and philanthropist, was the donor of this large historic gift, made under the helm of President Bobbie Knight, interim president of UNCF-member institution Miles College and the first woman to lead the historic institution. In addition to his generous gift to the college, Mr. Barkley has also given of himself and time engaging students on Miles College campus. >> Read More

Miles College One of 12 UNCF-member HBCUs Selected to Participate in Walmart Foundation Grant Program
The $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will provide funding and technical assistance to selected UNCF-member institutions. This grant will help these institutions with accreditation efforts and support a summer professional development conference geared toward institutional advancement. >> Read More

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.

Former President

George T. French, Jr. Former President