Miles College increased the total number of registrations this fall by 4%, for its second consecutive annual increase in registrations. The college welcomed 519 new students this semester, a 7% increase from 2020. The incoming class has an average GPA of 3.07, one of the highest on record for the only historically black college or university in Birmingham area (HBCU).
The college enrolled 126 transfer students for the 2021-2022 school year, a 50% increase over the 2020 school year. Overall, the college had an enrollment of 1,501 students in fall 2021. , bringing the total number of registrations to over 1,500 for the first time since 2017.
Miles College has mounted an aggressive campaign to involve students whose education has been interrupted. In collaboration with the Fondation des Régions, the campaign enabled the college to re-enroll 132 students whose studies had been interrupted for at least a year, an increase of 132% compared to 2020.
“This is a real testament to the work our enrollment management team is doing to have this type of growth and success for the second year in a row,” said Bobbie Knight, President of Miles College. “I am extremely proud of the hard work we do at Miles College to ensure we continue to recruit, retain and educate our amazing students. “
Miles College officials have focused on improving programs and processes to ensure student success. The college has stepped up student recruitment, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Among the efforts is a new partnership with Lawson State Community College this facilitates the transfer of Lawson graduates to Miles College to complete their bachelor’s degree.
“Guided by our strategic planning efforts, we are leading the way in Alabama and nationally in our efforts to remove barriers to provide a high-quality global educational experience for all of our students,” said Michael A. Johnson, vice president of enrollment management. “It’s been an incredibly difficult year, but we’re seeing some very positive trends in key areas, from our first year enrollment growth to our community partnerships. We look forward to continuing to leverage these partnerships to improve opportunities for our students. “