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Miles College overflowing with students

The school has reached record enrollment this fall. There are now over 1,800 students on campus. That's a 9% increase from last year. The school has reached record enrollment this fall. There are now over 1,800 students on campus. That's a 9% increase from last year.
FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) -

When Miles College student Marcell Pickett signed up for student housing this year, he probably didn't expect to get a rooming assignment that came with maid service.

"We've got beds, you know what I'm saying, that get changed every week. So you know we have these services, trash getting taken out," said Pickett.

The reason Pickett is living in a hotel?

"Our dormitories are full to capacity, students are everywhere," said Miles President George T. French, Jr.

The school has reached record enrollment this fall. There are now over 1,800 students on campus. That's a 9% increase from last year.

"It was a very deliberate and strategic process. We brought in a new enrollment team. We were very aggressive in recruiting across the nation," said French.

With the added students comes added facilities: a new dining hall, a welcome/admissions center, and a new 240 bed residence hall.

"You know sometimes when we have growth it can be an inconvenience. Yet the progress and the growth that can be done, it will be long benefiting, and they're just excited about that," said Miss Miles College Bianca Moore.

"I'm very excited especially being the SGA president, to see the success and the growth," said SGA president Michael Childress.

The school could surpass 2000 students by the 2013-2014 academic year.

"It's a good thing, I mean it's a good thing to see a historic black college starting to expand more than what it was," said Pickett.

"It's exciting because we're the only HBCU in the area, so why wouldn't you come to Miles College," said Childress.

"We love it here, we're Miles college," said Moore.

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