Institute FAQs

How soon will I hear whether I have been accepted?Applicants should expect to hear of their status no later than one month of the application deadline via email. Accepted applicants will receive an email and a formal letter via US mail. Applicants placed on a waiting list will receive an email indicating their wait list status. A formal letter will be mailed to all applicants on the wait list no later than June 15.

How many applicants will be accepted?

The number of applicants selected to participate in the Institute varies depending on the applicant pool and the availability of residential facilities.

If I am not accepted in May, is there any possibility that I will be able to participate this year?
Possibly. Sometimes accepted applicants are unable to attend for various reasons. However, you will be contacted no later than mid-June if there is space available and to determine if you are still interested in attending the Institute.

When should I plan to arrive and depart?
You should plan to arrive between 9:00am, CST and 4:00pm, CST on Sunday, July 9. Please make travel arrangement to depart from campus no later than 11:00am, CST on Sunday, July 16.

Is transportation provided?
Only travel related to LMI activities will be provided once you arrive at Miles College. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the campus of Miles College.

What transportation is available to and from the airport to Miles College?
Listed below are two options for transportation to and from Miles College.


Company: Birmingham Door To Door

Phone: (205) 591-5550

Address: 5900 Messer Airport Hwy, Birmingham

Price: One Person: $40 one-way / $55 roundtrip

How often does it run?

No set schedule, no reservations needed – first-come, first-serve basis


Company: American Cab Co

Phone: (205) 322-2222

Address: 301 6th Ave South, Birmingham

Price: $25-30 each way

If I drive in my personal vehicle to Miles will I be able to park my car on campus?

Yes, a parking permit to park in a lot at Miles College will be provided once participants check into the residence hall.

What is the expected attire?

Business casual attire is appropriate for the sessions during the week.

Formal business attire is expected at the opening/welcome (Sunday evening) and closing (Saturday night) dinners.

Where will I stay during the Institute?

Lodging will be provided in a residence hall on the Miles College campus. All Institute participants are expected to stay in the lodging provided by the Institute.

What personal items do I need to bring?
Towels and linens will be provided. You will need to bring everything else.

Do I have to share a room or bathroom?
Two individuals of the same gender share one room in a residence hall. A bathroom is located within the room that the two participants will share.

Will there be refrigerators?
A community refrigerator is available but there will not be a refrigerator in your room.

Will I have telephone access in the living quarters?
A public telephone is located in the lobby of the residence hall.

Will there be computer access in the living quarters?
Yes. The lobby only of the residence hall provides wireless access to the internet.

Will there be an ironing board and iron?
Yes. An iron and ironing board will be provided.

What meals are provided during the Institute?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided every day the Institute is held starting with dinner on Sunday, July 12 and concluding with dinner on Saturday, July 18. All participants are expected to attend every meal, even those who reside in the city.

A welcome dinner will be held Sunday, July 12 at approximately 6:00pm.

The closing program and dinner will be held Saturday, July 18 at 6:30pm and conclude at approximately 9:30pm.

Will I have time to do work such as email, fax, conference calls, etc.?
No. The intensive format of the Institute will provide little or no time for individuals to engage in work-related or personal activities. Therefore, it is very important that participants take care of time sensitive matters prior to arriving at the Institute and not expect to be engaged electronically during the Institute.

How will time be spent outside of formal Institute sessions and meals?
Team projects will comprise the majority of time spent outside the formal Institute sessions. There will be limited time during the Institute for cultural activities, such as visiting historical places of relevance. These activities will be arranged and paid for by the Institute. All participants are expected to participate in all Institute activities, sessions, meals and team projects.

What is the tentative timeline of activities for the Institute?
The Institute will begin with an opening dinner on Sunday afternoon and conclude on Saturday night with a closing dinner and presentations. Throughout the week, participants will attend sessions from early morning to late afternoon.

Will we be required to do any work prior to the Institute?
There may be some required reading prior to your arrival. Participants may also need to prepare materials for discussion/evaluation of their portfolio. Specific information about reading and other materials required in preparation for the Institute will be provided before the start of the Institute.

What time do sessions begin and end on a daily basis?
Sessions begin at 8am and conclude at 6pm daily. However, group/team members meet during the evening after dinner to prepare for their final group project that will be presented on Saturday night.

I have friends/family in Birmingham, can they join us for a lunch or our trip to the Civil Rights Institute?
No, meals and activities are for the LMI participants, speakers and AABHE board members. Please remember this is an opportunity for you to network professionally with fellow participants, speakers and board members so please do not invite family, friends and associates to join you for meals or other activities.

If I receive a scholarship, am I still required to pay the application fee?
Yes, the scholarship will only cover tuition which is separate from the application fee.

Can I wait to pay the application fee after I am accepted?
No, only complete applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. A complete application includes the following: LMI Participant Application, application fee, resume/vitae, Statement of Interest and 2 recommendations.

Will you return my application fee if I am not accepted?
Yes, the application fee will be returned by June 30 if you are not selected.

If I am accepted to the Institute and confirm my acceptance but find that I am unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances, can I request a refund of my application fee?
Accepted applicants may submit a written request via email to the LMI Director for the refund of the application fee no later than June 1. After June 1, no refunds will be issued.

If I can only attend part of the Institute can I receive a prorated rate?
No. If you cannot attend the entire Institute (i.e., arrival on Sunday, July 9 and departure on Sunday, July 16) then you should not accept the offer of acceptance. The intensive format of the Institute and the team project require equal participation from all participants throughout the week. Participants who do not participate in all aspects (i.e., opening dinner through the closing dinner and team presentation) of the LMI will not receive a certificate indicating their successful completion of the Institute and will not be listed as a LMI alumni.

If I don’t receive a scholarship, can I still attend the Institute and what would be my cost?
Yes, you can still attend the Institute. The total tuition for LMI is $2300.  The $575 application fee is applied to the tuition, leaving a remainder of $1725 due no later than June 1.

Do I need to be a member of AABHE to receive a scholarship?
No, applicants do not need to be members of AABHE to receive a scholarship.

Do I need to write a special essay or complete some other special procedure to apply for the scholarship?
No, your application for LMI will be used by the selection committee for a scholarship. Be sure to check the ‘yes’ box on the application that you would like to be considered for a scholarship.
Preference for a LMI Tuition Scholarship will be given to applications received by the priority deadline.

When will you deposit my application fee?
Application fees paid by credit card will be processed upon submission of the application.
Application fees paid by check will be deposited in mid-June.

How do I address my check for the application fee?
Please make your check payable to AABHE or American Association of Blacks in Higher Education.

Do you accept institutional purchase orders?
Yes, please contact us at for details.