There's no place like the NAIA



There's no place like the NAIA

Find your path to success in collegiate athletics







The NAIA is committed to enriching student-athlete experiences where relationships with coaches are encouraged and unrestricted, diverse voices are valued, and the student-athlete is put first.

Macie Lively, Marian (Ind.)

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I would tell anybody if they are looking for a school to plays sports don't just settle on NCAA DI, DII, DIII. NAIA is just as good if not better.

Brent Woods, Grand View (Iowa)

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For the longest time I had a dream and a goal to go to college, get a scholarship offer, and graduate. And it was the NAIA that gave me the opportunity.

Mark Westergard

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I could talk about a whole bunch of reasons that make the choice of an NAIA school a great decision, but the one that comes to mind immediately is opportunity.



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Explore your path by searching over 250 NAIA collegiate homes, and join 83,000 student-athletes who have found their right fit in the NAIA. 


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Future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches, and athletic scholarships









More opportunities to play
medal High-caliber competition
trophy More chances for post-season play
jersey Junior varsity/reserve teams
mulit-sport Multi-sport athletes
More opportunities to grow
Serve on student-led councils and associations (ASA, CSA)
Develop leadership skills with the Champions of Character® program
Give back to the community through Teaming up for Character activities
More opportunities for connection
friends Smaller programs = close-knit communities
diploma Pursue your chosen major
time Ability for additional extra-curricular activities


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Student-athletes come first in the NAIA

Their needs, desires, and ambitions guide our every decision. Learn more about what sets the NAIA apart.
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It's never too early to get eligible


The NAIA has partnered with NCSA College Recruiting, the world’s largest collegiate athletic recruiting network. NCSA serves as the official North American recruiting services partner of the NAIA. Register now to use the NAIA Pre-Eligibility Indicator Tool which allows prospective student-athletes to showcase their future eligibility status to NAIA member institutions as early as their first year in high school.


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