NAIA: The Right Choice for You

When it comes to collegiate athletics associations, how do you know which is the best fit for your institution? It comes down to priorities. If your school wants to be nationally competitive at a reasonable price, while driving enrollment and supporting the school’s bottom line, the NAIA is the best association for you.

NAIA schools measure success not just by game scores, but by their financial bottom lines, too. Their NCAA counterparts spend an average of 60 percent more on athletics.

“Moving from NCAA DIII to NAIA has had a significant impact on our enrollment. Our discount rate – which normally hovered between 40-42% which is below the national average for private colleges  – right now our discount rate is running at 32% and I attribute much of that to the Return on Athletics®.”

Rick Brewer, Ph.D.
President, Louisiana Christian


Regardless of their size, all schools are in competition for students. Student-athlete participation at NAIA schools has increased over the last five years. That’s good for the student-athletes and provides vital support and financial stability to our member institutions. 

See the Difference

The numbers show that NAIA member schools are maximizing their Return on Athletics®

NAIA athletics departments spend $2MM less than NCAA peers

Average athletics
department net return

Average net return
per student-athlete


Average NAIA member sponsors
17 sports

NAIA athletics departments
produce a positive net return
for their institution


“We moved back to the NAIA after 22 years in the NCAA. It’s been a great fit for us, our student-athletes, and the institution as a whole. We already have seen a significant bump in athletic participation and our bottom-line has benefitted as well.”

Tim Faltyn
Fomer President
Oklahoma Panhandle State


The NAIA Advantage – Maximizing Your Return on Athletics®






Drive Enrollment & Retention



student athlete

Student-Athlete Experience



President Jim Carr appeared on the Success Is A Choice podcast and discussed what sets the NAIA apart from the NCAA. Click here to listen.