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Why Choose the NAIA?

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The NAIA Advantage

Factor in the NAIA's strong level of competition and the ability to align your athletics programs with your institution's mission, and you'll soon realize, the NAIA just fits.

  • High-caliber athletics at a reasonable cost
  • Increase enrollment through athletics
  • Autonomy with limited bureaucracy
  • Simple, sensible rules
  • Character-driven athletics
NAIA vs NCAA
Member Facts and Figures
NAIA Facts
Average full-time enrollment: 1,700
Private institutions: 81%
Faith-based institutions: 65%
Average # of sports: 14
Average # of student-athletes: 254
Median athletics budget: 2.93 MM
Operating budget: 1.5 MM
Athletic aid: 1.42 MM
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Start the Process Today!
STEP 2
CAMPUS VISIT
If your institution qualifies,
the Membership Team schedule
a campus visit.
STEP 3:
VOTING
The NAIA Council of Presidents will
vote on your membership.
Membership Steps
1 Oct
Applications must
be received in the
NAIA National
Office
1 Dec
Initial review
determines whether
a campus visit will
be conducted
During Jan
Webinar conducted
with prospective
member school
staff
During Feb
Membership
Evaluation Team
visits campus
During Apr
Council of Presidents
meeting - Institution
isnotified of the
decision within
10 days
1 Jul
If approved,
membership
becomes effective
CONTACT THE MEMBERSHIP TEAM
Learn more about what the NAIA has to offer your institution.
Kevin Dee
Kevin Dee
VP for Campus & Conference Initiatives
Julie McCollum
Julie McCollum
Director of Membership Sales & Services
NOTE: If you are a student or parent, please
contact the NAIA Eligibility Center.
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