The NAIA Advantage

• High-caliber athletics at a reasonable cost

• Increase enrollment through athletics

• Autonomy with limited bureaucracy

• Simple, sensible rules

• Character-driven athletics

NAIA vs NCAA

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"Since we've joined the NAIA... the numbers and quality of students-athletes have gone up, while raising our academic profile and level of competition. It's been a good fit for us."


Dr. Margaret Huber, President Presentation College
(Moved from NCAA DIII to NAIA in 2013-14)


Facts & Figures

• 21 Conferences

• 65,000 student-athletes

• 25 sponsored championships

• 75% of all NAIA institutions qualify   for one or more national championships

• $600 MM in institutional aid

• Requires only 6 sports

NAIA Members

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 ............................... 1.55 MM

Athletic aid ........................................ 1.42 MM