Former NAIA Members in NCAA Division III

Schools that leave the NAIA for NCAA Division III often face challenges with enrollment, finances, and the ability for their teams to be competitive. Institutions who have moved from the NAIA to DIII over the last few years have:

  • spent an average of 66% more on athletics operations
  • increased spending per student-athlete by an average of 40%
  • averaged a 16% decrease in enrollment
  • fallen in Directors’ Cup Rankings


What does all this mean?

NAIA schools don’t have to have the deepest pockets to experience competitive success. The focus is where it should be – on maximizing your institution’s Return on Athletics.® through enrollment, student success, and financial viability.


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“Moving from NCAA DIII to NAIA has given our whole athletics department a boost – financially, in recruitment and it’s been a definite step up in competition for all of our student-athletes.”

Terry Connor, Athletics Director
Thomas More College (Ky.)
(Moved to NAIA August 2018)


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