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NAIA Recruiting Info


The NAIA recruiting is less cumbersome, with few restrictions on the contact between a student- athlete and a college coach. This levels the playing field for NAIA institutions to compete against NCAA schools.

The NAIA has around 300 colleges and universities. The appeal that the NAIA has to offer is their smaller class sizes and tight knit campus communities, the ability to transfer and not lose any eligibility, there are fewer recruiting rules and restrictions, and you have the opportunity to compete for championships. Not everyone has the ability or the academics to play NCAA sports. The NAIA is a terrific chance for any student athlete looking to earn a scholarship.

Each NAIA institution will have their own academic requirements that you must meet, and the NAIA association has an overview of recruiting rules and requirements that student-athletes must meet.

Student-athletes must meet 2 of the 3 requirements below in order to be eligible for the NAIA:

  1. Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT.
  2. Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Graduate in the top half of your graduating class.

If you are looking to play college athletics at the NAIA level, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register with the NAIA Eligibility Center and pay the $80 fee ($135 for international students).
  2. Submit your info: contact info, address, high school attended, sport(s) played.
  3. Insert the code: 9876 when taking the ACT and/or SAT on the lists of places test scores should be sent.
  4. Have your guidance counselor send your official transcripts to the NAIA Eligibility Center (address below)

NAIA Eligibility Center – Transcripts

P.O. Box 15340 Kansas City, MO 64106

*The NAIA and NCAA are two separate associations, with different rules and eligibility process. Your eligibility with the NCAA is separate from your eligibility with the NAIA.

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