The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Membership in the NAIA consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States.  Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience. 

The NAIA was the first collegiate athletics association to invite historically black institutions into membership and the first to sponsor both men’s and women’s national championships.

Recruiting at NAIA Institutions is less restrictive and easier to navigate.  To learn all about NAIA Recruiting, download  NAIA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete!

Most recently, the association opened the doors to the NAIA Eligibility Center, where prospective student-athletes are evaluated for academic and athletic eligibility. It delivers on the NAIA’s promise of integrity by leveling the playing field, guiding student-athlete success, and ensuring fair competition.

Facts on the NAIA

  • 60,000 student-athletes
  • 13 sports and 23 national championships
  • Close to 300 colleges and universities and conferences
  • $450 million in athletic scholarships