Many student-athletes think that the NCAA is the only association they can join, and that if they fail to meet the eligibility requirements, then all is lost. This isn’t the case! Don’t let Eligibility Requirements dampen your enthusiasm towards earning a college degree in the USA - you may still be eligible to compete as a student-athlete in the NAIA.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an athletic association that governs small to medium-sized universities. There are about 250 member schools that help over 77 000 Student-Athletes achieve academic success while competing on the sports fields.
The NAIA requires a student-athlete to meet two of the following three requirements in order to be eligible to practice and compete:
A major benefit of the NAIA is that there are no specific subjects that you are required to take during high school - you have the freedom to choose both subjects that you enjoy and ones that you excel in. On the athletic front, the NAIA offers 13 sports for a student-athlete to participate in (although it’s important to remember that women’s field hockey is only played in the NCAA and not in the NAIA.)
With a strong investment in athletic recruitment and scholarships every year, many NAIA member schools have been able to attract top Student-Athletes into their programs. This allows for the competition level to become more competitive, and as a result, we see many top-level NAIA member schools being compared to schools from the NCAA Division II.
There is no better time to start your college process than today. The earlier you start, the better chance you have at earning a top scholarship and participating at the highest level possible.
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