In order to be academically eligible to compete in the NAIA, you have to meet certain requirements set forth by the NAIA Eligibility Center. The NAIA’s academic requirements are different than the NCAA requirements, so make sure that you don’t get them confused.
In order to be eligible for the NAIA as in incoming freshman, you need to meet two of the three following criteria:
- A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT (for tests taken on or after April 1, 1995).
NOTE: In order to meet the requirement of Article V, Section C, item 2, paragraph a above, an entering freshman taking the SAT as of March 1, 2005 must achieve a score of 860 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math sections.
- An overall high school grade point average of 2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale.
- Graduate in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class.
To make sure you are on track to meet the NAIA academic requirements, you should meet with a high school advisor and verify your academic record.