October 19, 2021

NAIA Schools

List of NAIA Schools By State

NAIA colleges and universities are not governed by the NCAA, but rather by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).  Twenty four football scholarships are awarded per school.  An NAIA Football Championship Series is played to determine the NAIA champion.  NAIA schools are typically smaller than the big state universities and focus on the experience of the player rather than the experience of the spectators. Below is a list of  schools that offer NAIA athletic scholarships.


Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL

University of Mobile, Mobile, AL

Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

Talladega College, Talladega, AL


Central Baptist College, Conway, AR

John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

Lyon College, Batesville, AR

Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR

Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR


Arizona Christian University, Phoenix, AZ

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ


Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Biola University, La Mirada, CA

California State University-Maritime, Vallejo, CA

California State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, CA

Concordia University, Irvine, CA

Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

Hope International University, Fullerton, CA

La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

Marymount College, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The Master’s College, Newhall, CA

Menlo College, Atherton, CA

Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA

Patten University, Oakland, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

San Diego Christian College, El Cajon, CA

Simpson University, Redding, CA

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA

University of California, Merced, Merced, CA

Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA


Johnson & Wales University, Denver, CO


Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL

Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL

Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL

Northwood University, West Palm Beach, FL

Saint Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL

Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

Warner University, Lake Wales, FL

Webber International University, Babson Park, FL


Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

Brewton-Parker College, Mt. Vernon, GA

Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA

Life University, Marietta, GA

Point University, Atlanta, GA

Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

SCAD Savannah, Savannah, GA

Shorter University, Rome, GA

Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA

Thomas University, Thomasville, GA

Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland, GA


The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID


Benedictine University at Springfield, Springfield, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Judson University, Elgin, IL

Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL

Quincy University, Quincy, IL

Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL

Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL


Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN

Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, IN

Goshen College, Goshen, IN

Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN

Huntington University, Huntington, IN

Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, IN

Indiana University East, Richmond, IN

Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN

Indiana University-South Bend, South Bend, IN

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

Marian University, Indianapolis, IN

Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN

Purdue University-North Central, Westville, IN

University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

Taylor University, Upland, IN


AIB College of Business, Des Moines, IA

Ashford University, Clinton, IA

Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA

Clarke University, Dubuque, IA

Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, IA

Morningside College, Sioux City, IA

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Waldorf College, Forest City, IA

William Penn University, Oskaloosa, IA


Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS

Bethel College, North Newton, KS

Central Christian College, McPherson, KS

Friends University, Wichita, KS

Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS

Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS

McPherson College, McPherson, KS

MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS

Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS

University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS

Southwestern College, Winfield, KS

Sterling College, Sterling, KS

Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS


Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, KY

Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

Berea College, Berea, KY

Brescia University, Owensboro, KY

Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY

University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY

Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY

Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

Mid-Continent University, Mayfield, KY

Midway College, Midway, KY

Pikeville College, Pikeville, KY

St. Catharine College, St. Catharine, KY

Union College, Barbourville, KY


Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State University Alexandria, Alexandria, LA

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Shreveport, LA

Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Southern University at New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Xavier University, New Orleans, LA


University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, ME

University of Maine at Machias, Machias, ME

University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME


Fisher College, Boston, MA


Fisher College, Boston, MA

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI

Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Madonna University, Livonia, MI

Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

Rochester College, Rochester Hills, MI

Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI


Belhaven University, Jackson, MS

Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS

Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS

William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS


Avila University, Kansas City, MO

Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Columbia College, Columbia, MO

Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO

Evangel University, Springfield, MO

Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, MO

Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO

Missouri Baptist University, Saint Louis, MO

Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO

College of the Ozarks, Pt. Lookout, MO

Park University, Parkville, MO

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO

Stephens College, Columbia, MO

William Woods University, Fulton, MO


Carroll College, Helena, MT

University of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT

Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT

Montana Tech of the Univ of Montana, Butte, MT

University of Montana-Western, Dillon, MT

Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT


Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE

Concordia University, Seward, NE

Doane College, Crete, NE

Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Midland University, Fremont, NE

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Peru State College, Peru, NE

College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

York College, York, NE

New Mexico

Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, NM

University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM

New York

Daemen College, Amherst, NY

Houghton College, Houghton, NY

Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY

State University of New York at Delhi, Delhi, NY

North Carolina

Montreat College, Montreat, NC

Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

North Dakota

Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND

Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND

Mayville State University, Mayville, ND

Valley City State University, Valley City, ND


Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, OH

Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH

Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH

University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, OH

University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH

Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH

Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH


Bacone College, Muskogee, OK

Langston University, Langston, OK

Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK

Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK

Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, OK

Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

Saint Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK

Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK

Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, OK


Concordia University, Portland, OR

Corban University, Salem, OR

Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR


Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

South Carolina

Allen University, Columbia, SC

Columbia College, Columbia, SC

Morris College, Sumter, SC

University of South Carolina – Beaufort, Bluffton, SC

Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC

Voorhees College, Denmark, SC

South Dakota

Dakota State University, Madison, SD

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD

Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD


Bethel University, McKenzie, TN

Bryan College, Dayton, TN

Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN

Fisk University, Nashville, TN

Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

Lee University, Cleveland, TN

Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN

Milligan College, Milligan College, TN

Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, TN

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Union University, Jackson, TN


University of Houston – Victoria, Victoria, TX

Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX

Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, TX

Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, TX

Northwood University, Cedar Hill, TX

Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX

Paul Quinn College, Dallas, TX

University of St. Thomas Houston, Houston, TX

Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ, Waxahachie, TX

University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX

Texas College, Tyler, TX

Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX

Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX

Wiley College, Marshall, TX


Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT


Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA

Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista, VA

Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, VA


Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

Walla Walla University, College Place, WA

West Virginia

Mountain State University, Beckley, WV

West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV


Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI

Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI


University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

University of Regina, Regina, SK

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Football by the Numbers Table

Schools Offering Football
NCAA Division I-A 120
NCAA Division I-AA 118
NCAA Division II 157
NCAA Division III 239
Junior College 69
Total 794
Athletic Scholarship Opportunities
Division I-A(per school) 85
Division I-AA(per school) 63
Division II(per school) 36
NJCAA (*varies per school) 85
Student-Athlete Participation
NCAA Division I-A 14,146
NCAA Division I-AA 11,958
NCAA Division II 15,655
NCAA Division III 23,120
NAIA 5,556
Junior College 5,031
HS Student-Athletes 1,109,278

NAIA Stats Averages Table

The following are averages stats for NAIA football players. It is important to remember that these are only averages that you should shoot for in your Freshman and Sophomore seasons. Some college football Division I players will have higher stats and some will have slightly lower stats, but most will fall within these ranges.

Preferred Grades for All Divisions:3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)

(tables courtesy NCSASports.org)

(courtesy: http://naia.cstv.com/member-services/about/MemberInstitutionsbyState.htm)


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