NAIA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

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Just for Parents

As parents, you've played an active role in your son or daughter's sports experiences so far. If they're thinking about playing sports in college, you'll be critical to their college decision making process. So what does the NAIA athletics experience look like?

EVERY STUDENT-ATHLETE MATTERS
In the NAIA, every student-athlete matters and is supported in the ongoing pursuit of their best. Our institutions, administrators and coaches are in unique positions to positively impact the educational, athletic and emotional development of young people. Tight-knit campus communities mean closer interaction, stronger relationships, and personalized attention.

CHARACTER IS OUR GUIDE
Our nearly 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada all have one thing in common: Character. The NAIA Champions of Character program provides our student-athletes and member institutions with the training and positive examples of how character matters. It changes perspectives and fuels better performance on the field, in the classroom and in personal relationships.

PREPARED FOR LEADERSHIP AND LIFE
Throughout its history, the NAIA has earned a reputation as strong off the field as on it. At NAIA campuses, student-athletes form close bonds and lifelong friendships with peers, coaches and faculty. We also help you mature and develop on all levels - through programs that help prepare you not only for competition and graduation, but also leadership

GET STARTED AT THE NAIA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
Have your prospective student register early with the NAIA Eligibilty Center. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, prospective students also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know they're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests.