NAIA Athletic Eligibility Requirements
For any athlete who wished to play sports at the NAIA level, the process of being declared eligible to play was, in the past, as easy as being accepted to a school. If the athlete met the academic and behavioral requirements for that college, then they had sufficiently met the NAIA eligibility requirements.
As of September 1, 2010, however, the NAIA now requires all college-bound athletes to register with the newly formed NAIA Clearinghouse. Before being declared eligible to play at an accredited NAIA college, athletes must now go to the clearinghouse website and submit certain personal information as well as test scores and transcripts to be cleared to play.
Testing and Eligibility Requirements
To be deemed eligible for participation in NAIA sports, an athlete must achieve a minimum score of 860 on the SAT, a minimum of 18 on the ACT, finish in the top half of his/her graduating class, and maintain a GPA of 2.00. By satisfying any TWO of these requirements, an athlete will be deemed eligible to play in the NAIA. The test score that an athlete submits to the NAIA website must be achieved on the same test.
***This is NOT the NCAA Clearing House. For further information contact visit the NAIA Clearinghouse. Students may also contact their guidance counselor for additional information.