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Your Complete List of Men’s NAIA Basketball Schools

Men’s basketball athletes who want to play sports at the collegiate level have typically heard of the NCAA and its three division levels. However, many families often overlook another regulatory body—the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics. NAIA basketball colleges are in good company—not only is the NAIA the oldest college athletics governing body in the U.S., it’s also growing in popularity and size. Most men’s basketball programs at the NAIA level are made up of smaller, private colleges, though don’t let that deter you—student-athletes on NAIA basketball teams share similar experiences and levels of competition as those who compete at NCAA D3 basketball colleges. Find out more about basketball colleges and how basketball recruiting works.

Perhaps the biggest draw of playing NAIA men’s basketball is that unlike their NCAA D3 counterparts, NAIA basketball colleges do offer athletic scholarships. Each year, NAIA basketball schools offer NAIA basketball scholarships at both the NAIA D1 and NAIA D2 levels. There are typically 11 scholarships per team allotted at the D1 level, while NAIA basketball teams at the D2 levels are given a maximum of 6 scholarships per team. NAIA basketball coaches can split up these scholarships any way they see fit—that means that while it’s possible for some elite athletes to receive full rides to NAIA basketball schools, it’s also likely that coaches will split up one scholarship among a few recruits.

Men’s basketball athletes interested in competing at the collegiate level shouldn’t limit their college lists to NCAA D1, D2 and D3 schools. Instead, they should also consider adding a few NAIA basketball schools to their target lists too. Not only are NAIA coaches more accessible to recruits than those who coach at the NCAA level—who must follow NCAA basketball recruiting rules and contact periods—they’re also allowed to communicate with potential recruits at any time in the recruiting process.

Men’s basketball recruits who have a high academic and athletic caliber, match NAIA basketball recruiting guidelines and want a similar experience to their NCAA D3 counterparts—with the bonus of a potential athletic scholarship—should look at our full list of NAIA basketball colleges below.

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How many NAIA basketball schools are there?

Student-athletes who want to compete at some of the most selective academic levels should pursue opportunities at NAIA basketball schools. But just how many NAIA basketball schools are there? There are currently over 200 NAIA basketball colleges to explore—these 230 NAIA basketball teams are comprised of elite players both on and off the court. Potential recruits who want to secure a coveted roster spot at one of these top NAIA basketball schools should be prepared to work hard not only on developing their athletic skills but also their overall GPA and test scores.

When creating a target list of schools, it’s important to explore a complete list of NAIA basketball schools, consider NAIA basketball rankings and be prepared to size up the competition of NAIA basketball teams in terms of physical measurables, like height, and position-specific stats. It’s also essential to start communicating with coaches, as NAIA coaches can contact basketball recruits at any high-school grade level. For a complete list of NAIA basketball colleges, including their conference, location and NAIA division level, look at our NAIA basketball rankings and complete list of NAIA basketball schools below.

Men’s NAIA basketball rankings and top NAIA basketball schools

Here are the top NAIA basketball schools, according to the NCSA Power Rankings:

  1. Asbury University
  2. University of Michigan – Dearborn
  3. Concordia University – Nebraska
  4. St. Ambrose University
  5. Bethel University – Indiana
  6. Aquinas College – Michigan
  7. College of the Ozarks
  8. Loyola University New Orleans
  9. Taylor University
  10. Indiana Wesleyan University 

While the NCSA Power Rankings offer a good overview of top NAIA basketball schools, student-athletes who want to compete at NAIA basketball colleges shouldn’t limit their search to only the most elite schools who regularly appear at the top of the NAIA basketball rankings, but also explore opportunities at all of the 200+ NAIA basketball schools as well as the NCAA and junior college levels, too. When creating a target list, consider a school’s athletic and academic caliber—and whether they match your own athletic skills, physical measurables, and grades/test scores—along with your personal preferences, too.

Full list of NAIA men's basketball colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Kentucky
Mid East
River States Conference
NAIA
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
Golden state Athletic Conference
NAIA
Wilmore, Kentucky
Mid East
River States Conference
NAIA
Ave Maria, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Kansas City, Missouri
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Mid South
Independent
NAIA
Baldwin City, Kansas
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bellevue, Nebraska
Mid West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Atchison, Kansas
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Mesa, Arizona
South West
CALPAC
NAIA
Lindsborg, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
North Newton, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Mishawaka, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
McKenzie, Tennessee
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Blue Mountain, Mississippi
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bluefield, Virginia
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Mount Vernon, Georgia
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Sioux City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Dayton, Tennessee
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Eugene, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Vallejo, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Campbellsville, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
River States Conference
NAIA
Helena, Montana
North West
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
McPherson, Kansas
Mid West
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fayette, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Dubuque, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Brunswick, Georgia
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Point Lookout, Missouri
Mid West
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Columbia, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Seward, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Salem, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Paragould, Arkansas
Mid South
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Canton, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Lebanon, Tennessee
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Madison, South Dakota
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Mitchell, South Dakota
North West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Dickinson, North Dakota
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Crete, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Sioux Center, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
La Grande, Oregon
West Coast
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Prescott, Arizona
South West
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Springfield, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Olympia, Washington
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Montgomery, Alabama
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Independent Northeast Region
NAIA
Nashville, Tennessee
Mid East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Temple Terrace, Florida
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Miami Gardens, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Henderson, Tennessee
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Wichita, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Georgetown, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Goshen, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
Winona Lake, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
Lamoni, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Des Moines, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Hannibal, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Hastings, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fullerton, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Huntington, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
Austin, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Richmond, Indiana
Great Lakes
River States Conference
NAIA
Gary, Indiana
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
South Bend, Indiana
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
New Albany, Indiana
Great Lakes
River States Conference
NAIA
Marion, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NAIA
Hawkins, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Elgin, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Salina, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
West Palm Beach, Florida
South East
The Sun Conference
NAIA
Grayson, Kentucky
Mid East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Langston, Oklahoma
Mid South
SAC
NAIA
Southfield, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Lewiston, Idaho
North West
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Marietta, Georgia
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Lincoln, Illinois
Great Lakes
NCCAA
NAIA
Lincoln, Illinois
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Columbia, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Shreveport, Louisiana
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Sylvania, Ohio
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Batesville, Arkansas
Mid South
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Livonia, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
Tennessee
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Mayville, North Dakota
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
McPherson, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Atherton, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Olathe, Kansas
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Macon, Georgia
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fremont, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Midway, Kentucky
Mid East
River States Conference
NAIA
Milligan University, Tennessee
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Marshall, Missouri
Mid West
KCAC
NAIA
Havre, Montana
North West
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Butte, Montana
North West
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Montreat, North Carolina
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Sioux City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Sumter, South Carolina
South East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Yankton, South Dakota
North West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Great Lakes
WHAC
NAIA
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Stafford, Texas
Mid South
Red River Conference
NAIA
Espanola, New Mexico
South West
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Kirkland, Washington
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Orange City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bemidji, Minnesota
Mid West
ACCA
NAIA
Oakland City, Indiana
Great Lakes
Division II Independents
NAIA
Circleville, Ohio
Great Lakes
River States Conference
NAIA
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Goodwell, Oklahoma
Mid South
SAC
NAIA
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Mid South
KCAC
NAIA
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Klamath Falls, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Ottawa, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
GSAC
NAIA
Angwin, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Parkville, Missouri
Mid West
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Dallas, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Peru, Nebraska
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
River States Conference
NAIA
West Point, Georgia
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Aberdeen, South Dakota
North West
GPAC
NAIA
Waleska, Georgia
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Great Lakes
Independent Great Lakes Region
NAIA
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Santee, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Portsmouth, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Adrian, Michigan
Great Lakes
WHAC
NAIA
Redding, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Lakeland, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Ashland, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Waxahachie, Texas
Mid South
SAC
NAIA
Bethany, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Winfield, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Spring Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
WHAC
NAIA
Davenport, Iowa
Mid West
CCAC
NAIA
Laurinburg, North Carolina
Mid East
AAC
NAIA
Miami, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Sterling, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Hillsboro, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Talladega, Alabama
South East
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Upland, Indiana
Great Lakes
WHAC
NAIA
Athens, Tennessee
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Tyler, Texas
Mid South
Central States Football League
NAIA
Fort Worth, Texas
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Caldwell, Idaho
North West
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Santa Clarita, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Thomasville, Georgia
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Tougaloo, Mississippi
Mid South
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Palos Heights, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Deerfield, Illinois
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Cleveland, Georgia
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Barbourville, Kentucky
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Lancaster, California
West Coast
(NAIA DII, Cal Pac)
NAIA
Merced, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Jamestown, North Dakota
North West
GPAC, KCAC
NAIA
Dearborn, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Mobile, Alabama
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Dillon, Montana
North West
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Lima, Ohio
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Pikeville, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Great Falls, Montana
North West
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Rio Grande, Ohio
Great Lakes
River States Conference
NAIA
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
San Marcos, California
West Coast
CALPAC
NAIA
Leavenworth, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Chickasha, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Joliet, Illinois
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Williamsburg, Kentucky
Mid East
AAC
NAIA
Hobbs, New Mexico
South West
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Valley City, North Dakota
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Costa Mesa, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
CCAC
NAIA
Denmark, South Carolina
South East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Forest City, Iowa
Mid West
North Star Athletic Conference
NAIA
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Lake Wales, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Takoma Park, Maryland
North East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Plainview, Texas
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Babson Park, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Beckley, West Virginia
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference, River States Conference
NAIA
Santa Barbara, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Wilberforce, Ohio
Great Lakes
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Marshall, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Rocklin, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fulton, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Mid South
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
York, Nebraska
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA

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