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Men’s NAIA Track and Field Colleges and Rankings

While many student-athletes and their families have heard of playing college sports at the NCAA level, they’re often surprised that another regulatory body exists—the NAIA. The National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics is actually the oldest college athletics governing body in the U.S. More than 250 schools are part of the NAIA; these are comprised of mostly smaller private colleges. However, despite being lesser known than its NCAA counterpart, more than 60,000 athletes compete at NAIA schools in a number of sports, including men’s track and field.

Student-athletes who compete at an NAIA member institution are in good company: NAIA track and field programs are similar to those at the NCAA D3 level in terms of a student-athlete’s overall experience, while top NAIA track and field colleges have been compared athletically to the NCAA D2 level! Unlike their D3 counterparts, NAIA programs award both athletic and academic scholarships, making NAIA schools a cost-effective option for student-athletes who excel in their sport and in the classroom.

Just how much athletic aid do NAIA programs offer? Each year more than $500 million in athletic scholarships is awarded to student-athletes who compete at the NAIA level. There are typically 12 track and field scholarships offered per team. Like track and field scholarships offered at the NCAA level, these scholarships are not guaranteed for all four years and need to be renewed at the college coach’s discretion based on a qualified athlete’s performance and academic standing.

Student-athletes who are interested in competing at a high level shouldn’t limit their college lists to those at the NCAA level. Instead, they should also start to consider NAIA track and field colleges, too. One of the best parts of the NAIA recruiting process is that college coaches do not have to follow the NCAA rules, making themselves much more accessible to student-athletes at any stage in the recruiting process. NAIA coaches aren’t restricted in when they can and cannot communicate with potential recruits, so student-athletes can initiate contact with an NAIA coach at any time in the recruiting process. How many track and field colleges are there?

How many men’s NAIA track and field schools are there? 

There are nearly 200 NAIA track and field colleges across the U.S. Of those, 149 schools offer men’s indoor track and field programs, while 186 schools offer either an outdoor track and field program or both indoor and outdoor programs. Indoor track programs often compete in the winter season, while outdoor track and field programs are in full swing during the spring.

NAIA track and field rankings 

Several organizations offer NAIA track and field rankings throughout both indoor and outdoor seasons, including the NAIA, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and the Track & Field Results Reporting System. Here are the top NAIA colleges for track and field according to the NCSA Power Rankings, which factor in graduate rates, average cost after aid and other important data, aside from athletic rankings, that help student-athletes make their best college decision:

  1. Loyola University New Orleans
  2. Bethel University – Indiana
  3. The College of Idaho
  4. University of Michigan – Dearborn
  5. Asbury University
  6. Indiana Wesleyan University
  7. Concordia University – Nebraska 
  8. College of the Ozarks
  9. Robert Morris University – Illinois
  10. Taylor University

Check out NCSA’s Power Rankings of top NAIA track and field colleges.

Find the complete NAIA track and field rankings here.

NAIA track and field colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Pippa Passes, 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
Central States Football League
NAIA
Wilmore, KENTUCKY
Mid East
River States Conference
NAIA
Ave Maria, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Muskogee, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Central States Football League
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
NAIA DII
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
Owensboro, KENTUCKY
Mid East
River States 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
Whiting, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic 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
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Fayette, MISSOURI
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Orangeburg, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Dubuque, IOWA
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Howell, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Rutland, VERMONT
New England
Other
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
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
NAIA
NAIA
Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
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
Mid-South 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
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
American Midwest 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
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
South Bend, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Marion, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Hawkins, TEXAS
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Siloam Springs, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Independent NAIA Division III
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
Florida Sun Conference
NAIA
Grayson, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Langston, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
Southfield, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Lewiston, IDAHO
North West
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Lincoln, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NAIA
NAIA
Columbia, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South 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
Central States Football League
NAIA
Livonia, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Manhattan, KANSAS
Mid West
Member of NCCAA (Division II)
NAIA
Indianapolis, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Rancho Palos Verdes, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
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
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
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Marshall, MISSOURI
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Havre, MONTANA
North West
Frontier 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
Other
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
Crossroads League
NAIA
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Stafford, TEXAS
Mid South
NAIA; Red River Conference 2020
NAIA
Espanola, NEW MEXICO
South West
Division II Independents
NAIA
Kirkland, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Orange City, IOWA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bemidji, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC), Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) and the Association of Christian College Athletics (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
Central States Football League
NAIA
Bartlesville, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bourbonnais, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Klamath Falls, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Ottawa, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
(NAIA) (NCWA – Wrestling)
NAIA
Angwin, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Parkville, MISSOURI
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Dallas, TEXAS
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA
DuBois, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
CCAC
NAIA
Schuylkill Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA; NCWA Wrestling
NAIA
Lehman, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Penn State University 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
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Waleska, GEORGIA
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Rochester Hills, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Independent Great Lakes Region
NAIA
Billings, MONTANA
North West
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Santee, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Savannah, GEORGIA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Florida Sun Conference (Division III)
NAIA
Portsmouth, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Redding, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Aliso Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Lakeland, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Ashland, OREGON
West Coast
Frontier Conference
NAIA
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA
Waxahachie, TEXAS
Mid South
Central States Football League
NAIA
Bethany, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Winfield, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Spring Arbor, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
Davenport, IOWA
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Laurinburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Sterling, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate 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
Mid-States Football Association
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
Presidents' Athletic 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
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Cleveland, GEORGIA
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Barbourville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Unity, MAINE
New England
USCAA/YSCC, Division is USCAA D-2
NAIA
Lancaster, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
(NAIA DII, Cal Pac)
NAIA
Merced, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Jamestown, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Augusta, MAINE
New England
YSCAA
NAIA
Fort Kent, MAINE
New England
NAIA, Sunrise Conference
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
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
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Leavenworth, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Chickasha, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Joliet, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Williamsburg, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
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
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Denmark, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Association of Independent Institutions
NAIA
Forest City, IOWA
Mid West
Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
NAIA
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Lake Wales, FLORIDA
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Plainview, TEXAS
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Babson Park, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Beckley, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Independent Mid-South Region
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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