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NAIA Softball Colleges: A Well-rounded College Experience

The NAIA, or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, sets the athletic rules for its 300+ member colleges. And get this: There are 195 NAIA softball colleges. That’s 195 rosters that need talented softball players. The NAIA is characterized by its smaller, close-knit campuses, competitive teams, and well-rounded college experience for athletes. If you want to study abroad, participate in other extracurricular activities and generally get a more traditional college experience, the NAIA might be right for you.

Are there NAIA softball scholarships?

There are NAIA softball scholarships available for athletes. The amount of money you are eligible to receive as part of your NAIA softball scholarship will depend on the school, the coach, your talent level and your position. A fully funded NAIA softball program can give out 10 scholarships, compared to the 7.2 scholarships that can be offered by a full funded DII program. NAIA schools also have other financial aid opportunities outside of athletic scholarships. As your family creates your financial aid package, look into academic, merit and need-based scholarships to bring down the overall cost of tuition.

What is the NAIA Softball Championship?

Each year, the top NAIA softball schools participate in the NAIA Softball Championship, the annual tournament to determine the national champions of NAIA collegiate softball in the United States and Canada. The reigning champions are Oklahoma City—and they are the winningest program, with nine NAIA Championship titles to date.

Find NAIA softball colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association (KIAC)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Wilmore, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Ave Maria, Florida
South East
The Sun Conference (NAIA)
Kansas City, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA), Central States Football League (NAIA)
Baldwin City, Kansas
Mid West
Member of Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA).
Bellevue, Nebraska
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Atchison, Kansas
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Mesa, Arizona
South West
NAIA DII
Lindsborg, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Mishawaka, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
North Newton, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
McKenzie, Tennessee
Mid East
NAIA, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Blue Mountain, Mississippi
Mid South
TranSouth Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Bluefield, Virginia
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Gainesville, Georgia
South East
NAIA, Southern States Athletic Conference
Owensboro, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mount Vernon, Georgia
South East
NAIA, Southern States Athletic Conference
Sioux City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Dayton, Tennessee
Mid East
NAIA, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Whiting, Indiana
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Campbellsville, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
NAIA, American Mideast Conference
Helena, Montana
North West
Frontier Conference (NAIA)
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
McPherson, Kansas
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Fayette, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Lakes
NAIA, NCCAA
Dubuque, Iowa
Mid West
Midwestern Collegiate Conference
Howell, Michigan
Great Lakes
United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA)
Brunswick, Georgia
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
Omaha, Nebraska
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Rutland, Vermont
New England
NAIA, Yankee Small College Conference
Columbia, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
NAIA, Southern States Athletic Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA), Mid-States Football Association (NAIA)
Seward, Nebraska
Mid West
Member of Great Plains Athletic Conference
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, (Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference)
Lebanon, Tennessee
Mid East
TranSouth Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Madison, South Dakota
North West
Association of Independent Institutions (NAIA)
Mitchell, South Dakota
North West
Member of Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Dickinson, North Dakota
North West
Dakota Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Crete, Nebraska
Mid West
Member of Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Sioux Center, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
La Grande, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
NAIA, Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Florida Sun Conference
Springfield, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Montgomery, Alabama
South East
NAIA, Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference, Mid-South Conference (football only)
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Association of Independent Institutions (NAIA)
Nashville, Tennessee
Mid East
NAIA - Division I, GCAC Conference
Henderson, Tennessee
Mid East
TranSouth Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Wichita, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Georgetown, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Lawrenceville, Georgia
South East
NAIA
Goshen, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Winona Lake, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference
Lamoni, Iowa
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Des Moines, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA), Mid-States Football Association (NAIA)
Hannibal, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Lawrence, Kansas
Mid West
Hastings, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Fullerton, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Huntington, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Austin, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA)
South Bend, Indiana
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
New Albany, Indiana
Great Lakes
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Marion, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Hawkins, Texas
Mid South
Red River 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
NAIA, Sun Conference
Grayson, Kentucky
Mid East
Mid South Conference (NAIA)
Riverside, California
West Coast
Langston, Oklahoma
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Southfield, Michigan
Great Lakes
WHAC Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Belleville, Illinois
Great Lakes
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Columbia, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Alexandria, Louisiana
Mid South
Sylvania, Ohio
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Batesville, Arkansas
Mid South
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Livonia, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Pulaski, Tennessee
Mid East
TranSouth Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
West Coast
Southern California Athletic Conference
Mayville, North Dakota
North West
Dakota Athletic Conference (NAIA)
McPherson, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Atherton, California
West Coast
Northwest Conference (Division III, football), California Pacific Conference (NAIA)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
Olathe, Kansas
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Macon, Georgia
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
Fremont, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Midway, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Milligan College, Tennessee
Mid East
NAIA, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Marshall, Missouri
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Montreat, North Carolina
Mid East
NAIA, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Sioux City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Sumter, South Carolina
South East
NAIA, Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
West Frankfort, Illinois
Great Lakes
NCCAA (Division II); NCWA Wrestling
Yankton, South Dakota
North West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Classic Conference (NAIA)
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Great Lakes
American Mideast Conference (NAIA)
Eugene, Oregon
West Coast
NAIA
Kirkland, Washington
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Orange City, Iowa
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Circleville, Ohio
Great Lakes
NCCAA Mid-East Region, (OCAC) Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Goodwell, Oklahoma
Mid South
NAIA
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Mid South
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Klamath Falls, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Ottawa, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Parkville, Missouri
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Dubois, Pennsylvania
North East
CCAC
Peru, Nebraska
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
NAIA, American Mideast Conference
West Point, Georgia
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference; (NCCAA DI)
Aberdeen, South Dakota
North West
North Star Athletic Association
Waleska, Georgia
South East
NAIA, Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC)
Springfield, Illinois
Great Lakes
USCAA
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Great Lakes
NAIA - Independent
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA), Mid-States Football Association (NAIA)
El Cajon, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Portsmouth, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid South Conference
Adrian, Michigan
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Redding, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference (NAIA)
Lakeland, Florida
South East
The Sun Conference - NAIA (Division I), NCCAA (DI)
Ashland, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Waxahachie, Texas
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Bethany, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference (starting 2013)
Winfield, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Spring Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Davenport, Iowa
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association (NAIA), Midwest Classic Conference (NAIA)
Laurinburg, North Carolina
Mid East
Appalachian Athletic Conference (NAIA), Deep South Lacrosse Conference
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
NAIA
Miami Gardens, Florida
South East
NAIA, Florida Sun Conference
Columbia, Missouri
Mid West
Sterling, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Hillsboro, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Talladega, Alabama
South East
GCAC (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference)
Upland, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Athens, Tennessee
Mid East
NAIA, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Texarkana, Texas
Mid South
Tyler, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Fort Worth, Texas
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Caldwell, Idaho
North West
Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Thomasville, Georgia
South East
The Sun Conference (NAIA)
Palos Heights, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Deerfield, Illinois
Great Lakes
National Christian College Athletic Association, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Mid-States Football Association
Cleveland, Georgia
South East
NAIA, NCCAA
Barbourville, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Lancaster, California
West Coast
(NAIA DII, Cal Pac)
Victoria, Texas
Mid South
Jamestown, North Dakota
North West
Association of Independent Institutions (AII)
Dearborn, Michigan
Great Lakes
NCWA Wrestling
Mobile, Alabama
South East
NAIA, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Lima, Ohio
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Pikeville, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Great Falls, Montana
North West
Member of Frontier Conference (NAIA)
Rio Grande, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-South Conference, NAIA
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-Central College Conference (NAIA)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Mid West
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Chickasha, Oklahoma
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Bluffton, South Carolina
South East
Joliet, Illinois
Great Lakes
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Williamsburg, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA, Mid-South Conference
Hobbs, New Mexico
South West
Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Valley City, North Dakota
North West
Dakota Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Costa Mesa, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Classic Conference (NAIA)
Denmark, South Carolina
South East
NAIA, Association of Independent Institutions
Forest City, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
College Place, Washington
West Coast
Lake Wales, Florida
South East
NAIA, Florida Sun Conference
Babson Park, Florida
South East
NAIA, Florida Sun Conference
Babson Park, Florida
South East
NAIA, Florida Sun Conference
Montgomery, West Virginia
Mid East
Montgomery, West Virginia
Mid East
Association of Independent Institutions
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mid South
NAIA, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Rocklin, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association (NAIA), Midwest Classic Conference (NAIA)
Fulton, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference, NAIA
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Mid South
NAIA, American Midwest Conference
York, Nebraska
Mid West
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
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