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Your Complete List of NAIA Women’s Basketball Schools

Women’s basketball recruits often set their sights at playing at the NCAA D1, D2 or D3 levels. However, many potential recruits overlook—or haven’t even heard of—playing sports at a different regulatory organization, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In recent years, NAIA women’s basketball schools have grown in size, and like the NCAA, NAIA women’s basketball colleges are highly competitive. NAIA women’s basketball schools are similar athletically and academically to those at the NCAA Division 3 level. Like the NCAA D3, NAIA women’s basketball colleges also don’t have to follow strict recruiting rules, allowing college coaches to reach out to student-athletes—and vice versa—at any point in their high-school basketball careers.

Despite the similar sports-life balance and well-rounded, traditional college experience as programs at the NCAA D3 level, there is one major component that set NAIA women’s basketball schools apart: they offer athletic scholarships. This makes NAIA a top choice for student-athletes looking to drive down their college costs by combining need-based grants and financial aid with both academic and athletic based scholarships.

We included more information below about NAIA women’s basketball schools, including a step-by-step breakdown of how many scholarships can NAIA schools give for women’s basketball programs at each level. Learn more about the process of college basketball recruiting rankings.

How many NAIA women’s basketball schools are there?

Women’s basketball recruits who want to pursue their sport at the collegiate level while having a more traditional college experience—with an emphasis on excelling in academics and pursuing other extracurricular interests—should consider going to one of the 235 NAIA women’s basketball colleges located across the U.S. Despite being smaller in size than each of the NCAA division levels, at nearly 250 active programs, NAIA women’s basketball schools are still a great option for athletes who want to take their game to the next level. Learn more about the competitiveness in AAU girls basketball.

Potential NAIA student-athletes should start narrowing down their options after exploring a full list of NAIA women’s basketball colleges. While recruits should also check out which schools top the NAIA women’s basketball rankings, remember to base decisions on other factors, like which NAIA programs offer your intended major and whether you’d feel more comfortable at a school closer to home or want to explore a different part of the U.S.

How many scholarships can NAIA schools give for women’s basketball?

While NAIA women’s basketball colleges share many similarities with NCAA Division 3 colleges, there’s one major difference. Unlike programs at the NCAA D3 level, NAIA women’s basketball schools offer both academic and athletic scholarships, making them a slightly more cost-effective option for recruits who are interested in combining athletic, academic and need-based aid to create a robust financial aid package. NAIA women’s basketball colleges—along with NAIA women’s basketball rankings—are split into two division levels, NAIA Division 1 and NAIA Division 2.

Both NAIA D1 and D2 programs offer equivalency scholarships, meaning that there are a set number of scholarships per team which can be split among as many or few athletes as the coach chooses. A maximum of 11 scholarships are offered to NAIA women’s basketball colleges who compete at the D1 level, while D2 programs receive a maximum of 6 scholarships per team.

What does this mean for a recruit’s athletic scholarship opportunities at the NAIA level? With an average roster size of about 16 athletes per team, if a college coach decided to give out full rides, not everyone would make the cut. Most coaches typically split up these scholarships, providing each team member with at least a partial athletic scholarship. However, not all coaches split up scholarships equally—for instance, it’s possible for certain recruits to receive different, higher or lower scholarship amounts based on their overall and position-specific athletic skills. 

NAIA women’s basketball rankings and best NAIA women’s basketball colleges

Several organizations offer NAIA women’s basketball rankings, including the NAIA and DakStats. Here are the best NAIA women’s basketball colleges, according to the NCSA Power Rankings:

  1. Loyola University New Orleans
  2. Indiana Wesleyan University
  3. Taylor University
  4. University of St. Thomas – Texas
  5. Concordia University – Nebraska
  6. University of Michigan – Dearborn
  7. Asbury University
  8. Aquinas College – Michigan
  9. California Maritime Academy
  10. University of California – Merced 

The NCSA Power Rankings are a great resource both for basketball recruits who are just starting their search, as well as for those who are narrowing down their target lists. Regardless of where you are at in your college search process, explore a full list of NAIA women’s basketball colleges and see if your favorites appear on the NAIA women’s basketball rankings below.

Full list of NAIA schools with women’s basketball

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
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
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
Gainesville, Georgia
South East
Appalachian Athletic 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
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
Omaha, Nebraska
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Rutland, Vermont
New England
YSCC
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
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
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mid East
EMAC
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
DuBois, Pennsylvania
North East
PSUAC
NAIA
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
North East
PSUAC
NAIA
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
North East
PSUAC
NAIA
York, Pennsylvania
North East
PSUAC
NAIA
Peru, Nebraska
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
River States 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
Mid-States Football Association
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
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
Red River Athletic Conference
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
Batavia, Ohio
Great Lakes
USCAA
NAIA
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Jamestown, North Dakota
North West
GPAC, KCAC
NAIA
Fort Kent, Maine
New England
USCAA
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
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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