Student-athletes enjoy small class sizes, a balanced athletic and academic schedule, fewer eligibility and scholarship rules and a less regulated recruiting process at NAIA institutions. Women’s lacrosse is one of 13 sports sponsored by the NAIA. The majority of women’s NAIA lacrosse programs are located in the Midwest and Southeastern regions, giving student-athletes an alternative to competing in the Northeastern region at an NCAA institution.
The NAIA offers 37 women’s lacrosse programs across five conferences: WHAC, KCAC, AAC, Mid-South Conference and Independents. We include a complete list of NAIA lacrosse colleges with women’s lacrosse in the Full List of NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Colleges below.
Athletics is just one of many factors that student-athletes consider when searching for the right college fit. Schools must also meet student-athletes’ expectations for academics, cost, size and more. To provide a comprehensive look at what college might be the right fit for an athlete, NCSA Power Rankings look at the factors that are most important to student-athletes and ranks the best NAIA lacrosse colleges. The top 10 are below:
The NAIA also produces its own list of the top 10 women’s lacrosse teams by polling head lacrosse coaches each year.