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Women’s NAIA Swimming Schools

For lots of freedom while still participating in athletics, student-athletes should consider a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA school. There is less regulation during recruiting, so a coach can contact a swimmer year-round from freshman to senior year in high school. 

How many NAIA schools are there for women’s swimming?

There are 31 NAIA swimming schools for women. NAIA differs immensely from Division 3 as there are scholarships available for athletics. Women’s swimming programs are given a maximum of 8 scholarships to divvy up among the team. The amount of scholarship received depends on factors like event times, how much the team needs the swimmer’s event strengths and how the coach typically  prefers to divide the money. 

NAIA women’s swimming rankings

NAIA swimming institutions are the perfect balance for swimmers that have interests outside of the pool, like studying abroad or having an on-campus job. To. guide student-athletes and their families in evaluating schools, NCSA creates an annual list of best colleges. There are many factors to finding the right college fit, especially for NAIA student-athletes who may be more interested in having a well-rounded college experience than athletes at other divisions. 

Best NAIA swimming colleges for women:

  1. Soka University of America
  2. The College of Idaho
  3. Asbury University
  4. Indiana Wesleyan University
  5. Loyola University New Orleans
  6. Morningside College
  7. Robert Morris University – Illinois
  8. Bethel University – Indiana
  9. Columbia College – South Carolina
  10. The Master’s University 

Here are the best NAIA women’s swimming colleges in terms of performance, according to a 2018-2019 NAIA post-season poll that includes national championship results.

Full List of NAIA Women’s Swimming Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Central States Football League
NAIA
Wilmore, KENTUCKY
Mid East
River States Conference
NAIA
Mishawaka, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Crossroads League
NAIA
McKenzie, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Gainesville, GEORGIA
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Campbellsville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Omaha, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA
Amherst, NEW YORK
North East
East Coast Conference
NAIA
Marion, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
West Palm Beach, FLORIDA
South East
Florida Sun Conference
NAIA
Marietta, GEORGIA
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Lincoln, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NAIA
NAIA
Columbia, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
TENNESSEE
Mid 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
Sioux City, IOWA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Bourbonnais, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
(NAIA) (NCWA – Wrestling)
NAIA
West Point, GEORGIA
South East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Savannah, GEORGIA
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Redding, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Aliso Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Mobile, ALABAMA
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Davenport, IOWA
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Laurinburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Mid-South 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
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
Barbourville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Jamestown, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
North Star Athletic Association
NAIA
Pikeville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Rio Grande, OHIO
Great Lakes
River States Conference
NAIA
Leavenworth, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Williamsburg, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Swannanoa, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
NCAA Division III & USCAA
NAIA
Beckley, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Independent Mid-South Region
NAIA
Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Walnut Ridge, ARKANSAS
Mid South
American Midwest Conference
NAIA

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