NAIA tennis schools should also be considered by the student-athlete with the desire to compete in a highly competitive women’s tennis atmosphere. Many players at NAIA tennis colleges are nationally ranked among amateurs but do not possess the GPA or ACT scores required by the NCAA D1 and D2 women’s tennis programs. The NAIA has its own guidelines regarding its women’s tennis schools. Recruiting begins earlier, and the academic figures for enrollment less stringent than the NCAA.
There are 115 women’s college tennis programs at the NAIA level with a maximum of 5 scholarships per team. This represents the highest scholarship number among all the divisions of four-year programs. Partial grant-in-aid awards are the norm for NAIA women’s tennis schools and can vary per athlete
While the NAIA allows for a maximum of 5 scholarships per team, many NAIA women’s tennis colleges offer less. Full scholarship offers are rare as they would lessen a coach’s ability to recruit enough athletes to fill the women’s tennis team roster. Players having the ability to play well in both singles and double matches are a prime recruiting target.
The NCSA Power Rankings for women’s tennis are below.
NCSA’s rankings are intended to provide an all-inclusive look at what colleges have to offer a prospective student-athlete. The rankings aren’t just based on athletic performances; they also include such factors as graduation rates and a breakdown of education costs.