The National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, otherwise known as the NAIA, is an athletics association similar to the NCAA. NAIA member colleges tend to be smaller, private schools, where over 65,000 student-athletes compete annually.
NAIA track and field colleges are probably most similar to those at the NCAA Division 3 level in terms of overall college experience. From a competitive standpoint, the top NAIA track and field programs mirror competition similar to NCAA Division 2 schools.
Some benefits of adding a few NAIA track and field colleges to your target list include:
There are currently 173 NAIA track and field colleges that offer indoor, outdoor or both indoor and outdoor women’s track field programs. Only 36 of these schools don’t have an NAIA women’s outdoor track and field team, and only compete indoors. Indoor track and field teams compete in the winter season, while outdoor programs operate during the spring.
NAIA track and field rankings can be found for indoor and outdoor programs. Sites that keep track of top NAIA track and field colleges and overall team stats and performances include the Track & Field Results Reporting System and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Here are the top 10 NAIA track and field colleges according to the NCSA Power Rankings:
Here is the full list of the top NAIA women’s track and field colleges according to the NCSA Power Rankings.