Complete List of NAIA Colleges with Women's Volleyball Teams
For many student-athletes, the charm of NAIA schools comes from their smaller class sizes and overall flexibility between athletics, academics and a social life. Furthermore, NAIA volleyball schools are allowed to manage their own recruiting process, which means there are no timelines or calendars to memorize. Coaches can recruit at any time, and the window of opportunity is often open longer than at the other division levels. The level of competition at NAIA volleyball schools is often compared to NCAA Division 2 schools, so athletes should expect to face elite volleyball players.
Do NAIA volleyball schools give athletic scholarships?
Yes, NAIA schools can provide a maximum of eight scholarships for talented athletes. Because NAIA volleyball is considered an equivalency sport, coaches can split up their scholarship dollars however they want. This means that only the very top, most impactful athletes on a team will get a full-ride scholarship, while the others will likely get partial scholarships. This helps coaches attract as many high-quality athletes as possible.
Top NAIA volleyball colleges
The NAIA creates its rankings each year based on votes cast by head volleyball coaches in each conference. The votes are translated into points, and the more points a team has, the higher up in the rankings they are placed. Currently, the top 15 teams in the NAIA volleyball rankings are:
- Lindsey Wilson
- Missouri Baptist
- College of Idaho
- Grand View
- Eastern Oregon
- Montana Tech