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.
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.
Student-athletes and their families need to take into consideration several factors when searching for the right college fit. Student-athletes are searching for a school that meets their academic, athletic, social and financial needs. To help student-athletes through the decision-making process, NCSA’s Power Rankings rank the top NAIA volleyball schools, based on tuition cost, location, size and academics.
View the complete list of NAIA volleyball schools below.