50-50 Highlights: NAIA Colleges

List of NAIA CollegesThe NCAA is not the only college athletic organization with sports programs. The National Association for intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has over 250 members. Like the NCAA, the NAIA regulates the number of scholarships available and students must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center.

NAIA offers fewer sports than the NCAA but does offer more scholarships in some sports. The maximum number of scholarships allowed in baseball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, and men’s tennis are higher in the NAIA. The NCAA offers more scholarships in women’s sports compared to the NAIA.

A total of 41 NAIA schools meet the 50-50 qualifications. Of the 27 athletic conferences in the NAIA, 17 have 50-50 schools. The Crossroads League has six teams and the Great Plains Athletic Conference and SUNY Athletic Conference both have four schools each.

The states with the most 50-50 NAIA schools are New York, California, Indiana, and Iowa. Texas, which has the most NAIA schools at 19, only has one school that meets the 50-50 qualifications.

The following table lists the NAIA 50-50 schools by basketball conference. Schools may compete in different conference depending on the sport. Since many schools don’t compete in football, I choose to use the basketball conference. This data is from 2013 and the affiliation’s may not be current. In other words, some of it is probably no longer correct. As usual, the four-year graduation rate is used for private schools and the five-year rate is used for public schools.


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Asbury UniversityPrivateKY132656NAIA D2Kentucky Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Ave Maria UniversityPrivateFL89055NAIA D1Florida Sun Conference
Biola UniversityPrivateCA418449NAIA D1Golden State Athletic Conference
California Maritime AcademyPublicCA100857NAIA D2California Pacific Conference
Carroll CollegePrivateMT134954NAIA D1Frontier Conference
Cazenovia CollegePrivateNY93753NAIA D1Division III Independents
Clarke UniversityPrivateIA87759NAIA D2Midwest Classic Conference
Concordia University-IrvinePrivateCA174654NAIA D1Golden State Athletic Conference
Doane College-CretePrivateNE110651NAIA D2Great Plains Athletic Conference
Dordt CollegePrivateIA134554NAIA D2Great Plains Athletic Conference
Georgetown CollegePrivateKY100049NAIA D1Mid-South Conference
Goshen CollegePrivateIN74554NAIA D1Crossroads League
Grace College and Theological SeminaryPrivateIN127454NAIA D1Crossroads League
Huntington UniversityPrivateIN96057NAIA D1Crossroads League
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityPrivateIN958155NAIA D1Crossroads League
John Brown UniversityPrivateAR157155NAIA D1Sooner Athletic Conference
King's CollegePrivatePA192561NAIA D1Division III Independents
Lancaster Bible CollegePrivatePA81454NAIA D1Other
Milligan CollegePrivateTN88452NAIA D1Appalachian Athletic Conference
Mount Mercy UniversityPrivateIA88266NAIA D2Midwest Classic Conference
Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityPrivateOH145049NAIA D1Crossroads League
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityPrivateNE160555NAIA D2Great Plains Athletic Conference
Northwestern CollegePrivateIA113353NAIA D2Great Plains Athletic Conference
Oklahoma City UniversityPrivateOK175449NAIA D1Sooner Athletic Conference
Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityPrivateOK57150NAIA D1Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conf
Olivet Nazarene UniversityPrivateIL290549NAIA D1Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
Saint Joseph's College-New YorkPrivateNY359156NAIA D1Division III Independents
Sarah Lawrence CollegePrivateNY144162NAIA D1Division III Independents
SUNY at FredoniaPublicNY494563NAIA D3State University of New York Ath Conf
SUNY College at OswegoPublicNY695456NAIA D3State University of New York Ath Conf
SUNY College at PotsdamPublicNY359649NAIA D3State University of New York Ath Conf
SUNY OneontaPublicNY567569NAIA D3State University of New York Ath Conf
Taylor UniversityPrivateIN185265NAIA D1Crossroads League
The College of IdahoPrivateID105554NAIA D1Cascade Collegiate Conference
The Evergreen State CollegePublicWA376653NAIA D1Cascade Collegiate Conference
The University of Texas at DallasPublicTX1063559NAIA D3American Southwest Conference
Trinity Christian CollegePrivateIL110649NAIA D1Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
Union UniversityPrivateTN217551NAIA D1Gulf South Conference
University of California-MercedPublicCA577649NAIA D2California Pacific Conference
University of California-Santa CruzPublicCA1532369NAIA D1Division III Independents
Westmont CollegePrivateCA129872NAIA D1Golden State Athletic Conference

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