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NAIA Academic Eligibility Requirments


If you graduate from a US high school in the spring and will be enrolling in a NAIA college in the fall you must:


  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or be accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution and

  • Meet two of the three following requirements. If an an entering freshman you do not meet at least two of the three standards, you cannot participate in athletics for the first full year of attendance.


1) Test Score Requirement: Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT


Tests must be taken on a state, national or international testing date; scores must be achieved on a single test. The SAT must be achieved on the Critical Reading and Math sections only. The Writing score cannot be used. You must pass the standardized test prior to the term in which you want to participate in athletics. When registering for the tests, students should indicate the NAIA code *9876* to have their scores sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center.


2) High School GPA Requirement: Achieve a minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.


The NAIA accepts the grade point average determined y the high school, provided it is recorded and awarded in the same manner as for every other student at the school.


3) Class Rank Requirement: Graduate in the top half of your high school class.


It a student's class rank does not appear on the transcript, a signed letter for the principal or headmaster, written on the school's letterhead and with the school's official seal, stating the student's final rank position or percent may be submitted.


For more information on the NAIA Eligibility Center and Requirements go to: http://www.playnaia.org/d/NAIA_GuidefortheCollegeBoundStudent.pdf

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