Prospective Student Athletes

What do you need to do to have your eligibility determined? Watch the video!

Register online at PlayNAIA.org

•  Create an account with a valid email address.

•  Pay the one-time registration fee ($70 domestic students / US$120 international students) or indicate qualification for a fee waiver.

 

Within the online registration you will create a profile including:

About Me —  Includes basic contact information, previous residences during high school and what sport(s) a student plans to play—this is also when a student can sign up for text notifications

Tell My Story — Records the student’s high school (including home school and GED) and other information about academics during high school.

Tell My Story Continued — Collects information on colleges/universities attended, athletic experiences outside of the high school setting and anything the student has done since high school graduation.

My NAIA Connections is an optional feature that allows a student to create an additional Sport Resume that can be shared with NAIA institutions.

Once the online registration is complete, the prospective student submits the profile to the NAIA Eligibility Center for evaluation.

Test scores

When a prospective student-athlete takes the ACT or SAT, he/she must specify the code “9876” when registering for the exam in order to have the test scores sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center.  Please register with the NAIA Eligibility Center before having your test scores sent. 

Transcript

Upon graduation from high school, transferring from a two- or four-year college, or completing one or more semesters at an NAIA school, prospective student-athlete must ask their high school guidance counselors or college registrars to send official transcripts to the NAIA Eligibility Center.  Official transcripts must be:

•  Stamped with the official school seal and/or signature, and

•  Sent in an official school envelope that is marked by a school official over the seal, showing that a school official was the last person to handle the document.

If you are sending transcripts from several schools, you can place the already sealed official transcripts into one, larger envelope and mail them together.

Transcripts received directly from students/parents without the school-sealed envelope are not official and will not be accepted.

Please register with the NAIA Eligibility Center and complete your academic information before having transcripts sent.  This will allow you to generate your personal transcript cover page you can give to your school to be mailed with your documents.

NOTE:  Students who finish their junior year with an overall 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale (or have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale midway through senior year), and have at least an 18 ACT or 860 SAT test score, can receive an early eligibility decision.  Those students should request their high school send an official transcript at the end of their junior year.

 

Eligibility Center process

Once the online registration, test scores and final transcript have been received, an NAIA Eligibility Center manager will review the materials and determine eligibility.
Priority is given to those who appear on a Short List for any NAIA school. A Short List comprises those prospective students that the NAIA institution is seriously considering.
Students with an overall 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale at the end of the junior year or a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale midway through senior year in high school can receive an early eligibility decision, if they also have scored at least 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT. Make sure you specify the code “9876” when registering for the ACT/SAT, and ask your high school to send an official transcript to the NAIA Eligibility Center after your junior year or midway through senior year.

The student’s status in the process is viewable at any time from within the student’s account. NAIA schools can also monitor progress on those students who were listed on their Short Lists. Simplyl check the custom To Do List to see what still needs to be done.

When you register you will be asked for your anticipated NAIA enrollment date. Eligibility is determined only for that enrollment date. If you do not compete at an NAIA school in that timeframe, a new eligibility determination must be requested from the NAIA Eligibility Center. 

 

Helpful links for prospective student-athletes

Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete  

Am I Eligible?

What if I'm a Transfer?

What if I'm an International Student?