NAIA GPA Requirements for College Basketball Players: Here's What You Need to Know!

NAIA GPA Requirements for College Basketball Players: Here’s What You Need to Know!

The NAIA association and all its member schools are focused on their student athlete’s success and aim to help you to attain your education and athletic goals. It is easier to play NAIA than NCAA as there a lot less hoops to jump through. The NAIA’s recruiting process for both freshmen and transfers is less complicated, with fewer restrictions. To participate in athletics in the NAIA, you must be admitted to the NAIA college or university under admission standards that are equal to or higher than those applied to the general student body. Lets take a look at what the NAIA GPA requirements are for prospective student athletes.


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What you need to know about the NAIA Eligibility Center – this is super important.

The NAIA Eligibility Center at are the ones who determine the eligibility status of all first-time NAIA student athletes. As a student athlete looking to play NAIA college basketball, you must receive an eligible decision from the NAIA Eligibility Center BEFORE you can compete for the first-time in the NAIA. Also, all NAIA schools are bound by the NAIA Eligibility Center’s decisions, therefore there is no way around their decision(s).

Every student interested in playing NAIA basketball for the first time needs to register online with the NAIA Eligibility Center to receive an eligible determination. This applies to high school seniors and transfers from both two and four year colleges. To register now, CLICK HERE.


The acronym GPA stands for Grade Point Average. Your GPA is the number which indicates how well or how high you scored in your high school courses/classes on average. Your GPA is scored you on a scale of 1.0 and 4.0. It is an indicator of whether your overall grades have been high or low which is then used to assess if you meet the standards and requirements set by the school you are looking to attend.

Do I meet the freshman eligibility requirements with my current GPA?

If you will graduate from a U.S. high school this spring and enroll in college this coming fall, the requirements for entering as a freshman are a minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.

The NAIA accepts the grade point average determined by the high school you have graduated from, as long as it is recorded and awarded in the same way as for every other student at the school. This is one of the 3 requirements. A student athlete looking to play NAIA college basketball only needs to meet 2 out of the 3 requirements. CLICK HERE to read more details on the NAIA eligibility requirements for student athletes.

What if I didn’t attend a US High School?

If you didn’t go to a US high school, things are a little different for you. If you are a GED student or an International student this is what is required of you …

Requirements for GED students: you must achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 970 on the SAT and you GPA requirements are recognized as having met the GPA requirements.

Requirements for International students: this is for players who have graduated from high schools outside of the United States or at a high school in one of the U.S. territories. If this is you, you need the following:

  • to have achieved a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 970 on the SAT
  • to have achieved a minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • or graduate in the top half of your high school class

Remember, you only need 2 of the 3 requirements above. Also, there is an exception in regards to the graduated in top half of your his school class, which is this: the completion of 9 school credit hours prior to enrolling at any college or university can be used if no class rank appears on the final official high school transcript. The credit hours must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

How do I calculate my GPA?

Each grade you receive (numerical, letter-grade, percentage, pass grade) transfers over to a quality point. A quality point is almost always on a 4.0 scale. In the US, an A is typically the highest grade you can receive. An A is equal to 4 quality points, B is equal to 3 quality points, C is equal to 2 quality points and D is equal to 1 quality point. Once you have completed a few classes/courses these points are added up and then divided by the total amount of combined credits of all the courses you took. The number you get from doing this simple math is your Grade Point Average.

Here is an example to help you understand better:

Lets say you took 4 courses in English (4 credits), Mathematics (2 credits), Social Studies (2 credits) and Physics (4 credits).

  • English – A (A is 4.0 on GPA scale) 4×4= 16
  • Math – C (C is 2.0 on GPA scale) 2×2= 4
  • Social Studies – B (B is 3.0 on GPA scale) 3×2= 6
  • Physics – D (D is 1.0 on GPA scale) 1×4= 4

This adds up to a total of: 30 grade points (16+4+6+4 = 30)

Now, to calculate your average GPA, you need to divide this number (30 grade points) by the total number of course credits (4+2+2+4=12). So, 30/12 = 2.5 GPA – this is how you calculate your GPA.

Are there early decisions for high school seniors with a high GPA?

Student athletes who have completed their junior year of high school and have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (2.5 on a 4.0 scale midway through senior year) and the minimum ACT/SAT test scores required, can get an eligibility determination before graduating from high school. If you are one of these student aesthetes you will need to request that your official transcripts (after your junior year) is sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center. You will also need to contact either the ACT or SAT to have your test scores sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center as well.

Is my GPA important when I get into my NAIA school?

Yes it is. As a NAIA student athlete you now have to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours at all times! AND, you need to be continually making progress towards achieving your degree. When you reach junior year (either athletically or academically), you have to maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Remember, your eligibility is reviewed at the end of every term you are in school. Keep studying hard!


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