NAIA independent schools

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For school that are independent in football only, see NAIA independent football schools.

NAIA independent schools are 4-year institutional members of the NAIA that play independent of any formal conference affiliation.[1] Many NAIA independent schools are members of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII), which allows members to have a formal route to NAIA tournaments.

Football-related independents[edit]


Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Future
Lindenwood University – Belleville Lynx Belleville, Illinois, United States 2003 Private 2,600 American

in 2014

Non-football-related independents[edit]


Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Future Conference
Allen University Yellow Jackets Columbia, South Carolina, United States 1870 Private 600
Ashford University Saints Clinton, Iowa, United States 1918 Private 500
California State University, San Marcos Cougars San Marcos, California, United States 1989 Public 9,159 CCAA (NCAA) in 2015
Dalton State College Roadrunners Dalton, Georgia, United States 1963 Public 5,485 SSAC in 2014
Fisher College Falcons Boston, Massachusetts, United States 1903 Private 1,121
Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 2006 Public 9,000
Indiana University Northwest Redhawks Gary, Indiana, United States 1959 Public 4,760
Johnson & Wales University Wildcats Denver, Colorado, United States 1914 Private 1,700
Kentucky Christian University Knights Grayson, Kentucky, United States 1919 Private 550
Life University Running Eagles Marietta, Georgia, United States 1974 Private 3,100 MSC in 2014
Louisiana State University at Alexandria Generals Alexandria, Louisiana, United States 1959 Public 3,100 RRAC in 2014
Morris College Hornets Sumter, South Carolina, United States 1908 Private 871
Northern New Mexico College Eagles Española, New Mexico, United States 1909 Public 3,873
Rochester College Warriors Rochester, Michigan, United States 1959 Private 1,084
State University of New York at Delhi Broncos Delhi, New York, United States 1913 Public 2,825
University of Antelope Valley Pioneers Lancaster, California, United States 2009 Private 1,517
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 1908 Public 50,304
University of Houston–Victoria Jaguars Victoria, Texas, United States 1973 Public 3,174 RRAC in 2015
University of Victoria Vikes Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 1903 Public 16,961
Walla Walla University Wolves College Place, Washington, United States 1892 Private 1,791 CCC in 2015
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Golden Bears Montgomery, West Virginia, United States 1895 Public 2,252


Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Future Conference
Wilberforce University Bulldogs Wilberforce, Ohio, United States 1856 Private 900

Future independents[edit]

On April 14, 2014 the NAIA approved six new institutions for membership effective August 1, 2014.[2]

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Future Conference
Lincoln Christian University Red Lions Lincoln, Illinois, United States 1944 Private 1,050
Middle Georgia State College Knights Macon, Georgia, United States 2013 Public 8,150
Texas A&M University–Texarkana Eagles Texarkana, Texas, United States 1971 Public 1,950
Trinity Lutheran College* Eagles Everett, Washington, United States 1944 Private 175
University of Winnipeg Wesmen Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1967 Public 9,868
Washington Adventist University Shock Takoma Park, Maryland, United States 1904 Private 1,493

* - Associate member


  1. ^ "NAIA Member Schools". NAIA. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ "NAIA Approves New Member Institutions". NAIA. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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