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NAIA Transfer


Transfer to an NAIA School

Who is a transfer student in the NAIA?

If you enroll in 12 hours and attend any regularly scheduled class at a two- or four-year college and then decide to transfer to any NAIA school, the NAIA considers you a transfer student, regardless whether you participated in intercollegiate athletics.  

Do transfer students need to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center?

If you are a transfer student and have never played previously in the NAIA, you are required to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. You'll need the following to complete the process as a transfer:

• Personal contact information • All competitive experiences - both collegiate and non-collegiate - since high school graduation • Official transcripts from all previously attended two- or four-year institutions • High school transcripts and test scores (if you are still in your first year of college) • Proof of your high school graduation date (if included on your official college transcript, this is acceptable; otherwise official documentation sent by your high school is required)


NAIA residency requirements govern how soon a transfer can play and depend on whether you're transferring from a four-year or two-year college.

If you participated in an intercollegiate contest in your sport at a four-year school, you must wait 16 weeks before participating in that sport unless you

• Have a written release from the athletic department at immediately previous four-year college

• Have a minimum 2.0 GPA from all previous institutions combined

• Meet all additional academic requirements and any conference-specific requirements for transfers

A student transferring from a two-year school has no residency requirement. If, however, you have participated at four-year college prior to attending a two-year school, you must have a written release from the athletic department of the four-year institution.