Morningside was one of 19 NAIA schools to achieve Champions of Character Five-Star Gold status for the 2015-16 academic year.

Morningside College achieved Champions of Character Five-Star designation from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the 2015-16 academic year.

Morningside was one of 171 NAIA schools in the nation to be named a Champions of Character Five-Star institution and one of only 19 NAIA schools to achieve gold status.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

Morningside also achieved gold status in the 2013-14 academic year.