ACC Continues To Lead FBS Conferences In ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

League tops the U.S. News & World Report list for the 10th straight year

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( –  For the 10th consecutive year, member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference lead the way among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.  

Member schools combine for an average rank of 55.7. The ACC is the only FBS conference to place seven member schools among the Top 35 of the U.S. News & World Report rankings and placed eight institutions among the 50 – three more than any peer conference.

Duke boasts the league’s highest ranking at eighth and is joined in the Top 35 by Notre Dame (No. 15), Virginia (No. 24), Wake Forest (No. 27), North Carolina (No. 30), Boston College (No. 31) and Georgia Tech (No. 34). Miami ranks 44th, followed by Syracuse at No. 60, Clemson at No. 66, Pitt at No. 68, Virginia Tech at No. 74, NC State and Florida State tied at No. 92 and Louisville at No. 171.

Notables from this year’s rankings:

  • Average rank of ACC Schools: 55.7
  • The ACC has led the FBS conferences in best average rank in each of the last 10 years.                                                       
  • The ACC has had a school finish in the Top 10 every year since 2006 (one of only two FBS conferences that can make that claim).  
  • The ACC is the only FBS conference with eight member institutions among the Top 50 – three more than any peer league. 
  • The ACC's seven schools ranked in the Top 35 are the most among FBS conferences.