ACC Leads Power 5 Conferences In “Best Colleges” Rankings


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

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( –  The member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference again lead the way among Power 5 conferences in the latest “Best Colleges” rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.  

Member schools combine for an average rank of 54.8, marking the eighth straight year that the ACC has led all Power 5 conferences. 

"The ACC continues to have the strongest collective balance of academics and athletics of any major conference, which a tribute to the leadership at our 15 member schools," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

The ACC is the only Power 5 conference to place over half of its member institutions among the Top 50 and also leads with seven member schools among the Top 35.

Duke boasts the league’s highest ranking at eighth and is joined in the Top 30 by Notre Dame (16th), Virginia (23rd), Wake Forest (27th) and North Carolina (30th). Also in the Top 50 are Boston College (31st), Georgia Tech (35th) and Miami (48th).  Beyond the top 50 are Syracuse at 58th, followed by Pitt and Clemson (tied at 62nd), Virginia Tech (71st), Florida State and NC State (both 95th) and Louisville (161st).


  • Average rank of ACC Schools: 54.8
  • The ACC has led the Power 5 conferences in best average rank in each of the last eight years.
  • The ACC has had a school finish in the Top 10 every year since 2006 (one of only two Power 5 conferences that can make that claim).                  
  • In the 2014 rankings, the ACC is the only Power 5 conference with over half of its member institutions in the Top 50.                                          
  • The ACC placed eight schools in the Top 50, three more than any other Power 5 conference. 
  • The ACC's five schools ranked in the Top 30 are the most among Power 5 conferences. 
  • Seven ACC schools placed among the Top 35 of the 2014 rankings, three more than any other Power 5 Conference.