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League tops the U.S. News & World Report list for the eighth straight year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – 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).