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Sept. 20, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference again lead the way among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the latest “Best Colleges” rankings released by US News & World Report. ACC member institutions combine for an average rank of 50, marking the sixth straight year that the ACC has led all FBS conferences.
“The Atlantic Coast Conference is proud to have a collection of schools that are highly regarded as leaders in academic excellence,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The rankings showcase the long-standing commitment and dedicated leadership of our member institutions.”
The ACC is the only FBS conference to place seven member institutions among the Top 44; the next highest conference placed four. The ACC is also the only FBS conference with over half of its members in the Top 50 and is one of only two conferences with all its members in the Top 106.
Duke boasts the league’s highest ranking at 8th and is joined in the Top 30 by Virginia (24), Wake Forest (27) and North Carolina (30). Also in the Top 50 are Boston College (31), Georgia Tech (36) and Miami (44). Beyond the top 50 is Maryland (58), followed by Clemson (68), Virginia Tech (72), Florida State (97) and NC State (106).
Future member institution Notre Dame is ranked 17th, while Pittsburgh and Syracuse both placed 58. Including these three schools, the ACC has 11 schools among the Top 58. The next highest FBS conference has six.