ACC Again Leads FBS Conferences In “Best Colleges” Rankings


Thanks to @Hokiesmash for sending this press release. Between @Hokiesmash and I, we’ve attended 3 ACC schools between us (Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech), and we can personally endorse these high rankings. 🙂

Release: http://theacc.co/15USNWRrank


ACC Again Leads FBS Conferences In “Best Colleges” Rankings

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

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) –  The member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference again lead the way among Football Bowl Subdivision conferences in the latest “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

Member schools combine for an average rank of 55.8, marking the ninth straight year that the ACC has led all FBS conferences.

“The Atlantic Coast Conference is proud to have a collection of schools that features the strongest balance of academics and athletics of any major conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “These rankings showcase the long-standing commitment to excellence which is a credit to the leadership of our 15 member institutions.”

The ACC is the only FBS conference to place seven of its member institutions among the Top 50 and also leads with six member schools among the Top 30.

Duke boasts the league’s highest ranking at eighth and is joined in the Top 30 by Notre Dame (18th), Virginia (23rd), Wake Forest (27th) and Boston College and North Carolina (tied for 30th). Georgia Tech ranked 36th and Miami 51st.  Clemson and Syracuse tied at 61st, followed by Pitt (66th),  Virginia Tech (70th), NC State (89th), Florida State  (96th) and Louisville (168th).

Notables from this year’s rankings:

*Average rank of ACC Schools: 55.8

* The ACC has led the FBS conferences in best average rank in each of the last nine 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 seven of its member institutions in the Top 50.                                       

* The ACC’s seven schools in the Top 50 are two more than any other FBS conference.                       

* The ACC’s six schools ranked in the Top 30 are the most among FBS conferences.

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