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Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC)
Atlantic Coast Conference logo
Established1953
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members15
Sports fielded25[1] (men's: 12; women's: 13)
Region
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
CommissionerJohn Swofford (since 1997)
Websitewww.theacc.com
Locations
Atlantic Coast Conference locations
 
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Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC)
Atlantic Coast Conference logo
Established1953
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members15
Sports fielded25[1] (men's: 12; women's: 13)
Region
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
CommissionerJohn Swofford (since 1997)
Websitewww.theacc.com
Locations
Atlantic Coast Conference locations

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference's history. Generally, the ACC's top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. The ACC is considered to be one of the six collegiate power conferences, all of which enjoy extensive media coverage and automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC will be one of five conferences with a contractual tie-in to an "access bowl", the successors to the BCS.

Founded in 1953 in Greensboro, North Carolina, by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, the conference added additional members in late 1953, 1979, 1991, 2004, and 2013. The 2004 and 2013 additions extended the conference's footprint into the Northeast and Midwest. The most recent expansion in 2013 saw the additions of the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, and Syracuse University. In 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference. On November 28, 2012, the ACC's Council of Presidents voted unanimously to invite the University of Louisville as a full member, replacing Maryland.[2]

ACC member universities represent a range of well-regarded private and public universities of various enrollment sizes, all of which participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-institutional Academic Consortium (ACCIAC) whose purpose is to "enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities".

History[edit]

Locations of Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions as of July 1, 2013. Louisville will join on July 1, 2014, replacing Maryland, which leaves for the Big Ten Conference.

Seven universities in the South Atlantic States were charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Previously members of the Southern Conference, they left partially due to that league's ban on post-season play. After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the ACC was created, becoming the second conference formed by schools collectively withdrawing from the SoCon, after the Southeastern Conference. On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a SoCon charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference.[3]

In 1960, the ACC implemented a minimum SAT score for incoming student-athletes of 750, the first conference to do so. This minimum was raised to 800 in 1964, but was ultimately struck down by a federal court in 1972.[4]

In 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent. The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference on April 3, 1978. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991. The additions of those schools marked the first expansions of the conference footprint since 1953, though both schools were still located with the rest of the ACC schools in the South Atlantic States.

The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 cycle of conference realignment: Miami and Virginia Tech joined on July 1, 2004, and Boston College joined on July 1, 2005, as the league's twelfth member and the first from New England or anywhere in the Northeastern US. The expansion was not without controversy, since Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for conspiring to weaken the Big East Conference.

The ACC Hall of Champions opened on March 2, 2011, next to the Greensboro Coliseum arena, making the ACC the second college sports conference to have a hall of fame after the Southern Conference (SoCon).[5][6]

On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both tendered formal written applications to the ACC to join its ranks.[7] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions.[8] Because the Big East intended to hold Pitt and Syracuse to the 27-month notice period required by league bylaws, the most likely entry date into the ACC (barring negotiations) was July 1, 2014.[9] However, on July 16, 2012, the Big East and Syracuse came to an agreement that allowed Syracuse to leave the Big East on July 1, 2013.[10] Two days later, the Big East and Pittsburgh reached an identical agreement.[11]

On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey as the conference's first-ever member in the Midwestern United States. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame will play five football games each season against ACC teams beginning in 2014.[12] On March 12, 2013, Notre Dame and the Big East announced they had reached a settlement allowing Notre Dame to join the ACC effective July 1, 2013.[13]

On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference effective in 2014.[14] The following week, the Big East's University of Louisville accepted the ACC's invitation to become a full member, replacing Maryland effective July 1, 2014, and bringing the ACC into the South Central United States for the first time.[2]

The ACC's presidents announced on April 22, 2013, that all 15 schools that will be members of the conference in 2014–15 had signed a grant of media rights, effective immediately and running through the 2026–27 school year, coinciding with the duration of the conference's current TV deal with ESPN. This move essentially prevents the ACC from being a target for other conferences seeking to expand—under the grant, if a school leaves the conference during the contract period, all revenue derived from that school's media rights for home games would belong to the ACC and not the school.[15] The move also leaves the SEC as the only one of the so-called "Power Five" FBS conferences without a grant of rights.[16]

Commissioners[edit]

Commissioner John Swofford
NameTerm
Jim Weaver1954–1970
Bob James1971–1987
Gene Corrigan1987–1997
John Swofford1997–present

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The ACC has fifteen members. On July 1, 2014, Maryland will depart for the Big Ten Conference and Louisville will join from the American Athletic Conference. For two of the 25 ACC-administered sports, baseball and football, schools are assigned to one of two seven-team divisions named the Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division. One member, Notre Dame, plays baseball in the Atlantic Division but does not compete in ACC football, instead competing as a football independent while playing a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season. Syracuse does not field a varsity baseball team, but competes in the Atlantic Division for football.

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedType
(affiliation)
Undergraduate
Enrollment
Postgraduate
Enrollment
NicknameColorsMascot
or symbol
Joined
ACC
ACC
Division
Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA
(22,491)
1863Private
(Catholic - Jesuit)
9,0884,818Eagles         [17]Baldwin the Eagle2005Atlantic
Clemson UniversityClemson, SC
(13,905)
1889Public
(Military Academy Heritage)
16,9314,372Tigers         [18]The Tiger & Tiger Cub1953Atlantic
Duke UniversityDurham, NC
(228,330)
1838Private - Nonsectarian
(Methodist Heritage)
6,4848,107Blue Devils         [19]Blue Devil1953Coastal
Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL
(181,376)
1851Public
(State University System of Florida)
31,8518,486Seminoles         [20]Osceola and Renegade /
Cimarron
1991Atlantic
Georgia TechAtlanta, GA
(420,003)
1885Public
(University System of Georgia)
14,5277,030Yellow Jackets         [21]Buzz /
Ramblin' Wreck
1979Coastal
University of Maryland,
College Park
College Park, MD
(30,413)
1856Public
(University System of Maryland)
26,82610,805Terrapins                   [22]Testudo1953Atlantic
MiamiUniversity of MiamiCoral Gables, FL
(46,780)
1925Private - Nonsectarian10,3685,289Hurricanes              [23]Sebastian the Ibis2004Coastal
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
(57,233)
1789Public
(University of North Carolina)
18,57910,811Tar Heels         [24]Rameses1953Coastal
North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NC
(403,892)
1887Public
(University of North Carolina)
26,1769,591Wolfpack         [25]Mr. Wuf & Mrs. Wuf1953Atlantic
Notre DameUniversity of Notre DameSouth Bend, IN
(101,168)
1842Private
(Catholic - Congregation of Holy Cross)
8,3713,362Fighting Irish         [26]Leprechaun2013Atlantic
PittsburghUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA
(305,704)
1787Private/Public Hybrid or "State-related"
(Commonwealth System of Higher Education)
18,42710,339Panthers         [27]Roc the Panther2013Coastal
Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, NY
(145,170)
1870Private - Nonsectarian
(Methodist Heritage)
14,7986,231Orange    [28]Otto the Orange2013Atlantic
VirginiaUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, VA
(43,475)
1819Public15,8228,085Cavaliers         [29]CavMan1953Coastal
Virginia TechBlacksburg, VA
(42,620)
1872Public & Senior Military College23,8597,228Hokies         [30]Hokie Bird2004Coastal
Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NC
(238,156)
1834Private - Nonsectarian
(Baptist Heritage)
4,8152,617Demon Deacons         [31]The Demon Deacon1953Atlantic

Future member[edit]

Louisville will join the ACC as a full member on July 1, 2014.

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedType
(affiliation)
Undergraduate
enrollment
Postgraduate
enrollment
NicknameColorsMascotJoins
ACC
ACC
Division
LouisvilleUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville, KY
(741,096)
1798Public15,8936,400Cardinals         [32]Cardinal Bird2014Atlantic

Former member[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedType
(affiliation)
JoinedLeftCurrent ConferenceNickname
University of South CarolinaColumbia, SC1801Public
(USCS)
19531971Southeastern ConferenceGamecocks

Membership timeline[edit]

University of LouisvilleSyracuse UniversityUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of Notre DameBoston CollegeVirginia TechUniversity of MiamiFlorida State UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyWake Forest UniversityUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of South CarolinaNorth Carolina State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of Maryland, College ParkDuke UniversityClemson University

Full members Non-football members

Sports[edit]

The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in twelve men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[33] In 2014–15, the ACC will add fencing, a sport it previously sponsored from 1971 through 1980; Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, and Notre Dame will participate in that sport.[34]

Teams in Atlantic Coast Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
14
-
Basketball
15
15
Cross Country
14
15
Field Hockey
-
7
Football
14
-
Golf
12
11
Lacrosse
6
8
Rowing
-
8
Soccer
12
14
Softball
-
11
Swimming & Diving
11/12*
11/12*
Tennis
12
15
Track and Field (Indoor)
14
15
Track and Field (Outdoor)
15
15
Volleyball
-
15
Wrestling
7
-

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 12 men's ACC sports for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACC will resume sponsoring fencing in 2014-15.[34]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSwimming & DivingTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
WrestlingTotal ACC Men's Sports
Boston CollegeYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Red XN
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10
ClemsonYesYes
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
Yes
Red XN
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
9
DukeYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Florida StateYesYes
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
9
Georgia TechYesYesYesYesYes
Red XN
Red XN
YesYesYesYes
Red XN
9
MarylandYesYes
Red XN
Yes
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
MiamiYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY^
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
7.5
North CarolinaYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
North Carolina StateYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
NoYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Notre DameYesYes
Green tickY
*
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYes
Red XN
10
PittsburghYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
Red XN
Yes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
9
SyracuseNoYes
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
YesYes
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
7
VirginiaYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
YesYesYesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Virginia TechYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Red XN
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Wake ForestYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Red XN
Yes
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
9
Totals
14
15
14
14
12
6
12
11.5
12
14
15
7
146.5
Future Member
LouisvilleYesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Red XN
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10

* Notre Dame sponsors football as an independent. Although Notre Dame has a commitment to play five games per year against ACC football teams, it does not participate in the ACC football standings and thus is not eligible for the ACC football championship. Notre Dame does, however, have access to the ACC's bowl lineup aside from the Orange Bowl, to which it has its own arrangement for access.

^ Miami participates in diving only. For the purposes of this chart, Miami men's diving is counted as sponsoring half of the sport of men's swimming & diving.

Men's sports that are not sponsored by the ACC but are fielded as a varsity sport at ACC schools:

SchoolFencingIce HockeyRifleRowingSailingSkiing
Boston CollegeIFAHockey EastnonoNEISAIndependent
DukeIndependentnonononono
North CarolinaIndependentnonononono
North Carolina StatenonoGARC+nonono
Notre DameMFCHockey Eastnononono
SyracusenononoEARCnono

+ Mixed men's and women's rifle team

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 women's ACC sports for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACC will resume sponsoring fencing in 2014-15.[34]

SchoolBasketballCross CountryField HockeyGolfLacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming & DivingTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal ACC Women's Sports
Boston CollegeYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
13
ClemsonYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY^
YesYesYes
Green tickY
9.5
DukeYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN^^
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Florida StateYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
10
Georgia TechYesYes
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
YesYesYesYesYesYes
8
MarylandYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
MiamiYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
North CarolinaYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
13
North Carolina StateYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Notre DameYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYes
Green tickY
12
PittsburghYes
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
9
SyracuseYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
VirginiaYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
YesYesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
13
Virginia Tech
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
YesYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Wake Forest
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Yes
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Totals
15
15
7
11
8
8
14
11
11.5
15
15
15
15
159.5
Future Member
LouisvilleYes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Yes
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
13

^ Clemson participates in diving only. For the purposes of this chart, Clemson women's diving it is counted as sponsorship of half of the sport of women's swimming & diving.

^^ Duke will add softball as a varsity sport in 2017-2018.

Women's sports that are not sponsored by the ACC but are fielded as a varsity sport at ACC schools:

SchoolFencingGymnasticsIce HockeyRifleSailingSand VolleyballSkiing
Boston CollegeIFAnoHockey EastnoNEISAnoIndependent
DukeIndependentnononononono
Florida StatenononononoIndependentno
MarylandnoEAGLnonononono
North CarolinaIndependentEAGLnonononono
North Carolina StatenoEAGLnoGARC+nonono
Notre DameMFCnononononono
PittsburghnoEAGLnonononono
SyracusenonoCHAnononono

+ Mixed men's and women's rifle team

Champions for current academic year[edit]

SeasonSportMen's
champion
Women's
champion
Fall 2013Cross CountrySyracuseFlorida State
Field HockeyMaryland
FootballFlorida State
SoccerMarylandFlorida State
VolleyballDuke
Winter 2013-14BasketballVirginiaNotre Dame
Swimming & DivingVirginia TechVirginia
Track & Field (Indoor)Florida StateFlorida State
WrestlingVirginia Tech
Spring 2014BaseballMay 25
SoftballFlorida State
GolfGeorgia TechDuke
LacrosseNotre DameMaryland
RowingMay 17
TennisVirginiaVirginia
Track & Field (Outdoor)Florida StateFlorida State

Baseball[edit]

ACC member schools have collectively won the baseball national championship five times in their history and have appeared in the College World Series a combined total of 85 times. In 2013, the ACC was ranked as the top baseball conference by Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and has consistently ranked among the top three conference by that measure over the past five years.[35] In 2013, eight ACC teams, plus future ACC member Louisville, were selected to play in the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, with North Carolina, NC State, and Louisville advancing to the College World Series.

ACC Baseball is divided into two divisions, the Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division, that parallel the divisions of ACC football except for the fact that Syracuse is the only ACC school that does not field a baseball team and Notre Dame is assigned to the Atlantic Division. Louisville will replace Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

Atlantic DivisionCoastal Division
Boston CollegeDuke
ClemsonGeorgia Tech
Florida StateMiami
MarylandNorth Carolina
North Carolina StatePittsburgh
Notre DameVirginia
Wake ForestVirginia Tech

Wake Forest won the ACC's only national championship in 1955. Miami won its four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001) prior to joining the ACC.

College World Series / NCAA Tournament Appearances
SchoolCollege World Series
Championships
College World Series
Appearances
Last CWS AppearanceNCAA Tournament
Appearance
Last NCAA
Appearance
Boston College41967102009
Clemson122010382013
Duke3196151961
Florida State212012512013
Georgia Tech32006292013
Louisville2201372013
Maryland0n/a31971
Miami2001, 1999, 1985
1982
232008422013
North Carolina102013282013
North Carolina State22013262013
Notre Dame 22002212006
Pittsburgh0n/a31995
Virginia22011132013
Virginia Tech0n/a102013
Wake Forest195521955112007

Syracuse does not currently field a baseball team but has one appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament prior to joining the conference.
The count of College World Series appearances includes those made by the school prior to joining the ACC:

Basketball[edit]

History[edit]

Historically, the ACC has been considered one of the most successful conferences in men's basketball. The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire.

Case had been a successful high school coach in Indiana who accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State at a time that the school's athletic department had decided to focus on competing in football on a level with Duke, then a national power in college football. Case's North Carolina State teams dominated the early years of the ACC with a modern, fast-paced style of play. He became the fastest college basketball coach to reach many "games won" milestones.

Case eventually became known as The Father of ACC Basketball. Despite his success on the court, he may have been even a better promoter off-the-court. Case realized the need to sell his program and university. That is why he organized the funding and construction of Reynolds Coliseum as the new home court for his team. At the time, Reynolds Coliseum was the largest on-campus arena in the South, and it was therefore used as the host site for many Southern Conference Tournaments, ACC Tournaments, and the Dixie Classic, an annual event involving the four ACC teams from North Carolina as well as four other prominent programs from across the nation. The Dixie Classic brought in large revenues for all schools involved and soon became one of the premier sporting events in the South.

Partly to counter Case's personality, as well as the dominant success of his program, North Carolina convinced St. John's head coach Frank McGuire to come to Chapel Hill in 1952. McGuire knew that largely due to Case's influence, basketball was now the major high school athletic event of the region, unlike football in the South. He not only tapped the growing market of high school talent in North Carolina, but also brought several recruits from his home territory in New York City as well. Case and McGuire literally invented a rivalry. Both men realized the benefits created through a rivalry between them. It brought more national attention to both of their programs and increased fan support on both sides. For this reason, they often exchanged verbal jabs at each other in public, while maintaining a secret working relationship in private.

After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956-57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team stepped into the breach and delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, entrepreneur from Greensboro named Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He hastily cobbled together a five-station television network to broadcast the Final Four. That network began broadcasting regular season ACC games the following season—the ancestor of today's television package from Raycom Sports. From that point on, ACC basketball gained large popularity.

The ACC has been the home of many prominent basketball coaches besides Case and McGuire, including Terry Holland of Virginia, Vic Bubas and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Press Maravich, Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano of North Carolina State, Dean Smith and Roy Williams of North Carolina, Bones McKinney of Wake Forest, Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams of Maryland Bobby Cremins of Georgia Tech and this coming season, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.

Historically, the ACC has been dominated by the four teams from Tobacco Road in North Carolina—North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Between them, they have won 50 tournament titles. They have also won or shared 59 regular season titles, including all but four since 1981.

Tournament as championship[edit]

Possibly Case's most lasting contribution is the ACC Tournament, which was first played in 1954 and decides the winner of the ACC title. The ACC is unique in that it is the only Division I college basketball conference that does not officially recognize a regular season champion. This started when only one school per conference made the NCAA tournament. The ACC representative was determined by conference tournament rather than the regular season result. Therefore, the league eliminated the regular season title in 1961, choosing to recognize only the winner of the ACC tournament as conference champion. Fans and media do claim a regular-season title for the team that finishes first, and the NCAA recognizes a regular-season title winner in order to maintain its system of choosing NIT and NCAA tournament berths based on regular season placement.[36] For the ACC, the unofficial crowning of a regular season champion is insignificant as a 1975 NCAA rule change allowed more than one team per conference to get a guaranteed bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a result, the team finishing atop the ACC regular-season standings is invited to the NCAA Tournament even if they do not win the ACC Tournament. Even so, any claim to a regular season "title" remains unofficial and carries no reward other than top seed in the ACC tournament.

Present-day schedule[edit]

For 53 years, the ACC employed a double round-robin schedule in the regular season, in which each team played the others twice a season. With the expansion to 12 teams by the 2005–2006 season, the ACC schedule could no longer accommodate this format. In the new scheduling format that was agreed to, each team was assigned two permanent partners and nine rotating partners over a three-year period. Teams played their permanent partners in a home-and-away series each year. The rotating partners were split into three groups: three teams played in a home-and-away series, three teams played at home, and three teams played on the road. The rotating partner groups were rotated so that a team would play each permanent partner six times, and each rotating partner four times, over a three-year period.

Since 1999, the ACC in cooperation with the Big Ten Conference has held the ACC–Big Ten Challenge each season, which is a series of regular-season games pitting ACC and Big Ten teams against each other. Each team typically plays one Challenge game each season, except for a few teams from the larger conference that are left out due to unequal conference sizes. The first ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge was played in 2007, and has the same format as the men's Challenge.

For the 2012–13 season, the 12-team in-conference schedule expanded to 18. Originally for the 2013-14 season, the expanded 14-team, 18-game schedule was to consist of a home and away game with a "primary partner" while the remaining conference opponents would have rotated in groups of three: one year both home and away, one year at home only, and one year away only.[37] However, when Notre Dame was also added for the 2013-14 season, the now 15-team, 18-game schedule was modified so each school played two "Partners" home and away annually, two home and away, five home, and the other five away.[38] In 2013-14, after 1 year at 18 games, women's basketball went back to a 16 game schedule where each team only plays 2 teams twice, rotating opponents each year over seven years and has no permanent partners.

The table below lists each school's permanent men's basketball only scheduling partners after expansion in July 2013. Louisville will replace Maryland in the pairings once it joins the ACC.

SchoolPartner 1[39]Partner 2[39]
Boston CollegeNotre DameSyracuse
ClemsonFlorida StateGeorgia Tech
DukeNorth CarolinaWake Forest
Florida StateClemsonMiami
Georgia TechClemsonNotre Dame
MarylandPittsburghVirginia
MiamiFlorida StateVirginia Tech
North CarolinaDukeNorth Carolina State
North Carolina StateNorth CarolinaWake Forest
Notre DameBoston CollegeGeorgia Tech
PittsburghMarylandSyracuse
SyracuseBoston CollegePittsburgh
VirginiaMarylandVirginia Tech
Virginia TechMiamiVirginia
Wake ForestDukeNorth Carolina State

National championships and Final Fours[edit]

Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 12 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won five, Duke has won four, NC State has won two, and Maryland has won one. Four more national titles were won by current or future ACC members while in other conferences—three by 2014 arrival Louisville and one by 2013 arrival Syracuse. Seven of the 12 pre-2013 members have advanced to the Final Four at least once while members of the ACC. Another pre-2013 member, Florida State, made the Final Four once before joining the ACC. All three schools that entered the ACC in 2013, as well as Louisville, advanced to the Final Four at least once before joining the conference. In addition North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse were awarded Helms Athletic Foundation national championships for seasons predating the beginning of the NCAA basketball championship in 1939.

In women's basketball, ACC members have won two national championships while in the conference, North Carolina in 1994 and Maryland in 2006. Notre Dame, which joined in 2013, won the national title in 2001. In 2006, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina all advanced to the Final Four, the first time a conference placed three teams in the women's Final Four. Both finalists were from the ACC, with Maryland defeating Duke for the title.

SchoolPre-NCAA Helms ChampionshipsNCAA Men's ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
Runner-Up
Men's NCAA Final FoursNCAA Women's ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
Runner-Up
Women's NCAA Final Fours
Duke4
(2010, 2001, 1992, 1991)
6
(1999, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1964)
15
(2010, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1963)
2
(2006, 1999)
4
(2006, 2003, 2002, 1999)
Florida State1
(1972)
1
(1972)
Georgia Tech1
(2004)
2
(2004, 1990)
Louisville3
(1980, 1986, 2013)
10
(2013, 2012, 2005, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975, 1972, 1959)
2
(2013, 2009)
2
(2013, 2009)
Maryland1
(2002)
2
(2002, 2001)
1
(2006)
5
(2014, 2006, 1989, 1982, 1978)
North Carolina1
(1924)
5
(2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, 1957)
4
(1981, 1977, 1968, 1946)
18
(2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1957, 1946)
1
(1994)
3
(2007, 2006, 1994)
North Carolina State2
(1983, 1974)
3
(1983, 1974, 1950)
1
(1998)
Notre Dame2
(1927, 1936)
1
(1978)
1
(2001)
3
(2014, 2012, 2011)
6
(2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2001, 1997)
Pittsburgh2
(1928, 1930)
1
(1941)
Syracuse2
(1918, 1926)
1
(2003)
2
(1996, 1987)
5
(2013, 2003, 1996, 1987, 1975)
Virginia2
(1984, 1981)
2
(1984, 1981)
1
(1991)
3
(1992, 1991, 1990)
Wake Forest1
(1962)

Italics denotes honors earned before the school joined the ACC. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW.

Field hockey[edit]

The ACC has won 17 of the 31 NCAA Championships in field hockey.

National Championships
SchoolNCAA Women's
Championships
Maryland1987, 1993, 1999,
2005, 2006, 2008,
2010, 2011
North Carolina1989, 1995, 1996,
1997, 2007, 2009
Wake Forest2002, 2003, 2004

Football[edit]

The ACC is considered to be one of the six collegiate football power conferences which all receive automatic placement of their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Seven of its members claim football national championships in their history, with two having won the BCS since 1999. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs.[40]

Divisions[edit]

In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. Division leaders compete in a playoff game to determine the ACC championship. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the stadium then known as Alltel Stadium, in which Florida State defeated Virginia Tech to capture its 12th championship since it joined the league in 1992. Beginning in 2014 Notre Dame will play several ACC teams each year, but will not be considered a football member and will not be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game.[41]

The ACC was the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions were not divided geographically (North/South, East/West)[42] until the Big Ten announced its division names after the 2010 regular season.[43] The Big Ten will change to geographic divisions when Maryland and Rutgers join that conference in 2014, and the Mountain West Conference, which split into football divisions in 2013, uses "Mountain" and "West" for its division names, with all of the Mountain Division teams in the Mountain Time Zone and all of the West Division teams except football-only member Hawaii in the Pacific Time Zone, which means that the ACC will once again be the only Division I conference with non-geographic divisions.

The previous division structure led to each team playing the following games:

On February 3, 2012, the ACC announced a new regular-season scheduling format which added Syracuse to the Atlantic division and Pittsburgh to the Coastal division. These new teams will be cross-divisional rivals. This change will take effect once Pitt and Syracuse join the conference in July 2013. On October 3, 2012, it was announced that the extra in-division game will result in one fewer cross-division game.[44]

The current division structure leads to each team playing the following games:

In the table below, each column represents one division. Each team's designated permanent rival is listed in the same row in the opposing column.[45] Alignments reflect those for the upcoming 2014 season, Louisville's first in the ACC.

Atlantic DivisionCoastal Division
Boston CollegeVirginia Tech
ClemsonGeorgia Tech
Florida StateMiami
LouisvilleVirginia
North Carolina StateNorth Carolina
SyracusePittsburgh
Wake ForestDuke

Rivalries[edit]

Conference[edit]

TeamTeamRivalry NameTrophy
Boston CollegeClemsonBattle For The Leather HelmetO'Rourke-McFadden Trophy
Boston CollegeMiami (FL)
Boston CollegeSyracuseBoston College–Syracuse football rivalry
Boston CollegeVirginia Tech
ClemsonFlorida StateClemson–Florida State rivalry
ClemsonGeorgia TechClemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry
ClemsonNorth Carolina StateTextile Bowl
ClemsonVirginia
DukeMaryland
DukeNorth CarolinaCarolina-Duke rivalryVictory Bell
DukeNorth Carolina State
DukeWake Forest
Florida StateMiami (FL)Miami–Florida State football rivalry
Florida StateVirginiaJefferson-Eppes Trophy
Georgia TechVirginia TechBattle of the Techs
MarylandNorth Carolina State
MarylandSyracuse
MarylandVirginiaMaryland–Virginia football rivalry
Miami (FL)Virginia Tech
North CarolinaNorth Carolina StateCarolina-NC State rivalry
North CarolinaVirginiaSouth's Oldest Rivalry
North CarolinaWake ForestCarolina–Wake rivalry
North Carolina StateWake Forest
PittsburghSyracuse
VirginiaVirginia TechVirginia-Virginia Tech rivalryCommonwealth Cup

Non-Conference[edit]

ACC TeamOpponentRivalry NameTrophy
Boston CollegeHoly Cross
Boston CollegeMassachusettsBoston College–UMass football rivalry
Boston CollegeNotre DameHoly WarFrank Leahy Memorial Bowl/Ireland Trophy
ClemsonAuburn
ClemsonGeorgiaClemson-Georgia football rivalry
ClemsonSouth CarolinaThe Palmetto BowlThe Hardee's Trophy
Florida StateFloridaFlorida–Florida State football rivalryThe Governor's Cup
Georgia TechAuburn
Georgia TechGeorgiaClean, Old-Fashioned HateThe Governor's Cup
Georgia TechGeorgia State
Georgia TechNotre Dame
LouisvilleCincinnatiThe Keg of Nails
LouisvilleKentuckyKentucky–Louisville rivalryGovernor's Cup
LouisvilleMemphisLouisville–Memphis rivalry
MarylandNavyCrab Bowl ClassicCrab Bowl Trophy
MarylandPenn StateMaryland–Penn State football rivalry
MarylandWest VirginiaMaryland–West Virginia football rivalry
Miami (FL)FloridaFlorida–Miami football rivalrySeminole War Canoe Trophy[2]
Miami (FL)Notre DameCatholics vs. Convicts
North Carolina StateEast CarolinaEast Carolina–NC State rivalry
North Carolina StateSouth Carolina
PittsburghCincinnatiRiver City RivalryPaddlewheel Trophy
PittsburghNotre DameNotre Dame-Pittsburgh football rivalry
PittsburghPenn StatePenn State–Pittsburgh football rivalry
PittsburghWest VirginiaBackyard Brawl
SyracuseColgate (former)
SyracusePenn StatePenn State–Syracuse football rivalry
SyracuseWest VirginiaBattle For The Schwartzwalder TrophyThe Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy
VirginiaWest Virginia
Virginia TechWest VirginiaBattle For The Black Diamond TrophyBlack Diamond Trophy
Wake ForestVanderbilt

Bowl games[edit]

Within the Bowl Championship Series, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against another BCS at-large selection unless the conference's champion is selected for the national championship game.

The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order set by agreements between the conference and the bowls. The ACC Championship Game runner-up is guaranteed to fall no lower than the Sun Bowl, the 4th pick, in the conference bowl hierarchy.[46] Previously the ACC Championship Game runner-up had been guaranteed the Music City Bowl with usually then the 5th pick.[47] The other rule change that will be in effect for the next four years is that the ACC has eliminated the clause in the contract that states if a bowl team has already selected the runner-up, it doesn't have to choose it again.[46]

Moreover, a bowl game can bypass a team in the selection process only if the two teams in question are within one game of each other in the overall ACC standings. This rule was instituted in response to concerns over the 2005 bowl season, in which Atlantic Division co-champion Boston College fell to the ACC's then-last remaining bowl slot, the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

In conjunction with Notre Dame's 2014 entry to the conference,[41] The Irish "have access" to the ACC's non-Orange Bowl bowl games.[12]

Order of selection for ACC bowl participants[48]
PickNameLocationOpposing ConferenceOpposing Pick
1*Orange BowlMiami Gardens, FloridaBCS-
2Chick-fil-A BowlAtlanta, GeorgiaSEC3/4/5
3Russell Athletic BowlOrlando, FloridaThe American2
4Sun BowlEl Paso, TexasPac-124
5Belk BowlCharlotte, North CarolinaThe American3
6Music City BowlNashville, TennesseeSEC7/8
7Independence BowlShreveport, LouisianaSEC10
8Military BowlAnnapolis, MarylandC-USA3
9**Fight Hunger BowlSanta Clara, CaliforniaPac-12, BYU (2013), Big Ten (2014)-

* Unless the ACC champion is ranked #1 or #2 in the BCS poll, in which case the ACC champion will play in the national championship game, and the Orange Bowl will select one of the other BCS teams.

** The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has a conditional arrangement with the ACC: if its primary partners are not bowl eligible, and if the ACC has nine bowl-eligible teams, then the bowl takes the ninth selection of ACC teams.[48]

National championships[edit]

Although the NCAA does not determine an official national champion for Division I FBS football, several ACC members claim national championships awarded by various "major selectors" of national championships as recognized in the official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records.[49] Since 1936 and 1950 respectively, these include what are now the most pervasive and influential selectors, the Associated Press poll and Coaches Poll. In addition, since 1998 the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) has used a mathematical formula to match the top two teams at the end of the season. The winner of the BCS is contractually awarded the Coaches' Poll national championship and its AFCA National Championship Trophy as well as the MacArthur Trophy from the National Football Foundation.

SchoolClaims of non-poll "major selectors"Associated PressCoaches PollBowl Championship Series
Clemson19811981
Florida State1993, 1999, 20131993, 1999, 20131999, 2013
Georgia Tech1917, 1928, 19521990
Maryland19531953
Miami1983, 1987, 1989,
1991, 2001
1983, 1987, 1989,
2001
2001
Pittsburgh1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 19361937, 19761976
Syracuse19591959

Golf[edit]

Of the current ACC members, 12 sponsor men's golf and 10 sponsor women's golf. Four team national championships in men's golf and five national titles in women's golf have been won by ACC members while in the conference, led by the Duke women's team that has won five national titles since 1999. In addition, two more team national titles, one in men's golf and one in women's golf, have been won by current ACC members before they joined the conference.

National Championships
SchoolMen's Team NCAAMen's Individual NCAAWomen's Team NCAAWomen's Individual NCAA
Clemson2003Charles Warren 1997
Duke2007, 2006, 2005,
2002, 1999
Candy Hannemann 2001,
Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
Anna Grzebian 2005
Georgia TechWatts Gunn 1927,
Charles Yates 1934,

Troy Matteson 2002
Miami1984Penny Hammel 1983
North CarolinaHarvie Ward 1949,
John Inman 1984
North Carolina StateMatt Hill 2009
VirginiaDixon Brooke 1940
Wake Forest1986, 1975, 1974Curtis Strange 1974,
Jay Haas 1975,
Gary Hallberg 1979
Notre Dame1944

Lacrosse[edit]

Since 1971, when the first men's national champion was determined by the NCAA, the ACC has won 13 national championships, more than any other conference in college lacrosse. Virginia has won five national championships, North Carolina has won four, and Maryland and Duke have won two each. In addition, prior to the establishment of the NCAA tournament, Maryland had won nine national championships while Virginia won two. Many have speculated that beginning in 2014 the ACC men's lacrosse conference, with the inclusions of Syracuse and Notre Dame, may be the best conference of any NCAA sport,[citation needed] despite the SEC's dominance in football. As of 2013, at least one current ACC member has played in the national championship game every year since 1987.

Women's lacrosse has only awarded a national championship since 1982, and the ACC has won more titles than any other conference. In all, the ACC has won 14 women's national championships: Maryland has won ten, Virginia has won three and North Carolina has won one.

National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
UniversityMen's NCAA
Championships
Men's NCAA
Runner-Up
Pre-NCAA Men's ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
Championships
Women's NCAA
Runner-Up
Maryland1975, 19732012, 2011, 1998,
1997, 1995, 1979,
1976, 1974, 1971
1967, 1959, 1956,
1955, 1940, 1939,
1937, 1936, 1928
2010, 2001, 2000,
1999, 1998, 1997,
1996, 1995, 1992,
1986
2013, 2011, 1994,
1991, 1990, 1985,
1984
Virginia2011, 2006, 2003,
1999, 1972
1996, 1994, 1986,
1980
1970, 19522004, 1993, 19912007, 2005, 2003,
1999, 1998, 1996
North Carolina1991, 1986, 1982,
1981
199320132009
Duke2013, 20102007, 2005
Syracuse2009, 2008, 2004,
2002, 2000, 1995,
1993, 1990*, 1989,
1988, 1983
2013, 2001, 1999,
1992, 1985, 1984
1925, 1924, 1922,
1920
2012
Notre Dame2010

Italics denotes championships before it was part of the ACC.
* Syracuse vacated its 1990 championship due to NCAA violations.

Soccer[edit]

In men's soccer, the ACC has won 16 national championships, including 13 in the 26 seasons between 1984 and 2009. Six have been won by Virginia. The remaining nine have been won by Maryland (3 times), Clemson (twice), North Carolina (twice), Duke, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame.

In women's soccer, North Carolina has won 21 of the 28 NCAA titles since the NCAA crowned its first champion, as well as the only Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) soccer championship in 1981. The Tar Heels have also won 18 of the 22 ACC tournaments. They lost in the final to North Carolina State in 1988 and Virginia in 2004, both times by penalty kicks. The 2010 tournament was the first in which they failed to make the championship game, falling to eventual champion Wake Forest in the semi-finals. The 2012 ACC tournament saw North Carolina's first-ever quarterfinal loss, to eventual champion Virginia; however, the Tar Heels went on to win the national title that season. Notre Dame won three NCAA titles before it joined the ACC in 2013.

National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
SchoolMen's NCAA ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
Runner-Up
Women's NCAA ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
Runner-Up
AIAW
Clemson1987, 19841979
Duke19861995, 19822011, 1992
Florida State2007, 2013
Louisville2010
Maryland2008, 2005, 19682013, 1962, 1960
North Carolina2011, 200120082012, 2009, 2008, 2006,
2003, 2000, 1999, 1997,
1996, 1994, 1993, 1992,
1991, 1990, 1989, 1988,
1987, 1986, 1984, 1983,
1982
2001, 1998, 19851981
N. C. State1988
Notre Dame20131995, 2004, 20101994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
Virginia2009, 1994, 1993,
1992, 1991, 1989
1997
Wake Forest2007

Facilities[edit]

SchoolFootball stadiumCap.Soccer stadiumCap.Basketball arenaCap.Baseball stadiumCap.Softball stadiumCap.
Boston CollegeAlumni Stadium44,500Newton Campus
Sports Complex
N/AConte Forum8,606Eddie Pellagrini Diamond
at John Shea Field
1,000Shea Field1,000
ClemsonMemorial Stadium81,500Riggs Field6,500Littlejohn Coliseum10,000Doug Kingsmore Stadium4,500+Non-softball school
DukeWallace Wade Stadium33,941Koskinen Stadium4,500Cameron Indoor Stadium9,314Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Park
2,000
10,000
Will add softball in 2017-18
Florida StateBobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
82,300Seminole Soccer Complex1,500Donald L. Tucker Center13,800Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700JoAnne Graf Field1,000
Georgia TechBobby Dodd Stadium55,000Non-soccer schoolHank McCamish Pavilion8,600Russ Chandler Stadium4,157Shirley Clements Mewborn Field1,500
LouisvillePapa John's Cardinal Stadium55,000Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium[n 1]5,300KFC Yum! Center22,090Jim Patterson Stadium4,000Ulmer Stadium2,200
MarylandCapital One Field
at Byrd Stadium
51,802Ludwig Field7,000Comcast Center17,950Shipley Field2,500Robert E. Taylor Stadium1,000
MiamiSun Life Stadium76,500Cobb Stadium500BankUnited Center7,972Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000Non-softball school
North CarolinaKenan Memorial Stadium63,000Fetzer Field5,700Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
21,750
8,010
Boshamer Stadium4,100+Anderson Stadium500
North Carolina StateCarter–Finley Stadium57,583Dail Soccer FieldN/APNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
19,557
9,500
Doak Field2,500+Dail Softball StadiumN/A
Notre DamePlays football as an FBS independentAlumni Stadium2,500Edmund P. Joyce Center9,149Frank Eck Stadium2,500Melissa Cook Stadium850
PittsburghHeinz Field65,500Ambrose Urbanic Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
735Petersen Events Center12,508Charles L. Cost Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
900Vartabedian Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
600
SyracuseCarrier Dome49,262SU Soccer Stadium1,500Carrier Dome35,446Non-baseball schoolSoftball Stadium at Skytop650
VirginiaScott Stadium61,500Klöckner Stadium3,600+John Paul Jones Arena14,593Davenport Field5,074The Park475
Virginia TechLane Stadium65,632Thompson Field2,028+Cassell Coliseum9,847English Field1,033+Tech Softball Park1,024
Wake ForestBB&T Field31,500W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium3,000Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum14,407Wake Forest Baseball Park6,280Non-softball school

Note: Future members in grey; departing member in pink.

  1. ^ Through the 2013 season, Louisville played soccer at Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium, capacity 2,200. By the time Louisville plays its first ACC games in August 2014, the new soccer-only Lynn Stadium is expected to be open.

Academics[edit]

Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative

Among the major NCAA athletic conferences that sponsor NCAA Division I FBS football, including the BCS "power conferences", the ACC has been regarded as having the highest academically ranked collection of members based on U.S. News & World Report[50][51][52][53] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.[54][55]

The members of the ACC also participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC), a consortium that provides a vehicle for inter-institutional academic and administrative collaboration between member universities. Growing out of a conference-wide doctoral student-exchange program that was established in 1999, the ACCIAC has expanded its scope into other domestic and international collaborations.[56]

The stated mission of the ACCIAC is to "enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities." To that end, the collaborative helps organize various academic initiatives, including fellowship and scholarship programs, global research initiatives, leadership conferences, and extensive study abroad programs.[57] Funding for its operations, 90% of which is spent on direct student support, is derived from a portion of the income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game and by supplemental allocations by individual universities and various grants.[58]

Major academic programs of the ACCIAC include:

The ACCIAC also supports periodic meetings among faculty, administration, and staff who pursue similar interests and responsibilities at the member universities either by face-to-face conferences, video conferences, or telephone conferences. ACCIAC affinity groups include those for International Affairs Officers, Study Abroad Directors, Teaching-Learning Center Directors, Chief Information Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, Undergraduate Research Conference Coordinators, Student Affairs Vice Presidents, Student Leadership Conference Coordinators, and Faculty Athletic Representatives To the ACC.[67]

Academics and Research
SchoolSeEndowment
(in billions)[68]
Major Faculty Awards[69]TPR Academic Rating (scale of 60–99)[70]US News National Ranking[71]Washington Monthly National Rankings[72]ARWU US National Ranking[73]HEEACT Performance Ranking - US[74]Leiden Impact Ranking - US[75]SIR World Report Country Rank[76]URAP US Ranking[77]US News/QS World Rankings[78]
Boston College$1.64638630146138135n/r228153329
Clemson$0.48368168158110144118138120601
Duke$5.5552692826281325221420
Florida State$0.4989748697701007610180401
Georgia Tech$1.608217536105461281014788
Louisville$0.7266n/r16061138102105128102n/r
Maryland$0.2252278581052939394136117
Miami$0.679483442176860837048231
North Carolina$2.1793282304301832302057
North Carolina State$0.7691181106426884875460291
Notre Dame$6.33011841716861016612994235
Pittsburgh$2.618268058111391946151798
Syracuse$0.9409765831100139n/r183146451
Virginia$4.789118324485453595146123
Virginia Tech$0.5951178724468107925573337
Wake Forest$1.00049227103110818811987317

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