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Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference logo
Established 1953
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 15
Sports fielded 25[1] (men's: 12; women's: 13)
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina
Commissioner John Swofford (since 1997)
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 Sedgefield, North Carolina,[2] by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, the conference added additional members in late 1953, 1979, 1991, 2004, 2005, 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.[3]

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 Academic Consortium (ACCAC) whose purpose is to "enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities".


File:Atlantic Coast Conference Map 2013.png
Locations of Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions as of July 1, 2013. Louisville joined on July 1, 2014, replacing Maryland, which left 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.[4]

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.[5]

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).[6][7]

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.[8] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Two days later, the Big East and Pittsburgh reached an identical agreement.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[3]

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.[16] The move also leaves the SEC as the only one of the so-called "Power Five" FBS conferences without a grant of rights.[17]


Name Term
Jim Weaver 1954–1970
Bob James 1971–1987
Gene Corrigan 1987–1997
John Swofford 1997–present

Member schools

Current members

The ACC has fifteen members. 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.

Institution Location
Founded Joined Type
Nickname Colors Mascot
or symbol
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
1863 2005 Private
(Catholic - Jesuit)
9,110 4,673 Eagles Maroon & Gold[18]
Baldwin the Eagle Atlantic
Clemson University Clemson, SC
1889 1953 Public
(Military Academy heritage)
16,562 4,206 Tigers Orange & Regalia[19]
The Tiger & Tiger Cub Atlantic
Duke University Durham, NC
1838 1953 Private - Nonsectarian
(Methodist heritage)
6,484 8,107 Blue Devils Duke Blue & White[20]
Blue Devil Coastal
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
1851 1991 Public
(State University System of Florida)
31,851 8,486 Seminoles Garnet & Gold[21]
Osceola and Renegade /
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA
1885 1979 Public
(University System of Georgia)
14,527 7,030 Yellow Jackets White & GT Gold[22]
Buzz /
Ramblin' Wreck
University of Louisville Louisville, KY
1798 2014 Public 15,893 6,400 Cardinals UofL Red & Black[23]
Louie the Cardinal Bird Atlantic
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
1925 2004 Private - Nonsectarian 10,368 5,289 Hurricanes Green & Orange[24]
Sebastian the Ibis Coastal
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
1789 1953 Public
(University of North Carolina)
18,579 10,811 Tar Heels Carolina Blue & White[25]
Rameses Coastal
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
1887 1953 Public
(University of North Carolina)
26,176 9,591 Wolfpack Red & White[26]
Mr. Wuf & Mrs. Wuf Atlantic
University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN
1842 2013 Private
(Catholic - Congregation of Holy Cross)
8,371 3,362 Fighting Irish Navy Blue & Gold[27]
Leprechaun Atlantic (For Baseball)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
1787 2013 Private/Public Hybrid or "State-related"
(Commonwealth System of Higher Education)
18,427 10,339 Panthers Navy Blue & Vegas Gold[28]
Roc the Panther Coastal
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
1870 2013 Private - Nonsectarian
(Methodist heritage)
14,798 6,231 Orange Orange [29]
Otto the Orange Atlantic (For Football)
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
1819 1953 Public 15,822 8,085 Cavaliers Orange & Navy Blue[30]
CavMan Coastal
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
1872 2004 Public & Senior Military College 23,859 7,228 Hokies Maroon & Orange[31]
Hokie Bird Coastal
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
1834 1953 Private - Nonsectarian
(Baptist heritage)
4,815 2,617 Demon Deacons Wake Forest Gold & Black[32]
The Demon Deacon Atlantic

Former members

On July 1, 2014, Maryland departed for the Big Ten Conference as Louisville joined from the American Athletic Conference (formerly, the Big East Conference). In 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become independent, later joining the Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, the Southeastern Conference, in 1991.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type
Current Conference Nickname
University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 1801 1953 1971 Public
Southeastern Conference Gamecocks
University of Maryland College Park, MD 1856 1953 2014 Public
(University System of Maryland)
Big Ten Conference Terrapins

Membership timeline


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Full members Non-football members

National team championships

Thru July 2, 2014 [33]

School Total Men Women Nickname
University of North Carolina 40 11 29 Tar Heels
University of Virginia 21 14 7 Cavaliers
University of Notre Dame 16 11 5 Fighting Irish
Duke University 15 8 7 Blue Devils
Syracuse University 13 13 0 Orange
Wake Forest University 8 5 3 Demon Deacons
Florida State University 7 4 3 Seminoles
Boston College 5 5 0 Eagles
University of Miami 5 4 1 Hurricanes
Clemson University 3 3 0 Tigers
University of Louisville 3 3 0 Cardinals
North Carolina State University 2 2 0 Wolfpack
Georgia Tech 1 0 1 Yellow Jackets
University of Pittsburgh 0 0 0 Panthers
Virginia Tech 0 0 0 Hokies


The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in thirteen men's and fourteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[34] 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.[35]

Teams in Atlantic Coast Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Swimming & Diving
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)
  • * = Miami men and Clemson women compete only in diving

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 men's ACC sports for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACC will resume sponsoring fencing in 2014-15.[35]

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Fencing Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field
Wrestling Total ACC Men's Sports
Boston College 13px 13px
Clemson 13px 13px
13px 13px
13px 13px
Duke 13px 13px
13px 13px
Florida State 13px 13px
13px 13px
13px 13px
Georgia Tech 13px 13px 13px
13px 13px
13px 13px 13px 13px
Louisville 13px 13px
Miami 13px 13px
North Carolina 13px 13px
13px 13px
North Carolina State 13px 13px
13px 13px
Notre Dame 13px 13px
<center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>11</center>
Pittsburgh 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>9</center>
Syracuse 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>7</center>
Virginia 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>12</center>
Virginia Tech 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>11</center>
Wake Forest 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>9</center>
Totals <center>14</center> <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>4</center> <center>14</center> <center>12</center> <center>5</center> <center>12</center> <center>11.5</center> <center>13</center> <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>6</center> <center>151.5</center>

* 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:

School Ice Hockey Rifle Rowing Sailing Skiing
Boston College Hockey East no no NEISA EISA
North Carolina State no GARC+ no no no
Notre Dame Hockey East no no no no
Syracuse no no EARC no no

+ Mixed men's and women's rifle team

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 14 women's ACC sports for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACC will resume sponsoring fencing in 2014-15.[35]

School Basketball Cross Country Fencing Field Hockey Golf Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field
Volleyball Total ACC Women's Sports
Boston College 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>14</center>
Clemson 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY[w 1]</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>9.5</center>
Duke 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN[w 2]</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13</center>
Florida State 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>10</center>
Georgia Tech 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>8</center>
Louisville 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13</center>
Miami 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>10</center>
North Carolina 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>14</center>
North Carolina State 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>10</center>
Notre Dame 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13</center>
Pittsburgh 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>9</center>
Syracuse 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>11</center>
Virginia 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13</center>
Virginia Tech <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN[w 3]</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>10</center>
Wake Forest <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> 13px</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxN</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>13pxY</center> <center>9</center>
Totals <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>4</center> <center>7</center> <center>11</center> <center>8</center> <center>9</center> <center>14</center> <center>11</center> <center>12.5</center> <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>15</center> <center>166.5</center>
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Duke will add softball in 2017–18.
  3. ^ Virginia Tech will add women's golf in 2015–16.[36]

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

School Gymnastics Ice Hockey Rifle Sailing Sand Volleyball Skiing
Boston College no Hockey East no NEISA no EISA
Florida State no no no no Independent no
North Carolina EAGL no no no no no
North Carolina State EAGL no GARC+ no no no
Pittsburgh EAGL no no no no no
Syracuse no CHA no no no no

+ Mixed men's and women's rifle team

Champions for current academic year

Champions from the previous academic year are in italics.

Season Sport Men's
Fall 2014 Cross Country Syracuse North Carolina
Field Hockey Wake Forest
Football Florida State
Soccer Clemson Florida State
Volleyball North Carolina
Winter 2014-15 Basketball Notre Dame Notre Dame
Fencing Notre Dame Notre Dame
Swimming & Diving NC State Virginia
Track & Field (Indoor) Virginia Tech Clemson
Wrestling Virginia
Spring 2015 Baseball Florida State
Softball Florida State
Golf Georgia Tech Virginia
Lacrosse Syracuse Syracuse
Rowing Virginia
Tennis Virginia Virginia
Track & Field (Outdoor) Florida State Clemson


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 88 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.[37] 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 replaced Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

Atlantic Division Coastal Division
Boston College Duke
Clemson Georgia Tech
Florida State Miami
Louisville North Carolina
North Carolina State Pittsburgh
Notre Dame Virginia
Wake Forest Virginia Tech
College World Series / NCAA Tournament Appearances^
School College World Series
College World Series
Last CWS Appearance NCAA Tournament
Boston College † 4 1967 10 2009
Clemson 12 2010 39 2014
Duke 3 1961 5 1961
Florida State † 21 2012 52 2014
Georgia Tech 3 2006 30 2014
Louisville † 3 2014 8 2014
Miami † 2001, 1999, 1985
23 2008 43 2014
North Carolina 10 2013 29 2014
North Carolina State 2 2013 26 2013
Notre Dame † 2 2002 21 2006
Pittsburgh 0 n/a 3 1995
Virginia 3 2014 14 2014
Virginia Tech 0 n/a 10 2013
Wake Forest 1955 2 1955 11 2007

^ 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:

  • Boston College: 4 appearances
  • Florida State: 11 appearances
  • Louisville: 3 appearances
  • Miami: 21 appearances
  • Notre Dame: 2 appearances
  • Syracuse: 1 appearance



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; Jim Boeheim of Syracuse; and Rick Pitino of Louisville.

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

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.[38] 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

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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41] 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 2013 and the replacement of Maryland by Louisville in 2014.

School Partner 1[42] Partner 2[42]
Boston College Notre Dame Syracuse
Clemson Florida State Georgia Tech
Duke North Carolina Wake Forest
Florida State Clemson Miami
Georgia Tech Clemson Notre Dame
Louisville Pittsburgh Virginia
Miami Florida State Virginia Tech
North Carolina Duke North Carolina State
North Carolina State North Carolina Wake Forest
Notre Dame Boston College Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh Louisville Syracuse
Syracuse Boston College Pittsburgh
Virginia Louisville Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Miami Virginia
Wake Forest Duke North Carolina State

National championships and Final Fours

Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 13 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won five, Duke has won five, NC State has won two, and Maryland has won one. Four more national titles were won by current 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.

School Pre-NCAA Helms Championships NCAA Men's Championships Men's NCAA
Men's NCAA Final Fours NCAA Women's Championships Women's NCAA
Women's NCAA Final Fours
Duke 5
(2015, 2010, 2001, 1992, 1991)
(1999, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1964)
(2015, 2010, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1963)
(2006, 1999)
(2006, 2003, 2002, 1999)
Florida State 1
Georgia Tech 1
(2004, 1990)
Louisville 3
(1980, 1986, 2013)
(2013, 2012, 2005, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975, 1972, 1959)
(2013, 2009)
(2013, 2009)
North Carolina 1
(2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, 1957)
(1981, 1977, 1968, 1946)
(2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1957, 1946)
(2007, 2006, 1994)
North Carolina State 2
(1983, 1974)
(1983, 1974, 1950)
Notre Dame 2
(1927, 1936)
(2014, 2012, 2011)
(2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2001, 1997)
Pittsburgh 2
(1928, 1930)
Syracuse 2
(1918, 1926)
(1996, 1987)
(2013, 2003, 1996, 1987, 1975)
Virginia 2
(1984, 1981)
(1992, 1991, 1990)
Wake Forest 1

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

The ACC has won 17 of the 33 NCAA Championships in field hockey. Maryland won 8 as a member of the ACC.

National Championships
School NCAA Women's
North Carolina 1989, 1995, 1996,
1997, 2007, 2009
Wake Forest 2002, 2003, 2004


The ACC is considered to be one of the five collegiate football power conferences which all receive automatic placement of their football champion into one of the six major bowl games. Seven of its members claim football national championships in their history, with two having won the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS) during its existence between 1998 and 2014. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs.[43]


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. Notre Dame began playing several ACC teams each year in 2014, but is not considered a football member and is not be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game.[44]

The ACC was the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions were not divided geographically (North/South, East/West)[45] until the Big Ten announced its division names as "Leaders" and "Legends" after the 2010 regular season.[46] The Big Ten changed to geographic divisions ("East" and "West") when Maryland and Rutgers joined 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 is once again the only Division I conference with non-geographic divisions.

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

  • Five games within its division (one against each opponent)
  • One game against a designated permanent rival from the other division (not necessarily the school's closest traditional rival, even within the conference); this is similar to the SEC setup
  • Two rotating games (one home, one away) against teams in the other division
  • Four out-of-conference 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 were paired as cross-divisional rivals. This change took effect when Pitt and Syracuse joined the conference in July 2013. On October 3, 2012, it was announced that the extra in-division game would result in one fewer cross-division game.[47]

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

  • Six games within its division (three home, three away, one against each opponent)
  • One game against a designated permanent rival from the other division (not necessarily the school's closest traditional rival, even within the conference); this is similar to the SEC setup
  • One rotating game against a team in the other division
  • Four out-of-conference games. (Beginning with the 2014 season, one of the four OOC games will be against Notre Dame every two to three years, as Notre Dame will play against five ACC opponents in non-conference games each season.)

Starting with the 2017 season, ACC members will be required to play at least one non-conference game each season against a team in the "Power 5" conferences. Games against Notre Dame also meet the requirement. In January 2015, the conference announced that games against another FBS independent, BYU, would also count toward the requirement.[48] ACC teams can also meet the requirement by scheduling one another in non-conference games; the first example of this was also announced in January 2015, when North Carolina and Wake Forest announced that they would play a home-and-home non-conference series in 2019 and 2021.[49]

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.[50] Alignments reflect those in place since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014.

Atlantic Division Coastal Division
Boston College Virginia Tech
Clemson Georgia Tech
Florida State Miami
Louisville Virginia
North Carolina State North Carolina
Syracuse Pittsburgh
Wake Forest Duke



Team Team Rivalry Name Trophy
Boston College Clemson Battle For The Leather Helmet O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy
Boston College Miami (FL)
Boston College Syracuse Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry
Boston College Virginia Tech Boston College–Virginia Tech football rivalry
Clemson Florida State Clemson–Florida State rivalry
Clemson Georgia Tech Clemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry
Clemson North Carolina State Textile Bowl Textile Bowl Trophy
Duke North Carolina Carolina-Duke rivalry Victory Bell
Duke North Carolina State
Duke Wake Forest
Florida State Miami (FL) Miami–Florida State football rivalry
Florida State Virginia Jefferson-Eppes Trophy
Georgia Tech Virginia Tech Battle of the Techs
Miami (FL) Virginia Tech Miami-Virginia Tech football rivalry
North Carolina North Carolina State Carolina-NC State rivalry
North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry
North Carolina Wake Forest Carolina–Wake rivalry
North Carolina State Wake Forest
Pittsburgh Syracuse Pittsburgh–Syracuse football rivalry
Virginia Virginia Tech Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry Commonwealth Cup


ACC Team Opponent Rivalry Name Trophy
Boston College Notre Dame Holy War Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl/Ireland Trophy
Clemson Auburn
Clemson Georgia Clemson-Georgia football rivalry
Clemson South Carolina The Palmetto Bowl TBA (2015 & onward)
The Hardee's Trophy (retired after 2014)
Duke Maryland
Florida State Florida Florida–Florida State football rivalry The Governor's Cup
Georgia Tech Auburn
Georgia Tech Georgia Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate The Governor's Cup
Georgia Tech Notre Dame
Louisville Cincinnati The Keg of Nails
Louisville Kentucky Kentucky–Louisville rivalry Governor's Cup
Louisville Memphis Louisville–Memphis rivalry
Miami (FL) Florida Florida–Miami football rivalry Seminole War Canoe Trophy[1]
Miami (FL) Notre Dame
North Carolina State East Carolina East Carolina–NC State rivalry
North Carolina State South Carolina
Pittsburgh Cincinnati River City Rivalry Paddlewheel Trophy
Pittsburgh Notre Dame Notre Dame-Pittsburgh football rivalry
Pittsburgh Penn State Penn State–Pittsburgh football rivalry
Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl
Syracuse Colgate (former)
Syracuse Penn State Penn State–Syracuse football rivalry
Syracuse West Virginia Battle For The Schwartzwalder Trophy The Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy
Virginia Maryland Maryland–Virginia football rivalry
Virginia West Virginia
Virginia Tech West Virginia Battle For The Black Diamond Trophy Black Diamond Trophy
Wake Forest Vanderbilt
  • Florida, Florida State, & Miami (FL) also compete in a three-way rivalry for the Florida Cup.

Bowl games

Within the College Football Playoff, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against Notre Dame or another team from the SEC or Big Ten. If the conference's champion is selected for the CFP, another ACC team will be chosen in their place.

The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order set by agreements between the conference and the bowls.

Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame is eligible for selection as the ACC's representative to any of its contracted bowl games. The ACC's bowl selection will no longer be bound by the rigidity of a "one-win rule" but will have a general list of criteria to emphasize regionality and quality matchups on the field. A one-win rule does apply to Notre Dame's participation in the ACC Bowl structure. Notre Dame is now eligible for ACC Bowl selection beginning with the Citrus Bowl and continuing through the league's bowl selections. However, Notre Dame must be within one win of the ACC available team which has the best overall record, in order to be chosen. In other words, if an ACC team was 9-3, a 7-5 Notre Dame team could not be chosen in its place. Notre Dame would have to be 8-4 to be chosen over a 9-3 league team.

Order of selection for ACC bowl participants[51]
Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
1* Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame -
2** Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida SEC 2
3 Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando, Florida American Athletic Conference 3[52]
Tier One All have equal selection status
4/5/6/7/8 Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Pac-12 5[53]
Belk Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina SEC TBD[54]
Music City Bowl Nashville, Tennessee SEC
TaxSlayer Bowl Jacksonville, Florida SEC
Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, New York Big Ten TBD[55]
Tier Two
9 Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland The American TBD
10 Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana SEC 10
11 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, Michigan Big Ten TBD
12*** St. Petersburg Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida American Athletic Conference TBD
13**** Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama C-USA, MAC

* If the ACC Champion is not in one of the semifinal games it will appear in the Orange Bowl, or, if the Orange Bowl is a semifinal or national championship site, one of the Playoff "host" bowls, either the Fiesta of Chick-fil-A Peach. There is no limit on how many teams the College Football Playoff may choose from a particular conference.

** Only if the ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl, in a non-semifinal year is a team from the Big Ten, a maximum of three times in six years.

*** After the 2014 and 2016 seasons; all others as conditional selection if not filled by Conference USA or American Athletic.

**** Conditional all years if not filled by SEC or American Athletic Conference.

National championships

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.[56] 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, from 1998 to 2013 the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) used a mathematical formula to match the top two teams at the end of the season. The winner of the BCS was contractually awarded the Coaches' Poll national championship and its AFCA National Championship Trophy as well as the MacArthur Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Maryland won one championship as a member of the ACC in 1953.

School Claims of non-poll "major selectors" Associated Press Coaches Poll Bowl Championship Series
Clemson 1981 1981
Florida State 1993, 1999, 2013 1993, 1999, 2013 1999, 2013
Georgia Tech 1917, 1928, 1952 1990
Miami 1983, 1987, 1989,
1991, 2001
1983, 1987, 1989,
Pittsburgh 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936 1937, 1976 1976
Syracuse 1959 1959


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 six 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 six 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
School Men's Team NCAA Men's Individual NCAA Women's Team NCAA Women's Individual NCAA
Clemson 2003 Charles Warren 1997
Duke 2014, 2007, 2006,
2005, 2002, 1999
Candy Hannemann 2001,
Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
Anna Grzebian 2005
Georgia Tech Watts Gunn 1927,
Charles Yates 1934,

Troy Matteson 2002
Miami 1984 Penny Hammel 1983
North Carolina Harvie Ward 1949,
John Inman 1984
North Carolina State Matt Hill 2009
Virginia Dixon Brooke 1940
Wake Forest 1986, 1975, 1974 Curtis Strange 1974,
Jay Haas 1975,
Gary Hallberg 1979
Notre Dame 1944
  • Italics denote championships won before the school joined the ACC.


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 Duke has won three. Former ACC member Maryland won two national championships as an ACC member. In addition, prior to the establishment of the NCAA tournament, Maryland had won nine national championships while Virginia won two. Syracuse, which joined the ACC in 2013, won ten NCAA-sponsored national championships, the most ever by any Division I lacrosse program, before joining the conference. 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 2014, 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 eleven as an ACC member, Virginia has won three and North Carolina has won one.

National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
University Men's NCAA
Men's NCAA
Pre-NCAA Men's Championships Women's NCAA
Women's NCAA
Virginia 2011, 2006, 2003,
1999, 1972
1996, 1994, 1986,
1970, 1952 2004, 1993, 1991 2007, 2005, 2003,
1999, 1998, 1996
North Carolina 1991, 1986, 1982,
1993 2013 2009
Duke 2014, 2013, 2010 2007, 2005
Syracuse 2009, 2008, 2004,
2002, 2000, 1995,
1993, 1990*, 1989,
1988, 1983
2013, 2001, 1999,
1992, 1985, 1984
1925, 1924, 1922,
Notre Dame 2010, 2014

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


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. Florida State became the first school other than North Carolina to win the national championship, in 2014. Notre Dame won three NCAA titles before it joined the ACC in 2013.

National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
School Men's NCAA Championships Men's NCAA
Women's NCAA Championships Women's NCAA
Clemson 1987, 1984 1979
Duke 1986 1995, 1982 2011, 1992
Florida State 2014 2007, 2013
Louisville 2010
North Carolina 2011, 2001 2008 2012, 2009, 2008, 2006,
2003, 2000, 1999, 1997,
1996, 1994, 1993, 1992,
1991, 1990, 1989, 1988,
1987, 1986, 1984, 1983,
2001, 1998, 1985 1981
N. C. State 1988
Notre Dame 2013 1995, 2004, 2010 1994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
Virginia 2014, 2009, 1994, 1993,
1992, 1991, 1989
1997 2014
Wake Forest 2007
  • Italics denote championships before the school was part of the ACC.


School Football stadium Cap. Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena Cap. Baseball stadium Cap. Softball stadium Cap.
Boston College Alumni Stadium 44,500 Newton Campus Sports Complex N/A Conte Forum 8,606 Eddie Pellagrini Diamond
at John Shea Field
1,000 Shea Field 1,000
Clemson Memorial Stadium 81,500 Riggs Field 6,500 Littlejohn Coliseum 10,000 Doug Kingsmore Stadium 4,500+ Non-softball school
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 33,941 Koskinen Stadium 4,500 Cameron Indoor Stadium 9,314 Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Park
Will add softball in 2017-18
Florida State Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
82,300 Seminole Soccer Complex 1,500 Donald L. Tucker Center 13,800 Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700 JoAnne Graf Field 1,000
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium 55,000 Non-soccer school Hank McCamish Pavilion 8,600 Russ Chandler Stadium 4,157 Shirley Clements Mewborn Field 1,500
Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium 55,000 Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium 5,300 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000 Ulmer Stadium 2,200
Miami Sun Life Stadium 76,500 Cobb Stadium 500 BankUnited Center 7,972 Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000 Non-softball school
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 63,000 Fetzer Field 5,700 Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
Boshamer Stadium 4,100+ Anderson Stadium 500
North Carolina State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583 Dail Soccer Field N/A PNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
Doak Field 2,500+ Dail Softball Stadium N/A
Notre Dame Plays football as an FBS independent Alumni Stadium 2,500 Edmund P. Joyce Center 9,149 Frank Eck Stadium 2,500 Melissa Cook Stadium 850
Pittsburgh Heinz Field 65,500 Ambrose Urbanic Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
735 Petersen Events Center 12,508 Charles L. Cost Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
900 Vartabedian Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
Syracuse Carrier Dome 49,262 SU Soccer Stadium 1,500 Carrier Dome 35,446 Non-baseball school Softball Stadium at Skytop 650
Virginia Scott Stadium 61,500 Klöckner Stadium 3,600+ John Paul Jones Arena 14,593 Davenport Field 5,074 The Park 475
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 65,632 Thompson Field 2,028+ Cassell Coliseum 9,847 English Field 1,033+ Tech Softball Park 1,024
Wake Forest BB&T Field 31,500 W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium 3,000 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,407 Wake Forest Baseball Park 6,280 Non-softball school


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[57][58][59][60] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.[61][62]

The members of the ACC also participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium (ACCAC), 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 ACCAC has expanded its scope into other domestic and international collaborations.[63]

The stated mission of the ACCAC is to "leverage the athletic associations and identities among the 15 ACC universities in order to enrich the educational missions 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.[64] 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.[65]

Major academic programs of the ACCAC include:

  • An annual Meeting of the Minds (MOM) undergraduate research conference.[66]
  • An annual Student Leadership Conference.[67]
  • An annual Student President Conference.[68]
  • Creativity and Innovation Fellowship program in which each university receives $12,500 to award between two to five undergraduate students ACCAC fellowships for research or creative projects.[69]
  • Summer Research Scholars program in which every ACC university will receive $5,000 to support up to two of its undergraduate students in conducting research in residence at another ACC university during a minimum 10 week period over the summer.[70]
  • Coach for College program, primarily for student-athletes and run through Duke University with support from the ACCAC, that takes 32 ACC students to Vietnam for three weeks in the summer to coach hundreds of middle school children.[71]
  • Traveling Scholars program which allows PhD candidates from one ACC campus to access courses, laboratories, library, or other resources at any one of the other ACC member institution campuses.[72]
  • Clean Energy Grant Competition that helps coordinate geographically defined clusters of ACC universities in competition for United States Department of Energy Clean Energy Grants.[72]
  • Study Abroad Program collaborative which allows cross registration in study abroad programs enroll in programs sponsored by an ACC university other than their "home" university.[72] A Student Study Abroad Scholarship program that awarded two to five ACCAC scholarships for study abroad was discontinued in 2013, but is targeted for renewal in 2014-15.[73]

The ACCAC 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. ACCAC 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.[74]

Academics and Research
SchoolSe Endowment
(in billions)[75]
Major Faculty Awards[76] TPR Academic Rating (scale of 60–99)[77] US News National Ranking[78] Washington Monthly National Rankings[79] ARWU US National Ranking[80] HEEACT Performance Ranking - US[81] Leiden Impact Ranking - US[82] SIR World Report Country Rank[83] URAP US Ranking[84] US News/QS World Rankings[85]
Boston College $1.8092 3 86 30 146 138 135 n/r 228 153 329
Clemson $0.528697 6 81 68 158 110 144 118 138 120 601
Duke $6.040973 26 92 8 26 28 13 25 22 14 20
Florida State $0.548095 9 74 86 97 70 100 76 101 80 401
Georgia Tech $1.714876 21 75 36 10 54 61 28 101 47 88
Louisville $0.788529 6 n/r 160 61 138 102 105 128 102 n/r
Miami $0.777947 4 83 44 217 68 60 83 70 48 231
North Carolina $2.381151 32 82 30 4 30 18 32 30 20 57
North Carolina State $0.769404 11 81 106 42 68 84 87 54 60 291
Notre Dame $6.856301 11 84 17 16 86 101 66 129 94 235
Pittsburgh $2.956803 26 80 58 111 39 19 46 15 17 98
Syracuse $1.053214 9 76 58 31 100 139 n/r 183 146 451
Virginia $5.166660 11 83 24 48 54 53 59 51 46 123
Virginia Tech $0.660340 11 78 72 44 68 107 92 55 73 337
Wake Forest $1.061157 4 92 27 103 110 81 88 119 87 317

See also



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Further readin

  • Walker, J. Samuel, ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

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