GREENSBORO, NC ( – For the 16th consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the “Top Colleges” ranking published by US news and world report.

“ACC’s 15 world-class schools continue to shine as one of the finest collections of academic institutions within higher education,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “Our schools’ commitment to excellence at all levels is clear and these spectacular rankings are just one example of the continued commitment.”

Notable in this year’s ranking:

  1. The ACC has led all FBS conferences in the highest average ranking in each of the past 16 years.
  2. The average ACC school ranking is 54.5, which tops all FBS conferences and is nearly five percentage points ahead of the next closest peer conference.
  3. The five ACC schools in the top 30 are the most among FBS conferences.
  4. The seven ACC schools ranked in the top 50 are the largest among FBS conferences.
  5. The 12 ACC member schools in the top 70 are also the most numerous among FBS conferences.

For more information and the full list, visit US News and World Report Ranking “Best Colleges”: