Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference logo
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
  • 27[1]
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 14
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
CommissionerJohn Swofford (since 1997)
Atlantic Coast Conference locations

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the eastern United States. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, the conference consists of fifteen member universities, each of whom 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. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

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. Additionally, the conference enjoys extensive media coverage. The ACC was one of the five collegiate power conferences, which had automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC is one of five conferences with a contractual tie-in to a New Year's Six bowl game, the successors to the BCS.

The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953, by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, with the University of Virginia joining in early December 1953 to bring the membership to eight.[2] The loss of South Carolina in 1971 dropped membership to seven, while the addition of Georgia Tech in 1979 for non-football sports and 1983 for football brought it back to eight, and Florida State's arrival in 1991 for non-football sports and 1992 for football increased the membership to nine. Since 2000, with the widespread reorganization of the NCAA, seven additional schools have joined, and one original member (Maryland) has left to bring it to the current membership of 15 schools. The additions in recent years extended the conference's footprint into the Northeast and Midwest.

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

Locations of the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions.

Member universities

Current members

The ACC has 15 member institutions from 10 states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 10 states within the ACC's geographical footprint are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southern and Northeastern United States along the US Atlantic coast and stretches from Florida in the south to New York in the North and from Indiana in the west to Massachusetts farthest east.

In two sports, football and baseball, the ACC is divided into two non-geographic divisions of seven teams each, labeled the "Atlantic" and "Coastal" divisions. Notre Dame does not participate in ACC football and Syracuse does not participate in ACC baseball (the Orange dropped baseball as a varsity sport after the 1971 season), leaving 14 total ACC schools for each of those sports. For all other sports, the ACC operates as a single unified league with no divisions.

When Notre Dame joined the ACC, it chose to remain a football independent. However, its football team established a special scheduling arrangement with the ACC to play a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season.

Since July 1, 2014, the 15 members of the ACC are:

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Atlantic Division
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 2005 Private 14,513 Eagles          
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 1889 1953 Public 24,387 Tigers          
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 1851 1991[a] 41,900 Seminoles          
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2014 22,640 Cardinals          
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887 1953 35,479 Wolfpack          
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 1842 2013 Private 12,292 Fighting Irish          
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 1870 22,484 Orange     
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834 1953 8,116 Demon Deacons          
Coastal Division
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 1838 1953 Private 15,892 Blue Devils          
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 1885 1979[b] Public 32,718 Yellow Jackets          
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 1925 2004 Private 17,331 Hurricanes               
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789 1953 Public 29,847 Tar Heels          
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 2013 State-related 28,664[c] Panthers          
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 1819 1953 Public 24,360 Cavaliers          
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 2004 33,403 Hokies          
  1. ^ Although Florida State joined the ACC in 1991, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1992.[3]
  2. ^ Although Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1983.[4]
  3. ^ Excludes enrollment at the university's four additional regional campuses. With those campuses added, the university's enrollment is 34,934.[5]

Former members

On July 1, 2014, the University of Maryland departed for the Big Ten Conference and the University of Louisville joined from the American Athletic Conference (formerly, the Big East Conference). In 1971, the University of South Carolina left the ACC to become an 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
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 1953 1971 Public (USCS) SEC Gamecocks


University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 1856

(as Maryland Agricultural College)

1953 2014 Public (USM) Big Ten Terrapins


Membership timeline

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


Founding and early expansion

The ACC was established on June 14, 1953, when seven members of the Southern Conference left to form their own conference.[note 1][6] These seven universities became charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. They left partially due to the Southern Conference's ban on post-season football play that had been initiated in 1951. (Clemson and Maryland had both defied the Southern Conference's bowl rule following the 1951 season and were banned from playing other conference teams in the 1952 season).[7] 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, at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the new conference was created.[8] The conference officials indicated a desire to add an eighth member, and candidates mentioned were Virginia and West Virginia.[9] On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a former Southern Conference charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference.[10] Virginia's president Colgate Darden argued fiercely against joining the ACC or any conference, while UVA athletics director Gus Tebell argued in favor.[11] In the end, UVA's Board of Visitors approved joining the ACC by a vote of 6–3.[11]

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.[12]

On July 1, 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent.

Racial integration

Racial integration of all-white collegiate sports teams was high on the regional agenda in the 1950s and 1960s. Involved were issues of equality, racism, and the alumni demand for the top players needed to win high profile games. The ACC took the lead. First they started to schedule integrated teams from the north. Finally ACC schools—typically under pressure from boosters and civil rights groups—integrated their teams.[13] With an alumni base that dominated local and state politics, society and business, the ACC flagship schools were successful in their endeavor—as Pamela Grundy argues, they had learned how to win:

The widespread admiration that athletic ability inspired would help transform athletic fields from grounds of symbolic play to forces for social change, places where a wide range of citizens could publicly and at times effectively challenge the assumptions that cast them as unworthy of full participation in U.S. society. While athletic successes would not rid society of prejudice or stereotype—black athletes would continue to confront racial slurs...[—minority star players demonstrated] the discipline, intelligence, and poise to contend for position or influence in every arena of national life.

The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference, announced on April 3, 1978, and taking effect on July 1, 1979, except in football, in which Tech would remain an independent until joining ACC football in 1983. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991, in non-football sports and July 1, 1992, in football. 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.

2004–2005 expansion

The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 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 the Northeast. The expansion was controversial, as Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for allegedly 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.[15][note 2]

On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both applied to join the ACC.[17] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions.[18] 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.[19] However, in July 2012, the Big East came to an agreement with Syracuse and Pitt that allowed the two schools to leave the Big East on July 1, 2013.[20][21]

On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all conference sports except football as the conference's first member in the Midwestern United States. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame committed to play five football games each season against ACC schools beginning in 2014.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

The ACC's presidents announced on April 22, 2013, that all 15 schools that would be members of the conference in 2014–15 had signed a grant of media rights (GOR), effective immediately and running through the 2026–27 school year, coinciding with the duration of the conference's then-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.[26] The move also left the SEC as the only one of the FBS Power Five conferences without a GOR.[27]

In July 2016, the GOR was extended through the 2035–36 school year, coinciding with the signing of a new 20-year deal with ESPN that would transform the then-current ad hoc ACC Network into a full-fledged network. The new network launched as a digital service in the 2016–17 school year and as a linear network in August 2019.[28]

Academics and ACCAC

Academic rankings

Among the major NCAA athletic conferences that sponsor NCAA Division I FBS football, including the current "Power Five conferences", the ACC has been regarded as having the highest academically ranked collection of members based on U.S. News & World Report[29][30][31][32][33][34] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.[35][36]

Academics and Research
School Endowment[37]
(in 2017 US$ billions)
Major Faculty Awards[38](total awards) Princeton Review Rating[39](scale 60–99) US News US Ranking[40] Washington Monthly US Ranking[41] ARWU US Ranking[42] NTU US Ranking[43] CWTS Leiden US Impact Ranking[44] Scimago US Higher Education Ranking[45] URAP US Ranking[46] US News/QS World Rankings[47]
Boston College $2.477700 6 85 37 57 100 138 155 123 145 339
Clemson $0.741802 3 78 70 114 156 138 110 125 123 701
Duke $7.911175 30 92 10 12 20 14 15 14 16 21
Florida State $0.681370 9 68 57 81 70 91 81 107 75 431
Georgia Tech $2.091110 21 86 29 31 43 47 41 32 45 70
Louisville $0.712295 5 69 192 221 156 119 103 105 110 1001
Miami $1.021508 7 78 57 277 61 59 58 41 54 252
North Carolina $3.432911 19 77 29 23 23 20 23 18 21 80
North Carolina State $1.293743 11 75 84 84 71 72 43 57 56 263
Notre Dame $10.727653 14 80 15 22 71 101 96 93 87 216
Pittsburgh $4.200206 13 80 57 143 35 17 13 20 19 142
Syracuse $1.338287 11 77 54 28 156 138 145 172 129 501
Virginia $6.953380 15 87 28 36 61 53 50 55 46 173
Virginia Tech $1.146055 10 73 74 19 100 95 53 65 63 367
Wake Forest $1.329255 3 94 27 75 136 86 95 85 88 411

ACCAC and ACC academic network

ACC Academic Consortium logo

The members of the ACC 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.[48]

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.[49] 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.[50]

ACCAC academic programs

Major academic programs that have been implemented under ACCAC include:

  • The annual Meeting of the Minds (MOM) undergraduate research conference.[51]
  • The annual Student Leadership Conference.[52]
  • The Creativity and Innovation Fellowship Program in which each university receives $12,500 to award between two and five undergraduate students ACCAC fellowships for research or creative projects.[53]
  • The 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.[54]
  • The ACC Debate Championship[55]
  • The ACC Inventure Prize Competition is a Shark Tank-like innovation competition for teams of students from ACC universities.[56]
  • The Student Federal Relations Trip to Washington, D.C. is an annual trip of student delegates from ACC universities to the nation's capital.[57]
  • The Creativity Competition is planned to be an ACC-wide, team-based interdisciplinary competition emphasizing use of creative design and the arts to begin in 2017.[57]
  • The Distinguished Lecturers Program in which five ACC universities select an outstanding faculty member as The ACCAC's Distinguished Lecturer. In addition to an award stipend, the ACCAC provides financial support to enable each ACC university to sponsor a "distinguished lecture event" on their campus.[58]
  • The Executive Leadership Series is a two-day skill enhancement programs designed for Deans, Vice Provosts, and Vice Chancellors of ACC universities.[57]
  • The annual Student President Conference.[59]
  • The 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.[60]
  • The 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.[61]
  • The Clean Energy Grant Competition that helps coordinate geographically defined clusters of ACC universities in competition for United States Department of Energy Clean Energy Grants.[61]
  • The 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.[61] 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.[62]

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.[63]

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds, and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food, and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance costs.

National Rank
Institution 2016-17 Total Revenue from Athletics[64] 2016-17 Total Expenses on Athletics[64]
1 13 Florida State University $144,514,413 $143,373,261
2 22 University of Louisville $120,445,303 $118,383,769
3 26 Clemson University $112,600,964 $111,126,235
4 35 University of North Carolina $96,551,626 $96,540,823
5 39 University of Virginia $92,865,175 $100,324,517
6 44 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $87,427,526 $90,716,423
7 47 North Carolina State University $83,741,572 $86,924,779
8 51 Georgia Institute of Technology $81,762,024 $84,852,123
N/A N/A Boston College Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A Duke University Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A Syracuse University Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A University of Miami Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A University of Notre Dame Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A University of Pittsburgh Not reported Not reported
N/A N/A Wake Forest University Not reported Not reported


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 1,100 Conte Forum 8,606 Brighton Field at Harrington Athletics Village 2,500 Harrington Athletics Village at Brighton Field 1,000
Clemson Memorial Stadium 81,500 Riggs Field 6,500 Littlejohn Coliseum 9,000 Doug Kingsmore Stadium 6,524 Clemson Softball Stadium 1,000
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 40,004 Koskinen Stadium 4,500 Cameron Indoor Stadium 9,314 Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Park
Duke Softball Stadium 1,300
Florida State Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
79,560 Seminole Soccer Complex 2,000 Donald L. Tucker Center 13,800 Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700 JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex 1,000
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field 55,000 Non-soccer school Hank McCamish Pavilion 8,600 Russ Chandler Stadium 4,157 Shirley Clements Mewborn Field 1,500
Louisville Cardinal Stadium 60,800 Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium 5,300 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000 Ulmer Stadium 2,200
Miami Hard Rock Stadium 65,326 Cobb Stadium 500 Watsco Center 7,972 Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000 Non-softball school
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 50,500 Fetzer Field 5,700 Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
Boshamer Stadium 5,000 Anderson Stadium 500
North Carolina State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583 Dail Soccer Field 3,000 PNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
Doak Field 3,000 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 8,000 John Paul Jones Arena 14,593 Davenport Field at Disharoon Park 5,500 Palmer Park 522
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 65,632 Sandra D. Thompson Field 2,500 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 David F Couch Ballpark 3,823 Non-softball school


The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in thirteen men's and fourteen women's NCAA-sanctioned sports.[66] The most recently added sport was fencing, added for the 2014–15 school year after having been absent from the conference since 1980; Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, and Notre Dame participate in that sport.[67]

Since all ACC members (including non-football member Notre Dame) field FBS football teams, they are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS schools field at least 16 NCAA-recognized varsity sports. However, the ACC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports—football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and either women's soccer or women's volleyball.[68] All ACC members sponsor all five of the named sports except Georgia Tech, which sponsors women's volleyball but not women's soccer.

Teams in ACC Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 14
Basketball 15 15
Cross country 15 15
Fencing 4 4
Field hockey 7
Football 14
Golf 12 12
Lacrosse 5 8
Rowing 9
Soccer 12 14
Softball 12
Swimming & diving 11.5 12
Tennis 13 14
Track and field (indoor) 15 15
Track and field (outdoor) 15 15
Volleyball 15
Wrestling 6

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 men's ACC sports for the 2019–20 academic year.

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 Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 11
Clemson Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Yes Red XN Yes Red XN Green tickY Yes Yes Red XN 9
Duke Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 13
Florida State Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Yes Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Red XN 9
Georgia Tech Yes Yes Yes Red XN Yes Yes Red XN Red XN Yes Yes Yes Yes Red XN 9
Louisville Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 10
Miami Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY[a] Yes Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 7.5
North Carolina Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 13
North Carolina State Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Notre Dame Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Red XN[b] Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Red XN 11
Pittsburgh Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Red XN Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Yes 9
Syracuse Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Red XN Yes Yes Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 7
Virginia Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Yes Yes Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Virginia Tech Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wake Forest Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 9
Totals 14 15 15 4 14 12 5 12 11.5 13 15 15 6 151.5
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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, thus ineligible for the ACC football championship. Notre Dame, however, has access to the ACC's bowl lineup aside from the Orange Bowl, to which it has its own arrangement for access.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

School Ice hockey Rifle Rowing[a] Sailing[a] Skiing Squash [a]
Boston College Hockey East no no NEISA EISA no
North Carolina State no GARC & SEARC[b] no no no no
Notre Dame Big Ten no no no no no
Syracuse no no EARC no no no
Virginia no no no no no Independent[69]
  1. ^ a b c Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
  2. ^ Co-ed Rifle Team

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 14 women's ACC sports for the 2019–20 academic year.

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 Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 14
Clemson Yes Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Yes Green tickY Red XN Yes Yes Yes Green tickY 10
Duke Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 14
Florida State Yes Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY 10
Georgia Tech Yes Yes Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 8
Louisville Yes Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 13
Miami Yes Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
North Carolina Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Green tickY Yes Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 14
North Carolina State Yes Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Notre Dame Yes Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Green tickY 13
Pittsburgh Yes Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN[a] Red XN Yes Yes Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Yes 8
Syracuse Yes Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Yes Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Virginia Yes Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Yes Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 13
Virginia Tech Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Yes Yes Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wake Forest Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 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 4 7 12 8 9 14 13 12 14 15 15 15 169
  1. ^ Pitt to add women's lacrosse beginning in the 2022 season (2021–22 school year).[70]

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

School Beach volleyball Gymnastics Ice hockey Rifle Sailing[a] Skiing Squash[a]
Boston College no no Hockey East no NEISA EISA no
Florida State CCSA no no no no no no
North Carolina no EAGL no no no no no
North Carolina State no EAGL no GARC & SEARC[b] no no no
Pittsburgh no EAGL no no no no no
Syracuse no no CHA no no no no
Virginia no no no no no no Independent[69]
  1. ^ a b Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
  2. ^ Co-ed Rifle Team

Current champions

Champions from the previous academic year are indicated in italics.

Season Sport Men's
Fall 2019 Cross country[71] Syracuse NC State
Field hockey[72] North Carolina
Football[73] Clemson
Soccer Virginia[74] North Carolina[75]
Winter 2019–20 Basketball Cancelled NC State[76]
Fencing[77] Notre Dame Notre Dame
Swimming & diving NC State[78] Virginia[79]
Track & field (Indoor)[80] Florida State Virginia Tech
Wrestling NC State[81]
Spring 2020 Baseball Cancelled
Softball Cancelled
Golf Cancelled Cancelled
Lacrosse Cancelled Cancelled
Rowing Cancelled
Tennis Cancelled Cancelled
Track & field (outdoor) Cancelled Cancelled


The ACC is considered to be one of the Power Five conferences, all of which receive automatic placement of their football champions 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 and one having won under the current College Football Playoff (CFP) system. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs.[82] Three ACC teams, Florida State, Miami, and, Clemson, are listed in the top 10 of most successful football programs since 2000.

Divisions and scheduling

In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. The ACC is the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions are not divided geographically (e.g., North/South, East/West),[83] but rather into Atlantic and Coastal (as above). Division leaders compete in the ACC Championship Game to determine the official conference title, which guarantees a berth in a New Year's Six bowl game. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the venue 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 eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game.[84]

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, for a total of two cross-division games.
    • Non-permanent cross-division opponents face each other in the regular season twice in a span of twelve years.
    • Prior to the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh in 2013, teams played two rotating cross-division games (for a total of three cross-division games), with a total of eight conference games. The addition of one team to each division meant the loss of one cross-division game per year.[86]
  • Four non-conference games.
    • As of the 2014 season, one of the four non-conference games is against Notre Dame every two to three years, as Notre Dame plays 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.[87]
    • 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.

      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[89]
      Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
      1* Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame -
      2** Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida SEC 2
      3 Camping World Bowl Orlando, Florida Big 12 3[90]
      Tier One All have equal selection status
      4/5/6/7 Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Pac-12 5[91]
      Duke's Mayo Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina SEC or Big Ten TBD[92]
      Music City Bowl***** Nashville, Tennessee SEC
      Gator Bowl***** Jacksonville, Florida SEC
      Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, New York Big Ten TBD[93]
      Tier Two
      8 Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland The American TBD
      9 Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana SEC 10
      10 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit Big Ten TBD
      11*** Gasparilla Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida The American TBD
      12**** 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, Cotton or 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 C-USA or The American.

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

      ***** The Gator Bowl has first choice of ACC or Big Ten representatives. The conference that the Gator Bowl does not choose sends their representative to the Music City Bowl instead.

      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.[94] 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 College Football Playoff
      Clemson 1981, 2016, 2018 1981, 2016, 2018 2016, 2018
      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, 2001 2001
      Pittsburgh 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936[a] 1937, 1976 1976
      Syracuse 1959 1959
      1. ^ A "list of college football's mythical champions as selected by every recognized authority since 1924" was printed in Sports Illustrated in 1967.[95] Together with the 1976 national championship which would come later, the national championship selections listed by Sports Illustrated have since served as the historical basis of the university's national championship claims.[96] For the 1934 season, the Sports Illustrated article included a selection by Parke Davis, then deceased, which had appeared the 1935 edition of the annual Spalding's Football Guide under Davis' byline. The 1934 selection is not documented in the Official NCAA Football Records Book with the rest of Pitt's claimed seasons, although additional major selections for Pitt, which are not claimed by the university, are listed in 1910, 1980, and 1981.[97] College Football Data Warehouse recognizes nine championships for Pitt (1910, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1937, and 1976)[98] out of the 16 years which it has documented that Pitt was named as a national champion by various selectors.[99]



The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire. Case accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State. 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 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. State started construction on Reynolds Coliseum in 1941. Case persuaded school officials to expand the arena to 12,400 people. It opened as the new home court for his team in 1949; at the time, it was the largest on-campus arena in the South. As such, it was used as the host site for many Southern Conference Tournaments, ACC Tournaments, and the Dixie Classic. 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 success, North Carolina convinced 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. 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.

After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956–57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, Greensboro entrepreneur Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He 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 the 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 and Tony Bennett 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.

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.[100] 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 earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a result, the team finishing atop the ACC regular-season standings has invariably been invited to the NCAA Tournament even if it did 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.

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. The Virginia Cavaliers, however, won the regular season titles in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first ACC team besides Duke or North Carolina to solely win back-to-back regular season titles since 1974.

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 members 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.[101] 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.

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.[102] 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.[103] 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 ACC and the Big Ten Conference have held the ACC–Big Ten Challenge each season since 1999. The competition 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.

National championships and Final Fours

Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 15 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won six, Duke has won five, NC State has won two, and Maryland and Virginia have each won one. Three more national titles were won by current ACC members while in other conferences—two by 2014 arrival Louisville and one by 2013 arrival Syracuse; Louisville was forced to vacate a third national title due to NCAA sanctions. 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.

Also notable are earlier national championships from historical eras prior to the dominance of the NCAA-administered championship. The ACC is often credited with forcing the NCAA tournament to expand to allow more than one team per conference, creating the at-large NCAA field common today.[104] The Helms Athletic Foundation selected national champions for seasons predating the beginning of the NCAA tournament (1939), including North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse. Prior to the at-large era (1975), the National Invitation Tournament championship had prestige comparable to the NCAA championship, and Louisville, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Tech won titles during this period (later NIT titles are not considered consensus national championships).[105]

In women's basketball, ACC members have won three national championships while in the conference, North Carolina in 1994, Maryland in 2006, and Notre Dame in 2018. Notre Dame, which joined in 2013, also previously 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
North Carolina 1
[o 1]
(2016, 1981, 1977, 1968, 1946)
[o 2]
(2007, 2006, 1994)
Duke 5
(2015, 2010, 2001, 1992, 1991)
[o 3]
[o 4]
(2006, 1999)
(2006, 2003, 2002, 1999)
Louisville 2
(1980, 1986)[o 5]
[o 6]
(2013, 2009)
(2018, 2013, 2009)
Syracuse 2
(1926, 1918)
(1996, 1987)
[o 7]
North Carolina State 2
(1983, 1974)
(1983, 1974, 1950)
Virginia 1
(2019, 1984, 1981)
(1992, 1991, 1990)
Georgia Tech 1
(2004, 1990)
Notre Dame 2
(1936, 1927)
(2018, 2001)
(2019, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)
[o 8]
Florida State 1
Wake Forest 1
Pittsburgh 2
(1930, 1928)

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

  1. ^ North Carolina has won the NCAA men's championship six times (2017, 2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, 1957)
  2. ^ North Carolina has reached the Final Four 20 times (2017, 2016, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1957, 1946)
  3. ^ Duke has been the men's NCAA runner-up 6 times (1999, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1964)
  4. ^ Duke has reached the Final Four 16 times (2015, 2010, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1963)
  5. ^ A third national title, in 2013, was vacated in 2018 due to NCAA sanctions stemming from a major sex scandal.
  6. ^ Louisville has reached the Final Four 8 times (2005, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975, 1972, 1959). Two other Final Four appearances (2013, 2012) were vacated due to NCAA sanctions stemming from the sex scandal.
  7. ^ Syracuse has reached the Final Four six time (2016, 2013, 2003, 1996, 1987, 1975)
  8. ^ Notre Dame has reached the Women's Final Four 7 times (2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2001, 1997)


ACC Baseball is divided into the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions (as above). These divisions parallel the divisions of ACC football except with Notre Dame replacing Syracuse, the only ACC school which does not field a baseball team, within the Atlantic Division, giving both divisions seven teams. Louisville replaced Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

Eight ACC teams were selected to play in the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, with Florida State and Louisville advancing to the College World Series. The ACC has won the College World Series twice: by the Virginia Cavaliers in 2015 and by Wake Forest in 1955. In addition, Miami won four titles before joining the ACC,[106] and South Carolina has won two titles since leaving the league. Current member schools have appeared in the College World Series a combined total of 93 times (including appearances before joining the conference). In 2016, the ACC was ranked as the top baseball conference by Rating Percentage Index (RPI); the conference has ranked among the top three by this measure each of the past 10 years.[107]

College World Series / NCAA Tournament History
School College
World Series
World Series
Last CWS
Miami † 2001, 1999,
1985, 1982
25 2016 46 2019
Virginia 2015 4 2015 17 2017
Wake Forest 1955 2 1955 14 2017
Florida State † 23 2019 57 2019
Clemson 12 2010 44 2019
North Carolina 11 2018 32 2019
Boston College † 4 1967 8 2016
Georgia Tech 3 2006 32 2019
Louisville † 5 2019 13 2019
Duke 3 1961 8 2019
NC State 2 2013 31 2019
Notre Dame † 2 2002 22 2015
Virginia Tech 0 n/a 10 2013
Pittsburgh 0 n/a 3 1995

^ 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

Field hockey

The ACC has won 20 of the 36 NCAA Championships in field hockey. Maryland won 8 as a member of the ACC.

National Championships
School Total NCAA Women's
North Carolina 8 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2018, 2019
Wake Forest 3 2002, 2003, 2004
Syracuse 1 2015


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 seven 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 seven 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 2019, 2014, 2007,
2006, 2005, 2002,
Candy Hannemann 2001,
Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
Anna Grzebian 2005,
Virginia Elana Carta 2016
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 NCAA championships, more than any other conference in college lacrosse. Virginia has won seven total national championships, North Carolina has won five, 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. Since 1987, the only years in which the national championship game did not feature a current ACC member were 2015 and 2017.

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 two.

National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
University Men's NCAA
Men's NCAA
Pre-NCAA Men's Championships Women's NCAA
Women's NCAA
Virginia 2019, 2011, 2006,
2003, 1999, 1972
1996, 1994, 1986,
1970, 1952 2004, 1993, 1991 2007, 2005, 2003,
1999, 1998, 1996
North Carolina 2016, 1991, 1986,
1982, 1981
1993 2016, 2013 2009
Duke 2014, 2013, 2010 2018, 2007, 2005
Syracuse 2009, 2008, 2004,
2002, 2000, 1995,
1993, 1990*, 1989,
1988, 1983
2013, 2001, 1999,
1992, 1985, 1984
1925, 1924, 1922,
2014, 2012
Notre Dame 2014, 2010
Boston College 2019, 2018, 2017

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


Twelve of the fifteen ACC schools sponsor men's soccer — a higher proportion than any of the other Power Five conferences. Only the three southernmost ACC schools — Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami — do not sponsor soccer. Virginia has won 7 NCAA titles, and more since 1990 than any other university in the country. The ACC overall has won 16 national championships, including 16 of the 31 seasons between 1984 and 2014. Seven by Virginia and the remaining nine 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 19 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 quarterfinal loss, to the eventual champion Virginia; however, the Tar Heels went on to win the national title that season. In 2014, Florida State became the first school other than North Carolina to win the national championship as an ACC member. 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
Women's NCAA
Virginia 2014, 2009, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989 1997 2014
North Carolina 2011, 2001 2008 21
[o 1]
2001, 1998, 1985 1981
Clemson 1987, 1984 1979, 2015
Notre Dame 2013 1995, 2004, 2010 1994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
Wake Forest 2007 2016
Duke 1986 1995, 1982 2011, 1992
Florida State 2014, 2018 2007, 2013
Louisville 2010
NC State 1988
  • Italics denote championships before the school was part of the ACC.
  1. ^ North Carolina has won 21 NCAA Championships (2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1984, 1983, 1982)


Commissioner John Swofford
Name Term
Jim Weaver[108] 1954–1970
Bob James[109] 1971–1987
Gene Corrigan 1987–1997
John Swofford[110][111] 1997–present

NCAA team championships

The Virginia Cavaliers lead the ACC in NCAA men's titles with 20, while the North Carolina Tar Heels lead in women's titles with 32 and in overall NCAA titles with 45.[112] Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles, women's AIAW championships, equestrian titles, and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles.

School Total Men Women Co-ed Nickname Most successful sport (titles)
North Carolina 45 13 32 0 Tar Heels Women's soccer (21)
Virginia 27 20 7 0 Cavaliers Men's soccer (7)
Notre Dame 19 7 6 6 Fighting Irish Fencing (10)
Duke 17 9 8 0 Blue Devils Women's golf (7)
Syracuse 15 14 1 0 Orange Men's lacrosse (10)
Wake Forest 9 6 3 0 Demon Deacons Field hockey, Men's golf (3)
Florida State 9 4 5 0 Seminoles Men's gymnastics, Men's outdoor track (2)
Boston College 5 5 0 0 Eagles Men's ice hockey (5)
Miami 5 4 1 0 Hurricanes Baseball (4)
Clemson 3 3 0 0 Tigers Men's soccer (2)
Louisville 3 3 0 0 Cardinals Men's basketball (3)
NC State 2 2 0 0 Wolfpack Men's basketball (2)
Georgia Tech 1 0 1 0 Yellow Jackets Women's tennis (1)
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 Panthers N/A
Virginia Tech 0 0 0 0 Hokies N/A

See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences

Capital One Cup standings

The Capital One Cup is an award given annually to the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the United States. Points are earned throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final coaches' poll rankings. Virginia has twice (2015 and 2019) finished first for men's sports, while Notre Dame (2014) has once, and North Carolina (2013) has once finished first on the women's side.

The following table displays ACC top 20 finishes in the Capital One Cup.

School Year Men Women
2010–11[113] Virginia Cavaliers (2nd place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (11th place)
Florida State Seminoles (12th place)
Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
Duke Blue Devils (16th place)
2011–12[114] North Carolina Tar Heels (5th place) Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14th place)
Virginia Cavaliers (16th place)
Syracuse Orange (17th place)
2012–13[115] Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
Syracuse Orange (9th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (1st place)
Duke Blue Devils (11th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
2013–14[116] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1st place)
Virginia Cavaliers (4th place)
Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
Duke Blue Devils (8th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (10th place)
Virginia Cavaliers (12th place)
Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19th place)
2014–15[117] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
Duke Blue Devils (6th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9th place)
Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (7th place)
Virginia Cavaliers (11th place)
Syracuse Orange (17th place)
Duke Blue Devils (18th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
2015–16[118] North Carolina Tar Heels (2nd place)
Clemson Tigers (5th place)
Syracuse Orange (11th place)
Virginia Cavaliers (15th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (4th place)
Syracuse Orange (4th place)
Florida State Seminoles (10th place)
Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
2016-17[119] North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
Clemson Tigers (6th place)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
Boston College Eagles (12th place)
2017-18[120] Duke Blue Devils (3rd place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (13th place)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (20th place)
Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7th place)
Duke Blue Devils (10th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (15th place)
Boston College Eagles (17th place)
2018–19[121] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
Clemson Tigers (6th place)
Duke Blue Devils (14th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17th place)
North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10th place)
Boston College Eagles (16th place)
Duke Blue Devils (17th place)

See also