Atlantic Coast Conference

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the major college sports conferences in the United States. It was formed in 1953 by a group of seven colleges and universities that left the Southern Conference.

Members[change | change source]

The 15 schools in the conference are split into two groups—the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions—in football and baseball. Notre Dame does not play football in the ACC; in that sport, it remains an "independent" school that does not play in a conference. However, it has agreed to play five of its 12 regular-season games each year against other ACC schools. Syracuse does not have a baseball team; Notre Dame takes its place in the Atlantic Division for that sport.

School Location Founded Type
(affiliation)
Nickname Joined
ACC
ACC
Division
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 Private (Catholic) Eagles 2005 Atlantic
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 1889 Public Tigers 1953 Atlantic
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 1838 Private (nonsectarian) Blue Devils 1953 Coastal
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 1851 Public Seminoles 1991 Atlantic
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Atlanta, Georgia 1885 Public Yellow Jackets 1979 Coastal
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Public Cardinals 2014 Atlantic
MiamiUniversity of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 1925 Private (nonsectarian) Hurricanes 2004 Coastal
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789 Public Tar Heels 1953 Coastal
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887 Public Wolfpack 1953 Atlantic
Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana 1842 Private (Catholic) Fighting Irish 2013 Atlantic
PittsburghUniversity of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 State-related Panthers 2013 Coastal
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 1870 Private (nonsectarian) Orange 2013 Atlantic
VirginiaUniversity of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 1819 Public Cavaliers 1953 Coastal
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Virginia Tech)
Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 Public Hokies 2004 Coastal
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834 Private (nonsectarian) Demon Deacons 1953 Atlantic

Former members[change | change source]

Two schools have left the ACC:

School Location Founded Type
(affiliation)
Joined Left Current conference Nickname
University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland 1801 Public 1953 2014 Big Ten Conference Terrapins
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 Public 1953 1971 Southeastern Conference Gamecocks

Sports[change | change source]

As of the 2014–15 school year, the ACC holds championships in 26 sports. Twelve of these are men's sports, 13 are women's sports, and one is played by coeducational teams (with both men and women).

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