The Atlantic Coast Conference was founded on May 8, 1953, with seven charter members - Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. On December 4, 1953, conference officials met again and officially admitted the University of Virginia as the league's eighth member.
On April 3, 1978 Georgia Tech was admitted, and then Florida State on July 1, 1991. The conference then expanded to 11 members on July 1, 2004, with the addition of Miami and Virginia Tech. On October 17, 2003, Boston College accepted an invitation to become the league's 12th member starting with the 2005-06 academic year.
The ACC officially grew to 15 members on July 1, 2013 as Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame officially entered the league. On November 28, 2012, the ACC announced the acceptance of the University of Louisville with an official entry date of
July 1, 2014.
Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 69 in women's competition and 62 in men's. In addition, ACC student-athletes have won 150 individual titles in men's competition and 104 individual titles in women's action.
The ACC has won 53 national team titles since the beginning of 2000. The ACC has won two or more NCAA titles in 31 of the past 33 years.
The ACC currently conducts championship competition in 25 sports - 12 for men and 13 for women.
The population of states with ACC schools is at least 16% greater than any other conference - 107.4 million people.
The ACC leads all conferences with 12 Top 30 U.S. TV markets in its core territory.
The ACC has more total TV households and wired TV households than any other conference.
Over 285 million people viewed ACC Football and Basketball on ABC/ESPN platforms.
10 ACC schools ranks among the top 58 institutions in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of "America's Top College", more than any other conference.
The ACC Academic Honor Roll record was broken for the 28th straight year in 2012-13 as 2,919 student-athletes
were recognized for their work in the classroom.
Since the inaugural award (known as the Sears Directors' Cup through the 2001-2002 season), at least six ACC schools have finished in the Top 50 of the final Division I-A standings every year, and in 12 of the 20 years, at least four ACC institutions were ranked in the Top 25.