Ranking Each Conference's Schools Academically

According to US News & World Report 2021 Rankings, all rankings are national university based unless otherwise noted



American Athletic Conference

  1. Naval Academy #6 (Liberal Arts)

  2. Tulane #43

  3. Southern Methodist #66

  4. South Florida #103

  5. Temple #103

  6. Cincinnati #143

  7. Tulsa #143

  8. Central Florida #160

  9. Houston #176

  10. East Carolina #217

  11. Memphis #258

Atlantic Coast Conference

  1. Duke #12

  2. Notre Dame #19

  3. Virginia #26

  4. North Carolina #28

  5. Wake Forest #28

  6. Boston College #35

  7. Georgia Tech #35

  8. Miami #49

  9. Florida State #58

  10. Pittsburgh #58

  11. Syracuse #58

  12. Clemson #74

  13. Virginia Tech #74

  14. North Carolina State #80

  15. Louisville #176

Big 12 Conference

  1. Texas #42

  2. Baylor #76

  3. Texas Christian #80

  4. Iowa State #118

  5. Kansas #124

  6. Oklahoma #133

  7. Kansas State #170

  8. Oklahoma State #187

  9. Texas Tech #217

  10. West Virginia #241

Big 10 Conference

  1. Northwestern #9

  2. Michigan #24

  3. Wisconsin #42

  4. Illinois #47

  5. Ohio State #53

  6. Purdue #53

  7. Maryland #58

  8. Penn State #63

  9. Rutgers #63

  10. Minnesota #66

  11. Indiana #76

  12. Michigan State #80

  13. Iowa #88

  14. Nebraska #133

Conference USA

  1. Rice #16

  2. UAB #153

  3. Florida International #187

  4. Charlotte #227

  5. North Texas #249

  6. Old Dominion #258

  7. Florida Atlantic #272

  8. Marshall #284

  9. Louisiana Tech N/A

  10. Middle Tennessee N/A

  11. Southern Miss N/A

  12. UTEP N/A

  13. UTSA N/A

  14. Western Kentucky N/A

FBS Independents

  1. Army #15 (Liberal Arts)

  2. Connecticut #63

  3. Massachusetts #66

  4. Brigham Young #80

  5. New Mexico State #241

  6. Liberty N/A

Mid-American Conference

  1. Buffalo #88

  2. Miami Ohio #103

  3. Ohio #176

  4. Kent State #217

  5. Central Michigan #249

  6. Bowling Green #258

  7. Western Michigan #258

  8. Akron #272

  9. Ball State #284

  10. Eastern Michigan N/A

  11. Northern Illinois N/A

  12. Toledo N/A

Mountain West Conference

  1. Air Force #28 (Liberal Arts)

  2. San Diego State #143

  3. Colorado State #153

  4. Hawaii #170

  5. New Mexico #187

  6. Fresno State #196

  7. Wyoming #196

  8. Nevada #227

  9. Utah State #241

  10. UNLV #258

  11. Boise State N/A

  12. San Jose State N/A (regional school)

PAC 12 Conference

  1. Stanford #6

  2. UCLA #20

  3. California #22

  4. Southern California #24

  5. Washington #58

  6. Arizona #97

  7. Utah #97

  8. Arizona State #103

  9. Colorado #103

  10. Oregon #103

  11. Oregon State #153

  12. Washington State #176

Southeastern Conference

  1. Vanderbilt #14

  2. Florida #30

  3. Georgia #47

  4. Texas A&M #66

  5. Auburn #97

  6. Tennessee #112

  7. South Carolina #118

  8. Missouri #124

  9. Kentucky #133

  10. Alabama #143

  11. LSU #153

  12. Arkansas #160

  13. Ole Miss #160

  14. Mississippi State #206

Sun Belt Conference

  1. Georgia State #206

  2. Arkansas State N/A

  3. Georgia Southern N/A

  4. Louisiana N/A

  5. South Alabama N/A

  6. Texas State N/A

  7. ULM N/A

  8. Appalachian State N/A (regional school)

  9. Coastal Carolina N/A (regional school)

  10. Troy N/A (regional school)

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