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Education

How many dental schools are there in the U.S. and Canada?

Currently, there are 66 accredited dental schools in the U.S. and ten in Canada. The U.S. dental schools most recently granted accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation are as follows:

  • Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) was approved for initial accreditation in February 2016 and enrolled its first class in Summer 2016.
  • A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Kirksville, MO was approved for initial accreditation in August 2013 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2013.
  • University of New England in Portland, ME was approved for initial accreditation in August 2012 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2013.
  • University of Utah in Salt Lake City was approved for initial accreditation in August 2012 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2013.
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, UT was approved for initial accreditation in August 2011 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2011.
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, FL was approved for initial accreditation in February 2011 and enrolled its first class in Summer 2012.
  • Eastern Carolina University in Greenville, NC was approved for initial accreditation in February 2011 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2011.
  • Midwestern University-Illinois in Downers Grove, IL was approved for initial accreditation in August 2010 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2011.
  • Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA was approved for initial accreditation in January 2009 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2009.
  • Midwestern University-Arizona in Glendale, AZ was approved for initial accreditation in February 2008 and enrolled its first class in Fall 2008.

Related Item: Visit the CODA Search DDS/DMD Programs page.

 

How many students are enrolled in/graduate from dental schools?

During the 2016-17 academic year, there were 24,677 students enrolled in predoctoral dental education programs, up from 24,177 the prior year. The class of 2016 had 5,957 graduates, up from 5,811 in 2015.

Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates (Tables in Excel). 

 

How many/what percentage of dental students/graduates are female?

In 2016-17, 12,098 predoctoral dental students were female (49.0%), and 49.1% (2,924) of graduates of the class of 2016 were female. In comparison, the percentage of graduates who were female was 48.0% in 2015, 44.9% in 2006, 36.4% in 1996, 22.1% in 1986, and 4.6% in 1976.

Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates (Tables in Excel). 

 

Is dental school enrollment on the increase or decrease?

Total predoctoral enrollment is currently at its highest level historically, with 24,677 students enrolled in the 2016-17 academic year. Prior to this recent surge, dental student enrollment was at its highest level during the late 1970s/early 1980s, with peak enrollment of 22,842 in the 1980-81 academic year. In the last ten years, first-year predoctoral enrollment has risen an average of 2.7% annually.

Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates (Tables in Excel). 

 

What is the average first-year cost of dental school?

In 2016-17, the average first-year cost of dental school (including tuition and mandatory general fees) was $48,796 for residents and $65,809 for non-residents. Results also vary by institution type. In 2016-17, the average resident first-year cost of public dental school programs was $35,917 while the cost of private dental school programs was $67,399.

Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 2: Tuition, Admission and Attrition (Tables in Excel). 

 

What is the average debt carried by dental school graduates?

Visit the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) page for free data reports on dental graduate debt. Available from: http://www.adea.org/data/seniors/.

 

How many international students attend/graduate from U.S. dental schools?

In 2016-17, 564 graduates of international dental schools were admitted to U.S. dental schools with advanced standing, up from 553 the previous year but down from a peak of 646 in 2013-14. 

In 2016-17, non-resident aliens made up 3.0% of first-year students and 5.8% of graduates. 

Source: Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 2: Tuition, Admission and Attrition (Tables in Excel). 

 

How many dental school graduates are in dental-related activity?

Of the 2016 U.S. dental school graduates who reported their occupational status to their dental school deans, 87.0% are in dental-related activity approximately five months after graduation, while 13.0% are not. Dental-related activity includes pursuing additional dental education or participating in the dental-related occupation for which graduates were trained.

Source: 2016-17 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates (Tables in Excel).