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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 will enroll 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 2014-15 academic year, there were 23,589 students enrolled in predoctoral dental education programs, up from 22,776 the prior year. The class of 2014 had 5,454 graduates, up from 5,319 in 2013.

Source: 2014-15 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates. Available as a free download.

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

In 2014-15, 11,217 predoctoral dental students were female (47.6%), and 47.4% (2,584) of graduates of the class of 2014 were female. In comparison, the percentage of graduates who were female was 47.2% in 2013, 41.7% in 2004, 39.2% in 1994, 19.9% in 1984, and 2.0% in 1974.

Source: 2014-15 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates.  Available as a free download.

Is dental school enrollment on the increase or decrease?

Total predoctoral enrollment is currently at its highest level historically, with 23,589 students enrolled in the 2014-15 academic. Previously, 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 2.6% annually.

Source: 2014-15 Survey of Dental Education – Report 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and GraduatesAvailable as a free download.