U.S. dental school grads by gender

In 2021, 51.6% of all U.S. dental school graduates were female.

Infographic about 2021 dental school graduates by gender

ADA Health Policy Institute research examines trends in dental school enrollment and graduation

ADA Health Policy Institute research found that more females graduated from dental school in 2021 than males. Among all advanced program enrollees, however, males slightly outnumbered females, 50.3% to 49.4%.

The differences vary significantly among advanced programs. For example, 72.9% of enrollees in oral & maxillofacial pathology were female while only 20.3% of enrollees in oral & maxillofacial surgery were female.

This infographic details enrollment splits for 14 advanced programs:

  • Advanced Education in General Surgery
  • Dental Anesthesiology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • General Practice Residency
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

See the entire infographic (PDF)

Data are based on the 2021-22 Survey of Dental Education Report 1 – Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates and the 2021-22 Survey of Advanced Dental Education.