Top Dentistry Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Read about the top dentistry colleges and schools in the U.S., through which students learn how to prevent and treat issues that affect the teeth and mouth. Find information about three of the top schools, as well as an overview of other universities in the U.S. that provide training for dentists.

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Three of the top schools for aspiring dentists include Harvard University, an Ivy League college, as well as the University of Florida and the University of the Pacific in California. Admission requirements for most 4-year dental schools include two years of pre-dental studies and a bachelor's degree.

Top U.S. Schools with Dentistry Programs

1. Harvard University in Boston, MA

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University first on its list of best colleges for 2012. The university's School of Dental Medicine has its own clinical facility and offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine. Advanced graduate programs are also available in orthodontics, periodontology and implantology, which can lead to a Master of Medical Sciences or Doctor of Medical Sciences. Areas of alumni and faculty research emphasize systemic and oral health and are intended to improve research training and clinical applications.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida (UF) 58th among the best colleges in the nation. The College of Dentistry is the only public dental school in Florida, and its dental programs have been approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The college offers 13 graduate programs, including those in oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral biology and endodontics, as well as a special course of study for dentists who were educated outside of the U.S. Each year, roughly 80 students are accepted into the D.M.D. program at UF.

3. University of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA

The University of the Pacific is a private school that includes the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, located in San Francisco. As of 2012, the university ranked 101st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Surgery program, along with five other degree and certificate programs. These include an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, an international dental studies program and a graduate program in orthodontics.

List of Ten Good Dentistry Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
A.T. Still University Utilizes a community-based educational model Mesa, AZ
Harvard University First dental school in a U.S. university Boston, MA
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Only dental school in all of Indiana Indianapolis, IN
Ohio State University Hosts the nation's third-largest public school of dentistry Columbus, OH
Texas A&M University Had the first dental simulation clinic in Texas College Station, TX
University of Alabama Houses the Lister Hill Library of Health Sciences, which is the state's largest biomedical library Birmingham, AL
University of Florida Houses a Continuing Dental Education Department Gainesville, FL
University of Maryland School of Dentistry is descended from the first dental college in the world Baltimore, MD
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Among the first schools in the nation to offer the new dental therapy program in 2009 Minneapolis, MN
University of the Pacific Only school in the U.S. to offer a 3-year accelerated D.D.S. program San Francisco, CA
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