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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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Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Advanced General Dentistry Programs
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Clinical Science
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Laboratory Tech
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Public Health and Education
  • Dentistry - DDS, DMD
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Biology and Oral Pathology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

School Information

The top schools for aspiring dentists include Harvard University, an Ivy League college, as well as the University of Florida in Gainesville. Most 4-year dental schools include two years of pre-dental studies and a bachelor's degree.

1. Harvard University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: This top-notch university prepares dental students for leadership roles in the field of dental education and research.

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.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

School Highlight: This top-notch university prepares dental students for leadership roles in the field of dental education and research.

The school offers a D.M.D. program with the option of elective courses. 14 certificate programs and various fellowships are available in areas of study like Oral Biology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Periodontics. Students can enroll in the Hialeah Dental clinic which houses 12 dental residents each year. There are also options available for those who are not registered as students to engage in special study programs at the school, like externships and volunteering.

Top Dentistry Schools

School Name Distinction Location
A.T. Still University D.M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program Mesa, AZ
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Only dental school in all of Indiana Indianapolis, IN
Ohio State University Hosts the nation's fourth-largest public school of dentistry Columbus, OH
Texas A&M University Doctor of dental surgery, bachelor's in dental hygiene and postdoctoral certificate and degree programs College Station, TX
University of Alabama 8 accredited postdoctoral areas of study Birmingham, AL
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