It is not easy to find a balanced analysis of dental schools. The larger college and graduate school ranking surveys don't cover dental schools. The U.S. dental schools chose to boycott the U.S. News & World Report survey that is published annually, and the American Dental Association provides a record of accredited schools, but no rankings beyond that.
Nevertheless by surveying a collection of dental student information sites and various academic sources it is possible to assemble a list of schools that seem to be favored by several sources and draw some conclusions from that process. The usual wealthy private schools and powerful public universities are represented here, but there are some surprises as well. Below is a list of featured dental schools in the nation, in no particular order.
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Colorado, Denver
- Harvard School of Medicine
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Loma Linda University
- University of Washington
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of North Carolina
- Howard University
- University of Illinois, Chicago
- University of Florida
- Columbia University
Some of these schools are oriented to teaching, while others maintain active research departments. Columbia operates a School of Dental and Oral Surgery, for example. But all of them are fine schools and in any case, good dentists can be produced by average schools and vice versa. If qualifying is not an issue, you may be better off attending a public school and saving a substantial amount of money on tuition.