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Educational Research Analysis — November 2013

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The 2013 ADEA Deans’ Briefing Book will be released this month. This annual snapshot of key trends in dental education provides information on dental school applicants and enrollees, cost of education and student borrowing, faculty, allied dental education programs, advanced dental education programs and the dental workforce. Using its own data, as well as data from the American Dental Association and other sources, ADEA creates charts and tables that help inform dental education leaders and stakeholders.

In the report, the level of dental school applicants remains stable over the past five years at slightly more than 12,000 applicants annually. In 2012, the number of first-time, first-year enrollees climbed to 5,483, an increase of 1,249 students since 2000, reflecting the opening of new dental schools and the expansion of class size in existing schools. However, this is still less than the peak in 1978 of 6,301 first-time, first-year enrollees. Currently, women comprise 47% of first-time enrollees, an increase from 39% in 2000.

On November 18, the book is accessible in PDF format and, new for this year, an e-book format that can be found at www.adea.org/deansbriefing. Additionally, updated PowerPoint slides can be found at www.adea.org/trends.