Dental School Seniors

Click on the links below for information and trends from the ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors, including debt and tuition data. 

Data on choosing dentistry, graduation plans and other trends from the ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors.

  • Primary Influence on Choice of Dentistry as a Career, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Graph
  • Reasons Why Students Pursue a Dental Career, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Graph
  • Dental School Seniors' Plans to Teach at Some Point in Career, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Timing of Decision to Pursue Career in Dentistry, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Graph
  • Education of Dental School Students' Parents', 2015, 2016, and 2017, Graph
  • Seniors' Immediate Plans After Graduation by Race and Ethnicity, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Table
  • Seniors' Perceptions of Time Devoted to Selected Areas of Education and Training, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Table
  • Seniors' Practice Location Plans by Race and Ethnicity, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Table
  • Seniors' Pursuit of Advanced Education 2001 to 2017, Table
  • Seniors' First Choice for Advanced Education Program, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Table

Data and historical trends on debt for graduating dental school seniors, drawn from the ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors. Also includes data on tuition.  

  • Average Debt Among Graduating Students with Debt by Type of School, 1996-2017 (Current Dollars), Table, Graph
  • Average Debt Among Graduating Students with Debt by Type of School, 1996-2017 (in 2017 Constant Dollars), Table, Graph
  • Average and Median Entering Debt of Graduating Seniors with Entering Debt in Both Constant and Current Dollars: 1996 to 2017, Table, Graph
  • Percentage of Graduates at Different Levels of Educational Debt by Type of School, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Percentage of Graduates by Race and Ethnicity at Different Levels of Educational Debt, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Percentage of Graduates at Different Levels of Educational Debt by Gender, 2015, 2016 and  2017
  • Graduating Debt by Gender, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Type of Loans Reported by Seniors, 2002 to 2017
  • Type of Scholarships and Grants Seniors Reported Having Received, 1990, 1995, 1999-2017, Table, Graph
  • Average U.S. Dental School Tuition and Fees for Resident and Nonresident First-Year Students, 2000-01 Through 2016-17 (in 2016 Constant Dollars), Graph
  • Average U.S. Dental School Tuition and Fees for Resident and Nonresident First-Year Students, 2000-01 Through 2016-17 (Current Dollars), Graph