Survey of Dental Education Series

This comprehensive annual survey covers all dental schools and educational programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A series of five volumes summarizes general information, student and graduate data, curriculum, and financial management of dental schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


Volume 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment and Graduates

  • Academic programs
  • Admission requirements
  • Enrollment and graduate levels
  • Tuition costs
  • Faculty
  • Curriculum
  • Educational expenses, and
  • Institutional finances.

This volume also reveals trends in applications, first-year and total predoctoral enrollments, first-year repeaters, attrition rates, numbers of graduates, female student enrollment and first-year tuition and fees.

This report can be found on the ADA's website.


Volume 2: Tuition, Admissions and Attrition

  • Annual resident and non-resident tuition
  • General fees
  • Fixed costs associated with instruments, textbooks and health services.

Also provides information on:

  • Current first-year class
  • Admissions policies of dental schools in the U.S. and Canada
  • Number of applicants
  • Academic qualifications of first-year students
  • Criteria employed in the admissions process
  • Advanced placement
  • Number of foreign dental school graduates
  • Distribution of first-year students according to citizenship
  • First-year tuition and annual educational expenses, and
  • Detailed information on students withdrawing from dental school, transferring to another institution, repeating of academic years, or suspending studies.

This report can be found on the ADA's website.


 Volume 3: Faculty and Support Staff

This volume profiles faculty and support faculty in U.S. dental schools, including:

  • Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) biomedical and dental/clinical science faculty and support personnel
  • Faculty characteristics such as tenure status, gender, age, and race/ethnicity
  • Total number of students enrolled in undergraduate, advanced and allied dental health programs
  • Actual number of full-time, part-time and volunteer dental/clinical science faculty members.

This report can be found on the ADA's website.


Volume 4: Curriculum

This survey presents data on curriculum content, format and methods of instruction at U.S. dental schools. Discover clock hours (the total number of hours spent by students during the academic year in the classroom) of instruction in:

  • Biomedical sciences
  • Dental/clinical sciences, and
  • Behavioral, social, information, and research sciences

Data is organized by curriculum type and major teaching area.

This report can be found on the ADA's website.


Volume 5: Finances

This volume details the revenue and expenses for the operations of 56 U.S. dental schools during the fiscal year ending (FYE) June 30, 2007. Revenue and expenditures are presented by individual category and in total. Includes:

  • Ratios of revenue and expenditures per student
  • Comparisons between public and private schools
  • Fiscal statistics for all dental schools (private and public)
  • Summary of revenue from all major sources
  • Summary of expenditures to all major areas, and
  • Public and private schools rank ordered by tuition and fees revenue.

To ensure confidentiality, randomly generated school codes are used instead of school names in all tables that provide financial data.

This report can be found on the ADA's website


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