Deciding where to apply

As part of the application process, it is important to decide which schools you will apply to. While there are many publications that rank the dental schools, they are often inaccurate, as there is no level playing field to rank one against another since they all offer programmatic and mission-based differences. This is why it is so important to determine what you are looking to get from your dental education and how you want it to be structured.

There are many factors to consider when deciding which schools to apply to, including geographical location, student body, curriculum type, clinical or research focus, community-centric or larger clinical experiences and many more. Use the map and dental school preferences sheet below to help you determine what schools you want to designate on your ADEA AADSAS® application. 


University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry


A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health 
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Arizona


California Northstate University College of Dental Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry 
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC 
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry 
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 
Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine


The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine


University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

District of Columbia

Howard University College of Dentistry


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine 
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine 
University of Florida College of Dentistry


Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University


Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois 
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine 
University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry


Indiana University School of Dentistry


The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics


University of Kentucky College of Dentistry 
University of Louisville School of Dentistry


Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry


University of New England College of Dental Medicine


University of Maryland School of Dentistry


Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 
Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 
University of Michigan School of Dentistry


University of Minnesota School of Dentistry


University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry


A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health 
Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry


Creighton University School of Dentistry 
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry


University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine

New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

New York

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 
NYU College of Dentistry 
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine 
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College 
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

North Carolina

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry


Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine 
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry


University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry


Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry


The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University 
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine


Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry 
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry


Texas A&M University School of Dentistry 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry* 


Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine - South Jordan, Utah 
University of Utah School of Dentistry


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry


University of Washington School of Dentistry

West Virginia

West Virginia University School of Dentistry


Marquette University School of Dentistry

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine


University of Alberta School of Dentistry*
University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry (D.M.D. Program)
University of Manitoba Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry*
Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry*
Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire*
McGill University Faculty of Dentistry
Université de Montréal Faculté de Médecine Dentaire*
University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates schools that do not participate in ADEA AADSAS.