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2021 Best Dentistry Schools

64 Colleges
$98,612 Avg Salary
$247,099 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Dentistry School for You

In 2018-2019, 6,403 people earned a degree or certificate in dentistry, making the major the #19 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for healthcare students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Healthcare Degree Search has developed this Best Dentistry Schools ranking. This report analyzed 64 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Dentistry Schools in the United States

Check out the dentistry programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Dentistry Schools

Our analysis found Midwestern University - Glendale to be the best school for dentistry students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Midwestern University - Glendale is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Glendale.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Midwestern University - Downers Grove. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Dentistry Schools list. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Downers Grove.

Dentistry majors at Midwestern University - Downers Grove take out an average of $396,756 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $4,623, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Oregon Health & Science University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best dentistry schools in the United States. OHSU is a small public school located in the large city of Portland.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at OHSU take out is $276,675. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $3,224.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Nebraska Medical Center. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Dentistry Schools list. UNMC is a small public school located in the city of Omaha.

While working on their degree, dentistry majors at UNMC accumulate an average of around $192,325 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,241.

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The excellent programs at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best dentistry schools in the United States. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, dentistry graduates from UMN Twin Cities carry an average student debtload of $256,445. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,988.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ranked #6 on this year’s Best Dentistry Schools list. UTHealth is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Houston.

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#7

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Dentistry Schools ranking. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Omaha.

Dentistry majors at Creighton take out an average of $265,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,088.

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Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

Loma Linda University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Dentistry Schools list. Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Loma Linda.

On average, dentistry graduates from Loma Linda University take out $308,863 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $3,599, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ranked #9 on this year’s Best Dentistry Schools list. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #10 on this year’s Best Dentistry Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at UPenn take out is $261,790. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $3,050.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Dentistry Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
12 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Dentistry by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Dentistry is one of 34 different types of healthcare programs to choose from.

Dentistry Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Dentistry 6,403

Majors Similar to Dentistry

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Michal Jarmoluk.

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