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2021 Best Value Dentistry Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

63 Colleges
$28,756 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$98,612 Avg Salary

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 Value Dentistry Schools ranking. This report analyzed 63 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for dentistry students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Dentistry Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Dentistry Colleges.

Top 10 Best Dentistry Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville the best value school in the United States for dentistry students. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SIUE are $11,265 a year. The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at SIUE take out is $213,798. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,491.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, SIUE also did well on our Best Dentistry Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is a great value for dentistry students. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the city of San Antonio.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Health San Antonio are $20,138 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UT Health San Antonio also did well on our Best Dentistry Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Dentistry Schools list. Located in the small city of Erie, LECOM is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LECOM are $14,640 per year.

LECOM excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Dentistry Schools list.

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#4

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Creighton University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Dentistry Schools list. Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

Creighton undergraduate students pay an average of $41,400 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Creighton also did well on our Best Dentistry Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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The excellent programs at University of Nebraska Medical Center helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best dentistry schools in the United States. UNMC is a small public school located in the city of Omaha.

UNMC undergraduate students pay an average of $30,301 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNMC also is in the top 5% of our Best Dentistry Schools ranking.

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Oregon Health & Science University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Dentistry Schools list. OHSU is a small public school located in the city of Portland.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OHSU are $32,603 a year. 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.

OHSU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Dentistry Schools list.

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#7

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Dentistry Schools list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Marquette are $43,930 per year.

Marquette also claimed a spot on our Best Dentistry Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #8, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s best value schools for dentistry students. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Texas A&M College Station are $37,470 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Texas A&M College Station also did well on our Best Dentistry Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Medical University of South Carolina did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for dentistry students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, MUSC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MUSC are $24,840 a year. Dentistry majors at MUSC take out an average of $325,352 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $3,791.

MUSC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Dentistry Schools list.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Dentistry Schools list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population.

UMN Twin Cities undergraduate students pay an average of $33,325 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, UMN Twin Cities is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Dentistry Schools list.

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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 Value Dentistry Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
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.

  • 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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