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2021 Most Popular 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Most Popular Dentistry Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 64 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Dentistry program at each school on the list.

Check out the dentistry programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

New York University

New York, NY

Our 2021 rankings named New York University the most popular school in the United States for dentistry students. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at NYU take out is $387,660. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $4,517.

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#2

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Out of the 64 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Tufts University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Dentistry majors at Tufts take out an average of $316,711 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,690.

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#3

Boston University

Boston, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Dentistry Schools list. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at Boston U take out is $267,680. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $3,119, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 64 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Southern California landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, dentistry majors at USC accumulate an average of around $403,691 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $4,704, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of the Pacific is a great place for dentistry students. Located in the large city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at Pacific take out is $360,439. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $4,200.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #6, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for dentistry students. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large 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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University of Detroit Mercy ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Dentistry Schools list. Located in the city of Detroit, Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, dentistry graduates from Detroit Mercy carry an average student debt load of $338,646. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,946.

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#8

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #8, Temple University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for dentistry students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that dentistry majors at Temple take out is $286,484. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,338.

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Midwestern University - Glendale ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Dentistry Schools list. Midwestern University - Glendale is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Glendale.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular dentistry programs. Located in the large city of Baltimore, UMB is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, dentistry majors at UMB accumulate an average of around $233,257 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 $2,718.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
11 Midwestern University - Downers Grove Downers Grove, IL
11 University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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