University of Michigan School of Dentistry

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University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Parent institution
University of Michigan
DeanLaurie K. McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD
Academic staff
425 (125 full-time, 300 part-time)
Students693 (101 B.S., 110 M.S., 421 D.D.S., 40 ITDP, 20 Ph.D, 1 Dual Degree/MBA)
Location, ,

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is the dental school of the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Established in 1875, the School of Dentistry engages in oral and craniofacial health care education, research, patient care and community service. It is currently the number one ranked dental school in the U.S. and fifth in the world according to two independent rankings.[1][2]

The University of Michigan was the first state university in the world and the second university in the United States to offer education in dentistry. (Harvard was the first).[3] The University of Michigan was also the first to provide graduate-level dentistry education. Four of its faculty members have been elected president of the American Dental Association.[4]

The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is housed within the School of Dentistry.[5]


W.K. Kellogg Building

The student body consists of 693 students. The School has:

There are 125 full-time faculty and 300 part-time faculty. The average class size is 109 for the D.D.S. program and 30 for the B.S. dental hygiene program.

Fields of study at the School of Dentistry include dental hygiene, oral health, biomaterials, endodontics, computerized dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry.

Among the student organizations at the School of Dentistry are the Alpha Omega Fraternity, American Association of Women Dentists, the American Student Dental Association, the Christian Medical/Dental Society, Dental LGBA, Delta Sigma Delta, Hispanic Dental Association, Muslim Student Dental Association, Society of the American Indian Dentist, Student Council, Student National Dental Association, Student Research Group (SRG), Jonathan Taft Society, UM Asian Dental Student Organization, and Xi Psi Phi.

The D.D.S. student body is 66 percent white, 24 percent Asian American, 4.5 percent black or African American, 4.5 percent Hispanic or Latino, and 0.9 percent Native American or Alaskan Native.

The School's dental hygiene and D.D.S. programs are both accredited by the American Dental Association.[6][7]

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of two dental schools in Michigan; the other is the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.[6]

The average undergraduate GPA of the entering D.D.S. class at the School of Dentistry is 3.66, with a science GPA of 3.5.[8]


Jonathan Taft, c. 1902. Taft was the first dean of the School of Dentistry.

The first dean of the School of Dentistry was Dr. Jonathan Taft, who was dean from the school's founding in 1875 until his retirement in 1903. Taft developed the four-year model of dental education, which later became standard in American dental schools.[9]

The School of Dentistry was established as the College of Dental Surgery by the University of Michigan Board of Regents, following an appropriation by the Michigan Legislature of $3,000 for that purpose.[3][4] The school's first class consisted of 20 students taught by three faculty members. The first women graduated from the school in 1880. In 1980, the school became the first dental school to provide graduate dental education.[4]

In 1910, Russell W. Bunting, later dean of the school, began his research into the causes and prevention of dental caries (cavities).[4] In 1921, the school established its dental hygiene program and conferred its first Master of Science degree, and the following year, the school became the first to offer graduate-degree training in orthodontics.[4] In 1927, the school adopted its current name.[4]

In 1938, the school and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation began to develop plans for a new, purpose-built dental school building. Construction of the Kellogg Building began the following year.[4]

In 1938, the School of Dentistry developed the first graduate program in dental public health in the United States under the leadership of Professor Kenneth A. Easlick.[4] In 1945, the School worked with city officials in Grand Rapids, Michigan to establish a water fluoridation program, one of the first in the United States.[4]

In 1957, plans for a new dental building attached to the Kellogg Building were released.[4] Construction began in 1966 on the project; at the time, the building contract of $17.3 million was the largest in university history.[4] The new building on North University Avenue was dedicated in 1971.[4]

In 1965, researchers from the School of Dentistry made their first trip to Egypt to study the orthodontics of ancient Egypt and Nubia. In 1976, researchers from the school discovered the 3,000-year-old mummy of Tiye, a Great Royal Wife to the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III; the mummy's identity was confirmed by tests at the School of Dentistry.[4]

In 1967, the school established the Dental Research Institute, one of five nationwide funded by the National Institute of Dental Research.[4] In 1972, the school established its summer dental community outreach clinics in Adrian and Stockbridge, Michigan; the program expanded to the Traverse City area in the following year.[4]

In 1998, renovations to the Kellogg Building began. On 1999, the school awarded its first two doctoral degrees in oral health sciences. In 2000, the school became the first in the nation to host the "Scientific Frontiers in Clinical Dentistry" program, with more than 1,500 dentists from across the country attending. The same year, the school announced five new community partnerships to provide oral health care services to the underserved across Michigan.[4]


The following people have served as deans of the School of Dentistry:[10]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 - Dentistry & Oral Sciences". Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  2. ^ "Dentistry - Worldwide Rankings". Top Universities. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  3. ^ a b History of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p School of Dentistry celebrates 125th anniversary and renovated facilities, University of Michigan.
  5. ^ Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, 'University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  6. ^ a b Search DDS/DMD Programs, American Dental Association.
  7. ^ Search Dental Assisting, Hygiene and Lab Technology Programs, American Dental Association.
  8. ^ How to Apply - DDS, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  9. ^ Taft Honorary Dental Society, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  10. ^ University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

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