Best dental schools in the US by state

California is home to six of the most highly ranked dental schools in the U.S., according to an annual ranking from ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, a higher education research organization.

To create the list, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy ranked 300 dental schools internationally. ShanghaiRankings used several indicators and third-party data to create the ranking, including research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

After California, New York and Texas are tied for second for having the most highly-ranked dental schools with five each.

Here are the best dental schools in the U.S. by state and their rankings:

Note: New York University and the University of Pittsburgh both ranked 17th. Only the top 50 schools were ranked individually below that, schools were ranked in segments. Some universities have dental programs and not dental schools.


University of Alabama at Birmingham: No. 49


University of California Los Angeles: No. 5

University of California San Francisco: No. 6

Stanford University: No. 24

University of Southern California (Los Angeles): No. 34

University of the Pacific (Stockton): No. 151-200

Loma Linda University: No. 201-300


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora): No. 101-150


University of Connecticut (Farmington): No. 51-75

Yale University (New Haven): No. 201-300


University of Florida (Gainesville): No. 29

Nova Southeastern University (Davie): No. 201-300


Augusta University: No. 45

Emory University (Atlanta): No. 151-200


University of Illinois Chicago: No. 51-75


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: No. 76-100


University of Iowa (Iowa City): No. 16


University of Louisville: No. 48

University of Kentucky (Lexington): No. 101-150


Harvard University (Cambridge): No. 3

Boston University: No. 44

Tufts University (Medford): No. 51-75


University of Maryland, Baltimore: No. 41

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore): No. 101-150


University of Michigan (Ann Arbor): No. 1


University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minneapolis): No. 76-100

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (Rochester): No. 201-300


University of Missouri-Kansas City: No. 101-150


University of Nevada Las Vegas: No. 201-300

New Jersey

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick): No. 201-300

New York

University at Buffalo: No. 10

New York University (New York City): No. 17

Columbia University (New York City): No. 20

Stony Brook University: No. 51-75

University of Rochester: No. 51-75

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: No. 2

East Carolina University (Greenville): No. 201-300


Ohio State University (Columbus): No. 37

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland): No. 201-300


Oregon Health and Science University (Portland): No. 51-75


University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): No. 8

University of Pittsburgh: No. 17

Temple University (Philadelphia): No. 76-100

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston): No. 76-100


University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis): No. 101-150


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: No. 35

Texas A&M University (College Station): No. 51-75

Texas A&M Health Science Center (Bryan): No. 101-150

UT Health Houston: No. 101-150

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston): No. 201-300


Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond): No. 101-150


University of Washington (Seattle): No. 7

West Virginia

West Virginia University (Morgantown): No. 201-300 

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