3 most-cited reasons for choosing a specific dental school: ADEA

In a 2021 survey conducted by the American Dental Education Association, dental students shared their top reasons for selecting a dental school.

ADEA surveyed the 66 U.S. dental schools with a graduating class in 2021 between March 18 and June 18, 2021. A total of 6,720 dental school seniors received the survey and 2,975 responded.

Three selection criteria for attending dental school, in order of most cited:

  • Proximity to friends and family

  • Academic reputation

  • Benefits of the location of the school, such as good weather, transit, cultural opportunities, etc.

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