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Dental School General Facts and Figures

There are 70 Dental Schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For the entering class of 2016, there were 12,058 applicants for 6099 spots in dental school or a approximately 2.0 applicants per opening.  Applicants to dental schools have increased over 50% since 2001.  If you are a Kentucky resident, you should consider yourself fortunate.  In the State of Kentucky, there are two publicly financed dental schools, one at the University of Louisville and the other at the University of Kentucky.  Combined, the two colleges have 185 students (2016) in their first year classes and Kentucky residents make up approximately 2/3 of the first year classes.  

If you are a resident of Tennessee, there is one publicly financed dental school at the University of Tennessee (Memphis).  In addition, there is also a private Dental School in Tennessee at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

For Indiana residents, there is a single Dental School at Indiana University (Indianapolis) with a first year class of 106.

Undergraduate majors for Dental School Enrollees (2016):
59.7%  Biology
2.1%  Social Sciences
4.5%  Chemistry/Physics
Information about the Dental Schools to which WKU students most often apply:


Mean Undergrad GPA of Enrollees* 3.54 3.50 3.65 3.54 3.62 3.22
Mean DAT Score 5th-95th Percentile* 18-23 17-22 18-23 18-23 18-24 17-19
Application Deadline Jan. 1 Dec. 1 Sept. 30 Oct. 15 Sept. 15 Dec. 15
AADSAS Participant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tuition (2014-2015)^ $32,412 (KY)  $30,644 (KY)  $29,016 (TN)  $34,932 (IN)  $33,934 (OH) $52,407 (ALL)
 Class Size  120  65  98  106  110  60

*  Data are from the American Association of Dental Schools (2016 entering class)
^  First and second year students are also assessed $10-17K for fees, instruments, books, etc.


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 Last Modified 12/5/18