Unique among most graduate and undergraduate schools, the dental schools resist a standard annual ranking by consumer magazine US News and World Report. Instead, there is no "official" list of the best dental schools in the United States. However, based upon matriculation rates, average test scores, average Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and general word of mouth, there are ways to rank the schools into tiers. Among the highest tier you will find Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University of California San Francisco.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine was founded in 1867 and was the first university-based dental school in the country at that time. It has five departments and enrolls just around 35 students each year. The School of Dental Medicine is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine 188 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115 617-432-1401 hsdm.harvard.edu

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine was established in 1878. It enrolls around 130 students each year. It has a very strong clinical department in addition to its basic science department. The dental school is a collaborating center with the World Health Organization in the area of oral infectious disease. The School of Dental Medicine is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Robert Schattner Center University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 240 South 40th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-898-8961 dental.upenn.edu

University of Washington School of Dentistry

The University of Washington School of Dentistry was established in 1945. It has nine different departments and enrolls around 65 students each year, with a fairly even split between men and women. The School of Dentistry is located in Seattle, Washington.

Magnuson Health Sciences Building The University of Washington School of Dentistry 1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195 206-598-3300 dental.washington.edu

University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry

The University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry has been in existence for 125 years. It has four departments that focus on teaching, research, patient care and public service. The school admits about 80 students each year, of which 64% are women. The school is located in San Francisco, California.

University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry 513 Parnassus Ave. S630, Box 0430 San Francisco, CA 94143 415-476-2737 dentistry.ucsf.edu

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine was established in 1916. Today it has five sections within its school available to students and enrolls around 75 students each year. The College of Dental Medicine is located in northern Manhattan in New York City.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 630 West 168th St. New York, NY 10032 212-305-2862 dental.columbia.edu