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About Our School

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the state’s only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest.

The School of Dentistry by the numbers

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Our Mission and History

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry advances health through scientific discovery, innovative education, and the highest-quality care for all communities. Learn more about our Mission and History.

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Advancing health through scientific discovery, innovative education and the highest quality care for all communities.

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The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry's impact extends not only in the dental office, but in classrooms, laboratories and clinics throughout the state and region.

2024 Impact at a Glance

Our Programs

The School of Dentistry educates general dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research-scientists. We have earned an international reputation for our educational, clinical, research, service, and patient care programs. Learn more about our Programs.

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Dean Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhD leads the school in its mission, vision and core values. Learn more about Leadership.

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Research Excellence

We are a research leader in virology, biomaterials, the mechanisms of pain and bone development, and in the relationship between oral health & general health. Learn more about Research.

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Community Outreach

Senior students treat patients under faculty supervision in one of the school’s 13 outreach sites located in the Twin Cities; throughout Greater Minnesota and the Dakotas; and aboard a touring mobile dental unit. Learn more about Outreach.

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Alumni Support

We believe that our dental students are the future of the profession, and that alumni relations begin in dental school and last a lifetime. Learn more about Alumni.

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Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry assures that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. We also acknowledge that we work and study on the traditional lands of the Dakota People, and pay respect to elders both past and present. Learn more about how we are creating an environment of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Predoctoral dental and undergraduate dental hygiene programs and all Advanced Education programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental Workforce Report

In partnership with the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, U-spatial has compiled data to identify and explore the state of the dental workforce in Minnesota today and in the future.

Dental Workforce Report (StoryMaps)

Dental Workforce Report (PDF)