Between 1986 and 2001, seven dental schools closed their doors. However, in the past several years, that trend has reversed: To meet the growing demand for careers in dentistry, seven new predoctoral dental programs opened in the U.S. since 2011, bringing the total number of active schools to 65. Add to that the fact that several existing schools* are investing in and/or expanding their facilities or programs and it's clear: dental education is booming.
The above map shows the new dental schools opened in the past two years.
*These dental schools have either recently expanded their enrollment and/or facilities or are in the process of doing so: University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC; University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA; Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI; Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine, Augusta, GA; University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, KY; and Indiana University of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN.
Source: ADA's 2010-11 Survey of Dental Education—Volume 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates.