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June 13, 2016

School of Dentistry ranked in U.S. top 5, world’s top 15

The UW School of Dentistry was rated No. 5 in the United States and No. 15 in the world in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

The University of Hong Kong dental school was ranked first in the world, while the University of Michigan took the top spot in the United States and No. 2 in the world. The other U.S. schools ranked in the world’s top 15 were New York University, Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The rankings were reported recently by Dentistry Today, a leading clinical newsletter.
“I’m extremely pleased by this ranking, which I see as a clear affirmation of our faculty’s world-class quality,” Dean Joel Berg said. “As we continue to implement our new curriculum, I believe that we can move even higher up the ladder.”

Starting last year, the School of Dentistry began installing a new “Dentist of the Future” curriculum designed to reflect the rapid changes in dental science and technology, as well as new modes of dental practice. A key feature was last year’s rollout of a system of third-year clinical “clerkship” rotations that give students a more intensive exposure to the core skills of general dentistry. Late this summer, the School will also implement a new fourth-year clinical model designed to mimic private practice as closely as possible.

QS, a prominent British educational organization that ranks the world’s universities, assigned ranking scores based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations per paper on a scale of zero to 100, averaging the totals for final scores. Survey participants identified up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they considered excellent.