2017–2018 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools

For Students Entering Dental School in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019

In addition to providing profiles for 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the 2017–2018 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools answers key questions about opportunities in dentistry, the dental school admissions process and financing a dental education.

ADEA has published and updated this comprehensive resource for more than five decades.

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In addition to detailed profiles for all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the brand new 2017–2018 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools printed book features a new, easy-to-consult design and a wealth of completely revised and updated content, including:

  • An introduction to the dental profession and an indication of what you can expect as a dental school student.
  • A new chapter on the importance of access, diversity and inclusion.
  • Tips on navigating the application process.
  • A section on the holistic (whole file) admissions process.
  • Expanded information for Canadian and international students applying to Canadian or U.S. dental schools.
  • A new section for gap-year students, career changers and re-applicants.
  • Guidance on financing a dental education.
  • Worksheets to help you gather information, set priorities and brainstorm ideas for your application.
  • URLs for websites where you can access additional information and resources to assist you as you go.
  • Consolidated tables featuring comparative statistics for all 76 dental schools feature in the Guide.
  Cost: $40 plus shipping.

ADEA is pleased to announce the availability of its new online product, the ADEA Dental School Explorer! Based on the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, this tool contains the profiles of the 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools featured in the printed edition—all searchable by key word and filterable by institution type, targeted entering-class size, DAT Total Science score (mean), Science GPA (mean), and location (state, territory or province). 

Use your laptop, tablet or smart phone to view information on required and recommended courses; dental shadowing requirements/recommendations; admission cycle timetables; fees, deposits and cost of attendance; and 2016 entering class applicant and entering-class statistics.

A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is $25. 

Bundle and Save! Purchase the printed book plus a one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer, $50 (plus shipping for the printed book).


Printed book: $40 per copy

Printed book: $34 per copy for orders of 10 or more

ADEA Dental School Explorer: $25 for a one-year subscription

The Official Guide Bundle: The printed book plus a one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School explorer, $50 (plus shipping for the printed book)


A subscriber must complete and submit the ADEA Publications Claim Form within six months of the issue's publication if it is missing or damaged. If you claim a back issue that is out of stock, ADEA is not liable for any refund.