Which Colleges Should You Go to If You Want to Become an Orthodontist?


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The University of Michigan, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Francisco, University of North Carolina Schools of Dentistry and New York University College of Dentistry are ideal for aspiring orthodontists. These programs are rated among the best by higher education experts at FindTheBest.com.

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The 'SMART' rankings are determined by the average DAT (Dental Admission Test) scores and GPA of admitted students, class size, NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) funding and other measures. All are approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry admits about 106 students each year. The mean GPA and DAT scores of admitted students are 3.55 and 20, respectively.

The mean GPA and DAT scores of admitted students to UCLA's School of Dentistry, at 3.66 and 22, are significantly higher than most others, resulting in an acceptance rate of just 4.63 percent. At roughly $15,000 and $27,000 per year for residents and non-residents, the school is a bargain buy.

With slightly lower mean GPA and DAT scores among admitted students, at 3.48 and 20.5, the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry offers a renowned orthodontics program well within reach for aspiring students.

About 82 students are accepted each year into the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. The average GPA and DAT score of those admitted is 3.61 and 21.

At more than $67,000 per year, New York University's College of Dentistry is among the priciest in the nation. It is also one of the largest, granting admission to roughly 360 students each year and representing roughly 8 percent of the nation's dentists.

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