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Top 10 Academic Reasons to Attend WVU School of Dentistry
High post-graduate placement rate
On average, one-third of students apply to post-graduate programs, and the majority is admitted to the program of their choice.
Small class size
The small class sizes of 60 dental students allows for excellent one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. Students are part of a learning community that is student-friendly and student-focused!
Students train and develop skills in a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. A modern patient information system supports electronic health records, enhances quality of patient care, and improves the educational experience. Other cutting-edge technology includes cone beam advanced radiographic imaging.
Strong clinical training
The School has a strong reputation for graduating excellent clinicians. Students begin developing basic clinical skills in the first year. Once assigned to their own family of patients, students are designated a team leader who guides and monitors their clinical progress.
Availability of combined degrees
The School offers combined degrees in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Master of Public Health (MPH), and a DDS/ Masters of Business Administration (MBA). These combined degrees allow students to gain experiences and nurture interests in other areas that are important to the field of dentistry
Students participate in various local-to-global outreach programs, including inter-professional community service projects, such as the Multidisciplinary UnSheltered Homeless Relief Outreach Of Morgantown (MUSHROOM), or participating in global mission trips to Guatemala. As part of the fourth-year dental curriculum, students work in under-served rural West Virginia communities providing services to patients under the supervision of rural site faculty and participate in local community health events
Inter-professional learning and research opportunities
The School offers interprofessional programming in areas such as diversity and cultural awareness to help students better serve their patients. Students engage in research as part of the third-year dental curriculum. There are countless collaborative opportunities with other disciplines within the Health Sciences Center. To learn more visit
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Advising and mentoring
Each first- and second-year student is assigned an academic advisor who monitors and helps to facilitate their academic progress. While in the third and fourth year, each student is assigned a team leader who provides clinical mentoring. Also, incoming students are encouraged to develop their peer network by participating in Big Brother/Big Sister activities.
Students enjoy a plethora of informal social activities and participate in organizations such as the dental fraternity DELTS or the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA). Students actively participate in national organizations, such as the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and represent the School nationally at the American Dental Association Student Ambassador Program, ASDA conference, and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows (COSRF).
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Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
School of Dentistry
P.O. Box 9400 | Morgantown, WV 26506-9400 | 1-304-293-2521
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