Top Ten Reasons to Attend

High postgraduate placement rate

On average, one-third of students apply to postgraduate programs, and the majority of them are admitted to the program of their choice.

Small class size

The small class size of approximately 50 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!

State-of-the-art technology

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/ Master 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.

Community outreach

Students participate in various local-to-global outreach programs, including interprofessional 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 underserved rural West Virginia communities, providing services to patients under the supervision of rural site faculty, and participate in local community health events.

Interprofessional 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 organized through the Office of Interprofessional Education.

Exceptional value

The School offers strong academics, clinical teaching and research opportunities at a reasonable cost. 

Advising and mentoring

All first and second-year dental students are assigned academic advisors who monitor and help 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.

Extracurricular opportunities

Students enjoy many 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).