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What drives us forward

The mission of the UCLA School of Dentistry is to improve the oral and general health of the people of California, the nation, and the world through education, research, patient care, and public service.

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Ranked among the top six dental schools in the world.

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Uncompromising Excellence

Since our inception in 1964, our focus has been on achieving and maintaining excellence in four areas: comprehensive dental education, cutting-edge research, quality patient care, and a shared commitment to community service. Over five decades, our dedicated student dentists, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, have propelled the UCLA School of Dentistry to being one of the premier dental schools in the world.

Person Centered. Future Focused.

The caliber of our faculty, staff, and student dentists help foster a dynamic environment, focused towards the future. Along with our passion and dedication, to be among the best in the world, UCLA Dentistry is truly unique. As part of a world-renowned research university, combined with excellent educational programs and clinic training, we believe this is where leaders are made.

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Clinic Locations

13

Specialty Clinics

150,000

Patient visits per year

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Affiliated health clinics

Our Commitment to our Community

A commitment to community service is emphasized here, and our student dentists, residents, and trainees are given numerous opportunities to interact with patients, in order to experience first-hand, the needs of the community. It’s this same commitment to providing high quality, affordable care to our patients, that sets the School of Dentistry and the UCLA Dental Clinics apart. With 3 Los Angeles locations and 13 specialty clinics, serving patients is an integral part of our teaching process.

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Our Commitment to our Students

Since that first graduating class in 1968, more than 5,000 DDS degrees have been awarded. And our vision and commitment to our students has never wavered: offer an enriching environment that encourages our students to explore a variety of passions beyond their training, whether that’s research, academia, or community service. We admit 88 student dentists for the incoming 4-year DDS program and 20 foreign-trained dentists for the 2-year Professional Program for International Dentists program, the best and the brightest in the country and beyond to become a part of our UCLA Dentistry family. Our Residency programs are among the best in the country, with more than 100 active residents at any given time, we offer 13 specialty and general dentistry programs.

$22M+

in research contracts and grants received in FY 2019

Improving Oral Health Through Discovery

With some of the world’s most renowned researchers, our impactful research is at the top of its game, our areas of innovative research focus on Cancer Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Craniofacial Biology & Bioengineering, Infection & Inflammation, and Health Services & Clinical Research.