School retains No. 1 world ranking3 min read

June 26, 2019

School retains No. 1 world ranking3 min read

Latest Shanghai Ranking is second top ranking this year

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 26, 2019 — The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is again rated as the top dental school in the world by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, an international organization that annually rates universities and their programs.

The U-M dental school is ranked as No. 1 in Dentistry and Oral Sciences in Shanghai’s 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects released today. The ranking measures research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration, amount of research published in top journals, and the number of significant academic awards faculty receive from professional organizations.

The survey ranks 54 subjects within five categories: Medical Sciences including Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Data from more than 4,000 universities was examined, with the final report including 1,700 universities from 86 countries and regions.

“Leading dental education and research has always been at the top of the school’s priorities since it was founded in 1875,” said Dean Laurie McCauley. “Rankings like this are a reflection of the talented and focused faculty, researchers and students we have here. It is always good to have their work validated in international surveys, even as they continually advance into exciting new areas of scientific inquiry related to oral health.”

Shanghai Ranking is the second major international survey this year that has rated the School of Dentistry highly. In March, for the fifth consecutive year, the QS World University Rankings rated the U-M dental school No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 in the world. (See related story from February 2019 here.)

Other dental schools in the top five following U-M in the Shanghai list released today are the University of Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, King’s College London and Harvard University.

The academic subject ranking released today by Shanghai Ranking is part of a larger university rating system known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU. The overall university rating is not yet released for 2019; the University of Michigan was ranked 27th in the world in the 2018 ranking. The ARWU, was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities at the Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China as a way to compare Chinese universities with others around the world. The breakdown by academic subject was added in 2009. The complete Shanghai subject rankings and a more detailed description of methodology can be found on the organization’s website.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: www.dent.umich.edu.  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at dentistry.communications@umich.edu, or (734) 615-1971.