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School of Dentistry again ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in annual QS survey3 min read

April 6, 2022

School of Dentistry again ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in annual QS survey3 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 6, 2022 – The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is ranked as the top dental school in the United States for the eighth consecutive year by an international publication that rates universities and their specialty programs.

The 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released Wednesday, also list U-M as the fifth-best dental school in the world.

QS analyzes information from about 5,500 institutions around the world and publishes overall university rankings, as well as rankings for 51 disciplines, including dentistry, to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools.

For the specialty rankings that include dentistry, QS conducts international surveys of thousands of academics and employers worldwide to rate programs based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, more specifically:

• The academic reputation of universities.
• The opinion of employers in terms of which institution’s graduates they are most likely to employ.
• Research citations per paper from Scopus over a five-year period.
• A method called the “h-index” that measures the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar, or a group, such as a department or a university.
• An International Research Network index that reflects the ability of institutions to establish sustainable research partnerships with other higher education institutions.

Dean Laurie McCauley said the high ranking reflects the expertise, dedication and wide scope of scientific research conducted by the school’s faculty and researchers. “Our school has a history of advancing science as it pertains to dentistry and oral health, and we are honored to be recognized again for our current research,” she said. McCauley noted that research, the major focus of the rankings, is just one part of the greater mission of the school, which includes excellence in teaching, outstanding clinical care, leadership development, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. “All of these areas are important to our never-ending mission and commitment to advance health through education, service, research and discovery,” she said.

The new QS rankings list the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, as the top dental school in the world. Tied for second are the Academic Centre for Dentistry in the Netherlands and the University of Hong Kong. The University of Gothenburg in Sweden is fourth. After the U-M School of Dentistry at fifth in the world, the next highest U.S. dental schools are the University of California at San Francisco, which is tied for ninth place, and Harvard University at 12th.

The rankings are a publication of the British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Company, based in Great Britain.  More information, the QS methodology and the complete list of the top dental schools in the world can be found on the QS website.

The QS ranking is one of the two leading international university rankings published each year.  The other, the Shanghai Rankings, most recently released in June 2021, rated the U-M dental school No. 1 in the world in Dentistry and Oral Sciences.


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:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.