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03 August 2023

Top dental schools in the U.S: Shanghai Ranking

Mary Guiden


The University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and Harvard University are the top three dental colleges in the world, according to Shanghai Ranking, an independent organization that focuses on higher education research.

University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco ranked no. 5 and 6, respectively. These programs were followed by the University of Washington at no. 7 and the University of Pennsylvania at no. 8. 

In ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, institutions are ranked in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences. The ranking includes universities that have published in scientific journals during the period of 2016-2020. The publication threshold is set differently for different subjects. Bibliometric data are collected from Web of Science and InCites.

The rankings use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in relevant subjects, including research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

The indexes of top journals and international academic awards are based on an Academic Excellence Survey conducted by ShanghaiRanking.

Becker's Dental + DSO Review reported on these rankings in early 2023 and recently shared "Best dental schools in the U.S. by state" on social media. 

About Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and updated on an annual basis. Since 2009 the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been published and copyrighted by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization on higher education intelligence and not legally subordinated to any universities or government agencies.

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1800 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 1000 are published.

Although the initial purpose of ARWU was to find the global standing of top Chinese universities, it has attracted a great deal of attention from universities, governments and public media worldwide. ARWU has been reported by mainstream media in almost all major countries. Hundreds of universities cited the ranking results in their campus news, annual reports or promotional brochures. A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005 commented ARWU as "the most widely used annual ranking of the world’s research universities." Burton Bollag, a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote that ARWU "is considered the most influential international ranking."

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