2019–2020 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools

ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools 2019-2020 for Students Entering in Fall 2020 or Fall 2021

In addition to providing profiles of all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the 2019–2020 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools answers key questions about opportunities in dentistry, the dental school admissions process and financing a dental education.

ADEA has published and updated this comprehensive resource for more than five decades.

ADEA is preparing to release the next version of the Official Guide to Dental Schools, which will be in a digital format, in April 2021.


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The 2019-2020 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools printed book is a companion publication to the online ADEA Dental School Explorer. The printed book features an easy-to-consult design and a wealth of information, including: 

  • A basic two-page profile of each U.S. and Canadian dental school with contact information, fast facts and general information, a curriculum description, and basic information about preparation, application and selection, student life, and international dental graduate programs.
  • An introduction to the dental profession and an indication of what you can expect as a dental school student.
  • A chapter on the importance of access, diversity and inclusion.
  • Tips on navigating the application process.
  • A section on the holistic (whole file) admissions process.
  • Information for Canadian and international students applying to Canadian or U.S. dental schools.
  • A section for gap-year students, career changers and re-applicants.
  • Guidance on financing a dental education.
  • Worksheets to help you gather information, set priorities and brainstorm ideas for your application.
  • URLs for websites where you can access additional information and resources to assist you as you go.
  Cost: $40 plus shipping.


The online ADEA Dental School Explorer is a companion product to the Official Guide printed book. The Dental School Explorer expands on the printed edition’s two-page basic profiles of the U.S. and Canadian dental schools.

Use your laptop, tablet or smart phone to view information on required and recommended courses; dental shadowing requirements/recommendations; admission cycle timetables; fees, deposits and cost of attendance; and 2018 entering class applicant and entering-class statistics. 

A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is $25. 

Bundle and Save! Purchase the printed book plus a one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer, $50 (plus shipping for the printed book).


Printed book: $40 per copy

Printed book: $34 per copy for orders of 10 or more

ADEA Dental School Explorer: $25 for a one-year subscription

The Official Guide Bundle: The printed book plus a one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School explorer, $50 (plus shipping for the printed book)


A subscriber must complete and submit the ADEA Publications Claim Form within six months of the issue's publication if it is missing or damaged. If you claim a back issue that is out of stock, ADEA is not liable for any refund.