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Dental school ranked No. 1 in world in new survey

Ann Arbor, Mich., July 11, 2017 -– The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is the top dental school in the world, according to the latest survey by an international organization that rates universities and their programs.

ShanghaiRanking lists the U-M dental school as No. 1 in Dentistry and Oral Sciences in its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.  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 52 subjects in five categories: Medical Sciences (which includes dentistry), Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Data from more than 4,000 universities was examined, with the final report including 1,400 universities from 80 countries.

Other highly ranked U-M units include Management at No. 2 and Aerospace Engineering and Sociology, each ranked No. 3 in the world.

School of Dentistry Dean Laurie McCauley said independent reviews like the ShanghaiRanking reflect the school’s commitment to being one of the world’s leading institutions for dental education and research. “We have a long tradition as leaders in dentistry and rankings like this are one way to gauge our success,” McCauley said. “But we know that excellence means always improving, and every day I see our students, faculty and staff focused on finding new and better ways to advance our mission in education, service, research and discovery. Their commitment is ultimately the best indicator of our success.”

The ShanghaiRanking is the second major international survey this year that has rated the School of Dentistry highly. In March, the 2017 QS World University Rankings listed U-M as the best dental school in the United States for the third year in a row and No. 2 in the world for the second consecutive year.

ShanghaiRanking’s related review of overall universities, known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, has not yet been released for 2017.  In 2016, the University of Michigan was tied for 23rd in the world.  The university rankings use criteria similar to those used for the subject rankings, but consider several additional factors.

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 of Global Ranking by Academic Subject was added in 2009. Since 2009 ARWU has been published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, which conducts higher education research independent of any universities or government agencies.

The complete ShanghaiRanking 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: 

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