A new report by researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the American Dental Education Association finds that African Americans are still a small percentage of all applicants and new enrollees at U.S. dental schools.
The data shows that the number of Black applicants to U.S. dental schools has declined by 7.5 percent over the past four years. In 2014, Blacks were 4.9 percent of all applicants to U.S. dental schools.
In 2014, Blacks were 4.3 percent of all new students enrolling in U.S. dental schools. This is down slightly from recent years despite the fact that there are more dental schools and some existing dental schools have increased their class sizes.
The report, “U.S. Dental School Applicants and Enrollees, 2014 Entering Class,” was published in the November issue of the Journal of Dental Education. It may be accessed here.