The Dental College of Georgia earns No. 16 in global rankings

Georgia’s only public dental school at Augusta University lauded for research, international collaboration and award-winning faculty

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is ranked among the top dental schools in the world, according to the latest survey by an international organization that rates universities and programs. ShanghaiRanking lists The Dental College of Georgia at No.16 for Dentistry and Oral Sciences in its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

“To be considered 16th in the world is a testament to the excellence and dedication of our faculty, students, and staff,” said Dr. Carol Lefebvre, dean of the college. “This ranking confirms that the education we deliver, patient care we provide, and the research and innovation we lead are truly world class.”

Established in 1969, The Dental College of Georgia provides education and training for more than 300 dental students and approximately 60 residents per year.

“The fact that more than 1,000 students applied to fill the 96 seats in our incoming freshman class, also speaks volumes about who we are,” Lefebvre said.

“It’s a state-of-the-art dental school,” said Dr. Marcus Cowan, who earned his DMD in 2017 and is now working as a resident in the school’s general practice site. “We have faculty members and students from all over the world, and when we graduated, I know that all of my classmates, including myself, were fully confident of our ability to go out and thrive as practicing dentists.”

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the college has graduated nearly 2,500 dentists who are now providing oral healthcare in Georgia and around the world.

“As Georgia’s only dental school, we are honored to be ranked among the leaders in dentistry especially since we are a young school in comparison – we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2019,” the dean said.

“There are a ton of dental schools just in the United States, but to be ranked in the top 20 in the world is an amazing accomplishment. You always think that your alma mater is one of the best schools out there, but actually being ranked in the top just shows that all of the hard work that the students, faculty, and administrators are doing is being noticed,” said Cowan said.

ShanghaiRanking considers research, international collaboration, and faculty honors among its criteria. The organization surveys 1,500 deans, chairs, and heads of faculties and departments of the top 100 universities in the world across a range of subjects. Questions on the survey focused on publications in the top tier journals in dentistry, the most influential and credible awards in the profession, and researchers who have contributed the most to the field, with an emphasis on research performance and reputation.

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Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or

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