State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine


As 1 of 2 public university systems in the state, the State University of New York was founded in 1948. The State University of New York at Buffalo was created in 1846. In 1962 the Buffalo campus joined the state university system. The School of Dental Medicine was created in 1892 and is now part of the Health Science Center, which includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, and HealthRelated Professions.


4-year. Clinical science studies begin in the first year; students start to provide patient care in the second semester of the freshman year. Integration of the basic and clinical sciences is accomplished in all the clinical courses but is particularly emphasized in such courses as oral biology, oral diagnosis, and oral pathology. In the senior year, students take elective courses in area(s) of their choice. First year: Focuses on the basic sciences and preclinical courses. Second year: Continuation of the basic sciences with primary focus on preclinical courses. The second semester is devoted to patient care in restorative dentistry and periodontics. Third year: Primarily devoted to comprehensive patient care with rotations to area hospitals and medical centers to obtain additional experience in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and oncology. Fourth year: Intensive clinical experience in various settings and through rotations.

Unique Programs

Modest class size (86 students) and modern patient care facility. Easy patient access to school clinics. Extensive student summer research program in both basic sciences and clinical sciences.


The basic predental courses plus 1 year of English are required. Courses in embryology, biochemistry, genetics, computer science, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, and statistics are recommended. DATs should be taken no later than October of the year before the applicant wishes to matriculate. Preference is given to New York State residents. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek a clinical experience in dentistry prior to applying. Transfer and advanced standing: Students from other dental schools may be considered for transfer with advanced standing into the second-year program.


The School of Dental Medicine is one of 5 schools that comprise the Health Science Center. In the summer of 1986 the school was moved to new facilities in the renovated Squire Hall. They include 325 dental units for instructional purposes, new preclinical laboratories, and new basic science and clinical science research facilities. It is one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the country.

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