RSDM Welcomes Class of 2027

Summers mark a new beginning at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) with new students arriving on campus.

This year, RSDM received a total of 3,270 applicants for its traditional DMD program, and only 93 applicants from those have been selected to attend. Thirty-three percent of the Class of 2027 comes from outside New Jersey, including two students from abroad. Moreover, 18 percent of this new class is from historically underrepresented communities in dentistry.

“With a three percent increase from last year’s cycle, we had a very robust applicant pool again this year," said Associate Dean for Admissions Rosa Chaviano-Moran ’86. “Rutgers School of Dental Medicine continues to be a frontrunner nationally in total number of applicants and diversity.” RSDM has several signature pathway programs for college students, such as the Gateway to Dentistry and the Summer Health Professions Educational Programs, as well as specific programs for high, middle, and elementary schoolers that empower participants to consider dentistry as a career. “These programs allow us to provide equal opportunities to all prospective students and to craft a diverse class of dental students that will, in turn, enhance our profession and oral health access locally and beyond,” said Chaviano-Moran.  

Additionally, RSDM welcomed 38 postgraduate students and residents into its advanced dental education programs, hailing from different corners of the country and the world.

Said Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Janine Fredericks-Younger, “This year’s postgraduates and residents bring a rich diversity with their varied backgrounds, educational, work, and life experiences that will surely enrich the RSDM community.”