Dental Medicine at UNE

Upon welcoming an inaugural class of 64 students in August 2013, the 鶹ý College of Dental Medicine became the first dental college in Northern New England. Shortly thereafter, the College dedicated its new Oral Health Center on UNE's Portland Campus. 

In filling a glaring educational need for Maine and New England, the College of Dental Medicine is proud to serve students from Maine and its surrounding states but also recognizes the national impact its program can have. The inaugural class reflected a balance of students from New England and also from points well beyond. Of the initial 64 students, 24 hailed from Maine, representing more than 20 different towns. The rest found their way to 鶹ýfrom 16 different U.S. states and Canada. 

As one of the few private universities in the nation with a comprehensive health education mission that also includes programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and an array of allied health professions, 鶹ýis uniquely positioned to play a transformative role in dental medicine education. Our program also gives us the opportunity to apply our existing expertise in clinical simulation, clinical education, and interprofessional education to a whole new discipline.

Our program offers a blend of time-tested methods and new innovations in dental medicine education. Our students are treated as members of the profession from the moment they arrive on campus and are given opportunities to make real impacts in the lives of patients, in both urban and rural settings, who receive dental services through them.  

The extensive practical experience built into our program allows students to provide care to simulated patients in their first year, and then to provide direct patient care in the Oral Health Center in their second and third years, before ultimately pursuing clinical experiences in communities throughout Northern New England and beyond in their fourth year. 


In 2017, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted the 鶹ý College of Dental Medicine DMD program the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements."

Learn more about our accreditation

The College of Dental Medicine provides approximately 12,000-15,000 patient visits per year in the Oral Health Center and an additional 20,000-25,000 visits per year in the community-based network.

Class of 2026 by the numbers


of students are from Northern New England and Rhode Island


states, plus Canada, represented


of students spent the majority of their life in a rural area

鶹ýStudents Making an Impact

Meet Lyric, D.M.D. ’22

A dental student who does educational outreach visits to children’s groups, at places like the Boys & Girls Club in Portland, Maine, Lyric is a future pediatric dentist. 

Meet Sean, D.M.D. ’22

A dental student who recently completed an externship at a federally funded health clinic in Harrington, Maine, Sean believes in providing high standards of dental care to all communities. 


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The 鶹ý does not discriminate in admissions or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disabling conditions in violation of federal or state civil rights laws of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.