Driven: The Campaign for the School of Dentistry

Minnesota's only dental school is committed to improving oral health through education, research, and patient care

Driven DentistryAs a vital part of this campaign to drive the University of Minnesota to new levels of greatness, the School of Dentistry seeks $27 million in philanthropic support to advance our commitment to driving student success in dentistry and improving the oral health of all Minnesotans; $21.5 million of that goal is focused on achieving our key priorities of supporting students, advancing research, and enhancing our digital dentistry capabilities.

With the generous support of our alumni and other community partners, we will ensure the powerful impact of the School of Dentistry for generations to come.

Your investment in the School of Dentistry will:

  • Increase student support by providing scholarships that help make dental school more affordable and attract talented students from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
  • Drive innovation through research by enhancing our leading-edge scientific progress in head and neck cancer, biomaterials and oral prosthetics, craniofacial skeletal disorders, orofacial pain and neurological defects, and the important work of reducing disparities in oral health care delivery.
  • Ensure state-of-the-art dental education by making strategic improvements in our ability to teach and provide care using the most contemporary methods in digital dentistry. This will include imaging, impressions, dental restoration, and prosthetic construction through CAD/CAM and 3-D printing.

We are driven to improve the oral health of all Minnesotans. Let’s do it together.

Service the state's dental health needs

Our work affects virtually every person in Minnesota. We educate 73% of the state’s practicing dentists, 68% of Minnesota’s licensed dental therapists, and 49% of its dental hygiene educators.

Our students and faculty treat patients throughout the state, with more than 100,000 patient visits each year in our Twin Cities campus clinics and nearly 50,000 in outreach sites located in underserved communities throughout the state.

We provide continuing dental education for 7,100 practicing dental professionals each year.