University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
385 S Columbia St.
Chapel Hill NC 27599

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry offers a four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program to produce dental practitioners who are qualified to enter general dental practice, dental research, teaching, public service, or postdoctoral programs, including graduate programs in various dental specialties. The school is interested in recruiting students who are willing to accept professional responsibilities in their communities; to participate in professional activities; and to pursue a lifetime of learning to enhance their delivery of effective patient care and service to the profession and the public.

There is not sufficient space in the dental school to admit all students who meet the quantitative and qualitative standards. For this reason, the quality of the student’s undergraduate work is of great importance in selection for admission, as well as motivation to pursue a career in dentistry.


The UNC Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry, formerly the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, is the school of dentistry of the University of North Carolina. It is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. It is currently ranked second among all dental schools in the U.S. and is consistently ranked among the best in the world according to two independent rankings.

Founded in 1950, the Adams School of Dentistry was the only dental school in North Carolina until 2011, when East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine became the second. In 2019, the school received its largest single donation in its history of $27.68 million dollars, resulting in a name change to honor Dr. Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams. Dr. Adams was a North Carolina dentist that practiced in Durham until his death in 2018.

Established in 1950, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry was the first dental school in North Carolina, and was the state’s only dental school for 61 years. The North Carolina General Assembly of 1949 made creation of the Adams School of Dentistry possible. The first class of 40 students was admitted in fall 1950, although the dental building was not occupied until September 1952, and classes were held in two Quonset huts.

Since that time, the school has grown to include four buildings (not including two that were demolished): First Dental; Brauer Hall; Tarrson Hall, which includes clinical teaching facilities; and Koury Oral Health Sciences, which houses the majority of the school’s research laboratories, classrooms, a lecture hall that seats 220, and a 105-person simulation lab. With the $120 million dollar expansion and addition of the Koury Oral Health Sciences building in 2012, the Adams School of Dentistry is now nearly 500,000 square feet, making it the largest dental complex in the United States.

It is located within a campus that includes the schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health, and contributes to the spirit of collaboration among the health sciences at Carolina.


Map of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, 385 S Columbia St., Chapel Hill NC 27599

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