About Us

Adams School of Dentistry

By the Numbers

  • $3.6M in in-kind service annually
  • 6,400+ living alumni in 96 counties, 50 U.S. states, and 27 countries
  • 1st dental school in North Carolina
  • 90,000 patient visits each year
  • 4 student-led free clinics

Mission, Vision and Values


Transforming dentistry for better health.


To become the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery.


Passionately serving our people, our field and our community, through inclusiveness and beyond excellence.

Dean's Welcome

As the Adams School of Dentistry’s interim dean, I am thrilled to welcome you. The Adams School of Dentistry has a rich tradition of excellence in patient care, research, service and education.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation’s first public university, and the Adams School of Dentistry, established in 1950, is the state’s first dental school.  Our dedicated and hardworking staff, forward-thinking faculty, high-achieving students and residents, and network of devoted and influential alumni make this dental school second to none.

Surrounded by UNC’s nationally leading pharmacy, public health, nursing, and medical schools, and nestled on a vibrant campus, the Adams School of Dentistry is in a unique environment ideal for collaborative scholarship and high-quality patient care.

From our leading researchers tackling today’s biggest problems, to our global faculty educating the next generation of integrated health professionals, to our clinicians providing comprehensive oral health care in Chapel Hill and beyond — our students and employees are dedicated to passionately serving North Carolina.

Our faculty are crafting the future of oral health education right here in the Adams School of Dentistry. The Advocate, Clinician, Thinker (ACT) curriculum calls on students to advocate for all patients, become nimble clinicians, and commit to lifelong learning. We are preparing oral health professionals for a future we can only dream about.

Our students lead four free dental clinics across the state in Durham, Siler City, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  They have created initiatives and projects to bring oral health education to elementary school classrooms and provided free oral health care to those who are experiencing homelessness, and much more.

You are invited to explore our website and discover the numerous opportunities we offer in oral health education, basic, translational and clinical research, local and global service, and clinical care.

The Adams School of Dentistry is transforming dentistry for better health. Join us!

Julie Story Byerley, MD, MPH
Interim Dean, Adams School of Dentistry