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 eighth dean in the storied history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the nation’s most prestigious and is the nation’s oldest public university. The UNC Adams School of Dentistry, one among five health profession schools on the vibrant UNC campus, provides integrated and interprofessional educational experiences for our students and residents with unparalleled comprehensive oral health care for our patients.

Our school has a rich tradition of excellence in patient care, research, service and education. In addition, we have dedicated and hardworking staff, forward-thinking faculty, a diverse learning environment, top-notch students and residents, and an amazing network of devoted and influential alumni that make this dental school second to none.

The Adams School of Dentistry consistently ranks among the nation’s top 10 dental schools in NIH funding, and our programs in orofacial pain, oral-systemic relationships, health policy and education, fundamental mechanisms of disease, clinical therapeutics, and other areas of oral and craniofacial health science make this a vital center of basic, translational, and clinical research.

Our students not only learn on campus from world-renowned faculty but also engage in wonderful national and international collaborative programs. They participate in externships and volunteer programs across the state and throughout the world, visiting underserved areas like Mexico, Moldova, Malawi, Brazil, and the Philippines, in support of the global mission of our university.

The Adams School of Dentistry’s mission is to promote health locally, regionally and globally through preeminence in education, clinical care, research, and service. At the Adams School of Dentistry, you will see how individual passions fuel a collective purpose where innovation, creativity and collaboration continually move us “beyond excellence” while transforming the lives of our patients, students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The Adams School of Dentistry is not only shaping the future of dental education and dental research but the oral health of individuals and communities at home and around the world.

I invite you to explore the numerous opportunities we offer in dental education, biomedical research, service to the local and global community, and clinical care. I look forward to collaborating and sharing ideas that inspire all of us to take action as we continue to become the preeminent dental school in the world. As you explore our website and our community you will learn about the wonderful people, places, and programs that shape the Adams School of Dentistry.

Warmest regards,

Scott S. De Rossi, DMD, MBA
Dean and Professor