Student Life

Life as a UNC Dentist

Students at the Adams School of Dentistry are prepared to become nimble practitioners and future leaders of oral health care. They are from diverse backgrounds and have an array of interests, from research, service and advocacy, to music, wellness and diversity.

At Carolina, you’ll explore every aspect of dentistry, assist with ground-breaking research, learn how to care for diverse patient populations, and how to care for yourself too.

Keep reading to learn more.

Student Organizations

With dozens of student organizations from sports dentistry to public health, you’ll find peers at Carolina with common interests. Here are just a few of the organizations that are active at the school.

  • American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
  • American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA)
  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA)
  • Barakat Student Ambassadors
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)
  • LGBdenT
  • Military Dental Student Association (MSDA)
  • Spurgeon Dental Society (student government)
  • Student National Dental Association (SNDA)
  • Student Research Group

Learn more.

Discovery and Innovation

Researchers at the Adams School of Dentistry work with colleagues across campus, and around the world, to generate new ideas and develop innovative solutions to the world’s issues.

Our faculty, students, residents and visiting scholars, are involved in many projects — from leading research in oral cancer, to the impact of oral health on HIV patients, to incorporating new technologies in dental education and more.

Students may present their research at the School’s annual Research Day, presented by the Adams School of Dentistry’s Student Research Group, travel to national and international conferences, and work alongside faculty mentors.

Learn more.

Caring for the People of North Carolina

Passionately serving our community is a key value of the Adams School of Dentistry mission. To move this mission forward, the whole school works together to provide care to vulnerable populations.

From annual days of service like Give Kids A Smile or DEAH DAY, to Student National Dental Association’s CAARE Clinic in Durham, and the Hispanic Dental Association’s Vidas de Esperanza clinic in Siler City, to the 50 community health sites throughout the state where our students rotate, the Adams School of Dentistry is committed to improving the oral health care of North Carolinians.

Learn more.

Diversity and Inclusion

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry deeply values diversity in people, thought and opinion. At the Adams School of Dentistry, our efforts as a community and our dialogue involving diversity, equity and inclusion are rigorous, thoughtful and ongoing.

In the school’s pursuit beyond excellence, it remains committed to maintaining an environment that values uniqueness in each person, affording dignity and respect to all regardless of race, age, gender, ethnic background, national origin, disability, religion/spiritual practice, sexual identity, culture, or other differences.

Consistent with our goal to passionately serve our people, and in the spirit of transparency, we  remain intentional and relentless in our drive to do more by communicating our challenges and affirming our progress.

Learn more.

Stay Well

Life can be stressful while pursuing a professional degree, and the Adams School of Dentistry is dedicated to your wellness while you are a student here.

Whether you are enrolled in a dental hygiene, DDS, or ADE program, you are eligible for one-on-one wellness coaching sessions with Kate Thieda, MS, LCMHC, NCC, the school’s director of student wellness.

Kate is also responsible for wellness programming and developing initiatives and policies that support student wellness throughout your time in our school, including developing the school’s fitness center, leading weekly meditation sessions, organizing Wellness Week, and more.

Learn more.