In a first for the IU dental school, women outnumber men in the incoming dental class

Class president Timothy Treat leads the reading of the class-composed Pledge for Dentistry as Dean John Williams looks on.

Erika Schmit is one of 60 women accepted into the DDS Class of 2016.

More women than men -- substantially more -- compose incoming DDS class for first time in the IU dental school's 133-year history

In a history-making move, the IU School of Dentistry accepted more women than men into its incoming dental class, the DDS Class of 2016. A total of 1,662 applicants applied for the accepted class of 60 women and 44 men, including 895 men and 748 women.

Last year was also historic, in that for the first time the incoming class had an equal number of men and women, with 52 each. By comparison, a much more typical group of 56 men and 44 women was accepted in 2010 for the DDS Class of 2014.

But typical only if one looks at recent decades, that is. Women dental students were a rare sight prior to the mid-1970s: More than 5,000 men graduated from the school between 1880 and 1974, and just 56 women.

The new class includes 76 Indiana residents and students from 11 other states as well as Canada. All were officially welcomed into the school by Dean John Williams in front of an audience of their families during the White Coat ceremony, held at the Campus Center on Aug. 18. The annual program underscores the new students’ commitment to high ethical standards and professionalism in dentistry.

Keynote speaker was Marc Smith (DDS’69), Bloomington, Ind., representing the American College of Dentists as past chair of the Indiana Section. Students were coated either by a parent holding a degree in the healthcare professions or one of the four dentists on the stage, including, in addition to Dr. Smith, Indiana Dental Association President John Roberts (DDS’82), Connersville; and faculty Dr. Steven Dixon, manager of the Comprehensive Care Clinics, and Dr. Mychel Vail, president of Theta Theta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

More about IU's DDS Class of 2016 is available at this IU news release link.

Sept. 5, 2012