Academic Support

Our faculty and staff is dedicated to assisting students facing academic challenges in dental school. 

All dental students have access to:

  • Personal counseling
  • Workshops on study skills, time management and stress management
  • Academic advisement
  • Tutoring services

In addition, students experiencing academic difficulty receive assistance through retention programs at the department level.

Free Tutoring

Upperclass students are available to provide academic support — including free tutoring — for first- and second-year students.

Support From Your Classmates

Each class of approximately 90 students progresses through the DDS program as a unit, with the same classes and schedule for the first three years. Although the application process is highly competitive, here at UBSDM we are dedicated to maintaining a collective and supportive academic community. 

We have structured our academic environment to encourage collaboration. Reviewing challenging course material with classmates, working in study groups, discussing what's happening in the clinics, and simply having a fellow classmate to talk with helps students excel.

Big Brother / Big Sister Program

In addition to support from fellow classmates, we coordinate a big brother/big sister program to help first-year students make a smooth transition into the program. Mentoring students are members of the second-year class, and they are full of information, guidance, and advice. This volunteer program, which is popular with our students, has resulted in many long-lasting friendships over the years.

Accessibility Resources

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities, including physical access to educational programs, events and activities. We strive to make it as easy as possible to request reasonable accommodations.

To Request Accessibility Accommodations please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs                                                            315 Squire Hall