Our Mission

The College of Dental Medicine, within an exceptional academic environment, supports students and faculty as they aspire to preeminence in dentistry, education, and science.

The College Values

  • Alignment with the mission of Columbia University
  • Respect, inclusiveness, and diversity among staff, students, faculty, and patients
  • Integration of oral health as part of overall health for the individual and the community
  • Fiscal responsibility, social justice, community transformation, and global impact


  • The College of Dental Medicine maintains an environment effectively supporting and nurturing its human, physical, and fiscal resources.
  • The College of Dental Medicine supports excellence in opportunities, innovation, methods, evaluation, and quality of its educational programs.
  • The College of Dental Medicine ensures appropriate and compassionate oral health care for individuals and responsiveness to community needs.
  • The College of Dental Medicine advances scientific research and scholarly effort in the basic, oral health, and social sciences and in education.