ASDA Membership &
ADA Student Membership
As an ASDA member and ADA student member, you get the same benefits as dentists do — plus more!
The ADA: Helping you Succeed throughout Your Career
The ADA is America’s leading advocate for oral health. It helps dentists succeed and advances the oral health of the public. The ADA represents nearly 158,000 dentist members (including more than 20,000 dental student members). When the ADA advocates on the issues that impact dentistry, the association sends the powerful message that 7 out of 10 dentists stand behind the ADA.
The ADA Office of Student Affairs is your go-to for everything ADA related. They can connect you with people and information across the ADA.
ADA Office of Student Affairs 800-621-8099 ext. 7470
ADA Student Membership Benefits and Resources
Access your member benefits
As an ADA student member, you can access the member only content on ADA.org, including ADA publications, the ADA library and archives, the Center for Professional Success and more inside the ADA member center.
To log-in: When you visit member only content for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your User Name (this is your ADA member number) and Password. Enter your member number without dashes. You can find your member number on your ADA News or your member card. For help, contact the ADA Member Service Center at 800-621-8099 or email@example.com and ask for your ADA number.
Read what dentists read
ADA student members receive the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), ADA News, New Dentist News and can sign up for e-publications, such as Advocacy Update and Practice and Thrive. Read more at ADA.org/publications. Students can follow the ADA's New Dentist Now blog.
Prepare for Life After Dental School
Access exam location and an overview of expenses, testing agency membership information and resources for international dentists in the Dental Examinations and Licensure area on ADA.org. Plus, download Understanding Licensure: The Dental Examination Process for the New Graduate.
The ADA can help you navigate your dental career options. Visit the Career Options after Dental School page for resources to help you plan your next steps. If you're considering a residency or graduate student program, visit Understanding Advanced Dental Education.
Attend a Success Dental Student Program
The ADA offers the Success programs to every class at every dental school, every year at no charge to students or schools. ADA member volunteers present programs that address career opportunities, practice management, working with the dental team, and more. Contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs at 312-440-7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ADA Membership after Graduation
Your student membership in ASDA and the ADA will expire on Dec. 31 in the year of your graduation. You can apply for membership as a dentist at ADA.org/join or contact your state dental society. If you’re going into practice, dues are $0 at the national level in your first year after of dental school and reduced rates continue for the next four years. Most states and local societies also offer reduced dues. If you are entering a graduate, residency or specialty training program, you can join as a Graduate Student Member for $30 and then enjoy the $0 national dues after completing your program.
Transitioning to Practice
The ADA offers a number of resources to help you plan your transition to practice.
- Financial Planning & Loan Repayment: Access financial planning and scholarship information, as well as a list of federal and state programs that offer loan repayment assistance.
- Jobs: For a list of job opportunities, review the ADA career center.
- ADA Center for Professional Success: Access resources to help you manage your career, expand your knowledge and balance your life.
- New Annual Meeting: Free registration for students.
- State and Local Connections: Local meetings are a great way to meet dentists in your area. Go to ADA.org/societydirectories.
New Dentist Committee
The ADA has devoted an entire agency to meeting the needs of new dentists — the ADA New Dentist Committee. Visit ADA.org/newdentist for information.