The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. Founded in 1971, it is the largest dental student organization in the United States. With a membership of more than 24,000, ASDA represents 94% of dental students from all 66 dental schools. ASDA introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education representation and advocacy. Located in Chicago, ASDA has a staff of 14 and an operating budget of $4.5 million.