Touro College

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Touro College
Established 1970
Type Private
Affiliation Jewish
Endowment $1.9 million (2011)[1]
Chairman Mark Hasten
Chancellor Rabbi Doniel Lander
President Alan Kadish
Students 19,000+
Undergraduates 7,478[1]
Location New York City, New York, United States
Campus Multiple campuses
Colors Blue and White          
Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Manhattan, New York City
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem
Nursing school, Brooklyn

Touro College is a sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Bernard Lander,[2] the College was established primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in the various schools and divisions that comprise the Touro College and University System.[3]

The system includes Touro College and New York Medical College, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,[4][5] as well as Touro University California and Touro University Nevada, both of which are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[6] The non-profit online university, Touro University Worldwide (TUW), is also part of the Touro College and University Systems.[7]


Touro College was chartered by New York State in 1970.[8] Named after Jewish community leaders Judah and Isaac Touro, the college opened with a class of 35 liberal arts and sciences students in 1971.[9] Since its inception, the college has demonstrated significant growth. A women’s division was added to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and schools of general studies, law and health sciences; three osteopathic medical schools in California, Nevada, and New York were subsequently organized. The college organized sister institutions in Paris, France,[10] Berlin, Germany,[11] Israel,[12] and Russia (when it was part of the Soviet Union). In 2006, the Israeli Touro college campus turned into an independent institute of higher education recognized by the Council of Higher Education in Israel followed by the name Lander Institute, which provides a number of degrees in subjects such as business, accounting, education and more.[citation needed]


In the 2012–2013 academic year Touro College had a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,478 students.[1] Touro offers graduate programs[13] including education,[14] law,[15] MBA, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and technology. Recently, the pharmacy program at the Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem received full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.[16]

In 2012, Touro College of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students administered 2,000 influenza vaccines within the Harlem community and faculty pharmacists immunized 604 people during Harlem Immunization Week.[17] Additionally, in 2010, Touro College of Pharmacy received the American Pharmacists Association's Immunization Champion Award through partnership with New York City Department of Health & New York Academy of Medicine.[18]

In May 2011, Touro affiliated with New York Medical College (NYMC),[8][9] a health sciences university and medical school located in Westchester, New York and affiliated with several New York City hospitals. In addition to the M.D. degree, NYMC offers doctoral and masters programs in public health, physical therapy and the basic sciences.[19]


In 2007, at least two school employees were caught by an internal college audit accepting bribes to change grades and provide fake degrees. They were handed over for prosecution by the college and subsequently convicted and imprisoned.[20][21][22]

Notable alumni[edit]

Boyd Melson (right)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Margalit Fox (2010). "Rabbi Bernard Lander, the Founder of Touro College, Is Dead at 94". New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Official enrollment figures". June 15, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Touro College [Accredited]". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "New York Medical College [Accredited]". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status Touro University California". Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
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  8. ^ a b "New York Medical College Joins the Touro College and University System". New York Medical College. 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Richard Perez-Pena (2012). "Ham, Holidays and Other Puzzles as Medical College Shifts Its Religious Affiliation". New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Home". Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Private Hochschule Berlin: The American College in Berlin". Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Touro College – Israel Program: Home Page". April 5, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Touro College Overall Rankings". U.S. News College Compass Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report. 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Touro College". United Federation of Teachers. 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Touro College (Fuchsberg)". Law School Overview. U.S. News & World Report. 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Preaccredited and Accredited Professional Programs of Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy". Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pharmacists Make Significant Contributions to Improving Community's Immunization Rates". American Pharmacists Association. 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "AphA honors 2012 Immunization Champions". American Pharmacists Association. 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Alliance serves health care's future". June 3, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ Greene, Leonard (November 15, 2010). "School for $candal". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ Italiano, Laura (July 31, 2009). "Diploma Mill Scammer Sentenced to Prison in Manhattan". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ Italiano, Laura (August 24, 2009). "College De-Greed". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ "David G. Greenfield District 44 Council Member Democrat". The New York City Council. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Teacher Bios". Mussar Institute. 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Seattle Hebrew Academy". Jewish Transcript publications. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kenneth P. Lavalle Biography". Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  27. ^ "State Senator Ken LaValle". Riverhead Local. Local Independent Online News Publishers. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ Jonathan Zalman (2012). "Fighting for country – and a cure: Army captain Boyd Melson boxes to raise money for spinal cord research". ESPN. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  29. ^ Scott Jaschik, "College for Sale," Inside Higher Ed, August 1, 2007.

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