Touro College is a sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Bernard Lander, 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.

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


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Touro College was chartered by New York State in 1970. Named after Jewish community leaders Judah and Isaac Touro, the college opened with a class of 35 liberal arts and sciences students in 1971. 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, Berlin, Germany, Israel, 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.


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In the 2012â€"2013 academic year Touro College had a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,478 students. Touro offers graduate programs including education, law, 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.

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. 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.

In May 2011, Touro affiliated with New York Medical College (NYMC), 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.


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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.

Notable alumni

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  • Marc Alessi, politician
  • David G. Greenfield, member of New York City Council
  • Rivy Poupko Kletenik, educator
  • Kenneth LaValle, politician
  • Boyd Melson, boxer

See also

  • Alan Kadish
  • Bernard Lander
  • Henry Abramson
  • Lander College
  • New York Medical College Valhalla, NY
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Central Islip, NY
  • Touro University Nevada, Henderson, NV
  • Touro University Rome, Zagarolo (Rome), Italy
  • TUI University Former online subdivision sold in 2007 and now replaced by Touro University Worldwide
  • School for Lifelong Education


External links

  • Official website
  • Official websites for Graduate School of Technology, Los Angeles
  • Official websites for Worldwide, Berlin, Rome, Israel, Lander Institute, Jerusalem, France

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