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Touro College

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Touro College
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Endowment$14.0 million (2013)[1]
ChairmanMark Hasten
ChancellorDoniel Lander
PresidentAlan Kadish
New York
United States

40°45′02″N 73°59′45″W / 40.750528°N 73.995833°W / 40.750528; -73.995833Coordinates: 40°45′02″N 73°59′45″W / 40.750528°N 73.995833°W / 40.750528; -73.995833
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Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem

Touro College is a private Jewish university in New York City, New York. It was founded by Rabbi Bernard Lander in 1971 and named for Rabbi Isaac Touro and his son, American businessman Judah Touro.[4] It is a part of the Touro College and University System.[5] Its mission includes a strong focus on "transmit[ting] and perpetuat[ing] the Jewish heritage."[6]

The college has about 7,000 undergraduates,[7] with a teaching staff of 1,335, of which over a third are full-time.[2] It has about 4,000 graduate students.[3] About 70% of undergraduates and nearly 80% of graduate students are female.[2][3] Among undergraduates, some 4% are Asian, 15% are black, 8% are Hispanic and 64% are white.[2] The four-year graduation rate is 46%.[1]


Touro College was founded by Orthodox rabbi and academic sociologist Bernard Lander, who named it for Isaac Touro, an Orthodox rabbi, and his son Judah Touro, a rich businessman and philanthropist.[4][8][9]

Lander's aim was to provide education for Jewish people, combining professional courses with Torah studies.[8] The college received its charter as a private, four-year liberal arts college from the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1970, and opened its doors in 1971. In its first year it had thirty-five students, all men.[4] A section for women was opened in 1974.[8] The college was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1976; accreditation was reaffirmed in 2015.[10]

In the 1970s the school enrolled in its adult-education program large numbers of old people, among them many who could neither write nor read English, and was investigated by federal and state authorities who believed that this was done mainly to obtain grants for tuition.[4]

The college expanded to include schools of law, education, social work, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.[11][unreliable source?]

In 2007, at least two school employees were found in an internal college audit to have accepted bribes to change grades and provide fake degrees. They were handed over for prosecution by the college, and were subsequently convicted and imprisoned.[12][13][14]

Lander remained president until his death in 2010,[15] and was succeeded by Alan Kadish.[16]


Touro College is ranked #293-#381 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.[17] and #1 on the Time/MONEY's Value-Added All-Stars ranking.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]

  • Henry Abramson
  • Marian Stoltz-Loike


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Colleges: Touro College. Peterson's. Accessed April 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Grad Schools: Touro College. Peterson's. Accessed April 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Margalit Fox (2010). "Rabbi Bernard Lander, the Founder of Touro College, Is Dead at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  5. "Touro College". Forbe's America's Top Colleges. Forbes. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. "Mission Statement". Touro College. 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  7. "Touro College : Overview". Usnews.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Snyder, Tamar (February 11, 2010). "Touro College Founder Succumbs at 94". New York Jewish Week. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  9. Morais, Henry Samuel. Eminent Israelites of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Biographical Sketches. https://books.google.com/books?id=L90DAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA335. pp. 335–338. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. "Touro College". Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  11. "Touro College profile". Guidestar.org.
  12. Greene, Leonard (November 15, 2010). "School for $candal". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  13. Italiano, Laura (July 31, 2009). "Diploma Mill Scammer Sentenced to Prison in Manhattan". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  14. Italiano, Laura (August 24, 2009). "College De-Greed". New York Post. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  15. Fox, Margalit (February 14, 2010). "Rabbi Bernard Lander, the Founder of Touro College, Is Dead at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  16. Kratz, Elizabeth (September 15, 2016). "Teaneck's Dr. Alan Kadish: Leading Touro College to the Future". Jewish Link. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  17. "Touro College". US News and World Report. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  18. "MONEY's 2017-18 Best Colleges Where Alums Beat the Odds". Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  19. "David G. Greenfield District 44 Council Member Democrat". The New York City Council. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  20. "Teacher Bios" (PDF). Mussar Institute. 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  21. jtnews.net. "Seattle Hebrew Academy". Jewish Transcript publications. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  22. "Kenneth P. Lavalle Biography". NYSenate.gov. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  23. "State Senator Ken LaValle". Riverhead Local. Local Independent Online News Publishers. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. 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.
  25. "Kathleen Rice official website". July 2, 2019.
  26. Scott Jaschik, "College for Sale," Inside Higher Ed, August 1, 2007.

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