Touro College

Touro College is a private Jewish university in New York City, New York. It was founded by Bernard Lander in 1971 and named for Isaac and Judah Touro.[1][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]

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

40.750528°N 73.995833°W / 40.750528; -73.995833
ColorsBlue and White 

Touro 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 4000 graduate students.[3] About 70% of undergraduates and almost 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 Dr. Bernard Lander, who named the school for Isaac and Judah Touro—Jewish community leaders and noted philanthropists in colonial America. The Touro family provided major endowments for universities, as well as the first free library in North America.[8][9]

The college's original mission was to enrich Jewish heritage, as well as to serve the larger community. It 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. Its all-male inaugural freshman class was made up of 35 Liberal Arts and Sciences students.[10]

In 1974, the Women's Division was established at Touro.[11] Since then, the college has expanded to include schools of law, education, social work, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.[12]

Touro College first earned its accreditation in 1976, and was reaccredited in 2015.[13]

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.[14][15][16]

Lander served as president of Touro College until his death in 2010,[17] and was succeeded by Alan Kadish.[18]

Notable alumni


See also


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  17. 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.
  18. Kratz, Elizabeth (September 15, 2016). "Teaneck's Dr. Alan Kadish: Leading Touro College to the Future". Jewish Link. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
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