Touro College

Touro College


Touro College

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Touro College is a sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Dr. Bernard Lander, the College was established primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. Over 18,000 students are currently enrolled in the various schools and divisions of Touro College.


Touro College was chartered by New York State in 1970. In 1971 the College opened with a class of 35 Liberal Arts and Sciences students. Since its inception, the College has demonstrated significant growth. A Women’s Division was added to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Schools of General Studies, Law and Health Sciences, as well as three osteopathic medical schools in California, Nevada, and New York were subsequently organized. The College organized sister institutions in Germany (Berlin), Israel and Russia (when it was part of the Soviet Union). The School for Lifelong Education, offering a non-traditional mentored-based program, was organized in Fall 1989.

The College takes its name from Judah Touro and Isaac Touro, Jewish community leaders of colonial America, who represent the ideals upon which the College bases its mission. Inspired by the democratic ethos enunciated by founding US President George Washington at Newport, Rhode Island when he visited the Touro Synagogue in 1790, the Touro family provided major endowments for universities, the first free...
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