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Touro College




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Touro College is a Jewish-sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, founded by Dr. Bernard Lander. The College was established primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. Over ten thousand students are currently enrolled in the various schools and divisions of Touro. Touro College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [ 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, phone no. (215) 662-5606 ], and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

The College derives its name from Judah and Issac Touro, leaders of colonial America, who represented the ideals upon which the College bases its mission. Inspired by the democratic ethos enunciated by George Washington at Newport, Rhode Island when he visited Touro Synagogue in 1790, the Touro family provided major endowments for universities, the first free library on this continent, community health facilities in the United States, and pioneering settlements in Israel.

Touro was chartered by New York State in 1970. In 1971 the college opened with a class of 35 Liberal Arts and Sciences students. Since 1971, the College has demonstrated dynamic growth. A Women’s Division was added to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Schools of General Studies, Law and Health Sciences were subsequently organized. The College organized sister institutions in Israel and Russia. The School for Lifelong Education, offering a non-traditional mentored-based program, was organized in Fall 1989.

The College experience, however consists of more than classroom instruction. Touro seeks to foster an atmosphere of warmth, in which close faculty-student relationships, student camaraderie and individualized attention are nurtured in many ways.