Touro College

Touro College Admissions and General School Information

Touro College is an independent, Jewish-sponsored university chartered in 1970 as a liberal arts and sciences college in New York City. Touro has expanded dramatically to provide professional degree programs in business, education, law and healthcare at the main campus and numerous branch campuses in the United States and abroad.

About Touro College

The total student population of Touro College exceeds 17,500 students, which includes approximately 8,000 graduate students; having started with 35 students in 1970, part of the formula for Touro's success has been to maintain small class sizes. Touro now has 29 locations in the New York area, Florida, Nevada, California and international campuses in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Jerusalem and Moscow. In keeping with its mission to 'realize the American Dream,' Touro created educational centers and colleges in diverse, underserved New York City communities.

Touro has established numerous programs and schools that enhance the Jewish tradition and contribute meaningfully to society at large. Radiating from its core of liberal arts and Judaic studies, Touro offers programs for students to pursue a wide range of professional careers in education, law, business, medicine, pharmacy, social work and psychology.


The Touro College application requires incoming first-year students to choose a division and write a personal statement. The complete application package includes SAT or ACT scores, transcripts and any supplementary materials requested by individual divisions. Two recommendations by teachers, rabbis or counselors are also required.

Touro College Schools and Colleges

Lander College of Arts and Sciences

Located in the residential community of Flatbush, Lander College has separate divisions for men and women with a total enrolment of approximately 1,000 students. In addition to Jewish studies and liberal arts curricula, the college offers pre-professional programs. Majors include interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences, English, history, chemistry, foreign languages and political science. Many students take liberal arts and Judaic studies courses for an academic year in Israel, where Touro has several partner schools.

Machon L'Parnasa Institute for Professional Studies

The Machon L'Parnasa Institute was founded in 1998 to provide professional programs to ultra-orthodox Jewish communities. The program has grown from serving 100 students at inception to more than 300. Certificate and associate degree programs that allow students to earn credentials in stages are available in accounting, medical coding and billing, desktop publishing, human and community services, business administration and education.

New York School of Career and Applied Studies (NYSCAS)

This school was founded in response to the educational needs of underserved urban communities. Faculty members from Lander College provide support for students to bridge economic and educational gaps to earn a career-ready bachelor's degree. Touro has educational centers in several neighborhoods throughout the city that serve as gateways to degree programs for students of all ages. Academic majors include business administration, computer science, information systems, human services and digital media arts.

School of Health Sciences

One of the college's most popular schools, the School of Health Sciences, was established in 1972 in Bay Shore, Long Island. Health sciences programs are also offered at the Winthrop University Hospital extension center in Mineola, Long Island and Brooklyn. Graduates complete professional degree programs to prepare for certification exams as physician assistants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and occupational therapy aides, physical therapists and nurses. Touro has agreements with more than 200 New York City hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide clinical experience.

School for Lifelong Education

This unique school was designed in 1989 specifically for highly orthodox Chassidic communities in New York City. Courses are delivered in a culturally compatible format in which instructors meet every other week with small groups of three to eight students. In addition to these 'collaboratives,' in which students work on learning modules, students meet with instructors in 'mentorials' to expand on individual research topics. Students can earn an associate or bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts or a bachelor's degree in Judaic studies.

Graduate School of Business

The business school offers Master of Science programs in international business finance and accounting, as well as an MBA with different specializations. Students can take an intensive 6-unit preparatory course that provides the core comprehensive business knowledge to enter the MBA or international business finance programs. The career center connects graduates to top employers. The school also offers certificate programs in paralegal studies and residential real estate.

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Education students pursue graduate degree and certification programs that blend general and special education for early through middle childhood students. Additional master's programs in education include literacy, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and instructional technology. The psychology department offers programs in mental health counseling and school counseling.

Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Established in 1981, the school offers a master's degree in Jewish studies with specializations in Jewish history or Jewish education. The study of Jewish history comprises the medieval and modern periods with an examination of culture, literature and history. Students specializing in Jewish education must complete an advanced research seminar culminating in a special project or thesis. The school has an affiliate in Israel, Machon Lander, which received a charter in 2004 from Israel's Ministry of Higher Education.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW) graduates are eligible for licensure by New York State. A new Touro school, it currently has a candidacy accreditation status from the Council on Social Work Education. The school is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of midtown Manhattan. The clinical social work curriculum includes courses in human behavior, families and groups, social welfare policy, clinical casework, clinical assessment and intervention planning.

Graduate School of Technology

This new Touro school provides a 33-unit Master of Science in information systems program with concentrations in database systems, data communications and technology leadership. Students without a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field can take bridge courses to transition into graduate studies. Instructors regularly invite IT leaders to speak on campus.

Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Established in Long Island in 1980, the Law Center offers ABA (American Bar Association) accredited part- and full-time J.D. (Juris Doctorate) programs and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in American legal studies. The law center has innovative programs that provide law students with practical experience. The Public Advocacy Center, for example, houses 16 offices occupied by immigration, housing and civil rights agencies where Touro students assist with research and advocacy services. In Touro's Court Observation Program, law students watch every stage of trials and meet with lawyers and judges.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

The college opened in Harlem in 2007 as Touro's newest school for osteopathic medicine. Touro University in California and Nevada established osteopathic medicine schools in 1997 and 2004, respectively, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. The Harlem program, designed for future family physicians, consists of two years of training in health sciences followed by two years spent in clinical rotations and preceptorships.

Touro College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy, established in Harlem in 2008, has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; full accreditation is not granted until candidate pharmacy schools produce a graduating class. The 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program has a blended curriculum in which students learn in classrooms, online and in the community. Applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Contact Information

  • Address: 27-33 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010
  • Phone Number: (212) 463-0400