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Touro College in New York City, NY

Research Touro College in New York City, New York. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Touro College

Touro College is the largest private Jewish-sponsored academic institution in the nation. After being chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1970, the college opened to students in 1971. New York branch locations for Touro College include Manhattan, Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, but other campuses are located in Florida, California, Nevada, Berlin, Moscow, Germany, France and Israel.


Depending on which of the 25 campuses a student attends, he or she can choose from a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as online classes. Undergraduates can choose from seven areas of study, such as law, business, Jewish studies, technology and medicine. The New York City location features three centers: the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, the Center for Geological and Environmental Sciences and the Lander Center for Educational Research.

In 2011, of the 724 associate's degrees awarded, about 70% were for the liberal arts and sciences major, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Some of the most popular bachelor's degree programs were liberal arts and sciences, psychology and business administration, while education, physician assistant and social work were among the most conferred master's degrees, per the NCES. Roughly 85% of classes had 20 or fewer students, as reported by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) in 2011.


Each academic school at Touro has its own admissions requirements and application. For example, the Lander College of Arts and Sciences requires applicants to submit transcripts, two recommendation letters and standardized test scores, along with their application. For entry into the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, individuals should have a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies, experience with Hebrew and a writing sample to submit.

In general, the college accepts applications on a rolling basis, and the application fee was $50 for 2012-2013. In fall 2011, about 4,000 applied to Touro College, but only 66% were admitted, per NCES data. In 2012, about 7,200 undergraduates and 6,700 graduate students were enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

According to 2012-2013 information from the NCES, the estimated tuition and fees for all undergraduates was $14,850, with books costing $1,024 for the year. Graduate students were charged $26,800 in tuition and fees in the same year. Individuals should confirm tuition rates with their prospective school or college, because some divisions charge per course or credit hour. As per the NCES, 100% of first-time beginning students received financial aid in 2011-2012. The average amount received from grants and scholarships was $10,227. A 2011 report from USNWR noted that 94.7% of students applied for need-based financial aid, and 89.3% received that aid in some form.

In addition to financial aid, Touro offers several scholarships, including ones based on need and academic achievement. Payment plans are available to help pay for tuition.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation Jewish faith
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 7,216 undergraduates and 6,693 graduate students in 2012*
Schools and Programs 18 schools and colleges***; about 45 certificate and degree programs****
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Associate's: Liberal Arts & Sciences (521)
Bachelor's: Liberal Arts & Sciences (336)
Master's: Special Education & Teaching (609)
Doctorate: Law (247)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 45% in four years
56% in six years*
Admission Rate 66% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 686 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time and 73% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions***
Tuition (2012-2013) $14,850*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2011:
Federal grants (91%), state and local grants/scholarships (60%), institutional grants/scholarships (100%), federal loans (82%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% in 2011*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **IPEDS Data Center, ***Touro College website, ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admission Office, Touro College, 1602 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
  • Phone: (718) 252-7800
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