Touro College

Touro College Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Located in New York, New York, Touro College is a private, non-profit university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Touro College the School for You?

Located in the heart of New York City, Touro College is a private, Jewish-sponsored college. In addition to its main New York location, Touro also has branch campuses and instructional sites in California, Nevada, Florida, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. Read the pros and cons below to find out more about Touro.

Pros

  • Total cost is $11,730 lower than the national average for four-year, private non-profit universities
  • Room and board cost is $1,315 lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 11:1, which is lower than the national average
  • Accepts dual, life experience and AP credits
  • Located within 20 miles of Newark International Airport

Cons

  • Four-year graduation rate is 30 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Limited number of academic programs offered at some school campuses

Rankings & School Analysis

Touro is organized into several colleges and schools, including the Lander College of Arts and Sciences, the Machon L'Parnasa Institute for Professional Studies, the New York School of Career and Applied Studies, the School of Health Sciences, the School for Lifelong Education, the Lander College for Men and the Lander College for Women.

The Lander College of Arts and Sciences offers 16 majors and 16 pre-professional/professional programs; most of these programs are at the graduate level. Students in the Lander College for Men can major in one of 18 areas and have ten minors to choose from, while the Lander College for Women offers 24 majors, seven pre-professional concentrations and 19 minors. Through the Machon L'Parnasa Institute for Professional Studies, you can earn a variety of certificates and associate's degrees in several liberal arts and professional concentrations, while the New York School of Career and Applied Studies offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in education, business, computer science and human services. Finally, the School of Health Sciences provides undergraduate programs in biology, psychology, and health sciences, as well as professional programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistance.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Touro #104 on its 2013 list of regional universities in the North. In 2010, the national average student-faculty ratio was 16:1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Touro's student-faculty ratio is 11:1, so classes are usually smaller than average. According to the NCES, the total undergraduate cost (including tuition and living expenses) at Touro was $27,788, which was over $10,000 lower than the average for other four-year, private universities. Room and board costs were also lower than average, totaling $8,000 in 2012-2013.

The NCES reported that the four-year graduation rate at Touro was only ten percent for students who began their bachelor's degree programs in 2005, which was significantly lower than the national average rate of 40% reported by U.S. News & World Report. However, these undergraduate students made up only 22% of the 2005 entering class. Furthermore, the six-year graduation rate jumped to 57% for undergraduates who began study in 2005.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Touro College

Touro has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time; however, for the best chance at receiving maximum financial aid, you should submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of May 15. You'll need to apply directly to your intended college or department. Every college has its own admission requirements, so you should check with the admissions office for details about your intended program. The Lander College of Arts and Sciences, for instance, requires that you submit your application and fee by mail, along with a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores and two letters of recommendation. In addition, an interview and placement exam may be required. Other schools within Touro may require additional materials or institute different deadlines.

For 2013-2014, ACT or SAT scores were due July 1, and financial aid applications were due June 1, according to The College Board. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, work-study, scholarships and loans from the state and federal government, Touro College and private sources. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average scholarship or grant award for undergraduates was $3,600 in 2011, although only 1.8% of students had their full need met through financial aid. However, the average debt of students graduating in 2011 was $7,927 in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report, which was significantly lower than the national average of $26,600.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling admission*
Financial Aid Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) June 1****
Application Fee (2011-2012) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 66%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $27,788**
Average Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Award (2011) $3,600***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 1.8%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $7,927***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 12.1%**

Life at Touro College

Student housing for undergraduate students is separate for male and female students, reflecting the college's larger division into men's and women's colleges. Lander College for Women (LCW) has two student housing facilities in the Upper West Side of New York. LCW students live within easy reach of the Lincoln Center and the Museum of Natural History, and a shuttle service runs from the residential areas to the class site in Manhattan. Lander College for Men is located on seven acres in Queens, and the residential area consists of nine townhouses offering apartment-style living.

Touro students are diverse in ethnicity, as well as age and background, and the College of Lifelong Studies offers evening and weekend courses to accommodate working and adult students. The NCES reported that the ethnic/racial breakdown of students at its New York location in 2011 was 57% White, 16% Black/African American, 11% Hispanic/Latino and 5% Asian.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city
Student Population (2011) 14,530**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 33% to 67%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 79%**
% of In-State Students (2010) 81%**
% of International Students (2010) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 82% (full-time students)**
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 8%****
Number of Libraries 5*
Noteworthy School for Lifelong Education offers mentored independent study

Sources: *Touro College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The Office of Admissions, Touro College Flatbush Campus, 1602 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
  • Phone: (718) 252-7800 ext. 299