Touro College is a Jewish sponsored private institution founded in 1971 that offers undergraduate and graduate level courses. TC was ranked as one of the best regional universities in the North in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges. The college has several campuses located throughout the New York area; Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. Students have the option of also studying in California, Florida, Nevada, Moscow, Israel, Berlin, and Paris.
Since Touro College is a private institution, both in-state and out-of-state students pay the same tutition rates. TC offers undergraduate and graduate level courses in a traditional classroom setting as well as several online courses.
The undergraduate schools and colleges offered at TC include the following: the Lander College of Arts and Sciences, the Lander College for Men, the Lander College for Women, the Machon L’Parnasa – Institute for Professional Studies, the New York School of Career and Applied Studies, the School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Studies, and the School for Lifelong Education. Out of all of the programs offered the most popular majors among undergraduates in 2009 were business administration and management, liberal arts and sciences, psychology, human services, and physician assistant programs.
The graduate program offers several different schools and colleges, which include the following: the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Graduate School of Technology, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, the School of Health Sciences, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – TOUROCOM, the Touro College of Pharmacy, and the New York Medical College. The occupational therapy program was ranked as one of the best in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Class sizes are kept small at TC with most classes consisting of less than 20 students. However there are a small percentage of classes which have less than 50 students and an even smaller percentage of classes with more than 50 students.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Touro College. There are also specific accreditations for the different programs and these include: the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
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All students who wish to apply to TC are recommended to send all of their required application documentation together in one package. This allows the application process to run more smoothly and in a more timely fashion. Students applying to an undergraduate program must complete an application, pay a nonrefundable application fee, send their official high school transcripts or college transcripts, send their SAT or ACT scores, and send two recommendation letters. Upon request an admissions officer may be required to interview students before they can be accepted to TC.
Students applying to one of the graduate programs must apply directly to the program they are interested in. All students applying to a graduate program at TC must complete an application, pay a nonrefundable application fee, send their official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and send two recommendation letters. Depending on the graduate program the student wishes to enroll in the student may also be required to complete a supplemental application, write essays, submit a resume, send in copies of certifications and send in scores from a particular standardized admission test.
International students applying to TC must have their transcripts evaluated with a course-by-course analysis. Only agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services can be used to perform the course-by-course analysis. Also if the transcripts are in a foreign language they must also be sent with an English translation by a professional translating service. Students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL or the IELTS and have their test scores sent in.
Almost all students attending TC receive some type of financial assistance. The federal financial aid programs offered include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), the National SMART Grant, the Stafford Loan and the Federal Perkins Loans. HOPE, AmeriCorps, and Lifetime Learning are two outside programs offering financial aid for students.
New York State also offers financial aid programs and these include the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS), Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Police Officers and Firefighters, World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships, Regents Awards for Child of Veteran, Veteran Tuition Awards, and New York State Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.
Scholarships are offered to students based on academic achievement and the scholarships available for students depend on which program the student wishes to enroll in. The TC financial aid programs offered include Touro Academic Scholarships, Lander Honors Scholarships, Touro Dean’s Scholarships, Touro Grants, Employee Benefits/Tuition Remission, and Presidential Scholarships.
Students can also participate in the Federal Work Study Program (FWS) to help pay for the cost of attending TC. However students in the FWS program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The maximum hours students are able to work are 25 hours a week when the college is open and 30 hours when the college is closed. Students in a graduate program are paid more by the hour in comparison to students in an undergraduate program.
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On campus housing is not available to students on all campuses. There are three locations in New York City, which offer on campus housing and these include the Lander College for Women, the Lander College for Men, and Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. The Lander College for Men provides nine attached townhouses in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens as dormitories for students. The Lander College for Women has a seven-story building containing 30 apartments in the Upper West Side of Manhattan available for students. However students should keep in mind that room and board at this institution is relatively expensive. Consumption of alcohol is permitted in on-campus housing for students of legal age.
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Some of the student organizations offered at TC include: ACM – Computer Science Society, Mizrah Shemesh – Sephardic Student Society at Lander College for Men, Touro College Accounting and Business Society, Touro Communications Club, and Touro’s Student Health Science Pre-Professional Society. Fraternities and sororities are not offered at TC.
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Touro College began offering intramural sports for students in 2005. Students can participate in the following activities: weight training, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s modern dance, men’s football, and men’s hockey.
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