Double Discovery Center


Educating Children of Promise since 1965


About Us

History and Mission

Founded in 1965 by Columbia and Barnard undergraduates to address the glaring disparities between the local Ivy League institution they attended and the underserved and underperforming schools in the community around them, the program set forth with a simple mission of Double Discovery - to improve local schools by exposing students to the rigor of Columbia, and engage Columbia students with the neighborhood.

Center Statistics

Annually, 90% of high school seniors participating in Double Discovery graduate from high school on time and enter college the following fall semester. This surpasses city, state and national outcomes for low-income, first-generation college college-bound and minority students.

Contact & Location

The Columbia University campus is accessible by train (#1 or# 9 to 116th Street and Broadway) or bus (M4, M60 or M104 to 116th Street and Broadway or M11 to 116th Street and Amsterdam)…

Protection of Minors

Columbia University is committed to promoting a safe environment for minors who participate in our programs and activities. We have taken a number of important steps to establish safeguards for your child:

DDC's 50th Anniversary

Here, you can learn more about the Center’s history, list of events to celebrate the anniversary and read in-depth about some of the DDC alumni.