Double Discovery Center


Educating Children of Promise since 1965


About Us

Mission and History

Today, DDC persists in its commitment to help underserved community youth get into and graduate from college so that they can live fulfilling lives.   We leverage the intellectual resources of the University to foster a culture of achievement, confidence, and hope for our first-generation and low income college-bound students.  We continually refine our efforts to ensure that our students have a comprehensive network of support to help them pursue and attain their highest aspirations for success to, through, and beyond college.  Just as it was in 1965, DDC’s mission is to increase the high school graduation as well as the college enrollment and graduation rates of low income and first-generation college-bound youth from public schools in Harlem and Washington Heights.

DDC 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-bound and minority students.

Contact & Location

Double Discovery Center
Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 306
2920 Broadway, MC 2604
New York, NY 10027

Tel: (212)854-3897
Fax: (212)854-7457

Talent Search information contact: Sarah Bowen, 

Upward Bound information contact: Leticia Vasquez,

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: