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.
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.
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: