Double Discovery Center


Educating Children of Promise since 1965



What is the Double Discovery Center (DDC)?

The Double Discovery Center at Columbia University is one of the nation’s oldest federally funded educational programs to assist low-income and first-generation college bound students—Upward Bound since 1965 and Talent Search since 1977.  Academic programming is year-round and divided into spring, summer and fall semesters.

Who is eligible to enroll?

DDC only accepts students who live and/or attend schools in Manhattan, and are low-income and/or first-generation college bound. 

Why must I submit tax information when applying to DDC?

Because Double Discovery is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Education, federal guidelines require that all families submit proof of eligibility. Please click on this link to review financial guidelines. 

What are DDC’s office hours?

Business hours are Monday – Friday, 10a.m. – 6p.m.  Summer hours are Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. 

What is the difference between the Upward Bound (UB) and the Talent Search (TS) program?

UB is full academic immersion and an extensive time commitment.  The program accepts students in the 9th and 10th grades. UB students are on campus two days per week for tutorial assistance and on Saturday mornings for three academic enrichment courses. During the summer, students can apply for entry into the UB Summer Academy where they live on campus and take classes for four weeks.

TS has a more flexible schedule and is suggested for those who are heavily involved in extra curricular activities or outside programs. DDC would like to be included in your schedule! Tutorial sessions are optional and there are workshops for each academic class.  In the summer,  the Center offers opportunities for students to secure summer internships, and enroll in study abroad and outside programs.

When does DDC accept students?

Applications for the fall semester are due by September 15th and for the spring semester by January 15th. If the 15th falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday.

Could I just enroll in the SAT course offered at DDC?

No. The SAT course is only available to students are who are enrolled in the program and participate in workshops, seminars and/or academic courses. 

Could I enroll in DDC just for the summer?

No. Only students who have been active with DDC for at least one semester are eligible to apply to for summer programming.

If I am a Double Discovery student, could I bring a friend and/or family member to a workshop, seminar, academic class or Columbia facility?

No. To help ensure the safety of students, staff, volunteers and those on campus, all activities, academic courses, seminars, special programming, workshops and University facilities are only available to current students enrolled in the program. 

What if my question is not on this list?

If there is topic not addressed or if there are additional questions, please feel free to email us at or call our office at 212-854-3897.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Double Discovery Center.

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