The University of Sydney's Compass - your way to higher education program recognises that students with the ability to succeed in higher education come from all walks of life. Compass seeks to address the under-representation in higher education of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and regional students.

Since launching in 2009 Compass has engaged over 60,000 students, teachers and parents in their schools, communities and on campus.

Compass works with young people, their teachers and parents, to build the confidence and motivation to succeed through education and make informed decisions about their post-school options.

Our programs are divided into four stages: Discover (Year 3-6), Explore (Year 7-8), Inquire (Year 9-10) and Experience (Year 11-12). We also provide a range of enriched learning programs across all year levels that are designed to further develop skills, independence and participation.

Latest News & Events

  • Year 7 students Explore Uni and make their mark

    Year 7 Pave the Way event

    This year, more than 1,200 Year 7 students from 12 Compass partner high schools came to explore The University of Sydney to get a head start on planning their lives and imagining their future careers.

  • Pave the Way raises over $900,000 in 24 hours

    Pave the Way

    The University of Sydney community came together to support two important causes: Compass and medical research. We are thrilled to report that within just 24 hours we raised $932,964.90 through 1058 donors.

  • Year 8 Investig8 Uni

    Year 8 Investig8 Uni

    Building apps, dissecting molluscs, investigating crime: these were just some of the activities on offer for more than 550 Year 8 students at last week's Compass Investig8 Uni.

  • Why Bridges is working

    Bridges logo

    The Bridges to Higher Education partnership is well on its way to achieving its desired outcomes, with 90% of students saying they feel better prepared for university as a result of Bridges.