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

  • Reflecting on the Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program

    Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program students and volunteers

    Last week, the University of Sydney hosted the new Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program, which supports and encourages Indigenous students with a week of academic and cultural enrichment workshops and off-site excursions.

  • Compass Heads out to the Silver City...

    Compass at Broken Hill

    Last week, the Compass team travelled out to Broken Hill to work with staff and students from Willyama, Broken Hill and Menindee High schools on Broken Hill Learning Week - an initiative of the Compass Regional Program.

  • Putting Health in the Frame

    Framing Health

    Through the Framing Health project, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from local high schools are given the resources and mentoring necessary to write, direct and produce a series of short films to promote better community health.

  • Tomorrow's scientists partner with University to solve complex problems

    Students participating in iScience program

    The University of Sydney understands that the importance of STEM fields to Australia's future cannot be overstated. It is to this end that the University of Sydney conducts iScience: a program that encourages promising young scientists from schools around Sydney to ask big questions of the world in which they live.