Compass is a partnership between the University of Sydney, the NSW Department of Education and Communities, and selected secondary and primary schools in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Compass supports students to feel confident, motivated, and prepared for their future. We work with schools and communities to ensure students are aware of the breadth of post-school options whether that is vocational training or higher education.

Each of Compass' activities builds confidence, motivation and an understanding of the value of higher education. Activities are also designed to compliment the general capabilities identified in the National Curriculum Framework.

Compass takes a place-based approach. Schools can tailor the elements or activities of the program that best suit their particular circumstances. The programs are designed in conjunction with the schools to build cumulative impact and ensure they achieve their desired outcomes.

Compass is an initiative of The University of Sydney and a partner in Bridges to Higher Education. Compass is funded by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program and donations to the University of Sydney.

Compass is independently evaluated by Erebus International and utilizes the Bridges to Higher Education evaluation framework developed with KPMG.