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In Australia if you come from a low socio-economic background, are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or live in a regional area you are much less likely to go on to higher education. In fact Year 12 completion and secondary school performance are both correlated with socio-economic status.

At the University of Sydney we work to address this inequity in two ways:

  • working with schools and communities to improve awareness and preparation for higher education; and
  • supporting bright and talented young people into the University itself.

Together these strategies form our widening participation or social inclusion programs.

Why Compass?

Compass, works with schools in Sydney and regional NSW to support primary and high school students to feel confident and prepared for their future.

Compass builds capacity through enriched learning activities, information for families and professional development for teachers.

Our programs are evidenced based and linked to curriculum outcomes. We start early and work with the whole school community.

We also have tailored programs for regional students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Why E12?

We know that the ATAR is not always a true measure of a young person’s potential to succeed at university and beyond.

Our E12 scheme shifts focus from the ATAR alone and gives year 12 students the opportunity to show us more about themselves through personal statements, principal recommendations, portfolios and interviews.

Students from low socio-economic backgrounds who enroll at the University of Sydney do very well. We are particularly proud of our E12 students who on average out rank the overall pass rates and grade-point averages of their more affluent peers.

The E12 scholarship combines:

  • a first-year scholarship
  • an early conditional offer, before final HSC exams start
  • support through the transition from school to the University
  • an iPad
  • a University of Sydney Union Access card that gives discounts on and off the campus and access to over 200 clubs and societies

Meet some of our E12 students.


If you wish to discuss your support in confidence please contact:

Division of Alumni and Development
Level 6
Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
T + 61 2 8627 8818
F + 61 2 8627 8819