An inclusive institution where our student body reflects the diversity of the broader population  

We work with students and schools (Gateway partner schools) that are underrepresented in higher education and at UNSW. Our Gateway partner schools have some of the most diverse student populations and include high proportions of students from low-SES backgrounds, regional and remote areas, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and migrant and refugee backgrounds.   

Many students aspire to attend university however there are significant barriers for students from educationally disadvantaged contexts - primarily related to ATAR achievement - which can make university unattainable. The Gateway Admission Pathway and Program addresses this by working with students early in their academic journey to enhance their educational outcomes and offers an equitable admission pathway to UNSW.  

Educational Outreach Program 

For an overview of the Gateway Program, download the Metro or Regional program brochure.

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UNSW Gateway

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NSW secondary schools  

We partner with close to 400 secondary schools (known as Gateway partner schools) across greater western Sydney and regional NSW to deliver the GAPP. Gateway schools are identified by taking either: 

  • the three-year average of Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) for schools across NSW, or 
  • the three-year average of the proportion of students in the bottom socio-educational advantage (SEA) quartile. 

The ICSEA and proportion of students in the bottom SEA quartile of a school can be found on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s My School website. 

UNSW Divisions, Faculties and Schools 

All UNSW faculties, schools and several divisions are instrumental in supporting and contributing to the GAPP: 

  • Division of DVC – Academic  
  • Division of EDI  
  • PVC – Education Portfolio  
  • Division of External Relations  
  • UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture 
  • UNSW Business School  
  • UNSW Engineering  
  • UNSW Law & Justice 
  • UNSW Medicine & Health 
  • UNSW Science  

Non-Governmental Organisations 

Our NGO partners share our mission of improving educational outcomes for students and offer the opportunity to extend and sustain our reach with young people, their families and communities who are outside our partner school network. Our NGO partners include:  

  • Country Education Foundation 
  • Harding Miller Education Foundation 
  • Public Education Foundation 
  • The Smith Family 

Educational organisations  

To ensure students receive optimal support during our programs, we offer additional academic support through our partnerships with the following organisations: 

  • Cluey Learning 
  • InspirationED 
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) 

NSW Government 

NSW Department of Education

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program 

The GAPP is partially funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). HEPPP provides funding to universities to implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for Indigenous students and students from regional and remote or low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. It also aims to improve the retention and completion rates of those students. 

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