Students from a non-academic family are still underrepresented at German universities. Despite the fact that these students obtain a university-entrance degree, they often choose another track of post-secondary education. What prevents these students to decide in favor of university education? And how could educational policies help to encourage students to seek higher education? These are the main research questions that were being analyzed in a research project jointly conducted by DIW Berlin and WZB. They surveyed Berlin High School graduates before their graduation and asked them about their future study aspirations and conducted four additional online surveys allowing them to observe students’ actual transition after their High School graduation. Moreover, the project aimed at identifying if and how different admission policies of universities influence adolescents’ decision to pursue tertiary education.