Will I get a degree?

This site applies to European Union countries. It assumes you are already at university. You start with 50 points, add or subtract at each question. Your score is your chance of getting a degree.


Start with 50 points...
add or subtract at each question.
Has your father a university degree, or equivalent (for instance Technische Hochschule)?
Yes: plus 10 points.

Was family income above regional average?
Yes: plus 3. No: minus 3.

Are your parents divorced or separated?
Yes: minus 3.

Is your father/mother a university teacher or researcher?
Yes: plus 4.

Is your family aristocratic?
Yes: plus 2.

Is your father/mother an active member of a political party?
Yes: plus 2.

Did your father/mother ever hold political office (elected or appointed)?
Yes: plus 2.

When you were in secondary education, was your father unemployed for more than 3 months?
Yes: minus 3.

Do your parents own a car?
No: minus 2.

Do your parents live in a caravan/ mobile home?
Yes: minus 5.

Did your secondary school teach Latin (even if not compulsory)?
Yes: plus 3.
Are you a member of an ethnic minority (including migrants)?
Yes: minus 8.

Did you move from your country of birth, during your primary or secondary education?
Yes: minus 4.

Is the language of instruction at university your native language?
Yes, plus 3. No: minus 2.

Is the region, where you grew up, a declining industrial region?
Yes: minus 2.
Do you work more than 10 hours a week, to pay for university study?
Yes: minus 4.

Have you ever received social security or unemployment payments, for more than 2 years?
Yes: minus 4.

Do you have many friends?
Yes: plus 5.

Have you ever been prescribed medicine for a psychiatric complaint?
Yes: minus 5.

Have you ever been admitted to a psychiatric hospital?
Yes: minus 5.

Your score is your percentage chance of getting a degree. Maximum score is 84%, nobody has an absolute guarantee of a degree. Minimum score is zero. This is accurate. If you did have that acute disadvantage (minority, poverty, psychiatric problems), then you will not get a degree.

A note on the structure of the questions... Some of the negative scores are in fact too small. Statistically, if your parents live in a caravan, that almost excludes a university degree. But in that case your father will probably not have a university degree, or above-average income. To keep the questions simple, they are arranged in terms of cumulative disadvantage. Or advantage: statistically, an income just above average has only a small effect. However, if your father has a degree, income is probably substantially above average (median). The two questions are complementary, in this way.

More on educational inequality at: SOCIOSITE: Social inequality and classes.