2009 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 2

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1. When did you come to the United States to live?

  6448  (73.9%)   I was born in the U.S. 
  416  (4.8%)   1991 or earlier 
  108  (1.2%)   1992 
  108  (1.2%)   1993 
  108  (1.2%)   1994 
  80  (0.9%)   1995 
  98  (1.1%)   1996 
  95  (1.1%)   1997 
  97  (1.1%)   1998 
  110  (1.3%)   1999 
  138  (1.6%)   2000 
  134  (1.5%)   2001 
  111  (1.3%)   2002 
  135  (1.5%)   2003 
  145  (1.7%)   2004 
  139  (1.6%)   2005 
  94  (1.1%)   2006 
  40  (0.5%)   2007 
  122  (1.4%)   2008 or later 
  [290 missing]     (Select one)

2. When did you learn to speak English?

  5288  (60.6%)   English is my native language 
  1758  (20.2%)   Before I was 5 years old 
  992  (11.4%)   When I was 6 to 10 years old 
  506  (5.8%)   When I was 11 to 15 years old 
  175  (2.0%)   After turning 16 years old 
  [297 missing]     (Select one)

3. To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

Outside U.S.In U.S.
My mother 5295  (60.7%)   3428  (39.3%)  
My father 5202  (59.7%)   3513  (40.3%)  
My mother's mother 5776  (66.6%)   2899  (33.4%)  
My father's mother 5679  (65.6%)   2982  (34.4%)  
My mother's father 5797  (66.9%)   2869  (33.1%)  
My father's father 5629  (65.3%)   2991  (34.7%)  

4a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in a foreign country?

  293  (5.6%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country) 
  1045  (19.9%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  1322  (25.2%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  412  (7.8%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  1556  (29.6%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  55  (1.0%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  318  (6.1%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  149  (2.8%)   A professional degree 
  100  (1.9%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [3766 missing]     (Select one)

4b. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in the U.S.?

  2682  (51.9%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.) 
  233  (4.5%)   Less than high school 
  94  (1.8%)   GED 
  257  (5.0%)   High school degree 
  489  (9.5%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  470  (9.1%)   Bachelor's degree 
  102  (2.0%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  589  (11.4%)   Master's 
  129  (2.5%)   Professional degree 
  124  (2.4%)   Doctorate 
  [3847 missing]     (Select one)

4. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

  83  (2.4%)   Less than high school 
  49  (1.4%)   GED 
  665  (19.5%)   High school degree 
  336  (9.8%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  996  (29.2%)   Bachelor's degree 
  265  (7.8%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  666  (19.5%)   Master's 
  208  (6.1%)   Professional degree 
  145  (4.2%)   Doctorate 
  [5603 missing]     (Select one)

5a. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in a foreign country?

  259  (5.1%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country) 
  933  (18.3%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  1146  (22.5%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  292  (5.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  1525  (29.9%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  36  (0.7%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  484  (9.5%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  182  (3.6%)   A professional degree 
  239  (4.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [3920 missing]     (Select one)

5b. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in the U.S.?

  2389  (47.3%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.) 
  181  (3.6%)   Less than high school 
  92  (1.8%)   GED 
  201  (4.0%)   High school degree 
  276  (5.5%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  424  (8.4%)   Bachelor's degree 
  43  (0.9%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  754  (14.9%)   Master's 
  200  (4.0%)   Professional degree 
  493  (9.8%)   Doctorate 
  [3963 missing]     (Select one)

5. What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

  104  (3.0%)   Less than high school 
  46  (1.3%)   GED 
  683  (19.6%)   High school degree 
  231  (6.6%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  933  (26.8%)   Bachelor's degree 
  82  (2.4%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  652  (18.7%)   Master's 
  385  (11.1%)   Professional degree 
  363  (10.4%)   Doctorate 
  [5537 missing]     (Select one)

6. To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

  1911  (22.0%)   I don't know 
  3309  (38.1%)   None 
  1066  (12.3%)   One 
  1249  (14.4%)   Two 
  585  (6.7%)   Three 
  558  (6.4%)   Four 

7. Which of the following best describes your social class when you were growing up?

199  (2.3%)   Wealthy
2590  (29.7%)   Upper-middle or professional-middle
3202  (36.7%)   Middle-class
1709  (19.6%)   Working-class
1017  (11.7%)   Low-income or poor

8. Are you a financially independent student?

You would be an independent student if

  • you have a child, children or other family member that are your legal dependent(s),
  • you are married, if you are under the age of 24 and both of your parents are deceased,
  • you were a ward of your state until you were 18 years of age,
  • you are 24 years of age or older, or
  • you are a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

1160  (13.4%)   Yes
7507  (86.6%)   No

8a. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2008?

351  (4.8%)   Less than $10,000
421  (5.8%)   $10,000 to $19,999
679  (9.3%)   $20,000 to $34,999
625  (8.6%)   $35,000 to $49,999
634  (8.7%)   $50,000 to $64,999
703  (9.7%)   $65,000 to $79,999
778  (10.7%)   $80,000 to $99,999
1151  (15.8%)   $100,000 to $124,999
489  (6.7%)   $125,000 to $149,999
629  (8.6%)   $150,000 to $199,999
813  (11.2%)   $200,000 or more

9. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

  1237  (14.3%)   Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 
  1671  (19.4%)   Not particularly spiritual 
  990  (11.5%)   Agnostic 
  943  (10.9%)   Atheist 
  277  (3.2%)   Baptist 
  368  (4.3%)   Buddhist 
  325  (3.8%)   Christian Church (Disciples) 
  65  (0.8%)   Eastern Orthodox 
  41  (0.5%)   Episcopalian 
  142  (1.6%)   Hindu 
  287  (3.3%)   Jewish 
  63  (0.7%)   Lutheran 
  56  (0.6%)   Methodist 
  27  (0.3%)   Mormon 
  144  (1.7%)   Muslim 
  257  (3.0%)   Presbyterian 
  10  (0.1%)   Quaker 
  971  (11.3%)   Roman Catholic 
  25  (0.3%)   Seventh Day Adventist 
  31  (0.4%)   Sikh 
  21  (0.2%)   Taoist 
  18  (0.2%)   Unitarian/Universalist 
  15  (0.2%)   United Church of Christ/Congregational 
  530  (6.1%)   Other Christian 
  111  (1.3%)   Other Religion 
  [391 missing]     (Select one)

10. What is your sexual orientation?

[Contact OPA for more information]

11. With which gender do you identify?

5051  (58.0%)   Female
3497  (40.1%)   Male
166  (1.9%)   Decline to State/Other

12. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberalLiberalSlightly liberalModerate or middle of the roadSlightly conservativeConservativeVery conservative
850  (9.8%) 2976  (34.3%) 1731  (20.0%) 1939  (22.4%) 683  (7.9%) 406  (4.7%) 81  (0.9%)

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