2010 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 2

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1.  Will you complete a bachelor degree this spring or summer?

Probably yes 2702 25%
Probably no 8282 75%

On Selection of option "PROBABLY YES" from the above question:

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education?

Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
How concerned HAVE YOU BEEN about paying for your undergraduate education up to now? 694 397 295 390 329 583
26% 15% 11% 15% 12% 22%
How concerned are you about your accumulated educational debt? 887 300 243 270 323 657
33% 11% 9% 10% 12% 25%

On Selection of option "PROBABLY NO" from the above question:

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education?

Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
How concerned HAVE YOU BEEN about paying for your undergraduate education up to now? 1188 1053 1071 1543 1377 2005
14% 13% 13% 19% 17% 24%
How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? 910 717 779 1205 1649 2939
11% 9% 10% 15% 20% 36%

2. Which of the following have you done in the past year to meet college expenses?

Applied for financial aid for the first time 3516 32%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 1770 16%
Bought fewer books, bought cheaper used books, read books on reserve 7419 68%
Took a leave of absence or a quarter/semester off 191 2%
Took more courses per term 2477 23%
Took fewer courses per term 546 5%
Changed my major or minor 471 4%
Took action to graduate more quickly 1636 15%
Dropped double major or changed plan to double major 1031 9%
Did not retake a class to improve grade 865 8%
Accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 2112 19%
Decided to postpone graduate or professional school to earn money 1722 16%
Decided to quickly enroll in graduate or professional school because jobs are so scarce 923 8%
Decided against planned internship 692 6%
Decided against study abroad 2758 25%
Took a community college course because it was cheaper 2020 18%
Took an online course because it was cheaper 459 4%
Took a job for the first time at college 1927 18%
Worked before but increased the number of hours worked 1796 16%
Changed my commute to campus (e.g., now bike or take public transportation to campus) 926 8%
Added a roommate 1946 18%
Moved home to reduce expenses 607 6%
Moved elsewhere to reduce expenses 2031 18%
Decided to move home after college 1199 11%
Increased the debt I carry on my credit card 1583 14%
Increased my annual student loan amount 2343 21%
Have cut expenses overall / have been more frugal 6203 56%
None of the above. Cost hasn't been a problem 1046 10%
Other 402 4%

3. How frequently have you engaged in the following behaviors in the past year?

NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Skipped meals to save money 3290 2803 2758 1112 761 539
29% 25% 24% 10% 7% 5%
Cut down on personal / recreational spending 484 692 2675 2541 2733 2132
4% 6% 24% 23% 24% 19%
Worried about my personal debt 2195 1718 1911 1636 1640 2153
20% 15% 17% 15% 15% 19%
Worried about my family's debt and financial circumstances 1387 1368 1988 1643 1877 2973
12% 12% 18% 15% 17% 26%

3a. Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for students from families making less than $70,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 3356 30%
No 7748 70%

3b.  To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

Strongly disagree 629 6%
Disagree 1122 10%
Somewhat disagree 2002 18%
Somewhat agree 3841 34%
Agree 2584 23%
Strongly agree 1025 9%

4.  Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at Cal?

(N=3394)     [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 8205 73%
1991 or earlier 417 4%
1992 130 1%
1993 120 1%
1994 115 1%
1995 138 1%
1996 102 1%
1997 130 1%
1998 123 1%
1999 133 1%
2000 181 2%
2001 173 2%
2002 132 1%
2003 137 1%
2004 182 2%
2005 211 2%
2006 198 2%
2007 177 2%
2008 126 1%
2009 or later 110 1%

6. When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 6703 60%
Before I was 5 years old 2154 19%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 1325 12%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 710 6%
After turning 16 years old 296 3%

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

In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 4276 7004
38% 62%
My father 4390 6876
39% 61%
My mother's mother 3598 7584
32% 68%
My father's mother 3674 7494
33% 67%
My mother's father 3607 7560
32% 68%
My father's father 3678 7429
33% 67%

7a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

None (did not receive formal education) 10 0%
Less than high school diploma 103 2%
High school diploma 873 20%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 438 10%
Bachelor's degree 1331 31%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 152 4%
Master's degree 844 20%
A professional degree 311 7%
Doctoral degree 197 5%

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

Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 2441 986 121 351 500 594 76 683 144 159
40% 16% 2% 6% 8% 10% 1% 11% 2% 3%
In Foreign Country 408 222 1045 1685 466 2031 60 397 160 140
6% 3% 16% 25% 7% 31% 1% 6% 2% 2%

7b. What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

None (did not receive formal education) 21 0%
Less than high school diploma 119 3%
High school diploma 846 19%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 304 7%
Bachelor's degree 1228 28%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 65 1%
Master's degree 833 19%
A professional degree 454 10%
Doctoral degree 481 11%

What was the highest level of education reached by your father?

Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 2178 829 145 318 255 518 47 930 209 556
36% 14% 2% 5% 4% 9% 1% 16% 3% 9%
In Foreign Country 496 231 959 1365 273 1853 68 624 226 329
8% 4% 15% 21% 4% 29% 1% 10% 4% 5%

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

I don't know 2407 21%
None 4460 40%
One 1353 12%
Two 1645 15%
Three 724 6%
Four 679 6%

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

Wealthy 203 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 3166 28%
Middle-class 4216 37%
Working-class 2319 21%
Low-income or poor 1358 12%

10.  Are you a financially independent student? 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.

Yes 1454 13%
No 9808 87%

On Selection of option "YES" from the above question

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 606 43%
$10,000 to $19,999 276 20%
$20,000 to $34,999 181 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 88 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 67 5%
$65,000 to $79,999 73 5%
$80,000 to $99,999 30 2%
$100,000 to $124,999 42 3%
$125,000 to $149,999 14 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 7 0%
$200,000 or more 19 1%

On Selection of option "NO" from the above question

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 486 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 586 6%
$20,000 to $34,999 942 10%
$35,000 to $49,999 789 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 780 8%
$65,000 to $79,999 857 9%
$80,000 to $99,999 1070 12%
$100,000 to $124,999 1422 15%
$125,000 to $149,999 608 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 717 8%
$200,000 or more 960 10%

12. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 1376 12%
Not particularly spiritual 1695 15%
No preference 1078 10%
Agnostic 1016 9%
Atheist 1093 10%
Baptist 294 3%
Buddhist 429 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 490 4%
Eastern Orthodox 71 1%
Episcopalian 48 0%
Hindu 202 2%
Jewish 370 3%
Lutheran 67 1%
Methodist 63 1%
Mormon 34 0%
Muslim 188 2%
Presbyterian 343 3%
Quaker 5 0%
Roman Catholic 1368 12%
Seventh Day Adventist 30 0%
Sikh 44 0%
Taoist 24 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 19 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 22 0%
Other Christian 571 5%
Other Religion 135 1%

13. What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 315 3%
Gay/Lesbian 286 3%
Heterosexual 9598 85%
Questioning/Unsure 147 1%
Self-identified Queer 87 1%
Decline to state 621 6%
Other 182 2%

14. With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 6397 57%
Man (Male) 4630 41%
Transgender 15 0%
Genderqueer 38 0%
Decline to state 165 1%
Other 21 0%

15. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 1009 9%
Liberal 3718 33%
Slightly liberal 2254 20%
Moderate or middle of the road 2700 24%
Slightly conservative 888 8%
Conservative 482 4%
Very conservative 104 1%

16. Please indicate the highest level of organized sports in which you participate?

Professional sports 23 0%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 139 1%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 126 1%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 388 3%
Campus club sports team 705 6%
Intramural sports 1483 13%
Personal recreation 4386 39%
Does not apply to me 4009 36%

16a. On average, how many hours a week do you spend on this one activity? (Must be numeric)

(N=7097; Mean=5.25 Hours; Max=84 Hours)

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