2011 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 2

Background Information

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

Probably yes 1822 26%
Probably no 5128 74%

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? 359 209 250 365 272 361
20% 12% 14% 20% 15% 20%
How concerned are you about your accumulated educational debt? 482 227 176 258 238 428
27% 13% 10% 14% 13% 24%

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? 557 522 720 1202 978 1117
11% 10% 14% 24% 19% 22%
How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? 484 415 590 1002 1002 1584
10% 8% 12% 20% 20% 31%

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

Applied for financial aid for the first time 1955 28%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 1050 15%
Bought fewer books, bought cheaper used books, read books on reserve 4834 70%
Took a leave of absence or a quarter/semester off 123 2%
Took more courses per term 1720 25%
Took action to graduate more quickly 1286 19%
Did not retake a class to improve grade 721 10%
Accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 1686 24%
Decided against study abroad 1950 28%
Took a community college course because it was cheaper 1197 17%
Took a job for the first time at college 1462 21%
Worked before but increased the number of hours worked 1257 18%
Increased the debt I carry on my credit card 998 14%
Increased my annual student loan amount 1526 22%
Have cut expenses overall/have been more frugal 4153 60%
None of the above. Cost hasn't been a problem 701 10%
Other 319 5%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Skipped meals to save money 2040 1713 1770 683 467 353
29% 24% 25% 10% 7% 5%
Cut down on personal/recreational spending 338 403 1766 1608 1593 1319
5% 6% 25% 23% 23% 19%
Worried about my personal debt 1401 1062 1235 1008 1011 1296
20% 15% 18% 14% 14% 18%
Worried about my family's debt and financial circumstances 877 888 1326 977 1120 1816
13% 13% 19% 14% 16% 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 3396 49%
No 3541 51%

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 465 7%
Disagree 732 10%
Somewhat disagree 1225 18%
Somewhat agree 2384 34%
Agree 1583 23%
Strongly agree 607 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? (Enter answer in paragraph form)

(N=2354)    [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 5217 74%
1991 or earlier 204 3%
1992 85 1%
1993 75 1%
1994 74 1%
1995 85 1%
1996 77 1%
1997 86 1%
1998 65 1%
1999 79 1%
2000 104 1%
2001 86 1%
2002 54 1%
2003 67 1%
2004 72 1%
2005 78 1%
2006 93 1%
2007 142 2%
2008 103 1%
2009 55 1%
2010 or later 107 2%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 4342 62%
Before I was 5 years old 1326 19%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 819 12%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 365 5%
After turning 16 years old 148 2%

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

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 2670 4361
38% 62%
My father 2783 4242
40% 60%
My mother's mother 2283 4695
33% 67%
My father's mother 2334 4638
33% 67%
My mother's father 2272 4706
33% 67%
My father's father 2336 4597
34% 66%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 8 0%
Less than high school diploma 61 2%
High school diploma 489 18%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 261 10%
Bachelor's degree 881 33%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 86 3%
Master's degree 550 21%
A professional degree 180 7%
Doctoral degree 140 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 1561 568 92 190 290 394 44 461 88 122
41% 15% 2% 5% 8% 10% 1% 12% 2% 3%
In Foreign Country 293 149 635 984 259 1267 43 281 109 88
7% 4% 15% 24% 6% 31% 1% 7% 3% 2%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 10 0%
Less than high school diploma 77 3%
High school diploma 495 18%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 200 7%
Bachelor's degree 805 29%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 34 1%
Master's degree 542 20%
A professional degree 275 10%
Doctoral degree 318 12%

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 1358 449 86 192 157 368 32 573 147 374
36% 12% 2% 5% 4% 10% 1% 15% 4% 10%
In Foreign Country 338 128 588 808 149 1167 46 376 117 232
9% 3% 15% 20% 4% 30% 1% 10% 3% 6%

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

I don't know 1511 22%
None 2698 38%
One 824 12%
Two 1052 15%
Three 462 7%
Four 474 7%

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

Wealthy 118 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 2048 29%
Middle-class 2616 37%
Working-class 1388 20%
Low-income or poor 852 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 929 13%
No 6090 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 2010?

Less than $10,000 376 41%
$10,000 to $19,999 158 17%
$20,000 to $34,999 121 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 61 7%
$50,000 to $64,999 51 6%
$65,000 to $79,999 30 3%
$80,000 to $99,999 33 4%
$100,000 to $124,999 26 3%
$125,000 to $149,999 14 2%
$150,000 to $199,999 19 2%
$200,000 or more 19 2%

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 2010?

Less than $10,000 314 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 354 6%
$20,000 to $34,999 562 10%
$35,000 to $49,999 447 8%
$50,000 to $64,999 476 8%
$65,000 to $79,999 551 10%
$80,000 to $99,999 693 12%
$100,000 to $124,999 890 16%
$125,000 to $149,999 374 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 430 7%
$200,000 or more 644 11%

12. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 822 12%
Not particularly spiritual 1034 15%
No preference 658 10%
Agnostic 708 10%
Atheist 769 11%
Baptist 156 2%
Buddhist 253 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 318 5%
Eastern Orthodox 34 0%
Episcopalian 34 0%
Hindu 130 2%
Jewish 212 3%
Lutheran 42 1%
Methodist 42 1%
Mormon 26 0%
Muslim 100 1%
Presbyterian 239 3%
Quaker 5 0%
Roman Catholic 813 12%
Seventh Day Adventist 16 0%
Sikh 32 0%
Taoist 18 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 6 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 12 0%
Other Christian 363 5%
Other Religion 72 1%

13. What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 214 3%
Gay/Lesbian 179 3%
Heterosexual 5955 85%
Questioning/Unsure 95 1%
Self-identified Queer 67 1%
Decline to state 399 6%
Other 78 1%

14. With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 4112 59%
Man (Male) 2755 39%
Transgender 8 0%
Genderqueer 21 0%
Decline to state 104 1%
Other 16 0%

15. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 651 9%
Liberal 2256 32%
Slightly liberal 1425 21%
Moderate or middle of the road 1706 25%
Slightly conservative 575 8%
Conservative 281 4%
Very conservative 56 1%

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

Professional sports 18 0%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 68 1%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 70 1%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 211 3%
Campus club sports team 502 7%
Intramural sports 912 13%
Personal recreation 2801 40%
Does not apply to me 2425 35%

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

(N=4498; Mean=5.17 Hours; Max=50 Hours)

17. Where are you living this term?

University residence hall 1523 22%
University owned apartment or house (on- or off-campus) 203 3%
With family 223 3%
Sorority or fraternity 390 6%
Co-op student housing 315 4%
Off-campus in an apartment 3530 50%
Off-campus in a house 735 10%
Other 100 1%

18. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 4858 69%
1 mile to 2 miles 1367 20%
3 miles to 10 miles 390 6%
11 to 20 miles 178 3%
21 miles or more 213 3%

19. What is your primary mode of transportation to campus during the spring 2011 term?

Walk 5330 76%
Bicycle 534 8%
Apartment or campus shuttle bus 7 0%
University bus 87 1%
City bus 461 7%
Subway train or other train (e.g. Amtrak) 178 3%
Carpool (2 or more) 53 1%
Drive alone 243 3%
Motorcycle, motorized scooter, or moped 32 0%
Rollerblade, skateboard, skate, or scooter 43 1%
Mobility scooter, powered wheelchair, or wheelchair 7 0%
Other 61 1%

20. Who do you live with?

No one. I live alone 565 8%
I share an aparment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 5359 76%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 261 4%
I live with at least one parent 220 3%
I am a single parent living with children 30 0%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner and children 70 1%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner without children 116 2%
Other 394 6%

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