2012 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 2

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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

Probably yes 2,145 25%
Probably no 6,353 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? 352 246 288 475 387 379
17% 12% 13% 22% 18% 18%
How concerned are you about your accumulated educational debt? 545 293 196 313 316 465
26% 14% 9% 14% 15% 22%

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? 679 623 917 1,535 1,207 1,363
11% 10% 14% 24% 19% 22%
How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? 614 533 768 1,375 1,305 1,730
10% 8% 12% 22% 21% 27%

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

Applied for financial aid for the first time 2,785 33%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 1,504 18%
Bought fewer books, bought cheaper used books, read books on reserve 6,352 75%
Took a leave of absence or a quarter/semester off 163 2%
Took more courses per term 2,326 27%
Took action to graduate more quickly 1,678 20%
Did not retake a class to improve grade 1,092 13%
Accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 2,605 31%
Decided against study abroad 2,572 30%
Took a community college course because it was cheaper 1,467 17%
Took a job for the first time at college 1,853 22%
Worked before but increased the number of hours worked 1,518 18%
Increased the debt I carry on my credit card 1,121 13%
Increased my annual student loan amount 2,031 24%
Have cut expenses overall/have been more frugal 5,184 61%
None of the above. Cost hasn't been a problem 759 9%
Other 307 4%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Skipped meals to save money 2,237 2,178 2,030 871 667 402
27% 26% 24% 10% 8% 5%
Cut down on personal/recreational spending 389 552 1,982 1,816 2,131 1,501
5% 7% 24% 22% 25% 18%
Worried about my personal debt 1,653 1,319 1,380 1,203 1,349 1,451
20% 16% 17% 14% 16% 17%
Worried about my family's debt and financial circumstances 1,094 1,058 1,463 1,182 1,480 2,053
13% 13% 18% 14% 18% 25%

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 4,862 58%
No 3,536 42%

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 753 9%
Disagree 986 12%
Somewhat disagree 1,679 20%
Somewhat agree 2,598 31%
Agree 1,731 21%
Strongly agree 637 8%

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=8,479) [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 6,122 73%
1991 or earlier 157 2%
1992 80 1%
1993 94 1%
1994 99 1%
1995 97 1%
1996 89 1%
1997 101 1%
1998 85 1%
1999 88 1%
2000 115 1%
2001 116 1%
2002 62 1%
2003 85 1%
2004 92 1%
2005 86 1%
2006 98 1%
2007 131 2%
2008 175 2%
2009 135 2%
2010 110 1%
2011 or later 166 2%

 

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 5,047 60%
Before I was 5 years old 1,699 20%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 1,007 12%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 439 5%
After turning 16 years old 192 2%

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

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 2,931 5,228
36% 64%
My father 3,010 5,142
37% 63%
My mother's mother 2,467 5,669
30% 70%
My father's mother 2,551 5,576
31% 69%
My mother's father 2,458 5,670
30% 70%
My father's father 2,559 5,558
32% 69%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 12 0%
Less than high school diploma 53 2%
High school diploma 597 20%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 261 9%
Bachelor's degree 973 32%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 102 3%
Master's degree 624 21%
A professional degree 225 8%
Doctoral degree 159 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 2,197 683 106 255 372 471 43 556 95 151
45% 14% 2% 5% 8% 10% 1% 11% 2% 3%
In Foreign Country 413 170 732 1,123 351 1,614 56 344 113 105
8% 3% 15% 22% 7% 32% 1% 7% 2% 2%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 11 0%
Less than high school diploma 106 4%
High school diploma 554 19%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 203 7%
Bachelor's degree 877 30%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 40 1%
Master's degree 544 18%
A professional degree 294 10%
Doctoral degree 345 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 1,930 596 99 216 189 400 46 715 176 482
40% 12% 2% 5% 4% 8% 1% 15% 4% 10%
In Foreign Country 499 152 675 943 210 1,455 47 490 147 287
10% 3% 14% 19% 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 1,720 21%
None 3,288 39%
One 1,012 12%
Two 1,180 14%
Three 577 7%
Four 587 7%

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

Wealthy 166 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 2,313 28%
Middle-class 3,133 38%
Working-class 1,734 21%
Low-income or poor 1,009 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 994 12%
No 7,352 88%

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 2011?

Less than $10,000 380 40%
$10,000 to $19,999 182 19%
$20,000 to $34,999 145 15%
$35,000 to $49,999 54 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 52 5%
$65,000 to $79,999 38 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 38 4%
$100,000 to $124,999 34 4%
$125,000 to $149,999 8 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 10 1%
$200,000 or more 17 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 2011?

Less than $10,000 342 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 476 7%
$20,000 to $34,999 698 10%
$35,000 to $49,999 589 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 535 8%
$65,000 to $79,999 568 8%
$80,000 to $99,999 721 11%
$100,000 to $124,999 1,085 16%
$125,000 to $149,999 474 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 560 8%
$200,000 or more 841 12%

12. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 958 12%
Not particularly spiritual 1,140 14%
No preference 837 10%
Agnostic 862 11%
Atheist 1,003 12%
Baptist 201 3%
Buddhist 290 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 391 5%
Eastern Orthodox 54 1%
Episcopalian 32 0%
Hindu 178 2%
Jewish 275 3%
Lutheran 36 0%
Methodist 47 1%
Mormon 24 0%
Muslim 129 2%
Presbyterian 250 3%
Quaker 2 0%
Roman Catholic 837 10%
Seventh Day Adventist 10 0%
Sikh 33 0%
Taoist 19 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 11 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 14 0%
Other Christian 431 5%
Other Religion 93 1%

13. What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 297 3%
Gay/Lesbian 227 3%
Heterosexual 7,094 86%
Questioning/Unsure 111 1%
Self-identified Queer 91 1%
Decline to state 388 5%
Other 92 1%

14a. With which gender do you identify?

Woman 4,881 59%
Man 3,317 40%
Decline to state 110 1%
Other 26 0%

14b. Do you identify as transgender?

Yes 26 0%
No 8,276 100%

15. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 748 9%
Liberal 2,628 32%
Slightly liberal 1,702 21%
Moderate or middle of the road 2,082 25%
Slightly conservative 682 8%
Conservative 360 4%
Very conservative 48 1%

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

Professional sports 19 0%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 56 1%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 84 1%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 303 4%
Campus club sports team 593 7%
Intramural sports 1,107 13%
Personal recreation 2,992 36%
Does not apply to me 3,149 38%

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

(N=5101; Mean=5.18 Hours; Max=99 Hours)

17. Where are you living this term?

University residence hall 1,808 22%
University owned apartment or house (on- or off-campus) 222 3%
With family 261 3%
Sorority or fraternity 485 6%
Co-op student housing 374 5%
Off-campus in an apartment 4,218 51%
Off-campus in a house 877 11%
Other 107 1%

18. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 5,594 67%
1 mile to 2 miles 1,778 21%
3 miles to 10 miles 512 6%
11 to 20 miles 218 3%
21 miles or more 242 3%

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

Walk 6,355 76%
Bicycle 576 7%
Apartment or campus shuttle bus 12 0%
University bus 95 1%
City bus 589 7%
Subway train or other train (e.g. Amtrak) 209 3%
Carpool (2 or more) 63 1%
Drive alone 269 3%
Motorcycle, motorized scooter, or moped 36 0%
Rollerblade, skateboard, skate, or scooter 44 1%
Mobility scooter, powered wheelchair, or wheelchair 2 0%
Other 77 1%

20. Who do you live with?

No one. I live alone 644 8%
I share an aparment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 6,289 76%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 359 4%
I live with at least one parent 279 3%
I am a single parent living with children 49 1%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner and children 79 1%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner without children 167 2%
Other 440 5%

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