2013 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 1

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Berkeley Experience
Transition to UC Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
Your Berkeley Plans
Future Plans and Aspirations
Prior College Experiences

Early Berkeley experiences

1.  Please rate the start of your Berkeley experience by completing the following statement. Overall, I am off to ...

a really fantastic start! 257 24%
a very good start 398 37%
a good start 299 28%
just an OK start 111 10%
not a good start 23 2%

2.  What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected?

(N=1,016)  [Contact OPA for more information]

3.  What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?

(N=1,003)  [Contact OPA for more information]

4.  As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below. Click here if you would like to review definitions of diversity and academic dishonesty.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 20 34 76 312 440 186
2% 3% 7% 29% 41% 17%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 21 31 58 259 498 197
2% 3% 6% 24% 47% 19%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 14 9 5 59 252 729
1% 1% 1% 6% 24% 68%
Most students are proud to attend this school 13 5 6 40 329 673
1% 1% 1% 4% 31% 63%
This institution values students' opinions 13 7 48 183 490 321
1% 1% 5% 17% 46% 30%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 106 368 295 117 78 89
10% 35% 28% 11% 7% 9%
I feel that I belong at this campus 21 18 60 279 397 289
2% 2% 6% 26% 37% 27%
Diversity is important on this campus 20 18 44 136 392 455
2% 2% 4% 13% 37% 43%
Diversity is important to me 15 11 24 127 347 541
1% 1% 2% 12% 33% 51%

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Your Transition Into UC Berkeley

5.  To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeN/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
CalSO 38 36 49 211 286 267 140
4% 4% 5% 21% 28% 26% 14%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 12 17 23 67 90 42 775
1% 2% 2% 7% 9% 4% 76%
Convocation for new students 28 39 45 128 123 57 615
3% 4% 4% 12% 12% 6% 59%
Welcome week activities 17 25 56 216 269 151 281
2% 3% 6% 21% 27% 15% 28%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 6 6 8 25 24 20 941
1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 91%
Transfer Edge (Summer Sessions) 6 13 14 35 61 73 830
1% 1% 1% 3% 6% 7% 80%
Summer Bridge 4 8 10 31 25 21 928
0% 1% 1% 3% 2% 2% 90%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 4 7 11 27 27 19 932
0% 1% 1% 3% 3% 2% 91%
Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center (Also includes Cal Independent Scholars Network and Veteran Students Program) 7 14 26 132 221 177 460
1% 1% 3% 13% 21% 17% 44%
Berkeley International Office 7 5 14 53 92 58 804
1% 1% 1% 5% 9% 6% 78%
Academic Achievement Program (Includes Miller & SSS Scholars Programs) 9 5 14 38 50 54 865
1% 1% 1% 4% 5% 5% 84%
Athletic Study Center 5 6 7 35 29 25 927
1% 1% 1% 3% 3% 2% 90%
Disabled Students' Program 5 11 9 32 34 36 903
1% 1% 1% 3% 3% 4% 88%
Dreamers' Resource Center 6 5 9 30 31 29 922
1% 1% 1% 3% 3% 3% 89%
Gender Equity Resource Center 5 9 13 30 45 31 895
1% 1% 1% 3% 4% 3% 87%
Multicultural Student Development 5 7 8 34 45 35 898
1% 1% 1% 3% 4% 3% 87%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 5 7 9 33 56 45 875
1% 1% 1% 3% 5% 4% 85%

(...continued) To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeN/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
Student Life Advising Services /Educational Opportunity Program (SLAS/EOP) Office 7 8 15 69 80 78 765
1% 1% 2% 7% 8% 8% 75%
Student Learning Center 6 7 11 95 137 86 679
1% 1% 1% 9% 13% 8% 67%
Residence Hall Staff 7 7 21 92 136 80 674
1% 1% 2% 9% 13% 8% 66%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 6 4 14 55 76 49 824
1% 0% 1% 5% 7% 5% 80%
New Student Services website 4 7 19 105 152 77 660
0% 1% 2% 10% 15% 8% 65%
My Years at Cal website 6 14 22 96 107 58 722
1% 1% 2% 9% 10% 6% 70%
My Berkeley Application website 7 13 27 184 351 359 84
1% 1% 3% 18% 34% 35% 8%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 7 13 32 162 182 114 510
1% 1% 3% 16% 18% 11% 50%
Another Berkeley student 8 4 12 155 310 379 152
1% 0% 1% 15% 30% 37% 15%
A family member 16 24 36 133 174 181 456
2% 2% 4% 13% 17% 18% 45%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 18 13 42 202 261 290 196
2% 1% 4% 20% 26% 28% 19%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 22 15 47 154 202 216 369
2% 2% 5% 15% 20% 21% 36%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 5 8 18 101 150 122 619
1% 1% 2% 10% 15% 12% 61%

5a.  Please list up to 3 additional resources, individuals, or programs that helped with your transition into Berkeley (Note, if you list individuals by name, please also indicate their office or departmental affiliation if they work on campus):

1. (N=686)  [Contact OPA for more information]

2. (N=510)  [Contact OPA for more information]

3. (N=359)  [Contact OPA for more information]

5b.  Please share with us any additional information regarding your transition into UC Berkeley, and the resources you found helpful, particularly those not asked about above:

(N=441)  [Contact OPA for more information]

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Academic and Personal Development

1.  Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 4 12 100 292 363 169
0% 1% 11% 31% 39% 18%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 4 30 110 304 327 164
0% 3% 12% 32% 35% 18%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 2 23 109 299 341 163
0% 3% 12% 32% 36% 17%
Foreign language skills 59 145 179 197 166 193
6% 15% 19% 21% 18% 21%
Understanding of a specific field of study 3 16 97 341 341 135
0% 2% 10% 37% 37% 15%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 18 76 207 321 207 109
2% 8% 22% 34% 22% 12%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 6 23 88 191 240 393
1% 2% 9% 20% 26% 42%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 3 31 114 274 306 211
0% 3% 12% 29% 33% 23%
Leadership skills 12 37 143 304 265 179
1% 4% 15% 32% 28% 19%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 2 14 87 259 311 268
0% 2% 9% 28% 33% 29%

(...continued) Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Computer skills 7 31 163 309 269 160
1% 3% 17% 33% 29% 17%
Internet research skills 2 14 103 257 342 221
0% 2% 11% 27% 36% 24%
Library research skills 11 63 241 324 209 93
1% 7% 26% 34% 22% 10%
Other research skills 12 28 220 361 216 98
1% 3% 24% 39% 23% 11%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 8 27 138 328 288 152
1% 3% 15% 35% 31% 16%
Interpersonal (social) skills 8 42 135 269 256 231
1% 5% 14% 29% 27% 25%

2.  Similarly, please rate your abilities on the following dimensions.

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 2 4 26 150 304 449
0% 0% 3% 16% 33% 48%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 7 19 95 213 235 368
1% 2% 10% 23% 25% 39%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 3 2 39 164 297 420
0% 0% 4% 18% 32% 45%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 2 3 24 160 297 447
0% 0% 3% 17% 32% 48%
Self-awareness and understanding 3 6 34 169 308 413
0% 1% 4% 18% 33% 44%
Ability to rebound from adversity (i.e., resiliency) 4 9 73 224 282 342
0% 1% 8% 24% 30% 37%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3.  Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Students are respected here regardless of their economic or social class 4 12 42 137 399 309
0% 1% 5% 15% 44% 34%
Students are respected here regardless of their gender 4 7 23 104 413 351
0% 1% 3% 12% 46% 39%
Students are respected here regardless of their race or ethnicity 7 14 44 127 373 337
1% 2% 5% 14% 41% 37%
Students are respected here regardless of their religious beliefs 8 15 37 139 397 304
1% 2% 4% 15% 44% 34%
Students are respected here regardless of their political beliefs 11 20 67 177 370 257
1% 2% 7% 20% 41% 29%
Students are respected here regardless of their sexual orientation 3 3 23 121 389 359
0% 0% 3% 14% 43% 40%
Students are respected here regardless of their disabilities 3 7 23 114 374 376
0% 1% 3% 13% 42% 42%

4.  Now indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 4 20 51 167 365 281
1% 2% 6% 19% 41% 32%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 7 13 40 145 375 300
1% 2% 5% 17% 43% 34%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 8 12 33 131 377 337
1% 1% 4% 15% 42% 38%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 7 4 36 145 393 306
1% 0% 4% 16% 44% 34%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 4 4 18 103 397 362
1% 1% 2% 12% 45% 41%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 6 12 27 142 393 294
1% 1% 3% 16% 45% 34%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 7 16 37 124 373 317
1% 2% 4% 14% 43% 36%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 4 2 12 89 366 403
1% 0% 1% 10% 42% 46%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 7 6 25 114 364 342
1% 1% 3% 13% 42% 40%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 3 5 16 119 342 296
0% 1% 2% 15% 44% 38%

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Your Berkeley Plans

1.  If you were assured admittance to any major, what major would you choose?

American Studies 1 0%
Anthropology 19 1%
Applied Mathematics 8 0%
Architecture 16 1%
Art Practice 15 1%
Asian American Studies 1 0%
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies 1 0%
Astrophysics 6 0%
Bioengineering 6 0%
Business Administration 72 3%
Celtic Studies 1 0%
Chemical Biology 8 0%
Chemical Engineering 22 1%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 9 0%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 1 0%
Civil Engineering 9 0%
Classical Civilization 1 0%
Classical Languages 3 0%
Cognitive Science 11 1%
Comparative Literature 3 0%
Computer Science 22 1%
Conservation and Resource Studies 6 0%
Dance and Performance Studies 1 0%
Development Studies 3 0%
EPS - Geology 2 0%
EPS - Geophysics 2 0%
EPS - Planetary Science 2 0%
Economics 53 2%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 29 1%
Engineering Physics 3 0%
English 45 2%
Environmental Economics and Policy (College of Natural Resources) 7 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy (L & S) 4 0%
Environmental Engineering Science 2 0%
Environmental Sciences 5 0%
Ethnic Studies 1 0%
Film 14 1%
Forestry and Natural Resources 1 0%
French 2 0%
Gender and Women's Studies 3 0%
Genetics and Plant Biology 2 0%
Geography 4 0%
History 16 1%
History of Art 9 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 2 0%
Integrative Biology 10 0%
Interdisciplinary Studies 7 0%
Italian Studies 1 0%
Joint Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering 2 0%
Joint Electrical Eng and Computer Sciences/Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Joint Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering 1 0%
Landscape Architecture 4 0%
Legal Studies 11 1%
Linguistics 11 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 5 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 4 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 4 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 12 1%
Mass Communications 1 0%
Materials Science and Engineering 2 0%
Mathematics 17 1%
Mechanical Engineering 20 1%
Media Studies 21 1%
Microbial Biology 2 0%
Middle Eastern Studies 2 0%
Molecular Environmental Biology 8 0%
Molecular Toxicology 5 0%
Music 4 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 11 1%
Near Eastern Studies - Near Eastern Civilizations 1 0%
Nuclear Engineering 2 0%
Nutrition Science 1 0%
Nutritional Science - Dietetics 3 0%
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism 3 0%
Operations Research and Management Science 3 0%
Peace and Conflict Studies 8 0%
Philosophy 19 1%
Physical Sciences 1 0%
Physics 7 0%
Political Economy 15 1%
Political Economy of Industrial Societies 1 0%
Political Science 38 2%
Psychology 62 3%
Public Health 11 1%
Religious Studies 3 0%
Rhetoric 3 0%
Social Welfare 10 0%
Society and Environment 6 0%
Sociology 32 1%
Spanish - Option C, Plan 2: Latin-American Languages and Lit 2 0%
Spanish - Option D: Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues 1 0%
Spanish - Spanish Language and Literature 2 0%
Statistics 12 1%
Theater and Performance Studies 8 0%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 4 0%
Urban Studies 3 0%

2.  Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

Yes 739 84%
No 140 16%

IF NO: In which major do you expect to graduate?

American Studies 1 0%
Anthropology 3 0%
Applied Mathematics 4 0%
Art Practice 1 0%
Asian American Studies 1 0%
Asian Studies - Area 2: Japan 1 0%
Astrophysics 1 0%
Business Administration 4 0%
Chemical Biology 2 0%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 2 0%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 1 0%
Computer Science 1 0%
Development Studies 3 0%
Economics 20 1%
Engineering Mathematics and Statistics 1 0%
English 8 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy (College of Natural Resources) 1 0%
Environmental Sciences 2 0%
Film 1 0%
Gender and Women's Studies 2 0%
Geography 1 0%
German 1 0%
History 2 0%
Integrative Biology 1 0%
Interdisciplinary Studies 5 0%
Landscape Architecture 1 0%
Latin American Studies 1 0%
Legal Studies 3 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 3 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 1 0%
Materials Science and Engineering 1 0%
Mathematics 2 0%
Media Studies 3 0%
Molecular Environmental Biology 1 0%
Molecular Toxicology 1 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 4 0%
Near Eastern Studies - Near Eastern Civilizations 1 0%
Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism 2 0%
Philosophy 2 0%
Physics 2 0%
Political Economy 5 0%
Political Economy of Industrial Societies 1 0%
Political Science 5 0%
Psychology 7 0%
Religious Studies 2 0%
Rhetoric 2 0%
Social Welfare 2 0%
Society and Environment 3 0%
Sociology 6 0%
South and Southeast Asian Studies 1 0%
Spanish - Option C, Plan 2: Latin-American Languages and Lit 3 0%
Statistics 3 0%
Theater and Performance Studies 1 0%
Urban Studies 2 0%

3.  What factors have been or do you expect will be very important to you in deciding on your major?

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 859 21
98% 2%
Leads to a high paying job 471 398
54% 46%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 822 54
94% 6%
Complements desire to study abroad 462 404
53% 47%
Parental desires 187 679
22% 78%
Easy requirements 162 704
19% 81%
Allows time for other activities 319 544
37% 63%
Provides international opportunities 599 266
69% 31%
Prestige 483 381
56% 44%
Interest in subject area 868 12
99% 1%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 716 157
82% 18%
Other 131 249
35% 66%

Please describe: (N=111) 

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Future Plans & Aspirations

4.  What do you anticipate you will be doing within a year after you graduate?

Enroll in graduate or professional school 369 17%
Work full-time 293 13%
Work part-time 16 1%
Be self-employed 8 0%
Study or work abroad 52 2%
Join armed forces 2 0%
Join Peace Corps 13 1%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 33 2%
Take a year off 19 1%
Do something else 2 0%
Other 17 1%
I have no idea at this point 61 3%

If other, please elaborate: (N=31) 

5.  In what career field do you hope to eventually work after you've completed your education?

Architecture 18 1%
Business 159 7%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 58 3%
Education/Teaching 92 4%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 39 2%
Engineering 52 2%
Environmental/Natural Resources 30 1%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 78 4%
Law 67 3%
Medicine 66 3%
Other Health-Related Field 38 2%
Research 76 3%
Other 55 3%
I have no idea whatsoever 51 2%

If other, please elaborate: (N=69) 

6.  What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to eventually earn?

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 80 4%
Teaching credential 6 0%
Business master's (MBA) 113 5%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 59 3%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 117 5%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 72 3%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 12 1%
Medical doctor (MD) 37 2%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 266 12%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 38 2%
I don't know yet 84 4%

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Your Prior College Experiences

1.  Thinking back over your transfer college coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 2 17 47 135 374 298
0% 2% 5% 16% 43% 34%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 3 17 73 152 359 267
0% 2% 8% 18% 41% 31%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 13 55 126 188 278 211
2% 6% 15% 22% 32% 24%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 8 40 100 184 304 239
1% 5% 11% 21% 35% 27%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 24 93 120 182 263 189
3% 11% 14% 21% 30% 22%

2.  Thinking back on your transfer college experience, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 1 12 23 106 303 429
0% 1% 3% 12% 35% 49%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 6 31 65 167 308 296
1% 4% 7% 19% 35% 34%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 11 66 106 183 298 210
1% 8% 12% 21% 34% 24%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 7 37 113 179 299 231
1% 4% 13% 21% 35% 27%

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