2017 SONS Freshman - Part 3: Random Module

Academic Experience
Student Life and Development
Items of Special Interest (Advising and Course Selection)
Items of Special interest (AP Experiences)

Academic Experience

We would like to hear more about your perception of being an undergraduate at a research university. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
UC Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 12 15 41 203 400 228
1% 2% 5% 23% 45% 25%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 9 12 44 195 349 292
1% 1% 5% 22% 39% 32%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 42 163 156 192 208 132
5% 18% 18% 22% 23% 15%

How important to you are the following aspects of being an undergraduate at a research university like UC Berkeley?

 Not important at allNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
The prestige of this campus/faculty when you apply to grad school 23 35 87 248 283 223
3% 4% 10% 28% 32% 25%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 11 7 41 216 347 278
1% 1% 5% 24% 39% 31%
Having access to a world-class library collection 16 68 139 244 231 201
2% 8% 16% 27% 26% 22%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 24 83 158 229 232 172
3% 9% 18% 26% 26% 19%

How do you expect to use the library and library staff while you are at UC Berkeley? (Check all that apply)

Selected
To find data and statistical information 480
50%
As a quiet place to study 471
49%
For help in learning to do academic research 476
49%
To find scholarly articles 488
51%
For help in organizing my research 470
49%
As a place to work on group projects 485
50%
For printing, copying and scanning 484
50%
To find books 468
49%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
7
1%

If you were seeking help in doing library research, which ways would you prefer to communicate? Rank the following in order of preference from 1 (strongest preference) to 6 or from 1 to 7 if you select 'Other' below.

- Individual help at a library reference desk

ResponseNumberPercent
1 283 36%
2 173 22%
3 135 17%
4 87 11%
5 65 8%
6 44 6%
7 9 1%

- Individual help by appointment

ResponseNumberPercent
1 150 19%
2 213 27%
3 147 19%
4 131 17%
5 103 13%
6 42 5%
7 7 1%

- Take an hour-long class in library research methods

ResponseNumberPercent
1 59 8%
2 53 7%
3 76 10%
4 97 12%
5 129 16%
6 334 42%
7 40 5%

- Use a virtual chat widget

ResponseNumberPercent
1 59 8%
2 98 12%
3 110 14%
4 144 18%
5 204 26%
6 153 19%
7 22 3%

- Email

ResponseNumberPercent
1 172 22%
2 141 18%
3 178 22%
4 131 16%
5 109 14%
6 63 8%
7 7 1%

- Phone

ResponseNumberPercent
1 71 9%
2 109 14%
3 139 18%
4 180 23%
5 168 21%
6 116 15%
7 10 1%

- Other [Contact OPA for more information]

ResponseNumberPercent
1 17 8%
2 11 5%
3 7 3%
4 15 7%
5 11 5%
6 27 13%
7 119 58%

While attending UC Berkeley, how often would you like to interact with students from a country or state outside of your own in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Never 10 1%
Rarely 34 4%
Occasionally 137 15%
Somewhat often 172 19%
Often 282 31%
Very often 262 29%

How important is it to you to graduate in four years or, if you are a transfer student, in two years?

ResponseNumberPercent
Not important 7 1%
Not very important 16 2%
Somewhat important 47 5%
Important 140 16%
Very important 285 33%
Essential 379 43%

If changes to course availability and other factors made it possible to earn your degree in 3 years, what is the likelihood you would attempt to graduate in 3 years?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very likely 202 23%
Somewhat likely 285 32%
Neither likely nor unlikely 159 18%
Somewhat unlikely 150 17%
Very unlikely 90 10%

Regarding choice of a major, what advice have you received?

 Decide on a major as soon as possibleTake your time; explore optionsNo advice given
From your family 272 485 127
31% 55% 14%
From UC Berkeley advisors 80 591 209
9% 67% 24%
From friends 164 536 176
19% 61% 20%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 172 534 172
20% 61% 20%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 111 612 154
13% 70% 18%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 213 24%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 456 51%
I plan to take my time and explore options 218 25%

Student Life & Development

Indicate how important each of the following college goals is to you.

 Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Be in a position to give back to my community after finishing my education 46 280 587
5% 31% 64%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 17 192 705
2% 21% 77%
Explore and discover my personal identity 36 190 686
4% 21% 75%
Achieve a high GPA 34 296 582
4% 33% 64%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 218 375 319
24% 41% 35%
Establish meaningful friendships 12 146 755
1% 16% 83%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 42 291 581
5% 32% 64%
Explore new ideas 11 236 665
1% 26% 73%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 40 228 644
4% 25% 71%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 8 166 737
1% 18% 81%
Integrate spirituality into my life 376 246 292
41% 27% 32%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 13 226 672
1% 25% 74%

On the scale from 1 to 6 below, please indicate how concerned you are about each of the following:

 (1) Not at all concerned(2)(3)(4)(5)(6) Very concerned
Financing my education at UC Berkeley 167 134 120 139 163 176
19% 15% 13% 16% 18% 20%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 112 80 129 184 184 210
13% 9% 14% 21% 21% 23%
Getting into my first choice of major 164 88 114 134 158 239
18% 10% 13% 15% 18% 27%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 18 18 96 164 241 358
2% 2% 11% 18% 27% 40%
Getting the academic advising I need 67 103 161 203 185 180
8% 12% 18% 23% 21% 20%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 59 91 159 200 195 189
7% 10% 18% 22% 22% 21%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 188 195 167 155 96 92
21% 22% 19% 17% 11% 10%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 216 159 160 147 124 92
24% 18% 18% 16% 14% 10%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 47 51 153 214 220 211
5% 6% 17% 24% 25% 24%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 71 66 137 182 206 233
8% 7% 15% 20% 23% 26%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 154 175 155 181 126 107
17% 20% 17% 20% 14% 12%
Being able to maintain good health 72 118 158 191 184 173
8% 13% 18% 21% 21% 19%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 132 137 155 191 149 133
15% 15% 17% 21% 17% 15%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 73 70 135 197 214 209
8% 8% 15% 22% 24% 23%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 310 154 135 131 79 89
35% 17% 15% 15% 9% 10%

Based on your experience and observation, rate the general climate for students at UC Berkeley along the following dimensions:

Campus climate is...

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Friendly 172 19%
(5) 304 34%
(4) 280 31%
(3) 121 13%
(2) 16 2%
(1) Hostile 11 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 147 16%
(5) 238 27%
(4) 281 31%
(3) 156 17%
(2) 57 6%
(1) Impersonal 20 2%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 455 51%
(5) 284 32%
(4) 123 14%
(3) 31 3%
(2) 3 0%
(1) Not intellectual 4 0%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 333 37%
(5) 312 35%
(4) 160 18%
(3) 71 8%
(2) 16 2%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 6 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 75 8%
(5) 151 17%
(4) 267 30%
(3) 220 25%
(2) 142 16%
(1) Dangerous 33 4%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 138 15%
(5) 335 37%
(4) 337 37%
(3) 80 9%
(2) 10 1%
(1) Too easy academically 1 0%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 59 7%
(5) 111 12%
(4) 253 28%
(3) 234 26%
(2) 172 19%
(1) Not affordable 65 7%

As you start your first semester at UC Berkeley, please rank your concerns in these five general areas. One (1) is first or the area of most concern. (Rank the following from 1 to 5)

- Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 397 45%
2 223 25%
3 128 14%
4 79 9%
5 60 7%

- Financing my education at UC Berkeley (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 122 14%
2 96 11%
3 126 14%
4 116 13%
5 428 48%

- Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 100 11%
2 123 14%
3 205 23%
4 297 34%
5 162 18%

- Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 162 18%
2 240 27%
3 229 26%
4 185 21%
5 71 8%

- Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 106 12%
2 204 23%
3 207 23%
4 209 24%
5 161 18%

As a beginning UC Berkeley student, how would you rate your competencies below?

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 14 77 221 314 189 80
2% 9% 25% 35% 21% 9%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 12 56 212 328 202 84
1% 6% 24% 37% 23% 9%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 5 10 100 274 310 194
1% 1% 11% 31% 35% 22%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at UC Berkeley are important to me.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 28 3%
Disagree 12 1%
Disagree somewhat 19 2%
Agree somewhat 209 24%
Agree 374 42%
Strongly agree 249 28%

Items of Special Interest (Advising and Course Selection)

What type of advising do you expect and hope to receive from an advisor? Please rank from 1 to 7, in order of what is personally important to you, assigning a 1 to the option you feel is most important.

- Career and Professional advising

ResponseNumberPercent
1 142 17%
2 142 17%
3 166 20%
4 154 18%
5 102 12%
6 76 9%
7 55 7%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 230 27%
2 180 22%
3 147 18%
4 102 12%
5 68 8%
6 66 8%
7 45 5%

- Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 90 11%
2 135 16%
3 121 15%
4 131 16%
5 154 18%
6 116 14%
7 89 11%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 107 13%
2 89 11%
3 87 10%
4 103 12%
5 118 14%
6 133 16%
7 199 24%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 46 6%
2 46 6%
3 79 10%
4 77 9%
5 150 18%
6 211 25%
7 226 27%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 107 13%
2 134 16%
3 105 13%
4 114 14%
5 99 12%
6 115 14%
7 161 19%

- Academic support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 121 14%
2 110 13%
3 135 16%
4 153 18%
5 145 17%
6 113 14%
7 61 7%

Did you use any of the following resources/people when selecting courses for your first semester? Please select all that apply.

Selected
Golden Bear Advising online content 333
36%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 307
34%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 424
46%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 253
28%
Major advisor 205
22%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff (e.g., advising staff working in offices such as the Educational Opportunity Program, the Berkeley International Office, the Transfer Center) 72
8%
Faculty member 81
9%
Another student 405
44%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 373
41%
Friend(s) 410
45%
No resource/person 29
3%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
7
1%

Who provided the most useful guidance in the selection of your courses for the current term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 125 15%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 55 7%
Other online resources 203 24%
College advisor in your home College 67 8%
Major advisor 65 8%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 15 2%
Faculty member 16 2%
Another student 96 12%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 81 10%
Friend(s) 53 6%
No resource/person 52 6%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
8 1%

How satisfied are you with the amount of individualized guidance you received from the people you consulted with in selecting your courses?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 51 6%
Dissatisfied 63 8%
Somewhat dissatisfied 109 13%
Somewhat satisfied 289 35%
Satisfied 248 30%
Very satisfied 78 9%

Since being admitted, have you ever received advice from two different offices or staff members at UC Berkeley that was contradictory or in conflict?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 113 14%
No 726 87%

Please provide a brief explanation of what happened (when you received advice from two different offices or staff members at UC Berkeley that was contradictory or in conflict)

[Contact OPA for more information]

Select the top three factors that most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester.

First:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 199 24%
Parental desires 13 2%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 31 4%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 3 0%
Academic Advisor 39 5%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 5 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 4 1%
Reputation of professor 7 1%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 131 16%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 329 39%
The course fit my schedule 23 3%
Prepares me for my major 57 7%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 91 11%
Parental desires 7 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 50 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 14 2%
Academic Advisor 45 5%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 4 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 14 2%
Reputation of professor 17 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 279 33%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 135 16%
The course fit my schedule 90 11%
Prepares me for my major 89 11%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 159 19%
Parental desires 8 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 42 5%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 7 1%
Academic Advisor 39 5%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 5 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 22 3%
Reputation of professor 37 4%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 132 16%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 85 10%
The course fit my schedule 182 22%
Prepares me for my major 115 14%

What other factors did you consider when setting up your course schedule for the current term?

[Contact OPA for more information]

How satisfied are you with each of the following, based on your experiences with accessing courses for the current semester?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 39 86 117 240 264 89
5% 10% 14% 29% 32% 11%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 37 87 91 251 285 84
4% 10% 11% 30% 34% 10%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 82 121 157 201 203 69
10% 15% 19% 24% 24% 8%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 73 121 156 222 203 57
9% 15% 19% 27% 24% 7%
Variety of courses available 15 24 61 232 337 162
2% 3% 7% 28% 41% 20%
Access to small classes 63 105 166 251 194 52
8% 13% 20% 30% 23% 6%

Items of Special Interest (AP Experiences)

At UC Berkeley, there are "common-good" courses that are identified as serving the broad student community as well as being critical to students' intellectual development, academic success, and timely graduation. These common-good courses include Reading and Composition (both 1a and 1b), lower division "gateway" courses in Math & Science (Chemistry, Statistics, Math, Physics, and Biology), and Foreign Language Instruction.

As the campus continues to work toward increasing access to these common-good courses, planning for the appropriate number of students who will be enrolling in these courses is essential for proper resource allocation. Thus, we would like to get a sense of whether you, personally, have fulfilled some of these requirements through exams (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) and, if so, if you still plan to enroll in a course at Berkeley that would also fulfill the requirement.

We also want to know if you have been able to access the classes you need.

Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1a requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 522 62%
No 276 33%
Don't know 51 6%

Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1b requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 168 20%
No 610 72%
Don't know 72 9%

Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1a requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 482 93%
No 20 4%
Don't know 19 4%

Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1b requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 146 87%
No 14 8%
Don't know 8 5%

You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1a requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1a requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

[Contact OPA for more information]

You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1b requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1b requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

[Contact OPA for more information]

Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 176 21%
No 680 79%

Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 193 23%
No 663 78%

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

ResponseNumberPercent
I had a preference for an R&C 1a course in a particular department, but it was already full 28 14%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1a courses offered across the various departments on campus 55 28%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 9 5%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 24 12%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 14 7%
I did not know my AP score 3 2%
I have not yet passed the Analytical Writing Paper Exam (AWPE) 23 12%
I don't know 12 6%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
28 14%

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

ResponseNumberPercent
I have not yet satisfied the first half of the R&C requirement (R&C 1a) 221 43%
I had a preference for an R&C 1b course in a particular department, but it was already full 45 9%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1b courses offered across the various departments on campus 69 14%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 17 3%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 94 18%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 12 2%
I did not know my AP score 6 1%
I don't know 23 5%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
25 5%

You indicated that the primary reason for not enrolling in an R&C course was because you had a preference for an R&C course offered in a particular department and that course was full. Please share with us which department(s) you were hoping to take an R&C course from and briefly describe why you prefer to take a course from that particular department:

[Contact OPA for more information]

Did you have an AP of 4 or 5 in Math, Chemistry, Biology or Physics?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 556 66%
No 287 34%

Regarding use of AP eligibility, what advice have you received?

 Don't AP out; take the entry course at BerkeleyAP out; take a more advanced courseNo advice given
From my family 108 329 389
13% 40% 47%
From UC Berkeley advisors 195 141 488
24% 17% 59%
From friends 110 406 311
13% 49% 38%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 130 323 372
16% 39% 45%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 114 287 417
14% 35% 51%

If you could have used your AP scores for course credits, what did/will you do?

ResponseNumberPercent
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 426 58%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 231 32%
I am taking the entry courses at UC Berkeley instead of the credit 63 9%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
10 1%

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