2020 SONS FPF - Part 1: Early Experiences

Transition into UC Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Goals and Aspirations
Berkeley Plans
Future Plans and Aspirations
High School Experiences

Transition into UC Berkeley

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

ResponseNumberPercent
a great start 49 9%
a very good start 88 17%
a good start 214 41%
just an OK start 140 27%
not a good start 30 6%

As you begin your academic career at UC Berkeley, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual at UC Berkeley 7 16 25 200 192 70
1% 3% 5% 39% 38% 14%
I am proud to be a student at UC Berkeley 5 1 3 48 215 238
1% 0% 1% 9% 42% 47%
This institution values students' opinions 7 6 26 108 237 126
1% 1% 5% 21% 47% 25%
Academic dishonesty is a problem at UC Berkeley 58 196 130 55 41 30
11% 38% 25% 11% 8% 6%
I feel that I belong at UC Berkeley 11 14 43 163 189 90
2% 3% 8% 32% 37% 18%
UC Berkeley values diversity 8 2 6 76 210 208
2% 0% 1% 15% 41% 41%
Diversity is important to me 6 3 8 52 164 278
1% 1% 2% 10% 32% 54%

What is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below?

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Opportunities to engage in community service while a UC Berkeley student are important to me 5 2 10 118 232 141
1% 0% 2% 23% 46% 28%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at UC Berkeley are important to me 3 3 6 84 248 164
1% 1% 1% 17% 49% 32%
It's important to me to work toward goals that are larger than simply making money or acquiring prestige 3 2 7 57 203 236
1% 0% 1% 11% 40% 47%

Using the scale from 1 to 6 below, please indicate how true each of the following statements is of you.

Not at all true of me (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)Very true of me (6)
When I take on a new task, I make a plan with clear and measurable goals that must be reached before completion 7 27 91 167 144 69
1% 5% 18% 33% 29% 14%
I regularly monitor how I am doing in order to gauge how well I'm progressing toward my goals 6 26 62 164 156 91
1% 5% 12% 33% 31% 18%
I reflect on my existing commitments before I decide to take on new tasks so I don't get overwhelmed 9 24 58 132 177 105
2% 5% 11% 26% 35% 21%
I substantially revise papers before submitting to be graded 6 42 84 141 137 95
1% 8% 17% 28% 27% 19%

To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley?

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeN/A; Did not use this service
Golden Bear Orientation 24 36 42 162 158 48 34
5% 8% 9% 35% 34% 10% -
orientation.berkeley.edu 18 39 48 124 95 25 153
5% 11% 14% 36% 27% 7% -
Cal Central (Student portal information dashboard) 3 13 13 115 211 146 3
1% 3% 3% 23% 42% 29% -
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 9 10 15 51 54 34 330
5% 6% 9% 30% 31% 20% -
Fall Program for Freshmen 22 24 20 136 183 117 2
4% 5% 4% 27% 37% 23% -
Summer Bridge 1 2 6 17 23 20 430
1% 3% 9% 25% 33% 29% -
CE3 Transfer Student Center 1 2 6 10 12 1 464
3% 6% 19% 31% 38% 3% -
CE3 Educational Opportunity Program (Academic counseling, fee waivers, etc. Serving first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented students) 2 3 7 28 21 10 426
3% 4% 10% 39% 30% 14% -
Other CE3 Programs (e.g. Berkeley Hope Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Re-entry Student Program, Student Parent Program, Undocumented Student Program, etc.) 1 3 6 10 9 3 458
3% 9% 19% 31% 28% 9% -
Basic Needs Center 1 2 6 13 16 1 456
3% 5% 15% 33% 41% 3% -
Berkeley International Office 1 4 7 28 26 9 421
1% 5% 9% 37% 35% 12% -
Athletic Study Center 1 3 5 10 9 2 464
3% 10% 17% 33% 30% 7% -

(...continued) To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley?

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeN/A; Did not use this service
Disabled Students' Program 1 5 4 8 8 7 458
3% 15% 12% 24% 24% 21% -
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBTQ, Women/Men, Sexual/Dating Violence Advocacy & Education) 0 1 4 12 11 3 466
0% 3% 13% 39% 36% 10% -
Multicultural Student Development (e.g., African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicanx/Latinx Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, Native American Student Development) 0 2 5 14 14 4 460
0% 5% 13% 36% 36% 10% -
The bridges Multicultural Resource Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raices Recruitment & Retention Center) 0 2 5 10 14 3 465
0% 6% 15% 29% 41% 9% -
Student Learning Center 0 0 5 34 44 15 395
0% 0% 5% 35% 45% 15% -
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 3 3 9 43 34 8 396
3% 3% 9% 43% 34% 8% -
Residential Education (Res. Ed.) (Includes Tutoring, Resident Faculty Programs, Academic Support) 2 1 6 18 16 4 451
4% 2% 13% 38% 34% 9% -
Another Berkeley student 1 1 7 87 164 135 100
0% 0% 2% 22% 42% 34% -
A family member 7 6 14 105 144 74 147
2% 2% 4% 30% 41% 21% -
A UC Berkeley major or departmental advisor 4 4 12 84 106 35 250
2% 2% 5% 34% 43% 14% -
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources, etc.) 4 6 12 96 145 59 175
1% 2% 4% 30% 45% 18% -
A 98 or 198 course for new students 2 7 4 17 29 8 429
3% 10% 6% 25% 43% 12% -

Academic and Personal Development

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 1 4 53 220 154 61
0% 1% 11% 45% 31% 12%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 2 8 90 201 153 37
0% 2% 18% 41% 31% 8%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 1 7 66 194 170 53
0% 1% 13% 40% 35% 11%
Understanding of a specific field of study 1 11 55 218 155 51
0% 2% 11% 44% 32% 10%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 10 15 80 174 146 68
2% 3% 16% 35% 30% 14%
Oral communication skills 4 13 91 170 150 63
1% 3% 19% 35% 31% 13%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 1 8 60 183 152 89
0% 2% 12% 37% 31% 18%
Leadership skills 1 19 85 171 154 62
0% 4% 17% 35% 31% 13%
Ability to suspend judgment based on cultural differences when interacting with others 1 4 31 149 189 119
0% 1% 6% 30% 38% 24%
Ability to work with people from other cultures/backgrounds 1 2 10 109 202 169
0% 0% 2% 22% 41% 34%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, group work) well with others 1 3 23 139 185 142
0% 1% 5% 28% 38% 29%
Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Library and online information research skills (e.g., finding books, articles, evaluating information sources) 5 20 95 178 121 74
1% 4% 19% 36% 25% 15%
Ability to conduct research 8 22 105 203 105 49
2% 5% 21% 41% 21% 10%
Ability to make a presentation 2 12 51 188 157 82
0% 2% 10% 38% 32% 17%
Interpersonal skills 2 10 63 177 149 90
0% 2% 13% 36% 30% 18%
Linguistic or cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 6 49 79 131 116 111
1% 10% 16% 27% 24% 23%

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Portraying information in ways that make it easier to interpret 1 4 61 226 145 54
0% 1% 12% 46% 30% 11%
Drawing insights based on quantitative analysis of data 1 11 76 196 147 60
0% 2% 16% 40% 30% 12%
Ability to apply theories or methods from one discipline to another 1 10 93 190 134 63
0% 2% 19% 39% 27% 13%
Ability to explore complex issues in original ways 3 12 95 198 122 60
1% 2% 19% 40% 25% 12%

Goals and Aspirations

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

Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Finding direction for my life 1 62 428
0% 13% 87%
Become an innovative thinker 7 125 357
1% 26% 73%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 5 73 411
1% 15% 84%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 13 119 357
3% 24% 73%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 35 127 329
7% 26% 67%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 1 53 437
0% 11% 89%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 48 158 285
10% 32% 58%

While attending UC Berkeley, how often would you like to...

NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Initiate and develop interactions with students who are different (e.g. culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically, politically) 1 2 33 92 201 162
0% 0% 7% 19% 41% 33%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 6 24 72 112 150 127
1% 5% 15% 23% 31% 26%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 16 41 92 121 123 98
3% 8% 19% 25% 25% 20%

Please tell us your level of agreement with the following statements regarding your interaction with other students while attending UC Berkeley:

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I believe that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 0 0 2 60 179 248
0% 0% 0% 12% 37% 51%
I believe that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me be more open to and understanding of different opinions and points of view 0 1 8 53 169 259
0% 0% 2% 11% 35% 53%

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
Learning about faculty research 2 19 79 151 133 102
0% 4% 16% 31% 27% 21%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 3 31 96 159 119 79
1% 6% 20% 33% 24% 16%
Learning research methods 1 13 45 122 163 142
0% 3% 9% 25% 34% 29%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 1 15 53 135 145 135
0% 3% 11% 28% 30% 28%
Pursuing your own research 3 37 76 126 135 109
1% 8% 16% 26% 28% 22%
Participating in a research symposium or conference 3 41 94 150 111 88
1% 8% 19% 31% 23% 18%
Working with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 5 43 103 138 109 89
1% 9% 21% 28% 22% 18%

Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements in terms of yourself.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 13 22 29 88 190 146
3% 5% 6% 18% 39% 30%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs at UC Berkeley 5 8 23 79 205 166
1% 2% 5% 16% 42% 34%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected at UC Berkeley 4 6 9 77 221 171
1% 1% 2% 16% 45% 35%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected at UC Berkeley 3 7 15 87 216 157
1% 1% 3% 18% 45% 32%
Students of my gender are respected at UC Berkeley 3 3 9 79 218 173
1% 1% 2% 16% 45% 36%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected at UC Berkeley 2 5 12 76 224 165
0% 1% 3% 16% 46% 34%
Students of my political beliefs are respected at UC Berkeley 7 12 24 72 203 169
1% 3% 5% 15% 42% 35%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected at UC Berkeley 2 0 4 49 241 191
0% 0% 1% 10% 50% 39%

Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements in terms of yourself.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeNot applicable
Students of my immigration background are respected at UC Berkeley 3 2 3 37 114 148 180
1% 1% 1% 12% 37% 48% -
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected at UC Berkeley 1 5 5 38 95 82 260
0% 2% 2% 17% 42% 36% -

Please select your level of agreement with this statement: The university has the responsibility to provide equal access to safe and secure venues for guest speakers of all viewpoints - even if the ideas are found offensive by some or conflict with the values held by the UC Berkeley community.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 25 5%
Disagree 14 3%
Somewhat disagree 43 9%
Somewhat agree 106 22%
Agree 179 37%
Strongly agree 121 25%

Please select your level of agreement with the following statements:

Overall, I feel comfortable with the climate for diversity and inclusiveness at UC Berkeley.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 5 1%
Disagree 7 1%
Somewhat disagree 15 3%
Somewhat agree 74 15%
Agree 265 54%
Strongly agree 122 25%

Overall, I feel comfortable with the climate for diversity and inclusiveness in my major.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 6 2%
Disagree 5 2%
Somewhat disagree 13 4%
Somewhat agree 72 24%
Agree 144 47%
Strongly agree 64 21%
N/A - I don't have a declared major 181 -

Overall, I feel comfortable with the climate for diversity and inclusiveness in my classes.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 7 1%
Disagree 5 1%
Somewhat disagree 11 2%
Somewhat agree 93 19%
Agree 267 55%
Strongly agree 105 22%

Your Berkeley Plans

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

ResponseNumberPercent
African American Studies 1 0%
American Studies 1 0%
Applied Mathematics 6 1%
Art 2 0%
Astrophysics 3 1%
BioE/MSE Joint Major 1 0%
Bioengineering 1 0%
Business Administration 74 15%
Chemical Biology 1 0%
Chemistry 1 0%
Chemistry (L&S) 1 0%
Cognitive Science 13 3%
Comparative Literature 1 0%
Computer Science (L&S) 95 19%
Data Science 9 2%
EECS/MSE Joint Major 1 0%
Economics 20 4%
Electrical Eng & Comp Sci 3 1%
English 7 1%
Environ Econ & Policy 1 0%
Environ Econ & Policy (L&S) 1 0%
Environmental Sciences 2 0%
Ethnic Studies 1 0%
Film 4 1%
Geography 1 0%
Geology 1 0%
History 4 1%
Integrative Biology 7 1%
Legal Studies (L&S) 8 2%
Linguistics 2 0%
MCB-Biochem & Mol Biol 23 5%
MCB-Cell & Dev Biology 7 1%
MCB-Genetics 12 2%
MCB-Immunology 8 2%
MCB-Neurobiology 21 4%
Marine Science 1 0%
Mathematics 4 1%
Mechanical Engineering 2 0%
Media Studies 4 1%
Microbial Biology 2 0%
Molecular Environ Biology 2 0%
Music 1 0%
Nut Sci-Physio & Metabol 1 0%
Philosophy 4 1%
Physics 7 1%
Political Economy 5 1%
Political Science 24 5%
Psychology 18 4%
Public Health (L&S) 11 2%
Rhetoric 2 0%
Social Welfare (L&S) 3 1%
Society and Environment 1 0%
Sociology 5 1%
Statistics 1 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 48 10%

Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 413 94%
No 28 6%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Anthropology 1 1%
Business Administration 5 7%
Computer Science (L&S) 4 5%
Data Science 2 3%
Economics 8 11%
Integrative Biology 1 1%
Legal Studies (L&S) 1 1%
MCB-Biochem & Mol Biol 2 3%
MCB-Cell & Dev Biology 2 3%
MCB-Immunology 1 1%
MCB-Neurobiology 4 5%
Mathematics 1 1%
Political Economy 1 1%
Political Science 2 3%
Psychology 1 1%
Public Health (L&S) 1 1%
Statistics 1 1%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 38 50%

Please select the top 3 factors in deciding on your major.

First:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 160 33%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 193 40%
Leads to a high paying job 38 8%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 45 9%
Parental desires 3 1%
Allows time for other activities 4 1%
Provides international opportunities 5 1%
Prestige 3 1%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 24 5%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 3 1%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 128 27%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 137 29%
Leads to a high paying job 58 12%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 79 17%
Parental desires 1 0%
Allows time for other activities 4 1%
Provides international opportunities 22 5%
Prestige 10 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 38 8%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 1 0%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 71 15%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 53 11%
Leads to a high paying job 96 20%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 121 25%
Parental desires 10 2%
Allows time for other activities 18 4%
Provides international opportunities 35 7%
Prestige 13 3%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 52 11%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 6 1%

Please indicate how much you agree or disagree that the following factors influenced your decision to choose UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley would...

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Challenge and/or change my perspective 10 16 32 116 206 99
2% 3% 7% 24% 43% 21%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 0 0 2 39 204 232
0% 0% 0% 8% 43% 49%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 0 1 7 71 223 174
0% 0% 2% 15% 47% 37%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 4 13 17 77 228 139
1% 3% 4% 16% 49% 29%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 0 4 13 73 202 185
0% 1% 3% 15% 42% 39%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 18 40 63 121 150 86
4% 8% 13% 25% 31% 18%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 1 4 4 67 216 183
0% 1% 1% 14% 46% 39%
Help increase my social consciousness (e.g., be more aware of diversity in people and issues; doing things for the public good) 3 8 19 89 202 157
1% 2% 4% 19% 42% 33%
Help me to be more open to and understanding of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 2 6 12 78 217 162
0% 1% 3% 16% 46% 34%

Future Plans and Aspirations

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Enroll in graduate or professional school 220 46%
Work full-time 147 31%
Work part-time 8 2%
Be self-employed 6 1%
Study or work abroad 11 2%
Join armed forces 0 0%
Join Peace Corps 1 0%
Paid internship 17 4%
Unpaid internship/volunteer 0 0%
Take a year off (travel/gap year, etc.) 10 2%
Other 0 0%
I have no idea at this point 56 12%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Architecture 0 0%
Business/Finance 95 20%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 10 2%
Education/Teaching 7 %
Electrical Engineering/Computers 88 19%
Engineering 10 2%
Environmental/Natural Resources 4 1%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 17 4%
Law 43 9%
Research 34 7%
Medicine 84 18%
Other Health-Related Field 22 5%
Other 15 3%
I have no idea whatsoever 46 10%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 41 9%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 42 9%
Business master's (MBA) 76 16%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 21 4%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 85 18%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 43 9%
Medical doctor (MD) 59 12%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 2 0%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 19 4%
Teaching credential 1 0%
Other, Not listed 3 1%
I don't know yet 83 18%

If you selected "Other" to any of the above, please provide a brief description.

[Contact OPA for more information]

High School Experiences

Thinking back over your senior year coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 0 7 30 71 185 180
0% % 6% 15% 39% 38%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts in problem solving 1 10 33 78 199 151
0% 2% 7% 17% 42% 32%
Break down material into component parts to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 3 30 62 107 175 96
1% 6% 13% 23% 37% 20%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 3 27 52 108 168 116
1% 6% 11% 23% 35% 25%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 10 45 69 99 157 93
1% 10% 15% 21% 33% 20%

Thinking back on your senior year, how often did you do each of the following?

NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 2 3 6 39 186 237
0% 1% 1% 8% 39% 50%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 5 38 59 109 146 115
1% 8% 13% 23% 31% 24%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 6 32 70 96 164 105
1% 7% 15% 20% 35% 22%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 5 19 55 100 182 112
1% 4% 12% 21% 39% 24%

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