2018 SONS Freshmen - 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 10 16 44 209 454 249
1% 2% 5% 21% 46% 25%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 7 9 37 200 400 326
1% 1% 4% 20% 41% 33%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 51 182 168 204 227 142
5% 19% 17% 21% 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 19 34 111 267 331 219
2% 4% 11% 27% 34% 22%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 6 11 72 250 359 283
1% 1% 7% 26% 37% 29%
Having access to a world-class library collection 13 75 167 290 248 187
1% 8% 17% 30% 25% 19%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 22 80 146 284 269 178
2% 8% 15% 29% 28% 18%

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 540
52%
As a quiet place to study 498
48%
For help in learning to do academic research 534
51%
To find scholarly articles 533
51%
For help in organizing my research 520
50%
As a place to work on group projects 497
48%
For printing, copying and scanning 512
49%
To find books 503
48%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
5
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
1 279 33%
2 180 21%
3 151 18%
4 115 13%
5 77 9%
6 44 5%
7 13 2%

- Individual help by appointment

ResponseNumberPercent
1 171 20%
2 213 25%
3 144 17%
4 151 18%
5 119 14%
6 46 5%
7 11 1%

- Take an hour-long class in library research methods

ResponseNumberPercent
1 58 7%
2 65 8%
3 90 11%
4 98 12%
5 139 16%
6 362 43%
7 39 5%

- Use a virtual chat widget

ResponseNumberPercent
1 70 8%
2 78 9%
3 109 13%
4 163 19%
5 214 25%
6 196 23%
7 18 2%

- Email

ResponseNumberPercent
1 192 22%
2 175 20%
3 182 21%
4 142 17%
5 91 11%
6 64 8%
7 13 2%

- Phone

ResponseNumberPercent
1 95 11%
2 143 17%
3 161 19%
4 169 20%
5 176 21%
6 105 12%
7 8 1%

- Other [Contact OPA for more information]

ResponseNumberPercent
1 12 5%
2 7 3%
3 17 7%
4 15 7%
5 27 12%
6 22 10%
7 132 57%

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 9 1%
Rarely 30 3%
Occasionally 132 14%
Somewhat often 179 19%
Often 338 35%
Very often 279 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 8 1%
Not very important 10 1%
Somewhat important 69 7%
Important 163 17%
Very important 316 33%
Essential 382 40%

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 226 23%
Somewhat likely 325 34%
Neither likely nor unlikely 183 19%
Somewhat unlikely 151 16%
Very unlikely 80 8%

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 309 524 128
32% 55% 13%
From UC Berkeley advisors 69 640 246
7% 67% 26%
From friends 142 609 206
15% 64% 22%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 173 592 186
18% 62% 20%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 96 665 187
10% 70% 20%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 245 25%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 487 51%
I plan to take my time and explore options 233 24%

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 35 307 640
4% 31% 65%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 19 185 778
2% 19% 79%
Explore and discover my personal identity 31 200 748
3% 20% 76%
Achieve a high GPA 29 298 652
3% 30% 67%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 236 411 336
24% 42% 34%
Establish meaningful friendships 11 148 823
1% 15% 84%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 47 346 589
5% 35% 60%
Explore new ideas 13 232 739
1% 24% 75%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 33 250 699
3% 26% 71%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 14 178 789
1% 18% 80%
Integrate spirituality into my life 342 303 335
35% 31% 34%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 18 218 744
2% 22% 76%

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 188 160 136 192 141 151
19% 17% 14% 20% 15% 16%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 118 99 135 215 191 210
12% 10% 14% 22% 20% 22%
Getting into my first choice of major 185 96 110 170 171 235
19% 10% 11% 18% 18% 24%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 25 36 87 192 278 346
3% 4% 9% 20% 29% 36%
Getting the academic advising I need 62 105 173 261 186 178
6% 11% 18% 27% 19% 18%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 58 88 169 241 204 202
6% 9% 18% 25% 21% 21%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 163 193 193 203 106 103
17% 20% 20% 21% 11% 11%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 224 225 140 170 104 103
23% 23% 15% 18% 11% 11%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 55 64 157 276 215 200
6% 7% 16% 29% 22% 21%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 79 102 120 228 213 221
8% 11% 13% 24% 22% 23%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 164 185 191 183 123 120
17% 19% 20% 19% 13% 12%
Being able to maintain good health 88 125 156 233 194 170
9% 13% 16% 24% 20% 18%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 147 126 174 212 159 145
15% 13% 18% 22% 17% 15%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 72 88 150 216 212 227
8% 9% 16% 22% 22% 24%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 305 203 135 135 83 104
32% 21% 14% 14% 9% 11%

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 199 21%
(5) 358 37%
(4) 284 30%
(3) 83 9%
(2) 25 3%
(1) Hostile 11 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 168 18%
(5) 280 29%
(4) 280 29%
(3) 155 16%
(2) 50 5%
(1) Impersonal 25 3%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 488 51%
(5) 311 33%
(4) 117 12%
(3) 29 3%
(2) 6 1%
(1) Not intellectual 6 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 356 37%
(5) 308 32%
(4) 195 20%
(3) 68 7%
(2) 18 2%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 12 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 105 11%
(5) 174 18%
(4) 270 28%
(3) 253 27%
(2) 110 12%
(1) Dangerous 39 4%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 144 15%
(5) 372 39%
(4) 354 37%
(3) 82 9%
(2) 4 0%
(1) Too easy academically 5 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Competitive 397 41%
(5) 353 37%
(4) 160 17%
(3) 39 4%
(2) 8 1%
(1) Not Competitive 3 0%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 65 7%
(5) 151 16%
(4) 271 28%
(3) 240 25%
(2) 155 16%
(1) Not affordable 75 8%

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
1 430 45%
2 246 26%
3 154 16%
4 73 8%
5 46 5%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 140 15%
2 105 11%
3 98 10%
4 121 13%
5 485 51%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 103 11%
2 160 17%
3 202 21%
4 315 33%
5 168 18%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 155 16%
2 250 26%
3 268 28%
4 205 22%
5 71 8%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 111 12%
2 199 21%
3 241 25%
4 232 24%
5 166 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 65 243 355 197 86
2% 7% 25% 37% 21% 9%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 14 57 232 360 207 90
2% 6% 24% 38% 22% 9%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 4 13 95 300 305 243
0% 1% 10% 31% 32% 25%

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 30 3%
Disagree 11 1%
Disagree somewhat 32 3%
Agree somewhat 200 21%
Agree 442 46%
Strongly agree 245 26%

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
1 188 19%
2 177 18%
3 161 16%
4 166 17%
5 142 14%
6 95 10%
7 55 6%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 218 22%
2 208 21%
3 179 18%
4 131 13%
5 120 12%
6 78 8%
7 50 5%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 115 12%
2 156 16%
3 159 16%
4 168 17%
5 151 15%
6 127 13%
7 108 11%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 131 13%
2 116 12%
3 118 12%
4 105 11%
5 123 13%
6 163 17%
7 226 23%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 46 5%
2 56 6%
3 83 9%
4 125 13%
5 174 18%
6 242 25%
7 256 26%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 137 14%
2 128 13%
3 118 12%
4 126 13%
5 104 11%
6 141 14%
7 229 23%

- Academic Support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 151 15%
2 144 15%
3 167 17%
4 161 16%
5 168 17%
6 135 14%
7 56 6%

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 428
40%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 398
37%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 511
47%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 287
27%
Major advisor 261
24%
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) 69
6%
Faculty member 83
8%
Another student 513
48%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 438
41%
Friend(s) 497
46%
No resource/person 43
4%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
5
1%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 77 8%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 81 8%
Other online resources 207 21%
College advisor in your home College 77 8%
Major advisor 100 10%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 21 2%
Faculty member 10 1%
Another student 158 16%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 105 11%
Friend(s) 79 8%
No resource/person 62 6%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
7 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 35 4%
Dissatisfied 62 6%
Somewhat dissatisfied 127 13%
Somewhat satisfied 332 34%
Satisfied 320 33%
Very satisfied 109 11%

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 105 11%
No 881 89%

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 213 22%
Parental desires 9 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 64 7%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 11 1%
Academic Advisor 57 6%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 1 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 2 0%
Reputation of professor 3 0%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 159 16%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 349 36%
The course fit my schedule 34 4%
Prepares me for my major 69 7%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 212 22%
Parental desires 9 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 64 7%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 11 1%
Academic Advisor 57 6%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 1 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 2 0%
Reputation of professor 3 0%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 159 16%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 349 36%
The course fit my schedule 34 4%
Prepares me for my major 69 7%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 148 15%
Parental desires 15 2%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 57 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 15 2%
Academic Advisor 57 6%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 10 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 30 3%
Reputation of professor 42 4%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 157 16%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 100 10%
The course fit my schedule 196 21%
Prepares me for my major 131 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 35 51 100 315 374 93
4% 5% 10% 33% 39% 10%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 36 48 83 306 396 95
4% 5% 9% 32% 41% 10%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 76 104 134 294 288 74
8% 11% 14% 30% 30% 8%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 74 113 146 283 275 74
8% 12% 15% 29% 29% 8%
Variety of courses available 25 29 59 267 400 184
3% 3% 6% 28% 42% 19%
Access to small classes 69 92 199 308 231 65
7% 10% 21% 32% 24% 7%

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 542 55%
No 369 38%
Don't know 70 7%

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 164 17%
No 740 76%
Don't know 76 8%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 487 91%
No 30 6%
Don't know 20 4%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 137 84%
No 15 9%
Don't know 12 7%

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 290 29%
No 698 71%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 221 22%
No 768 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 31 15%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1a courses offered across the various departments on campus 52 24%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 9 4%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 39 18%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 10 5%
I did not know my AP score 13 6%
I have not yet passed the Analytical Writing Paper Exam (AWPE) 4 2%
I don’t know 30 14%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
26 12%

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) 302 48%
I had a preference for an R&C 1b course in a particular department, but it was already full 53 9%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1b courses offered across the various departments on campus 41 7%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 25 4%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 134 22%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 4 1%
I did not know my AP score 25 4%
I don’t know 5 1%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
35 6%

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 602 61%
No 379 39%

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 129 350 480
14% 37% 50%
From UC Berkeley advisors 193 164 598
20% 17% 63%
From friends 117 448 388
12% 47% 41%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 153 388 410
16% 41% 43%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 118 341 494
12% 36% 52%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Not applicable 167 -
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 428 53%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 264 33%
I am taking the entry courses at UC Berkeley instead of the credit 95 12%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
16 2%

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