2020 SONS Freshmen - 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 373 9%
a very good start 696 16%
a good start 1,694 40%
just an OK start 1,166 28%
not a good start 309 7%

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 59 162 370 1,490 1,575 503
1% 4% 9% 36% 38% 12%
I am proud to be a student at UC Berkeley 26 25 73 512 1,668 1,857
1% 1% 2% 12% 40% 45%
This institution values students' opinions 58 108 215 940 1,899 933
1% 3% 5% 23% 46% 23%
Academic dishonesty is a problem at UC Berkeley 371 1,439 1,095 674 355 214
9% 35% 26% 16% 9% 5%
I feel that I belong at UC Berkeley 55 115 367 1,357 1,598 660
1% 3% 9% 33% 39% 16%
UC Berkeley values diversity 27 38 88 629 1,795 1,577
1% 1% 2% 15% 43% 38%
Diversity is important to me 30 28 74 430 1,461 2,132
1% 1% 2% 10% 35% 51%

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 26 58 156 983 1,751 1,157
1% 1% 4% 24% 42% 28%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at UC Berkeley are important to me 20 25 85 656 1,886 1,458
1% 1% 2% 16% 46% 35%
It's important to me to work toward goals that are larger than simply making money or acquiring prestige 22 23 77 483 1,653 1,873
1% 1% 2% 12% 40% 45%

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 63 271 650 1,297 1,259 578
2% 7% 16% 32% 31% 14%
I regularly monitor how I am doing in order to gauge how well I'm progressing toward my goals 56 238 560 1,215 1,357 691
1% 6% 14% 30% 33% 17%
I reflect on my existing commitments before I decide to take on new tasks so I don't get overwhelmed 73 220 526 1,120 1,381 796
2% 5% 13% 27% 34% 19%
I substantially revise papers before submitting to be graded 100 366 668 1,123 1,109 752
2% 9% 16% 27% 27% 18%

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 177 370 394 1,443 1,054 404 255
5% 10% 10% 38% 27% 11% -
orientation.berkeley.edu 148 290 391 1,127 596 170 1,360
5% 11% 14% 41% 22% 6% -
Cal Central (Student portal information dashboard) 39 89 195 1,101 1,501 1,145 23
1% 2% 5% 27% 37% 28% -
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 31 92 117 328 351 278 2,892
3% 8% 10% 27% 29% 23% -
Fall Program for Freshmen 17 41 65 190 179 74 3,518
3% 7% 12% 34% 32% 13% -
Summer Bridge 17 34 55 120 144 200 3,509
3% 6% 10% 21% 25% 35% -
CE3 Transfer Student Center 10 32 45 91 53 41 3,804
4% 12% 17% 34% 20% 15% -
CE3 Educational Opportunity Program (Academic counseling, fee waivers, etc. Serving first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented students) 18 38 71 266 249 147 3,287
2% 5% 9% 34% 32% 19% -
Other CE3 Programs (e.g. Berkeley Hope Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Re-entry Student Program, Student Parent Program, Undocumented Student Program, etc.) 9 31 46 102 78 55 3,733
3% 10% 14% 32% 24% 17% -
Basic Needs Center 13 31 44 131 92 52 3,721
4% 9% 12% 36% 25% 14% -
Berkeley International Office 14 32 54 187 174 114 3,502
2% 6% 9% 33% 30% 20% -
Athletic Study Center 13 31 50 104 89 60 3,737
4% 9% 14% 30% 26% 17% -

(...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 14 28 40 73 77 62 3,731
5% 10% 14% 25% 26% 21% -
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBTQ, Women/Men, Sexual/Dating Violence Advocacy & Education) 14 26 37 89 73 38 3,792
5% 9% 13% 32% 26% 14% -
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) 12 29 47 127 134 67 3,652
3% 7% 11% 31% 32% 16% -
The bridges Multicultural Resource Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raices Recruitment & Retention Center) 13 28 38 104 112 71 3,702
4% 8% 10% 28% 31% 19% -
Student Learning Center 11 27 60 377 456 270 2,841
1% 2% 5% 31% 38% 23% -
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 33 49 88 364 295 122 3,107
4% 5% 9% 38% 31% 13% -
Residential Education (Res. Ed.) (Includes Tutoring, Resident Faculty Programs, Academic Support) 23 32 46 189 156 78 3,542
4% 6% 9% 36% 30% 15% -
Another Berkeley student 11 17 50 707 1,368 1,227 685
0% 1% 2% 21% 41% 36% -
A family member 49 106 140 984 989 587 1,219
2% 4% 5% 35% 35% 21% -
A UC Berkeley major or departmental advisor 37 87 146 905 793 393 1,710
2% 4% 6% 38% 34% 17% -
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources, etc.) 59 104 177 910 873 405 1,544
2% 4% 7% 36% 35% 16% -
A 98 or 198 course for new students 20 39 60 266 270 193 3,214
2% 5% 7% 31% 32% 23% -

Academic and Personal Development

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 11 64 497 1,593 1,401 482
0% 2% 12% 39% 35% 12%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 23 137 722 1,636 1,134 385
1% 3% 18% 41% 28% 10%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 14 82 602 1,678 1,238 423
0% 2% 15% 42% 31% 11%
Understanding of a specific field of study 21 94 614 1,651 1,238 417
1% 2% 15% 41% 31% 10%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 51 178 648 1,337 1,260 569
1% 4% 16% 33% 31% 14%
Oral communication skills 38 176 732 1,416 1,154 519
1% 4% 18% 35% 29% 13%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 7 107 564 1,403 1,271 690
0% 3% 14% 35% 31% 17%
Leadership skills 21 155 696 1,443 1,129 598
1% 4% 17% 36% 28% 15%
Ability to suspend judgment based on cultural differences when interacting with others 6 34 278 1,144 1,511 1,059
0% 1% 7% 28% 38% 26%
Ability to work with people from other cultures/backgrounds 2 19 131 877 1,461 1,549
0% 1% 3% 22% 36% 38%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, group work) well with others 6 29 225 1,111 1,546 1,128
0% 1% 6% 28% 38% 28%

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Library and online information research skills (e.g., finding books, articles, evaluating information sources) 32 197 792 1,419 1,064 535
1% 5% 20% 35% 26% 13%
Ability to conduct research 51 288 981 1,490 829 405
1% 7% 24% 37% 21% 10%
Ability to make a presentation 17 96 560 1,484 1,239 645
0% 2% 14% 37% 31% 16%
Interpersonal skills 19 113 579 1,506 1,207 615
1% 3% 14% 37% 30% 15%
Linguistic or cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 157 390 709 1,050 940 799
4% 10% 18% 26% 23% 20%

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 6 84 564 1,791 1,177 413
0% 2% 14% 44% 29% 10%
Drawing insights based on quantitative analysis of data 15 103 668 1,675 1,144 425
0% 3% 17% 42% 28% 11%
Ability to apply theories or methods from one discipline to another 12 133 713 1,590 1,122 465
0% 3% 18% 39% 28% 12%
Ability to explore complex issues in original ways 20 164 803 1,605 1,039 397
1% 4% 20% 40% 26% 10%

Goals and Aspirations

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

Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Finding direction for my life 24 539 3,472
1% 13% 86%
Become an innovative thinker 50 951 3,030
1% 24% 75%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 72 555 3,398
2% 14% 84%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 127 1,004 2,897
3% 25% 72%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 337 1,281 2,417
8% 32% 60%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 21 464 3,549
1% 12% 88%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 353 1,430 2,249
9% 36% 56%

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) 11 51 280 698 1,569 1,420
0% 1% 7% 17% 39% 35%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 78 201 632 970 1,103 1,041
2% 5% 16% 24% 27% 26%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 143 297 884 951 932 818
4% 7% 22% 24% 23% 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 7 15 46 480 1,442 2,028
0% 0% 1% 12% 36% 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 9 9 51 454 1,403 2,090
0% 0% 1% 11% 35% 52%

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 28 155 576 1,273 1,086 887
1% 4% 14% 32% 27% 22%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 37 309 767 1,261 961 668
1% 8% 19% 32% 24% 17%
Learning research methods 17 82 381 1,169 1,172 1,176
0% 2% 10% 29% 29% 29%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 23 123 463 1,073 1,182 1,135
1% 3% 12% 27% 30% 28%
Pursuing your own research 46 276 619 1,134 959 963
1% 7% 16% 28% 24% 24%
Participating in a research symposium or conference 67 327 769 1,166 894 773
2% 8% 19% 29% 22% 19%
Working with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 67 324 799 1,142 886 786
2% 8% 20% 29% 22% 20%

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 114 135 242 758 1,544 1,198
3% 3% 6% 19% 39% 30%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs at UC Berkeley 44 77 173 751 1,716 1,228
1% 2% 4% 19% 43% 31%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected at UC Berkeley 24 29 119 577 1,784 1,455
1% 1% 3% 15% 45% 37%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected at UC Berkeley 20 32 144 673 1,804 1,319
1% 1% 4% 17% 45% 33%
Students of my gender are respected at UC Berkeley 18 29 88 565 1,846 1,445
1% 1% 2% 14% 46% 36%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected at UC Berkeley 24 43 112 631 1,831 1,348
1% 1% 3% 16% 46% 34%
Students of my political beliefs are respected at UC Berkeley 97 105 162 556 1,672 1,397
2% 3% 4% 14% 42% 35%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected at UC Berkeley 13 11 54 409 1,792 1,711
0% 0% 1% 10% 45% 43%

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 24 9 46 252 994 1,040 1,624
1% 0% 2% 11% 42% 44% -
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected at UC Berkeley 15 11 52 278 678 649 2,288
1% 1% 3% 17% 40% 39% -

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 208 5%
Disagree 161 4%
Somewhat disagree 305 8%
Somewhat agree 917 23%
Agree 1,433 36%
Strongly agree 977 24%

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 63 2%
Disagree 41 1%
Somewhat disagree 140 4%
Somewhat agree 611 15%
Agree 2,190 55%
Strongly agree 945 24%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 84 3%
Disagree 62 2%
Somewhat disagree 169 6%
Somewhat agree 624 21%
Agree 1,414 47%
Strongly agree 670 22%
N/A - I don't have a declared major 961 -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 77 2%
Disagree 47 1%
Somewhat disagree 144 4%
Somewhat agree 811 20%
Agree 2,095 53%
Strongly agree 815 20%

Your Berkeley Plans

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

ResponseNumberPercent
African American Studies 1 0%
American Studies 7 0%
Ancnt Egypt/NE Art & Archae 2 0%
Anthropology 13 0%
Applied Mathematics 34 1%
Architecture 62 2%
Art 8 0%
Astrophysics 29 1%
Atmospheric Science 1 0%
BioE/MSE Joint Major 11 0%
Bioengineering 107 3%
Business Administration 385 10%
Chem Eng/MSE Joint Major 9 0%
Chem Eng/NE Joint Major 1 0%
Chemical Biology 42 1%
Chemical Engineering 74 2%
Chemistry 38 1%
Chemistry (L&S) 3 0%
Chicano Studies 2 0%
Civil Engineering 53 1%
Cognitive Science 59 2%
Comparative Literature 9 0%
Computer Science (L&S) 476 12%
Conserv & Resource Stds 22 1%
Dance & Perf Studies 2 0%
Data Science 83 2%
EECS/MSE Joint Major 35 1%
EECS/NE Joint Major 6 0%
Eco Mgmt & For - Forestry 5 0%
Economics 78 2%
Electrical Eng & Comp Sci 288 7%
Energy Engineering 8 0%
Eng Math & Statistics 4 0%
Engineering Physics 11 0%
English 28 1%
Environ Econ & Policy 19 0%
Environ Econ & Policy (L&S) 6 0%
Environmental Earth Science 5 0%
Environmental Eng Science 22 1%
Environmental Sciences 71 2%
Ethnic Studies 6 0%
Film 21 1%
French 1 0%
Gender & Womens Studies 2 0%
Genetics & Plant Biology 21 1%
Geography 1 0%
Geophysics 3 0%
Global Studies 17 0%
History 21 1%
History of Art 5 0%
Industrial Eng & Ops Rsch 11 0%
Integrative Biology 61 2%
Interdisciplinary Studies 7 0%
Japanese Language 1 0%
Landscape Architecture 3 0%
Legal Studies (L&S) 40 1%
Linguistics 7 0%
MCB-Biochem & Mol Biol 97 2%
MCB-Cell & Dev Biology 75 2%
MCB-Genetics 30 1%
MCB-Immunology 45 1%
MCB-Neurobiology 93 2%
ME/NE Joint Major 1 0%
MSE/ME Joint Major 1 0%
Marine Science 6 0%
Materials Science & Eng 15 1%
Mathematics 40 1%
Mechanical Engineering 122 3%
Media Studies 19 0%
Microbial Biology 44 1%
Molecular Environ Biology 63 2%
Music 10 0%
Native American Studies 1 0%
Nuclear Engineering 9 0%
Nut Sci-Physio & Metabol 27 1%
Nut Sci-Dietetics 4 0%
Nut Sci-Toxicology 4 0%
Nutritional Science 11 0%
Ops Research & Mgmt Sci (L&S) 5 0%
Philosophy 6 0%
Physics 41 1%
Planetary Science 3 0%
Political Economy 16 0%
Political Science 141 4%
Psychology 140 4%
Public Health (L&S) 81 2%
Rhetoric 2 0%
Social Welfare (L&S) 16 0%
Society and Environment 22 1%
Sociology 21 1%
Spanish & Portuguese 4 0%
Statistics 16 0%
Sustainable Environ Dsgn 25 1%
Theater & Perf Studies 5 0%
Urban Studies 7 0%
Other, Not listed 15 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 336 9%

Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 3,189 88%
No 438 12%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
American Studies 1 0%
Ancnt Egypt/NE Art & Archae 1 0%
Applied Mathematics 7 1%
Architecture 15 2%
Art 2 0%
Astrophysics 5 1%
Atmospheric Science 1 0%
BioE/MSE Joint Major 1 0%
Bioengineering 20 3%
Business Administration 19 2%
Chemical Biology 10 1%
Chemical Engineering 16 2%
Chemistry 11 1%
Chicano Studies 1 0%
Civil Engineering 8 1%
Classical Civilizations 1 0%
Cognitive Science 16 2%
Computer Science (L&S) 64 8%
Conserv & Resource Stds 2 1%
Dance & Perf Studies 1 0%
Data Science 23 3%
EECS/MSE Joint Major 1 0%
EECS/NE Joint Major 2 0%
Economics 21 3%
Electrical Eng & Comp Sci 25 3%
Energy Engineering 3 0%
Eng Math & Statistics 1 0%
Engineering Physics 1 0%
English 6 1%
Environ Econ & Policy 4 1%
Environ Econ & Policy (L&S) 3 0%
Environmental Earth Science 3 0%
Environmental Eng Science 1 0%
Environmental Sciences 8 1%
Film 3 0%
Genetics & Plant Biology 7 1%
Global Studies 3 0%
History 3 0%
History of Art 1 0%
Industrial Eng & Ops Rsch 1 0%
Integrative Biology 8 1%
Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0%
Landscape Architecture 1 0%
Legal Studies (L&S) 8 1%
MCB-Biochem & Mol Biol 12 2%
MCB-Cell & Dev Biology 7 1%
MCB-Genetics 9 1%
MCB-Immunology 6 1%
MCB-Neurobiology 11 1%
Materials Science & Eng 5 1%
Mathematics 1 0%
Mechanical Engineering 13 2%
Media Studies 1 0%
Microbial Biology 18 2%
Molecular Environ Biology 18 2%
Music 1 0%
Nuclear Engineering 2 0%
Nutritional Science 4 1%
Philosophy 1 0%
Physics 8 1%
Planetary Science 1 0%
Political Economy 5 1%
Political Science 15 2%
Psychology 14 2%
Public Health (L&S) 11 1%
Rhetoric 1 0%
Social Welfare (L&S) 1 0%
Society and Environment 7 1%
Sociology 4 1%
Sustainable Environ Dsgn 6 1%
Urban Studies 1 0%
Other, Not listed 1 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 268 34%

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

First:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 1,313 33%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 1,469 37%
Leads to a high paying job 313 8%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 493 12%
Parental desires 29 1%
Allows time for other activities 21 1%
Provides international opportunities 64 2%
Prestige 18 0%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 197 5%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 33 1%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 1,014 26%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 1,158 29%
Leads to a high paying job 482 12%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 721 18%
Parental desires 42 1%
Allows time for other activities 61 2%
Provides international opportunities 161 4%
Prestige 62 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 235 6%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 8 0%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
Intellectual curiosity in the subject 604 15%
Enjoyment or Passion for the subject 511 13%
Leads to a high paying job 701 18%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 1,042 26%
Parental desires 64 2%
Allows time for other activities 143 4%
Provides international opportunities 239 6%
Prestige 131 3%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 455 12%
Other [Contact OPA for more information] 48 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 64 189 226 992 1,661 804
2% 5% 6% 25% 42% 20%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 5 8 29 371 1,754 1,762
0% 0% 1% 9% 45% 45%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 11 29 79 560 1,755 1,496
0% 1% 2% 14% 45% 38%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 37 84 166 771 1,708 1,163
1% 2% 4% 20% 44% 30%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 21 26 81 651 1,678 1,472
1% 1% 2% 17% 43% 38%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 139 343 513 1,069 1,219 649
4% 9% 13% 27% 31% 17%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 12 23 77 580 1,766 1,463
0% 1% 2% 15% 45% 37%
Help increase my social consciousness (e.g., be more aware of diversity in people and issues; doing things for the public good) 49 88 167 765 1,641 1,223
1% 2% 4% 20% 42% 31%
Help me to be more open to and understanding of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 46 80 154 707 1,711 1,235
1% 2% 4% 18% 44% 31%

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 1,630 42%
Work full-time 1,212 31%
Work part-time 73 2%
Be self-employed 44 1%
Study or work abroad 108 3%
Join armed forces 9 0%
Join Peace Corps 19 1%
Paid internship 115 3%
Unpaid internship/volunteer 13 0%
Take a year off (travel/gap year, etc.) 68 2%
Other 18 %
I have no idea at this point 599 15%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Architecture 78 2%
Business/Finance 429 11%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 116 3%
Education/Teaching 67 2%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 650 17%
Engineering 426 11%
Environmental/Natural Resources 182 5%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 157 4%
Law 233 6%
Research 250 6%
Medicine 621 16%
Other Health-Related Field 191 5%
Other 88 2%
I have no idea whatsoever 416 11%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 470 12%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 498 13%
Business master's (MBA) 379 10%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 169 4%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 637 16%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 259 7%
Medical doctor (MD) 370 %
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 63 2%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 146 4%
Teaching credential 19 %
Other, Not listed 16 0%
I don't know yet 875 22%

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 18 53 244 663 1,563 1,392
1% 1% 6% 17% 40% 35%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts in problem solving 20 97 282 774 1,596 1,164
1% 3% 7% 20% 41% 30%
Break down course material into component parts to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 69 235 537 970 1,320 795
2% 6% 14% 25% 34% 20%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 57 201 464 837 1,427 945
2% 5% 12% 21% 36% 24%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 110 358 606 920 1,190 746
3% 9% 15% 23% 30% 19%

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 11 33 150 411 1,515 1,802
0% 1% 4% 11% 39% 46%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 57 352 603 798 1,209 903
2% 9% 15% 20% 31% 23%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 76 328 578 861 1,303 774
2% 8% 15% 22% 33% 20%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 41 175 503 898 1,396 908
1% 5% 13% 23% 36% 23%

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