2020 SONS Freshmen - Part 2: Remote Learning, Affordability, & Background

Remote Learning and COVID-19
Student Technology Resources
Concern about Cost & Food Security
Family and Culture
Living Conditions
Challenge and Well Being

Remote Learning and COVID-19

How concerned are you about the following possible effects of COVID-19 on your academic experience this semester?

Not concernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concernedNot applicable
Learning effectively in the remote instruction environmnet 198 609 1,115 1,952 50
5% 16% 29% 50% -
Doing well on tests and assignments in online courses 213 557 996 2,114 44
6% 14% 26% 55% -
Missing classes 1,101 977 822 950 68
29% 25% 21% 25% -
Ability to conduct research 481 716 935 1,455 322
13% 20% 26% 41% -
Getting the courses I need for my major 874 994 859 1,089 95
23% 26% 23% 29% -
Getting the disability-related accommodations I need 856 216 253 318 2,277
52% 13% 15% 19% -
Opportunities to interact with faculty outside of class 182 705 1,215 1,740 79
5% 18% 32% 45% -
Opportunities to interact with my fellow students 115 387 886 2,452 81
3% 10% 23% 64% -

How concerned are you about the effects of COVID-19 on your graduating on time?

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 1,608 41%
Somewhat concerned 1,497 38%
Concerned 508 13%
Very concerned 333 8%

Please select your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

Strongly disagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agree
UC Berkeley is committed to student health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic 94 247 1,773 1,818
2% 6% 45% 46%
I feel confident in the health and preventative measures that UC Berkeley has taken in response to COVID-19 82 300 1,719 1,830
2% 8% 44% 47%
I know how to minimize my risk of contracting COVID-19 17 34 791 3,092
0% 1% 20% 79%

Please select your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

Strongly disagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agree
I have had opportunities to get to know my fellow students during class 648 1,135 1,782 361
17% 29% 45% 9%
I have had opportunities to get to know my fellow students outside of class 1,085 1,154 1,283 401
28% 29% 33% 10%
I have had opportunities to develop study groups with my fellow students 596 936 1,859 535
15% 24% 47% 14%
I have had opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at UC Berkeley 997 990 1,422 517
25% 25% 36% 13%

Student Technology Resources

Which of the following technological tools will you predominantly use to access your classes?

ResponseNumberPercent
A laptop computer (PC, MacBook, Linux, Chromebook, etc.) 3,542 90%
A tablet or pad 81 2%
A smart phone 30 1%
A desktop computer 279 7%

Do you have to share the use of this technological tool with others?

ResponseNumberPercent
No, I am the exclusive user of this device 3,734 95%
Yes, I have to share this device with at least one other person 194 5%

Do you have access to reliable internet at your place of residence?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 3,492 89%
No 437 11%

Are you required by any of your fall classes to use a device or peripheral other than a laptop? (e.g. smartphone, iClicker, drawing tablet, external mic or camera, etc.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,440 88%
Yes (please specify) 471 12%

Are you aware of software that is licensed by the campus and offered free to Cal students (software.berkeley.edu)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I am aware but have not yet downloaded any 1,290 33%
Yes, and I have downloaded software 1,504 38%
No 1,117 29%

Are you aware of the free in-person and remote tech support that is offered to Cal students (studenttech.berkeley.edu)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I am aware but have not used or needed it 1,985 51%
Yes, and I have used it 234 6%
No 1,698 43%

Concern about Cost & Food Security

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education THIS YEAR? (This year is defined as Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.)

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 1,811 46%
Somewhat concerned 1,264 32%
Concerned 437 11%
Very concerned 394 10%

How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.)

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 1,328 34%
Somewhat concerned 1,250 32%
Concerned 680 17%
Very concerned 648 17%

Which of the following have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Applied for financial aid (including work-study) 1,836
49%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 408
11%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 2,007
54%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 879
24%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 146
4%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 1,810
49%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 732
20%
Worked for pay to save for college 986
27%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 826
22%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 1,629
44%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 1,852
50%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 1,201
32%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
34
1%

Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for California resident students from families making less than $80,000 a year, with financial need?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 1,318 34%
No 2,533 66%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 241 6%
Disagree 304 8%
Somewhat disagree 532 14%
Somewhat agree 1,358 35%
Agree 1,048 27%
Strongly agree 358 9%

If you were offered subsidized loans through the Financial Aid office, did you accept them?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes, I accepted subsidized loans that I was offered 539 26%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 1,528 74%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 497 -
Not applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 1,292 -

Please share with us why you did not accept the subsidized loans.

[Contact OPA for more information]

If you worked for pay this past summer, how many hours per week did you usually work?

ResponseNumberPercent
I planned to, but was not able to work this summer due to COVID-19 1,463 38%
I did not work any hours this summer and this was not due to COVID-19 1,212 32%
1-5 hours 153 4%
6-10 hours 215 6%
11-15 hours 188 5%
16-25 hours 273 7%
26-35 hours 159 4%
More than 35 168 4%

About how many hours per week are you expecting to work (paid employment) this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
I planned to, but have not been able to find a position due to COVID-19 923 24%
I do not plan to work this semester 1,939 51%
1-5 hours 234 6%
6-10 hours 283 7%
11-15 hours 209 6%
16-25 hours 164 4%
26-35 hours 52 1%
More than 35 21 1%

Have you done any of the following to address additional financial responsibilities due to COVID-19? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
I did not have any additional financial responsibilities 1,611
45%
Applied for financial aid 1,450
41%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 261
7%
Took fewer courses so I can work for pay 81
2%
Started a new job 408
12%
Increased the number of hours I work for pay 222
6%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 1,160
33%
Took out loans 358
10%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
23
1%

Are you participating in work study this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,076 80%
Yes 191 5%
Unsure 598 15%

Which of the following best describes the format of your work study appointment?

ResponseNumberPercent
Remote only 79 42%
Both remote and in-person 10 5%
In-person only 13 7%
Unsure/do not currently have a work study job 88 46%

Which of the following best describes your reason for not participating in work study this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
I was not eligible for a work study appointment (e.g. did not receive financial aid, it was not part of my financial aid package, etc.) 1,311 44%
I needed a remote work study appointment but none were available 173 6%
I was not interested in the available work study opportunities 540 18%
I was worried about balancing my coursework and being employed 798 27%
Other (please specify) 179 6%

How did you satisfy your work study contribution? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Student loans 204
15%
Outside scholarships 388
28%
Campus scholarship/grant 432
32%
I contributed additional money 235
17%
My family contributed additional money 676
49%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
82
6%

Since you started at UC Berkeley, have you encountered a situation where lack of financial resources kept you from having basic student necessities (housing, food, books, healthcare, etc.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 212 6%
No 3,651 95%

Please select from the following list all basics you have foregone as a result of finances. (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Housing 52
25%
Food 87
42%
Books 126
61%
Healthcare 33
16%
Other 13
6%

For the following statements, please indicate whether the statement was often true, sometimes true, or never true for you in the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley.

Often trueSometimes trueNever true
The food that I bought just didn't last, and I didn’t have money to get more. 67 353 3,305
2% % 89%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 104 362 3,246
3% 10% 87%

In the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley, did you ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money for food?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,451 91%
Yes, almost every month 94 3%
Yes, some months, but not every month 136 4%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 105 3%

In the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,461 91%
Yes 325 8%

In the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley, were you ever hungry but didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,557 94%
Yes 231 6%

In the 12 months before starting at UC Berkeley have you ever... (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Experienced an increase in rent or mortgage that made it difficult to pay 207
6%
Not paid or underpaid your rent or mortgage 86
2%
Not paid the full amount of utility bills (gas, oil, or electricity) 112
3%
Moved two or more times 67
2%
Moved in with others, even for a little while, because of financial problems 87
3%
Lived with others beyond the expected capacity of the house or apartment 149
4%
I have not experienced any of these situations 3,087
87%

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at UC Berkeley?

[Contact OPA for more information]

Family and Culture

When did you come to the United States to live?

ResponseNumberPercent
I was born in the U.S. 2,808 77%
2000 or earlier 12 0%
2001 35 1%
2002 121 3%
2003 36 1%
2004 39 1%
2005 37 1%
2006 48 1%
2007 21 1%
2008 35 1%
2009 29 1%
2010 39 1%
2011 18 1%
2012 36 1%
2013 22 1%
2014 27 1%
2015 29 1%
2016 78 2%
2017 22 1%
2018 8 0%
2019 or later 158 4%

When did you learn to speak English?

ResponseNumberPercent
English is my native language 2,263 60%
Before I was 6 years old 1,028 27%
When I was 6-10 years old 383 10%
When I was 11-15 years old 112 3%
After turning 16 years old 13 0%

To the best of your knowledge, where were your parents born?

In the U.S.Outside the U.S.Do not know
Parent/Guardian 1 1,017 2,747 7
27% 73% -
Parent/Guardian 2 908 2,787 15
25% 75% -

To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents were born outside of the United States?

ResponseNumberPercent
Zero 474 13%
One 149 4%
Two 393 10%
Three 127 3%
Four 2,636 70%

Which of the following best describes your social class when you were growing up?

ResponseNumberPercent
Wealthy 136 4%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 1,132 30%
Middle-class 1,305 35%
Working-class 605 16%
Low-income or poor 597 16%

Are you a financially independent student?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 187 5%
No 3,602 95%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2019?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $20,000 254 7%
$20,000 to $49,999 607 18%
$50,000 to $79,999 531 15%
$80,000 to $124,999 618 18%
$125,000 to $149,999 336 10%
$150,000 or more 1,118 32%

To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2019?

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $20,000 34 18%
$20,000 to $49,999 44 24%
$50,000 to $79,999 17 9%
$80,000 to $124,999 30 16%
$125,000 to $149,999 14 8%
$150,000 or more 47 25%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

ResponseNumberPercent
Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 428 12%
No particular religion and not particularly spiritual 1,085 29%
Atheist 473 13%
Baptist 47 1%
Buddhist 120 3%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 248 7%
Eastern Orthodox 15 0%
Episcopalian 11 0%
Greek Orthodox 13 0%
Hindu 232 6%
Jewish/Orthodox 5 0%
Jewish/Reform 51 1%
Jewish/Other 33 1%
Lutheran 18 1%
Methodist 12 0%
Mormon 10 0%
Muslim/Shia 13 0%
Muslim/Sunni 78 2%
Muslim/Other 14 0%
Non-denominational Evangelical 44 1%
Other Christian 111 3%
Presbyterian 52 1%
Quaker 3 0%
Roman Catholic 447 12%
Russian Orthodox 2 0%
Seventh Day Adventist 9 0%
Sikh 27 1%
Taoist 4 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 1 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 3 0%
Religious/Spiritual Preference not listed 102 3%

Do you have any conditions or disabilities that significantly affect your experience as a student at UC Berkeley, including how you learn or perform academically, interact with others, or access the campus?

NoYes
Physical disability or condition (e.g., mobility limitation, sensory condition) 3,672 59
98% 2%
Learning disability or condition (e.g., dyslexia, speech disorder) 3,646 61
98% 2%
Neurodevelopmental/cognitive disability or condition (e.g., autism, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, brain injury) 3,620 103
97% 3%
Emotional or mental health concern or condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder) 3,025 697
81% 19%
Other disability or condition 2,374 41
98% 2%

Do you currently receive accommodations from campus due to your disability or condition?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 572 72%
Yes 91 11%
I am not aware of such services 135 17%

What is your current gender identity?

ResponseNumberPercent
Man 1,605 43%
Woman 2,073 56%
Trans Man 9 0%
Trans Woman 1 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 27 1%
Agender 4 0%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
7 0%
Prefer not to answer 54 -

What is your current sexual orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Heterosexual or straight 2,892 81%
Gay 84 2%
Lesbian 50 1%
Bisexual 362 10%
Queer 49 1%
Questioning 113 3%
Asexual 23 1%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
12 0%
Prefer not to answer 176 -

How would you characterize your political orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very liberal 569 15%
Liberal 1,405 38%
Slightly liberal 647 17%
Moderate or middle of the road 687 19%
Slightly conservative 174 5%
Conservative 86 1%
Very conservative 22 1%
Other, please elaborate
[Contact OPA for more information]
122 3%

Living Conditions

Which of the following most accurately describes where you are living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
In the Bay Area 1,809 48%
In California, but not in the Bay Area 1,353 36%
In the United States, but not in California (including U.S. Territories) 285 8%
Outside of the United States 349 9%

Where are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Clark Kerr Campus 94 3%
Bowles Hall 19 1%
Unit 1 201 5%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 194 5%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 164 4%
Blackwell Hall 123 3%
Martinez Commons 1 0%
Wada Apartments 32 1%
University Village Albany (family housing) 2 0%
Living with family 2,449 65%
Sorority or fraternity 2 0%
Co-op housing 11 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 410 11%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
60 2%
I have not (yet) found housing 10 0%

How far from campus are you living this term? Note: This item was only seen by students who indicated they lived in the Bay Area.

ResponseNumberPercent
On campus or less than 1 mile 857 49%
1 mile to 2 miles 95 5%
3 miles to 10 miles 95 5%
11 miles to 20 miles 192 11%
21 miles or more 525 30%

With whom are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
No one. I live alone 713 19%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 304 8%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 60 2%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 16 0%
I live with at least one parent 2,562 68%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
109 3%

What is the composition of your residence hall or household while attending UC Berkeley this term?

0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) - 636 423 1,004 566 925
- 18% 12% 28% 16% 26%
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 1,933 992 313 99 23 70
56% 29% 9% 3% 1% 2%

Since the beginning of this semester, have you ever been homeless? (Homeless means not having stable or reliable housing, e.g., living on the street, in vehicles, motels, camp grounds, single-occupancy facilities, or couch surfing in other people's homes for temporary sleeping arrangements)

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 26 1%
No 3,673 99%

Do you have any biological or adopted children who live with you now?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,718 99%
Yes 40 1%

IF YES: How many (biological or adopted children live with you now)?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 18 49%
2 12 32%
3 4 11%
5 or more 3 8%

Do you have any biological or adopted children who live elsewhere?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,733 100%
Yes 19 1%

IF YES: How many (biological or adopted children live elsewhere)?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 9 47%
2 4 21%
3 5 26%
5 or more 1 5%

How many of your children are under the age of 18?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 24 63%
2 9 24%
3 5 13%

Do you have primary responsibility for caring for someone else such as a parent, grandparent or sibling?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 3,407 91%
Yes 324 9%

Due to COVID-19, do you now have additional family care responsibilities (e.g. caring for children, elders, etc.)?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 2,977 80%
Yes 757 20%

Challenge & Well-Being

During your first year at UC Berkeley, how often do you expect each of the following to be obstacles to your school work or academic success?

Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Job responsibilities (e.g., paid employment) 1,903 614 748 303 90
52% 17% 20% 8% 3%
Family responsibilities 934 968 1,113 473 164
26% 27% 30% 13% %
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 1,029 821 1,203 492 105
28% 23% 33% 14% 3%
Weak English skills 2,978 381 200 66 25
82% 10% 6% 2% 1%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 1,045 934 989 481 217
29% 26% 27% 13% 6%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 1,146 906 964 422 220
31% 25% 26% 12% 6%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 650 668 1,154 768 419
18% 18% 32% 21% 12%
Physical illness or condition 2,263 929 338 81 34
62% 26% 9% 2% 1%
Military deployment 3,404 142 69 17 11
93% 4% 2% 1% 0%
Inability to concentrate on my work 620 679 1,174 805 370
17% 19% 32% 22% 10%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 788 868 1,145 593 266
22% 24% 31% 16% 7%
Difficulties adjusting to the remote learning environment 558 569 1,095 827 606
15% 16% 30% 23% 17%
Not having access to learning support services I need (i.e., tutoring, advising) 1,331 980 819 339 188
36% 27% 22% 9% 5%
Not having access to library resources and services 1,220 950 842 412 234
33% 26% 23% 11% 6%

In the previous question you indicated that you expect a poor study environment to be an obstacle to your success. Please select which of the following issues you are concerned about in regards to your study environment (check all that apply).

NoYes
Not having reliable access to the internet 1,640 792
67% 33%
Not having adequate computer or software 2,173 230
90% 10%
Not having access to an appropriate study space 1,340 1,098
55% 45%
Being disrupted as I study by roommates or family members 779 1,692
32% 68%
Other (please specify) 958 89
92% 9%

Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Friends at UC Berkeley 1,784
49%
Home or high school friends 2,966
81%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 730
20%
Teachers, coaches 364
10%
Parents, guardians 2,287
63%
Siblings 1,766
48%
Other family 662
18%
Clergy 36
1%
Counselors, therapists 267
7%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 239
7%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
33
1%
No one (else) / myself only 216
6%

Overall, how satisfied are you with the support that you have?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 104 3%
Fairly dissatisfied 244 7%
A little dissatisfied 363 10%
A little satisfied 633 17%
Fairly satisfied 1,651 45%
Very satisfied 699 19%

Do you know that the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Tang Center offers short term counseling, that there is no charge to get started, and that all registered UC Berkeley students can access services regardless of whether they have UC Berkeley SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 2,957 80%
No 726 20%

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