2018 SONS Transfers - Part 3: Random Module

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

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 1 8 19 77 173 133
0% 2% 5% 19% 42% 32%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 3 11 24 72 142 157
1% 3% 6% 18% 35% 38%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 27 56 69 75 105 76
7% 14% 17% 18% 26% 19%

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 9 11 59 98 117 117
2% 3% 14% 24% 29% 29%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 2 5 43 92 121 147
1% 1% 11% 22% 30% 36%
Having access to a world-class library collection 5 20 69 99 98 119
1% 5% 17% 24% 24% 29%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 10 27 65 105 97 105
2% 7% 16% 29% 24% 26%

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 222
50%
As a quiet place to study 227
51%
For help in learning to do academic research 209
47%
To find scholarly articles 210
48%
For help in organizing my research 227
51%
As a place to work on group projects 215
49%
For printing, copying and scanning 211
48%
To find books 215
49%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
3
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
1 123 33%
2 85 23%
3 44 12%
4 52 14%
5 40 11%
6 16 4%
7 11 3%

- Individual help by appointment

ResponseNumberPercent
1 88 24%
2 91 25%
3 67 18%
4 48 13%
5 49 13%
6 26 7%
7 2 1%

- Take an hour-long class in library research methods

ResponseNumberPercent
1 37 10%
2 26 7%
3 50 14%
4 42 12%
5 61 17%
6 140 38%
7 10 3%

- Use a virtual chat widget

ResponseNumberPercent
1 29 8%
2 50 14%
3 53 15%
4 77 21%
5 89 24%
6 56 15%
7 12 3%

- Email

ResponseNumberPercent
1 69 19%
2 58 16%
3 82 22%
4 68 18%
5 52 14%
6 32 9%
7 10 3%

- Phone

ResponseNumberPercent
1 31 9%
2 52 14%
3 67 18%
4 66 18%
5 66 18%
6 75 21%
7 8 2%

- Other [Contact OPA for more information]

ResponseNumberPercent
1 7 7%
2 7 7%
3 5 5%
4 9 9%
5 6 6%
6 17 16%
7 55 52%

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 5 1%
Rarely 29 7%
Occasionally 80 20%
Somewhat often 79 19%
Often 124 30%
Very often 94 23%

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 2%
Not very important 23 6%
Somewhat important 61 15%
Important 71 17%
Very important 110 27%
Essential 135 33%

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 104 173 130
26% 43% 32%
From UC Berkeley advisors 91 183 133
22% 45% 33%
From friends 83 189 135
20% 46% 33%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 105 147 155
26% 36% 38%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 71 220 115
18% 54% 28%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 212 52%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 183 45%
I plan to take my time and explore options 15 4%

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 13 134 283
3% 31% 66%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 13 101 314
3% 24% 73%
Explore and discover my personal identity 29 103 296
7% 24% 69%
Achieve a high GPA 14 146 266
3% 34% 62%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 151 142 134
35% 33% 31%
Establish meaningful friendships 11 125 291
3% 29% 68%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 33 165 230
8% 39% 54%
Explore new ideas 7 106 316
2% 25% 74%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 68 134 225
16% 31% 53%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 4 110 315
1% 26% 73%
Integrate spirituality into my life 138 126 163
32% 30% 38%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 11 131 286
3% 31% 67%

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 49 35 52 81 84 123
12% 8% 12% 19% 20% 29%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 77 24 42 71 73 135
18% 6% 10% 17% 17% 32%
Getting into my first choice of major 167 32 34 58 38 92
40% 8% 8% 14% 9% 22%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 19 14 43 79 103 161
5% 3% 10% 19% 25% 38%
Getting the academic advising I need 48 41 61 94 89 91
11% 10% 14% 22% 21% 22%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 41 34 60 100 82 102
10% 8% 14% 24% 20% 24%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 103 52 71 76 51 69
24% 12% 17% 18% 12% 16%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 147 55 53 61 47 58
35% 13% 13% 15% 11% 14%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 44 29 59 115 85 92
10% 7% 14% 27% 20% 22%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 53 31 60 92 86 100
13% 7% 14% 22% 20% 24%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 130 59 48 66 55 65
31% 14% 11% 16% 13% 15%
Being able to maintain good health 42 39 63 89 87 102
10% 9% 15% 21% 21% 24%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 97 54 59 77 63 73
23% 13% 14% 18% 15% 17%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 41 19 43 91 90 138
10% 5% 10% 22% 21% 33%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 174 57 57 62 37 36
41% 14% 14% 15% 9% 9%

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 145
30%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 128
26%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 166
34%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 101
21%
Major advisor 254
52%
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) 31
6%
Faculty member 54
11%
Another student 149
30%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 85
17%
Friend(s) 155
32%
No resource/person 28
6%
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 22 5%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 18 4%
Other online resources 52 12%
College advisor in your home College 33 7%
Major advisor 149 34%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 7 2%
Faculty member 5 1%
Another student 47 11%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 25 6%
Friend(s) 40 9%
No resource/person 40 9%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
7 2%

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 22 5%
Dissatisfied 16 4%
Somewhat dissatisfied 40 9%
Somewhat satisfied 135 30%
Satisfied 174 39%
Very satisfied 61 14%

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 53 12%
No 396 88%

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 121 28%
Parental desires 4 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 21 5%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 11 3%
Academic Advisor 68 16%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 1 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 1 0%
Reputation of professor 6 1%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 12 3%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 155 36%
The course fit my schedule 13 3%
Prepares me for my major 23 5%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 56 13%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 29 7%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 10 2%
Academic Advisor 62 14%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 5 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 9 2%
Reputation of professor 22 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 57 13%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 69 16%
The course fit my schedule 57 13%
Prepares me for my major 53 12%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 67 16%
Parental desires 1 0%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 24 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 13 3%
Academic Advisor 26 6%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 3 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 13 3%
Reputation of professor 32 8%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 24 6%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 51 12%
The course fit my schedule 100 23%
Prepares me for my major 74 17%

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 8 13 31 130 187 67
2% 3% 7% 30% 43% 15%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 6 18 32 111 196 73
1% 4% 7% 26% 45% 17%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 8 20 42 99 193 76
2% 5% 10% 23% 44% 17%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 9 25 42 106 190 65
1% 6% 10% 24% 44% 15%
Variety of courses available 11 18 37 113 182 75
3% 4% 9% 26% 42% 17%
Access to small classes 23 36 61 112 142 61
5% 8% 14% 26% 33% 14%

Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I encountered difficulty in creating a course schedule for my first semester due to the lack of information about how my previous coursework articulates to UCB. 45 102 68 116 72 35
10% 23% 16% 27% 16% 8%
I have had trouble finding out what UC Berkeley degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 58 103 64 104 73 32
13% 24% 15% 24% 17% 7%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UC Berkeley degree. 69 92 75 93 65 42
16% 21% 17% 21% 15% 10%

Have you completed all of the prerequisite courses for your desired UC Berkeley major(s)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 220 50%
No 164 37%
I am not sure 55 13%

How many additional prerequisite courses for your desired major do you need to complete?

ResponseNumberPercent
1 58 27%
2 47 22%
3 33 15%
4 8 4%
5 or more 16 7%
I am not sure 55 25%

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