2019 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 11 5 23 101 216 139
2% 1% 5% 20% 44% 28%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 7 8 27 99 168 187
1% 2% 5% 20% 34% 38%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 31 59 79 110 115 101
6% 12% 16% 22% 23% 20%

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 14 21 48 122 135 156
3% 4% 10% 25% 27% 32%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 7 12 35 107 160 175
1% 2% 7% 22% 32% 35%
Having access to a world-class library collection 9 27 55 108 144 153
2% 5% 11% 22% 29% 31%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 19 27 89 129 112 117
4% 6% 18% 26% 23% 24%

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 194
40%
As a quiet place to study 414
85%
For help in learning to do academic research 217
44%
To find scholarly articles 236
48%
For help in organizing my research 202
41%
As a place to work on group projects 293
60%
For printing, copying and scanning 250
51%
To find books 261
53%
Other (please specify)
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4
1%

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 2%
Rarely 24 5%
Occasionally 96 19%
Somewhat often 102 21%
Often 142 29%
Very often 123 25%

How important is it to you to graduate in four years or, if you are a transfer student, in two years?

ResponseNumberPercent
Not important 16 3%
Not very important 32 6%
Somewhat important 58 12%
Important 81 16%
Very important 148 30%
Essential 162 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 108 211 173
22% 43% 35%
From UC Berkeley advisors 92 204 192
19% 42% 39%
From friends 79 229 180
16% 47% 37%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 92 203 190
19% 42% 39%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 79 252 157
16% 52% 32%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 260 52%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 218 44%
I plan to take my time and explore options 18 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 22 144 306
5% 31% 65%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 18 109 345
4% 23% 73%
Explore and discover my personal identity 23 119 331
5% 25% 70%
Achieve a high GPA 25 165 282
5% 35% 60%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 166 176 129
35% 37% 27%
Establish meaningful friendships 17 124 329
4% 26% 70%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 27 194 252
6% 41% 53%
Explore new ideas 10 125 336
2% 27% 71%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 70 164 235
15% 35% 50%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 8 117 347
2% 25% 74%
Integrate spirituality into my life 150 158 163
32% 34% 35%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 13 136 322
3% 29% 68%

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 47 33 55 110 93 131
10% 7% 12% 24% 20% 28%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 63 35 58 85 76 153
13% 7% 12% 18% 16% 33%
Getting into my first choice of major 184 30 40 68 50 98
39% 6% 9% 15% 11% 21%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 22 15 44 103 107 180
5% 3% 9% 22% 23% 38%
Getting the academic advising I need 47 44 64 130 77 107
10% 9% 14% 28% 16% 23%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 39 38 57 120 87 128
8% 8% 12% 26% 19% 27%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 85 63 81 96 68 76
18% 13% 17% 21% 15% 16%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 173 39 67 87 52 51
37% 8% 14% 19% 11% 11%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 35 36 60 108 109 121
8% 8% 13% 23% 23% 26%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 54 28 64 113 81 129
12% 6% 14% 24% 17% 28%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 142 64 56 86 56 64
30% 14% 12% 18% 12% 14%
Being able to maintain good health 42 43 69 115 82 118
9% 9% 15% 25% 18% 25%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 101 66 67 90 64 79
22% 14% 14% 19% 14% 17%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 36 39 53 93 94 153
8% 8% 11% 20% 20% 33%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 199 60 52 70 33 55
42% 13% 11% 15% 7% 12%

Based on your experience and observation, rate the general climate for students at UC Berkeley along the following dimensions:

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Friendly 112 24%
(5) 164 35%
(4) 115 24%
(3) 61 13%
(2) 14 3%
(1) Hostile 7 2%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 91 19%
(5) 142 30%
(4) 137 29%
(3) 60 13%
(2) 27 6%
(1) Impersonal 12 3%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 220 47%
(5) 156 33%
(4) 65 14%
(3) 22 5%
(2) 4 1%
(1) Not intellectual 4 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 167 36%
(5) 148 32%
(4) 101 22%
(3) 29 6%
(2) 8 2%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 14 3%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 110 24%
(5) 124 26%
(4) 111 24%
(3) 64 14%
(2) 38 8%
(1) Dangerous 22 5%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 107 23%
(5) 164 35%
(4) 154 33%
(3) 35 8%
(2) 4 1%
(1) Too easy academically 4 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Competitive 219 47%
(5) 147 31%
(4) 69 15%
(3) 28 6%
(2) 5 1%
(1) Not Competitive 3 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 35 7%
(5) 75 16%
(4) 125 27%
(3) 105 22%
(2) 59 13%
(1) Not affordable 72 15%

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
1 110 28%
2 95 24%
3 65 17%
4 70 18%
5 49 13%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 84 21%
2 68 17%
3 58 15%
4 66 17%
5 117 30%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 76 20%
2 75 20%
3 71 19%
4 87 23%
5 69 18%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 59 15%
2 78 20%
3 92 24%
4 95 25%
5 58 15%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 36 9%
2 58 15%
3 109 29%
4 81 21%
5 97 26%

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 6 39 105 149 103 62
1% 8% 23% 32% 22% 13%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 4 34 105 157 96 69
1% 7% 23% 34% 21% 15%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 3 3 41 121 152 143
1% 1% 9% 26% 33% 31%

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 19 4%
Disagree 10 2%
Disagree somewhat 25 5%
Agree somewhat 99 21%
Agree 180 39%
Strongly agree 135 29%

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 82 20%
2 55 13%
3 62 15%
4 60 15%
5 55 13%
6 54 13%
7 45 11%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 54 13%
2 66 16%
3 67 16%
4 67 16%
5 56 14%
6 57 14%
7 44 11%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 43 11%
2 61 15%
3 67 17%
4 70 18%
5 54 14%
6 55 14%
7 50 13%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 53 13%
2 60 14%
3 50 12%
4 59 14%
5 63 15%
6 74 18%
7 57 14%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 28 7%
2 47 11%
3 65 16%
4 61 15%
5 85 20%
6 75 18%
7 55 13%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 89 22%
2 46 11%
3 29 7%
4 37 9%
5 27 7%
6 44 11%
7 142 34%

- Academic Support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 52 13%
2 64 16%
3 63 15%
4 58 14%
5 79 19%
6 56 14%
7 39 10%

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 167
35%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 131
28%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 206
44%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 114
24%
Major advisor 244
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) 47
10%
Faculty member 59
13%
Another student 187
40%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 94
20%
Friend(s) 215
46%
No resource/person 31
7%
Other (please specify)
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8
2%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 36 8%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 13 3%
Other online resources 60 13%
College advisor in your home College 18 4%
Major advisor 156 33%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 6 1%
Faculty member 8 2%
Another student 49 11%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 19 4%
Friend(s) 56 12%
No resource/person 38 8%
Other (please specify)
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9 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 18 4%
Dissatisfied 19 4%
Somewhat dissatisfied 46 10%
Somewhat satisfied 138 29%
Satisfied 178 38%
Very satisfied 71 15%

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 79 17%
No 393 83%

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)

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Select the top three factors that most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester.

First:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 132 28%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 15 3%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 9 2%
Academic Advisor 56 12%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 2 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 4 1%
Reputation of professor 8 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 23 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 162 35%
The course fit my schedule 18 4%
Prepares me for my major 33 7%


Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 41 9%
Parental desires 12 3%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 28 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 11 2%
Academic Advisor 56 12%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 2 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 10 2%
Reputation of professor 22 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 46 10%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 98 21%
The course fit my schedule 66 14%
Prepares me for my major 66 14%


Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 77 17%
Parental desires 4 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 29 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 9 2%
Academic Advisor 36 8%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 5 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 11 2%
Reputation of professor 26 6%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 24 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 75 17%
The course fit my schedule 86 19%
Prepares me for my major 70 15%

What other factors did you consider when setting up your course schedule for the current term?

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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 14 41 146 183 65
2% 3% 9% 32% 40% 14%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 9 12 33 136 196 75
2% 3% 7% 30% 43% 16%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 14 22 44 121 182 79
3% 5% 10% 26% 39% 17%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 14 20 56 128 174 68
3% 4% 12% 28% 38% 15%
Variety of courses available 11 17 38 134 172 89
2% 4% 8% 29% 37% 19%
Access to small classes 25 41 61 141 130 59
6% 9% 13% 31% 28% 13%

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 UC Berkeley. 50 84 77 124 76 47
11% 18% 17% 27% 17% 10%
I have had trouble finding out what UC Berkeley degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 51 83 90 116 77 42
11% 18% 20% 25% 17% 9%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UC Berkeley degree. 65 89 89 93 71 52
14% 19% 19% 20% 16% 11%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 266 58%
No 149 32%
I am not sure 46  10 %

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 67 37%
2 54 30%
3 35 19%
4 11 6%
5 or more 16 9%

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