2020 SONS Transfers - 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 92 192 441 991 20
5% 11% 26% 58% -
Doing well on tests and assignments in online courses 96 193 405 1,023 19
6% 11% 24% 60% -
Missing classes 488 322 386 501 34
29% 19% 23% 30% -
Ability to conduct research 156 266 436 774 98
10% 16% 27% 47% -
Getting the courses I need for my major 343 343 414 593 30
20% 20% 25% 35% -
Getting the disability-related accommodations I need 380 130 208 308 708
37% 13% 20% 30% -
Opportunities to interact with faculty outside of class 101 231 440 926 39
6% 14% 26% 55% -
Opportunities to interact with my fellow students 74 155 425 1,042 40
4% 9% 25% 61% -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Not concerned 369 21%
Somewhat concerned 593 34%
Concerned 372 21%
Very concerned 413 24%

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 45 127 766 799
3% 7% 44% 46%
I feel confident in the health and preventative measures that UC Berkeley has taken in response to COVID-19 44 143 706 845
3% 8% 41% 49%
I know how to minimize my risk of contracting COVID-19 11 32 435 1,260
1% 2% 25% 73%

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 292 455 785 199
17% 26% 45% 12%
I have had opportunities to get to know my fellow students outside of class 625 466 462 175
36% 27% 27% 10%
I have had opportunities to develop study groups with my fellow students 324 423 734 248
19% 25% 43% 14%
I have had opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at UC Berkeley 550 439 542 198
32% 25% 31% 11%

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.) 1,493 86%
A tablet or pad 47 3%
A smart phone 23 1%
A desktop computer 176 10%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No, I am the exclusive user of this device 1,567 90%
Yes, I have to share this device with at least one other person 169 10%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 1,452 84%
No 283 16%

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 1,498 87%
Yes (please specify) 234 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 655 38%
Yes, and I have downloaded software 529 31%
No 550 32%

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 846 49%
Yes, and I have used it 141 8%
No 748 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 569 33%
Somewhat concerned 563 33%
Concerned 301 17%
Very concerned 301 17%

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 348 20%
Somewhat concerned 544 31%
Concerned 384 22%
Very concerned 458 26%

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) 975
59%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 241
15%
Plan to buy fewer books than required, buy cheaper used books, borrow/read books on reserve, rent books 871
53%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 429
26%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 182
11%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 222
14%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 654
40%
Worked for pay to save for college 682
41%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 472
29%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 721
44%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 707
43%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 337
20%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
43
3%

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 720 42%
No 994 58%

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 107 6%
Disagree 134 8%
Somewhat disagree 228 13%
Somewhat agree 622 36%
Agree 425 25%
Strongly agree 196 11%

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 323 30%
No, I did not accept subsidized loans that I was offered 737 70%
I do not know if I have accepted a subsidized loan 182 -
Not applicable; I was not offered subsidized loans 469 -

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-19 608 36%
I did not work any hours this summer and this was not due to COVID-19 376 22%
1-5 hours 37 2%
6-10 hours 90 5%
11-15 hours 93 5%
16-25 hours 213 13%
26-35 hours 110 6%
More than 35 177 10%

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-19 446 26%
I do not plan to work this semester 636 37%
1-5 hours 83 5%
6-10 hours 145 9%
11-15 hours 146 9%
16-25 hours 156 9%
26-35 hours 51 3%
More than 35 41 2%

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 474
30%
Applied for financial aid 886
56%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 162
10%
Took fewer courses so I can work for pay 124
8%
Started a new job 210
13%
Increased the number of hours I work for pay 196
12%
Applied for outside scholarships/grants 475
30%
Took out loans 246
15%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
50
3%

Are you participating in work study this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,347 78%
Yes 105 6%
Unsure 269 16%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Remote only 51 49%
Both remote and in-person 12 12%
In-person only 13 13%
Unsure/do not currently have a work study job 28 27%

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.) 423 32%
I needed a remote work study appointment but none were available 84 6%
I was not interested in the available work study opportunities 220 17%
I was worried about balancing my coursework and being employed 444 34%
Other (please specify) 144 11%

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

Selected
Student loans 145
20%
Outside scholarships 102
14%
Campus scholarship/grant 263
35%
I contributed additional money 235
32%
My family contributed additional money 264
36%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
74
10%

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 269 16%
No 1,440 84%

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

Selected
Housing 113
42%
Food 160
60%
Books 137
51%
Healthcare 97
36%
Other 20
7%

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. 78 373 1,200
5% 23% 73%
I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals. 146 373 1,126
9% 23% 68%

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 1,277 76%
Yes, almost every month 148 9%
Yes, some months, but not every month 173 10%
Yes, only 1 or 2 months 93 6%

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 1,336 79%
Yes 354 21%

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 1,413 84%
Yes 277 16%

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 274
17%
Not paid or underpaid your rent or mortgage 110
7%
Not paid the full amount of utility bills (gas, oil, or electricity) 130
8%
Moved two or more times 175
11%
Moved in with others, even for a little while, because of financial problems 196
12%
Lived with others beyond the expected capacity of the house or apartment 186
12%
I have not experienced any of these situations 998
63%

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. 993 60%
2000 or earlier 74 5%
2001 15 1%
2002 10 1%
2003 14 1%
2004 16 1%
2005 17 1%
2006 9 1%
2007 11 1%
2008 9 1%
2009 12 1%
2010 13 1%
2011 10 1%
2012 18 1%
2013 17 1%
2014 35 2%
2015 54 3%
2016 72 4%
2017 106 6%
2018 139 8%
2019 or later 13 1%

When did you learn to speak English?

ResponseNumberPercent
English is my native language 872 52%
Before I was 6 years old 327 19%
When I was 6-10 years old 216 13%
When I was 11-15 years old 158 9%
After turning 16 years old 114 7%

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

In the U.S.Outside the U.S.Don't know
Parent/Guardian 1 575 1,092 4
34% 66% -
Parent/Guardian 2 492 1,129 12
30% 70% -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Zero 319 19%
One 72 4%
Two 222 13%
Three 68 4%
Four 999 59%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Wealthy 27 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 278 17%
Middle-class 599 36%
Working-class 416 25%
Low-income or poor 360 21%

Are you a financially independent student?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 552 33%
No 1,130 67%

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 $20,000 126 11%
$20,000 to $49,999 220 20%
$50,000 to $79,999 205 19%
$80,000 to $124,999 252 23%
$125,000 to $149,999 95 9%
$150,000 or more 208 19%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Less than $20,000 244 45%
$20,000 to $49,999 172 31%
$50,000 to $79,999 60 11%
$80,000 to $124,999 34 6%
$125,000 to $149,999 15 3%
$150,000 or more 22 4%

What is your religious/spiritual preference?

ResponseNumberPercent
Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 298 18%
No particular religion and not particularly spiritual 475 29%
Atheist 190 12%
Baptist 15 1%
Buddhist 81 5%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 129 8%
Eastern Orthodox 9 1%
Episcopalian 1 0%
Hindu 13 1%
Jewish/Orthodox 4 0%
Jewish/Reform 16 1%
Jewish/Other 20 1%
Lutheran 6 0%
Methodist 4 0%
Mormon 1 0%
Muslim/Shia 14 1%
Muslim/Sunni 63 4%
Muslim/Other 13 1%
Non-denominational Evangelical 20 1%
Other Christian 45 3%
Presbyterian 12 1%
Quaker 1 0%
Roman Catholic 139 8%
Russian Orthodox 3 0%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 6 0%
Taoist 7 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 3 0%
Religious/Spiritual Preference not listed 66 4%

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) 1,579 82
95% 5%
Learning disability or condition (e.g., dyslexia, speech disorder) 1,549 102
94% 6%
Neurodevelopmental/cognitive disability or condition (e.g., autism, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, brain injury) 1,502 144
91% 9%
Emotional or mental health concern or condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder) 1,043 615
63% 37%
Other disability or condition 972 28
97% 3%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 449 66%
Yes 140 21%
I am not aware of such services 91 13%

What is your current gender identity?

ResponseNumberPercent
Man 696 42%
Woman 892 54%
Trans Man 4 0%
Trans Woman 7 0%
Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming 35 2%
Agender 9 1%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
8 0%
Prefer not to answer 30 -

What is your current sexual orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Heterosexual or straight 1,238 77%
Gay 57 4%
Lesbian 28 2%
Bisexual 161 10%
Queer 42 3%
Questioning 41 3%
Asexual 12 1%
Not listed above, please specify
[Contact OPA for more information]
19 1%
Prefer not to answer 80 -

How would you characterize your political orientation?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very liberal 313 19%
Liberal 520 32%
Slightly liberal 217 13%
Moderate or middle of the road 356 22%
Slightly conservative 64 4%
Conservative 42 3%
Very conservative 11 1%
Other, please elaborate
[Contact OPA for more information]
115 7%

Living Conditions

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

ResponseNumberPercent
In the Bay Area 985 58%
In California, but not in the Bay Area 548 33%
In the United States, but not in California (including U.S. Territories) 23 1%
Outside of the United States 129 8%

Where are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Bowles Hall 3 0%
Unit 1 2 0%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 5 0%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 6 0%
Blackwell Hall 4 0%
Martinez Commons 33 2%
Wada Apartments 8 1%
University Village Albany (family housing) 31 2%
Living with family 755 45%
Co-op housing 39 2%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 657 39%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
96 6%
I have not (yet) found housing 12 1%

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 215 22%
1 mile to 2 miles 150 15%
3 miles to 10 miles 138 14%
11 miles to 20 miles 172 18%
21 miles or more 301 31%

With whom are you living this term?

ResponseNumberPercent
No one. I live alone 149 9%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other UC Berkeley student 288 17%
I share an apartment with peers who are not UC Berkeley students 158 9%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 165 10%
I live with at least one parent 782 47%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
134 8%

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) - 350 352 376 266 234
- 22% 22% 24% 17% 15%
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 1,122 244 98 29 10 13
74% 16% 6% 2% 1% 1%

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 64 4%
No 1,581 96%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,609 96%
Yes 66 4%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 29 46%
2 22 35%
3 8 13%
4 2 3%
5 or more 2 3%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,651 99%
Yes 23 1%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 11 50%
2 4 18%
3 2 9%
4 2 9%
5 or more 3 14%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 36 50%
2 24 33%
3 9 13%
5 or more 3 4%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,435 87%
Yes 222 13%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
No 1,246 75%
Yes 412 25%

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) 524 279 431 266 137
32% 17% 26% 16% 8%
Family responsibilities 301 308 545 302 180
18% 19% 33% 18% 11%
Other responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 442 342 517 251 79
27% 21% 32% 15% 5%
Weak English skills 1,123 179 173 109 50
69% 11% 11% 7% 3%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 403 383 509 237 102
25% 23% 31% 15% 6%
Poor study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 354 310 475 315 179
22% 19% 29% 19% 11%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 176 214 492 430 323
11% 13% 30% 26% 20%
Physical illness or condition 825 442 228 84 50
51% 27% 14% 5% 3%
Military deployment 1,447 76 66 28 10
89% 5% 4% 2% 1%
Inability to concentrate on my work 249 237 502 402 243
15% 15% 31% 25% 15%
Reluctance to ask for academic help when I need it 332 352 521 286 141
20% 22% 32% 18% 9%
Difficulties adjusting to the remote learning environment 207 215 439 417 354
13% 13% 27% 26% 22%
Not having access to learning support services I need (i.e., tutoring, advising) 424 383 453 231 143
26% 23% 28% 14% 9%
Not having access to library resources and services 422 334 407 275 198
26% 20% 25% 17% 12%

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 844 405
68% 32%
Not having adequate computer or software 1,031 216
83% 17%
Not having access to an appropriate study space 577 680
46% 54%
Being disrupted as I study by roommates or family members 362 906
29% 72%
Other (please specify) 414 72
85% 15%

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 596
36%
Home or high school friends 943
57%
Boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, spouse or significant other 585
36%
Teachers, coaches 158
10%
Parents, guardians 870
53%
Siblings 651
40%
Other family 272
17%
Clergy 26
2%
Counselors, therapists 246
15%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 149
9%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
39
2%
No one (else) / myself only 144
9%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 96 6%
Fairly dissatisfied 142 9%
A little dissatisfied 180 11%
A little satisfied 295 18%
Fairly satisfied 643 39%
Very satisfied 302 18%

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 1,291 78%
No 356 22%

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