2020 SONS Transfers - Part 3: Random Module

Academic Experience
Student Life and Development
Items of Special Interest

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 5 11 25 90 255 139
1% 2% 5% 17% 49% 26%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 4 7 29 88 202 195
1% 1% 6% 17% 39% 37%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 31 63 88 107 143 88
6% 12% 17% 21% 28% 17%

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 7 20 74 136 164 125
1% 4% 14% 26% 31% 24%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 4 9 62 126 167 156
1% 2% 12% 24% 32% 30%
Having access to a world-class library collection 9 17 60 127 164 147
2% 3% 11% 24% 31% 28%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 17 44 63 135 155 110
3% 8% 12% 26% 30% 21%

How important are the following features offered by a library?

Not that importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantNot applicable
Online research collections 5 36 162 292 24
1% 7% 33% 59% -
Print research collections 25 49 176 231 33
5% 10% 37% 48% -
Remote instruction/research support 11 54 165 263 25
1% 11% 34% 53% -
In-person instruction/research support 14 46 163 257 38
3% 10% 34% 54% -
Group/collaborative space 10 40 156 283 31
2% 8% 32% 58% -
Individual space 7 16 115 355 26
1% 3% 23% 72% -
Public computers 39 49 148 250 31
8% 10% 31% 51% -
Computer lending services 48 50 145 238 35
10% 10% 30% 50% -
Production space (media, maker space) 36 46 159 241 36
8% 10% 33% 50% -
In-person technology support 31 49 149 254 36
6% 10% 31% 53% -
Quiet 6 21 107 364 21
1% 4% 21% 73% -
Food/drink friendly 27 61 154 256 22
5% 12% 31% 51% -
24/7 access to library buildings 8 34 121 335 22
2% 7% 24% 67% -

When you think about Library e-books how important are the following?

Not that importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantNot applicable
Having a robust collection of e-books 15 46 156 287 18
3% 9% 31% 57% -
Downloading an entire book 9 44 144 310 15
2% 9% 28% 61% -
Downloading selected chapters 10 37 153 305 16
2% 7% 30% 60% -
Reading on my phone or tablet 24 51 135 295 16
5% 10% 27% 58% -
Highlighting and/or annotating text 15 44 131 316 15
3% 9% 26% 63% -
Printing 17 43 153 286 19
3% 9% 31% 57% -

Which resource do you expect to use most frequently when you start your research for a class assignment?

ResponseNumberPercent
Web search engine (Google) 203 39%
Google Scholar 84 16%
Library website 79 15%
Article database (e.g., JSTOR) 107 21%
Ask a peer 12 2%
Ask a librarian 4 1%
Ask a Graduate Student Instructor/professor 26 5%
Other resources/websites (please specify) 3 1%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Not important 10 2%
Not very important 34 7%
Somewhat important 81 16%
Important 90 17%
Very important 154 30%
Essential 153 29%
Not applicable 3 -

Regarding choice of a major, what advice have you received?

ResponseNumberPercent
Decide on a major as soon as possible 175 33%
Take your time; explore options 194 37%
No advice given 156 30%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 278 53%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 237 45%
I plan to take my time and explore options 12 2%

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 26 158 387
5% 28% 68%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 14 125 433
2% 22% 76%
Explore and discover my personal identity 28 128 415
5% 22% 73%
Achieve a high GPA 24 193 354
4% 34% 62%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 224 215 130
39% 38% 23%
Establish meaningful friendships 13 176 381
2% 31% 67%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 49 223 297
9% 39% 52%
Explore new ideas 8 133 427
1% 23% 75%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 97 175 298
17% 31% 52%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 5 122 444
1% 21% 78%
Integrate spirituality into my life 193 177 199
34% 31% 35%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 11 168 391
2% 30% 69%

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 71 56 82 119 107 132
13% 10% 15% 21% 19% 23%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 81 49 70 100 102 164
14% 9% 12% 18% 18% 29%
Getting into my first choice of major 206 50 63 68 71 107
37% 9% 11% 12% 13% 19%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 11 20 65 111 145 217
2% 4% 11% 20% 26% 38%
Getting the academic advising I need 49 61 76 148 124 110
9% 11% 13% 26% 22% 19%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 29 43 69 103 154 169
5% 8% 12% 18% 27% 30%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 125 67 101 127 77 71
22% 12% 18% 22% 14% 13%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 196 74 73 107 77 39
35% 13% 13% 19% 14% 7%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 54 51 59 143 137 122
10% 9% 10% 25% 24% 22%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 47 51 62 125 132 147
8% 9% 11% 22% 23% 26%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 187 79 64 74 84 80
33% 14% 11% 13% 15% 14%
Feeling disconnected from the Berkeley community 57 43 71 122 119 156
10% 8% 13% 21% 21% 27%
Being able to maintain good health 54 48 82 128 116 139
10% 9% 15% 23% 21% 25%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 118 80 76 106 95 92
21% 14% 13% 19% 17% 16%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 40 27 68 124 128 181
7% 5% 12% 22% 23% 32%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 248 87 58 68 47 58
44% 15% 10% 12% 8% 10%

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 143 25%
(5) 182 32%
(4) 169 30%
(3) 58 10%
(2) 12 2%
(1) Hostile 5 1%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 132 23%
(5) 144 25%
(4) 180 32%
(3) 79 14%
(2) 22 4%
(1) Impersonal 10 2%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 304 54%
(5) 173 31%
(4) 65 11%
(3) 21 4%
(2) 3 1%
(1) Not intellectual 2 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 233 41%
(5) 180 32%
(4) 99 17%
(3) 45 8%
(2) 7 1%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 4 1%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 149 27%
(5) 148 26%
(4) 159 28%
(3) 61 11%
(2) 31 6%
(1) Dangerous 14 3%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 121 21%
(5) 215 38%
(4) 183 32%
(3) 39 7%
(2) 8 1%
(1) Too easy academically 0 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Competitive 249 44%
(5) 171 30%
(4) 106 19%
(3) 33 6%
(2) 7 1%
(1) Not Competitive 1 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 54 10%
(5) 88 15%
(4) 179 31%
(3) 129 23%
(2) 54 9%
(1) Not affordable 65 11%

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 5 21 112 217 136 80
1% 4% 20% 38% 24% 14%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 5 25 107 217 133 83
1% 4% 19% 38% 23% 14%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 7 38 146 193 187
0% 1% 7% 26% 34% 33%

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 26 5%
Disagree 7 1%
Disagree somewhat 21 4%
Agree somewhat 136 24%
Agree 209 36%
Strongly agree 177 31%

Items of Special Interest

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 83 16%
2 88 17%
3 92 17%
4 82 15%
5 97 18%
6 53 10%
7 39 7%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 102 19%
2 88 17%
3 80 15%
4 80 15%
5 66 12%
6 69 13%
7 47 9%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 64 12%
2 73 14%
3 83 16%
4 91 17%
5 81 15%
6 75 14%
7 65 12%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 74 14%
2 77 15%
3 73 14%
4 69 13%
5 77 15%
6 91 17%
7 71 13%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 38 7%
2 69 13%
3 81 15%
4 73 14%
5 91 17%
6 111 21%
7 70 13%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 85 16%
2 62 12%
3 45 9%
4 50 9%
5 40 8%
6 73 14%
7 173 33%

- Academic Support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 93 17%
2 80 15%
3 82 15%
4 88 17%
5 78 15%
6 57 11%
7 56 11%

Did you use any of the following resources/people when selecting courses for your first semester? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Golden Bear Advising online content 142
27%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 138
26%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 204
39%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 158
30%
Major advisor 322
62%
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) 65
12%
Faculty member 80
15%
Another student 197
38%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 107
20%
Friend(s) 187
36%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
9
2%
No resource/person 34
7%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 29 5%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 10 2%
Other online resources 51 10%
College advisor in your home College 35 7%
Major advisor 194 36%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 11 2%
Faculty member 9 2%
Another student 43 8%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 22 4%
Friend(s) 67 13%
No resource/person 51 10%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
11 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 4%
Dissatisfied 30 6%
Somewhat dissatisfied 43 8%
Somewhat satisfied 148 28%
Satisfied 209 39%
Very satisfied 84 16%

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 63 12%
No 478 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 151 29%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 22 4%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 7 1%
Academic Advisor 81 15%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 2 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 2 0%
Reputation of professor 11 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 11 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 171 33%
The course fit my schedule 8 2%
Prepares me for my major 36 7%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 4 1%
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 17 3%


Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 64 12%
Parental desires 9 2%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 26 5%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 20 4%
Academic Advisor 67 13%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 8 2%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 7 1%
Reputation of professor 25 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 42 8%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 108 21%
The course fit my schedule 72 14%
Prepares me for my major 59 11%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 6 1%
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 13 2%


Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 68 13%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 17 3%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 12 2%
Academic Advisor 53 10%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 6 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 15 3%
Reputation of professor 28 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 39 7%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 89 17%
The course fit my schedule 87 17%
Prepares me for my major 68 13%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 11 2%
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 28 5%

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 10 18 38 157 219 85
2% 3% 7% 30% 42% 16%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 11 17 34 148 225 91
2% 3% 7% 28% 49% 17%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 19 23 48 149 197 93
4% 4% 9% 28% 37% 18%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 16 20 46 158 194 96
3% 4% 9% 30% 37% 18%
Variety of courses available 16 27 50 134 203 98
3% 5% 10% 25% 38% 19%
Access to small classes 22 43 75 164 149 76
4% 8% 14% 31% 28% 14%

UC Berkeley has recently introduced courses in Data Science, which combines tools from statistics and computer science with domain knowledge to develop new insights from data. The questions below seek to understand your interest in data science at UC Berkeley.

Data Science is a new field, so many people don't know about it. Before enrolling at UC Berkeley, how much did you know about data science?

ResponseNumberPercent
I had never heard of data science 142 27%
I had heard the term data science but didn't know what it meant 160 30%
I had some familiarity with data science, but had not used it 190 36%
I had used data science in my school work, employment, internships, or extra-curricular activities 37 7%

Which of the following do you associate with data science? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Artificial intelligence 254
50%
Programming or Coding 386
75%
Statistics 397
78%
Social Impact 162
32%
Healthcare 158
31%
Ethics 88
17%
Social Media 193
38%
Linguistics 99
19%
Criminal justice 103
20%
Biology 136
27%
Physics 123
24%
Climate change 155
30%
Neuroscience 139
27%

We are interested in your opinions about data science courses at UC Berkeley. Please indicate the degree to which you personally agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Data science meets a requirement for my major (or intended major) 95 105 93 100 70 44
19% 21% 18% 20% 14% 9%
Data science skills are important to my major (or intended major) 47 61 80 142 106 75
9% 12% 16% 28% 21% 15%
Data science skills will improve my chances of getting a good job after graduation 22 23 60 162 144 99
4% 5% 12% 32% 28% 19%
Data science skills are important to my extra-curricular activities 59 75 95 156 73 53
12% 15% 19% 31% 14% 10%
Data science skills will help me make an impact and solve problems in society 24 28 59 175 144 81
5% 6% 12% 34% 28% 16%
Data science is intellectually interesting to me 41 56 76 144 125 70
8% 11% 15% 28% 24% 14%
Data literacy is important for everyone these days no matter what their career or major 19 18 49 170 157 98
4% 4% 10% 33% 31% 19%
I don't feel prepared to take a data science course 34 51 96 142 102 87
7% 10% 19% 28% 20% 17%
Data science isn't for students like me 67 93 105 125 72 49
13% 18% 21% 25% 14% 10%
Data science courses are too competitive 23 34 99 186 102 63
5% 7% 20% 37% 20% 12%
I don't have time in my schedule for data science 36 43 65 151 124 89
7% 9% 13% 30% 24% 18%
I worry that I won't have anyone to study with in a data science course 59 84 101 129 82 54
12% 17% 20% 25% 16% 11%

If you had the opportunity, would you enroll in a data science course at UC Berkeley?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 140 26%
Yes 177 33%
Maybe 219 41%

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. 43 102 84 130 78 89
8% 19% 16% 25% 15% 17%
I have had trouble finding out what UC Berkeley degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 46 104 91 124 72 90
9% 20% 17% 24% 14% 17%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UC Berkeley degree. 51 100 94 115 69 95
10% 19% 18% 22% 13% 18%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 276 64%
No 158 36%
I am not sure 94 -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 59 37%
2 50 31%
3 29 18%
4 10 6%
5 or more 11 7%
I am not sure 92 -

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