Spring 2009 UCUES: Results and Summary for Graduating Seniors: Part 2

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1. When did you come to the United States to live?

  1147  (75.2%)   I was born in the U.S. 
  95  (6.2%)   1991 or earlier 
  14  (0.9%)   1992 
  20  (1.3%)   1993 
  10  (0.7%)   1994 
  19  (1.2%)   1995 
  22  (1.4%)   1996 
  21  (1.4%)   1997 
  16  (1.0%)   1998 
  10  (0.7%)   1999 
  21  (1.4%)   2000 
  19  (1.2%)   2001 
  19  (1.2%)   2002 
  27  (1.8%)   2003 
  29  (1.9%)   2004 
  34  (2.2%)   2005 
  2  (0.1%)   2006 
  [51 missing]     (Select one)

2. When did you learn to speak English?

  1020  (66.9%)   English is my native language 
  253  (16.6%)   Before I was 5 years old 
  146  (9.6%)   When I was 6 to 10 years old 
  73  (4.8%)   When I was 11 to 15 years old 
  32  (2.1%)   After turning 16 years old 
  [52 missing]     (Select one)

3. To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

OUTSIDE U.S.IN U.S.
My mother 819  (53.7%) 706  (46.3%)
My father 803  (52.7%) 722  (47.3%)
My mother's mother 903  (59.6%) 611  (40.4%)
My father's mother 903  (59.7%) 610  (40.3%)
My mother's father 919  (60.8%) 592  (39.2%)
My father's father 902  (59.9%) 605  (40.1%)

4a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in a foreign country?

  45  (5.5%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country) 
  166  (20.4%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  186  (22.9%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  66  (8.1%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  251  (30.9%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  9  (1.1%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  46  (5.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  29  (3.6%)   A professional degree 
  15  (1.8%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [763 missing]     (Select one)

4b. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in the U.S.?

  379  (47.0%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.) 
  38  (4.7%)   Less than high school 
  10  (1.2%)   GED 
  52  (6.5%)   High school degree 
  77  (9.6%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  65  (8.1%)   Bachelor's degree 
  27  (3.3%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  106  (13.2%)   Master's 
  27  (3.3%)   Professional degree 
  25  (3.1%)   Doctorate 
  [770 missing]     (Select one)

4. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

  15  (2.1%)   Less than high school 
  13  (1.8%)   GED 
  155  (22.0%)   High school degree 
  72  (10.2%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  178  (25.2%)   Bachelor's degree 
  57  (8.1%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  148  (21.0%)   Master's 
  42  (5.9%)   Professional degree 
  26  (3.7%)   Doctorate 
  [870 missing]     (Select one)

5a. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in a foreign country?

  36  (4.5%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country) 
  132  (16.7%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  163  (20.6%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  42  (5.3%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  262  (33.1%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  5  (0.6%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  75  (9.5%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  32  (4.0%)   A professional degree 
  45  (5.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [784 missing]     (Select one)

5b. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in the U.S.?

  355  (45.1%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.) 
  30  (3.8%)   Less than high school 
  11  (1.4%)   GED 
  36  (4.6%)   High school degree 
  34  (4.3%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  65  (8.3%)   Bachelor's degree 
  11  (1.4%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  128  (16.3%)   Master's 
  34  (4.3%)   Professional degree 
  83  (10.5%)   Doctorate 
  [789 missing]     (Select one)

5. What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

  18  (2.5%)   Less than high school 
  6  (0.8%)   GED 
  162  (22.5%)   High school degree 
  49  (6.8%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  193  (26.8%)   Bachelor's degree 
  19  (2.6%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  118  (16.4%)   Master's 
  83  (11.5%)   Professional degree 
  71  (9.9%)   Doctorate 
  [857 missing]     (Select one)

6. To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

  292  (19.2%)   I don't know 
  583  (38.4%)   None 
  231  (15.2%)   One 
  212  (14.0%)   Two 
  111  (7.3%)   Three 
  90  (5.9%)   Four 
  [57 missing]     (Select one)

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

36  (2.4%)   Wealthy
495  (32.5%)   Upper-middle or professional-middle
548  (36.0%)   Middle-class
293  (19.2%)   Working-class
152  (10.0%)   Low-income or poor

8. Are you a financially independent student?

You would be an independent student if

  • you have a child, children or other family member that are your legal dependent(s),
  • you are married, if you are under the age of 24 and both of your parents are deceased,
  • you were a ward of your state until you were 18 years of age,
  • you are 24 years of age or older, or
  • you are a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

260  (17.2%)   Yes
1253  (82.8%)   No

8a. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2008?

48  (3.9%)   Less than $10,000
52  (4.3%)   $10,000 to $19,999
85  (7.0%)   $20,000 to $34,999
94  (7.7%)   $35,000 to $49,999
105  (8.6%)   $50,000 to $64,999
124  (10.1%)   $65,000 to $79,999
136  (11.1%)   $80,000 to $99,999
215  (17.6%)   $100,000 to $124,999
90  (7.4%)   $125,000 to $149,999
130  (10.6%)   $150,000 to $199,999
143  (11.7%)   $200,000 or more

9. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

  240  (15.9%)   Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 
  326  (21.6%)   Not particularly spiritual 
  142  (9.4%)   Agnostic 
  168  (11.1%)   Atheist 
  43  (2.8%)   Baptist 
  53  (3.5%)   Buddhist 
  48  (3.2%)   Christian Church (Disciples) 
  13  (0.9%)   Eastern Orthodox 
  7  (0.5%)   Episcopalian 
  27  (1.8%)   Hindu 
  68  (4.5%)   Jewish 
  9  (0.6%)   Lutheran 
  9  (0.6%)   Methodist 
  5  (0.3%)   Mormon 
  25  (1.7%)   Muslim 
  42  (2.8%)   Presbyterian 
  2  (0.1%)   Quaker 
  142  (9.4%)   Roman Catholic 
  5  (0.3%)   Seventh Day Adventist 
  3  (0.2%)   Sikh 
  3  (0.2%)   Taoist 
  2  (0.1%)   Unitarian/Universalist 
  3  (0.2%)   United Church of Christ/Congregational 
  108  (7.2%)   Other Christian 
  16  (1.1%)   Other Religion 
  [67 missing]     (Select one)

10. What is your sexual orientation?

[Contact OPA for more information]

11. With which gender do you identify?

911  (59.7%)   Female
588  (38.6%)   Male
26  (1.7%)   Other/Decline to State

12. How would you characterize your political orientation?

VERY LIBERALLIBERALSLIGHTLY LIBERALMODERATE OR MIDDLE OF THE ROADSLIGHTLY CONSERVATIVECONSERVATIVEVERY CONSERVATIVE
165  (10.9%) 574  (37.8%) 303  (20.0%) 298  (19.6%) 102  (6.7%) 63  (4.2%) 12  (0.8%)

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