Part 1: Early Experiences

Transition into UC Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
Berkeley Plans
Future Plans and Aspirations
High School Experiences

Transition into UC Berkeley

1. Please rate the start of your Berkeley experience by completing the following statement. Overall, I am off to ...

a great start 89 31%
a very good start 86 30%
a good start 72 25%
just an OK start 32 11%
not a good start 4 1%

2. What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected?

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3. What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?

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4. As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below. Click here if you would like to review definitions of diversity and academic dishonesty.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 3 7 25 87 120 34
1% 3% 9% 32% 44% 12%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 2 6 21 85 127 35
1% 2% 8% 31% 46% 13%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 0 1 6 16 84 169
0% 0% 2% 6% 30% 61%
Most students are proud to attend this school 0 0 2 20 105 149
0% 0% 1% 7% 38% 54%
This institution values students' opinions 2 3 10 61 126 74
1% 1% 4% 22% 46% 27%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 23 99 83 41 20 10
8% 36% 30% 15% 7% 4%
I feel that I belong at this campus 3 3 22 73 100 73
1% 1% 8% 27% 37% 27%
Diversity is important on this campus 3 2 12 44 101 114
1% 1% 4% 16% 37% 41%
Diversity is important to me 3 8 9 35 100 119
1% 3% 3% 13% 37% 43%

5. To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
CalSO 60 10 5 5 44 78 67
- 5% 2% 2% 21% 37% 32%
Cal Student Central 103 4 2 7 65 60 22
- 3% 1% 4% 41% 14% 14%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 219 3 4 5 16 16 4
- 5% 6% 8% 8% 25% 6%
Convocation for new students 73 20 31 37 61 40 7
- 10% 16% 19% 31% 20% 4%
Getting Your Bearings activities 37 6 7 13 77 87 39
- 3% 3% 6% 34% 38% 17%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 259 0 2 1 1 4 1
- 0 22% 11% 11% 44% 11%
Summer Bridge 259 1 1 1 1 3 1
- 13% 13% 13% 13% 38% 13%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 0 3 1 4 25 84 149
- 1% 0% 2% 9% 32% 56%
TRSP: Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Centers (including Cal Veteran Service Center and Cal Independent Scholars Network) 262 0 0 2 2 1 0
- 0% 0% 40% 40% 20% 0%
Berkeley International Office 261 0 1 2 1 2 0
- 0% 17% 33% 17% 33% 0%
Academic Achievement Program and Center (Includes SSS Scholars Acadamy, McNair Scholars Program, & Miller Scholars Program) 261 0 1 2 1 2 0
- 0% 17% 33% 17% 33% 0%
Athletic Study Center 258 0 1 3 3 4 0
- 0% 9% 27% 27% 36% 0%
Disabled Students' Program 262 0 0 2 1 2 2
- 0% 0% 29% 14% 29% 29%
Undocumented Students Program (USP) - (Academic Counselors, Dreamers Resource Center, Legal Support, etc.) 263 0 0 2 1 1 2
- 0% 0% 33% 17% 17% 33%

(...continued) To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBTQ, Women, Sexual/Relationship Violence Advocacy & Education) 249 1 0 1 4 7 0
- 8% 0% 8% 31% 54% 0%
Multicultural Student Development (Includes African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicago/Latino Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, & Native American Student Development) 239 2 0 1 4 15 1
- 9% 0% 5% 18% 68% 5%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 233 2 0 1 4 15 7
- 7% 0% 3% 14% 52% 24%
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office - (Academic Counselors, Peer Academic Counselors, Fee Waivers, etc. Serving first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented students) 201 3 0 6 13 25 12
- 5% 0% 10% 22% 42% 20%
Student Learning Center 168 0 0 5 30 37 20
- 0% 0% 5% 33% 40% 22%
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Program Assistants, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 43 3 3 12 61 94 47
- 1% 1% 5% 28% 43% 21%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 209 1 3 3 14 19 11
- 2% 6% 6% 27% 37% 22%
New Student Services website 174 4 1 5 27 41 8
- 5% 1% 6% 31% 48% 9%
My Years at Cal website 235 0 2 4 10 7 3
- 0% 8% 15% 38% 27% 12%
My Berkeley Application website 29 2 4 12 68 79 69
- 1% 2% 5% 29% 34% 29%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 189 0 2 5 32 25 6
- 0% 3% 7% 46% 36% 9%
Another Berkeley student 39 3 1 6 36 76 102
- 1% 0% 3% 16% 34% 46%
A family member 84 2 4 19 52 56 44
- 1% 2% 11% 29% 32% 25%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 196 4 3 4 22 22 9
- 6% 5% 6% 34% 34% 14%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 160 3 2 8 39 33 16
- 3% 2% 8% 39% 33% 16%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 247 0 1 2 5 5 2
- 0% 7% 13% 33% 33% 13%

5a. Please list up to 3 additional resources, individuals, or programs that helped with your transition into Berkeley (Note, if you list individuals by name, please also indicate their office or departmental affiliation if they work on campus):

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 2. [Contact OPA for more information]

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5b. Please share with us any additional information regarding your transition into UC Berkeley, and the resources you found helpful, particularly those not asked about above:

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Academic and Personal Development

1. Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 1 3 31 86 76 37
0% 1% 13% 37% 33% 16%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 2 8 43 87 58 35
1% 3% 19% 37% 25% 15%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 1 7 30 98 64 33
0% 3% 13% 42% 28% 14%
Foreign language skills 14 25 57 75 35 27
6% 11% 25% 32% 15% 12%
Understanding of a specific field of study 0 12 45 96 55 25
0% 5% 19% 41% 24% 11%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 1 12 51 72 64 34
0% 5% 22% 31% 27% 15%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 0 2 15 46 63 107
0% 1% 6% 20% 27% 46%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 0 6 44 77 58 49
0% 3% 19% 33% 25% 21%
Leadership skills 2 14 41 70 57 50
1% 6% 18% 30% 24% 21%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 0 8 18 61 82 65
0% 3% 8% 26% 35% 28%

(...continued) Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Internet research skills 1 0 21 57 86 69
0% 0% 9% 24% 37% 30%
Library research skills 2 21 61 85 46 19
1% 9% 26% 36% 20% 8%
Other research skills 1 9 69 91 41 23
0% 4% 30% 39% 18% 10%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 0 7 32 85 59 51
0% 3% 14% 36% 25% 22%
Interpersonal (social) skills 1 9 46 73 54 51
0% 4% 20% 31% 23% 22%

2. Please rank your top 3 areas of expected growth.

Rank 1:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 56 24%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 29 12%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 21 9%
Foreign language skills 2 1%
Understanding of a specific field of study 30 13%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 30 13%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 2 1%
Understanding of international perspectives 4 2%
Leadership skills 18 8%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 2 1%
Research skills 15 6%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 2 1%
Interpersonal (social) skills 23 10%

Rank 2:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 32 14%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 36 15%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 29 12%
Foreign language skills 7 3%
Understanding of a specific field of study 25 11%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 13 6%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 10 4%
Understanding of international perspectives 10 4%
Leadership skills 17 7%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 8 3%
Research skills 19 8%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 5 2%
Interpersonal (social) skills 23 10%

Rank 3:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 23 10%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 22 9%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 26 11%
Foreign language skills 8 3%
Understanding of a specific field of study 28 12%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 15 6%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 8 3%
Understanding of international perspectives 17 7%
Leadership skills 18 8%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 7 3%
Research skills 27 12%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 5 2%
Interpersonal (social) skills 30 13%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 4 2 10 43 97 66
2% 1% 5% 19% 44% 30%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 1 3 15 44 90 67
1% 1% 7% 20% 41% 31%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 0 2 9 31 102 82
0% 1% 4% 14% 45% 36%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 0 5 10 41 99 70
0% 2% 4% 18% 44% 31%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 0 3 6 31 116 70
0% 1% 3% 14% 51% 31%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 2 1 10 38 107 60
1% 1% 5% 17% 49% 28%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 3 3 4 32 105 72
1% 1% 2% 15% 48% 33%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 1 0 2 20 98 102
0% 0% 1% 9% 44% 46%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 1 1 6 25 103 76
1% 1% 3% 12% 49% 36%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 1 2 8 27 101 55
1% 1% 4% 14% 52% 28%

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Your Berkeley Plans

1. If you were assured admittance to any major, what major would you choose?

American Studies 1 0%
Applied Mathematics 2 1%
Astrophysics 1 0%
Bioengineering 3 1%
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 1 0%
Business Administration 43 19%
Chemical Engineering 2 1%
Cognitive Science 6 3%
Computer Science 25 11%
EPS - Geology 1 0%
Economics 6 3%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 5 2%
Engineering Physics 1 0%
English 7 3%
Environmental Sciences 1 0%
Film 1 0%
Integrative Biology 9 4%
Interdisciplinary Studies 3 1%
Legal Studies 2 1%
Linguistics 2 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 6 3%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 4 2%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 6 3%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 5 2%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 9 4%
Mathematics 3 1%
Media Studies 1 0%
Microbial Biology 1 0%
Physics 7 3%
Political Science 11 5%
Psychology 7 3%
Public Health 6 3%
Rhetoric 1 0%
Social Welfare 1 0%
Society and Environment 1 0%
Statistics 1 0%
Undeclared College of Engineering 3 1%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 5 2%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 27 12%

2. Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

Yes 167 78%
No 47 22%

IF NO: In which major do you expect to graduate?

Anthropology 1 2%
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 1 2%
Chemical Biology 1 2%
Cognitive Science 2 4%
Computer Science 6 13%
Economics 2 4%
English 3 7%
Environmental Sciences 1 2%
History 1 2%
Integrative Biology 1 2%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 1 2%
Media Studies 1 2%
Physics 1 2%
Political Economy 1 2%
Public Health 1 2%
Sociology 1 2%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 2 4%
Urban Studies 1 2%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 18 39%

2b. UC Berkeley is planning a new interdisciplinary program related to early childhood development and family studies. If available, would you consider majoring in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies?

Yes 21 21%
No 77 79%

2c. If available, would you consider minoring in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies?

Yes 40 41%
No 57 59%

2d. If yes, may we contact you in the future to provide more detailed information about this major or minor program?

Yes 32 37%
No 55 63%

3. Please select the top 3 factors in in deciding on your major.

First:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 134 60%
Leads to a high paying job 28 13%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 39 17%
Parental desires 2 1%
Allows time for other activities 1 0%
Provides international opportunities 3 1%
Prestige 2 1%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 11 5%
Other (please specify)
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4 2%

Second:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 38 17%
Leads to a high paying job 46 21%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 68 31%
Parental desires 4 2%
Allows time for other activities 7 3%
Provides international opportunities 16 7%
Prestige 12 5%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 28 13%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
3 1%

Third:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 23 11%
Leads to a high paying job 37 17%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 52 24%
Parental desires 9 4%
Allows time for other activities 12 6%
Provides international opportunities 25 12%
Prestige 16 7%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 32 15%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
12 6%

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Future Plans & Aspirations

4. What do you anticipate you will be doing within a year after you graduate?

Enroll in graduate or professional school 110 49%
Work full-time 67 30%
Work part-time 3 1%
Be self-employed 4 2%
Paid internship 6 3%
Study or work abroad 9 4%
Take a year off 1 0%
I have no idea at this point 25 11%

5. In what career field do you hope to eventually work after you've completed your education?

Business 47 21%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 10 5%
Education/Teaching 8 4%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 22 10%
Engineering 4 2%
Environmental/Natural Resources 1 0%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 12 5%
Law 12 5%
Medicine 44 20%
Research 18 8%
Other Health-Related Field 13 6%
Other 2 1%
I have no idea whatsoever 31 14%

6. What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to eventually earn?

Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 18 8%
Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 23 10%
Business master's (MBA) 34 15%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 33 15%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 15 7%
Medical doctor (MD) 30 13%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 4 2%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 10 4%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 8 4%
Teaching credential 1 0%
I don't know yet 49 22%

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High School Experiences

1. Thinking back over your senior year coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 0 1 11 32 76 103
0% 0% 5% 14% 34% 46%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 0 3 12 38 89 80
0% 1% 5% 17% 40% 36%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 3 20 22 49 73 55
1% 9% 10% 22% 33% 25%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 4 20 22 57 63 56
2% 9% 10% 26% 28% 25%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 10 20 39 55 53 44
5% 9% 18% 25% 24% 20%

2. Thinking back on your senior year, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 0 2 5 24 78 114
0% 1% 2% 11% 35% 51%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 2 14 26 45 67 68
1% 6% 12% 20% 30% 31%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 4 21 40 49 59 50
2% 9% 18% 22% 27% 22%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 4 8 29 54 71 55
2% 4% 13% 24% 32% 25%

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