2005 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 1

Choice of College, Initial Berkeley Experiences

1. We are very happy that you chose to be part of the Berkeley freshman class of 2005. But if you had decided to go to "another college" that admitted you, which college would it have been? (If only admitted at Berkeley, please indicate this.)

  [54 missing]     Select second-choice college here 
  41  (1.4%)   Only applied to Berkeley 
  34  (1.2%)   Only accepted at Berkeley 
  228  (7.9%)   UC Davis 
  64  (2.2%)   UC Irvine 
  896  (31.1%)   UCLA 
  12  (0.4%)   UC Riverside 
  375  (13.0%)   UC San Diego 
  99  (3.4%)   UC Santa Barbara 
  53  (1.8%)   UC Santa Cruz 
  4  (0.1%)   A California Community College 
  3  (0.1%)   California State University, Fresno 
  2  (0.1%)   California State University, Hayward 
  2  (0.1%)   California State University, Long Beach 
  20  (0.7%)   California State University, Los Angeles 
  17  (0.6%)   California State University, San Diego 
  44  (1.5%)   California State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) 
  26  (0.9%)   Other California State University 
  11  (0.4%)   California Institute of Technology 
  5  (0.2%)   Claremont McKenna College 
  14  (0.5%)   Harvey Mudd College 
  6  (0.2%)   Loyola Marymount University 
  1  (0.0%)   Mills College 
  6  (0.2%)   Occidental College 
  7  (0.2%)   Pomona College 
  19  (0.7%)   Santa Clara University 
  3  (0.1%)   Scripps College 
  6  (0.2%)   St. Mary's College of California 
  72  (2.5%)   Stanford University 
  6  (0.2%)   University of the Pacific 
  8  (0.3%)   University of San Diego 
  88  (3.1%)   University of Southern California 
  16  (0.6%)   Other California Private College 
  1  (0.0%)   Amherst College 
  8  (0.3%)   Barnard college 
  5  (0.2%)   Boston College 
  20  (0.7%)   Boston University 
  5  (0.2%)   Brandeis University 
  1  (0.0%)   Brigham Young University 
  14  (0.5%)   Brown University 
  1  (0.0%)   Bryn Mawr College 
  1  (0.0%)   Carleton College 
  23  (0.8%)   Carnegie Mellon University 
  24  (0.8%)   Columbia University 
  56  (1.9%)   Cornell University 
  8  (0.3%)   Dartmouth College 
  15  (0.5%)   Duke University 
  18  (0.6%)   Georgetown University 
  18  (0.6%)   Harvard College 
  32  (1.1%)   Johns Hopkins University 
  10  (0.3%)   Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  1  (0.0%)   Mount Holyoke College 
  68  (2.4%)   New York University 
  30  (1.0%)   Northwestern University 
  7  (0.2%)   Princeton University 
  10  (0.3%)   Reed College 
  6  (0.2%)   Rice University 
  1  (0.0%)   Smith College 
  5  (0.2%)   Swarthmore College 
  15  (0.5%)   Tufts University 
  20  (0.7%)   University of Chicago 
  1  (0.0%)   United States Air Force Academy 
  26  (0.9%)   University of Michigan 
  3  (0.1%)   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  5  (0.2%)   University Of Notre Dame 
  18  (0.6%)   University of Pennsylvania 
  9  (0.3%)   University of Texas 
  12  (0.4%)   Washington University in St. Louis 
  8  (0.3%)   Wellesley College 
  4  (0.1%)   Wesleyan University 
  2  (0.1%)   Williams College 
  12  (0.4%)   Yale University 
  169  (5.9%)   Other Out-of-State College

2. What would you say was the deciding or final factor in favor of Berkeley?

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3. How difficult was it to choose Berkeley?

1136  (38.8%)   Not at all difficult
1102  (37.6%)   Somewhat difficult
414  (14.1%)   Difficult
275  (9.4%)   Very difficult

4. How concerned are you about each of the following?

 Not that concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 770  (26.3%)   1098  (37.5%)   1058  (36.2%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 764  (26.1%)   1366  (46.7%)   795  (27.2%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 1015  (34.7%)   1056  (36.2%)   850  (29.1%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 214  (7.3%)   971  (33.2%)   1737  (59.4%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 516  (17.7%)   1348  (46.2%)   1054  (36.1%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 468  (16.0%)   1318  (45.0%)   1141  (39.0%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 1051  (36.0%)   1195  (40.9%)   677  (23.2%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s) 836  (28.6%)   1268  (43.3%)   824  (28.1%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 401  (13.7%)   1334  (45.6%)   1191  (40.7%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 611  (20.9%)   1189  (40.6%)   1126  (38.5%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 1210  (41.4%)   1056  (36.1%)   659  (22.5%)  
Being able to maintain good health 985  (33.7%)   1268  (43.4%)   672  (23.0%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 1091  (37.3%)   1154  (39.4%)   681  (23.3%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 940  (32.1%)   1352  (46.2%)   636  (21.7%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 361  (12.4%)   1201  (41.1%)   1361  (46.6%)  
If Berkeley is the right choice for me 1391  (47.6%)   939  (32.1%)   595  (20.3%)  

5. Please identify the ONE thing that really concerns you the most.

[14 missing]     (Select one) 
  82  (2.8%)   Being able to work while I'm in school 
  867  (29.7%)   Being able to excel at Berkeley the way I excelled in high school 
  267  (9.1%)   Deciding on the right major 
  87  (3.0%)   Having enough money for all my expected living expenses & fun 
  237  (8.1%)   Financing my education at Berkeley 
  10  (0.3%)   Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 
  76  (2.6%)   Getting into my first choice of major 
  389  (13.3%)   Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 
  40  (1.4%)   Getting the academic advising I need 
  44  (1.5%)   Getting the career and professional advising I need 
  10  (0.3%)   Getting the personal counseling I might need 
  30  (1.0%)   Getting along with my roommate(s) 
  218  (7.5%)   Being able to balance academic and social activities 
  109  (3.7%)   Being able to make the kind of friends I want 
  101  (3.5%)   Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 
  34  (1.2%)   Being able to maintain good health 
  16  (0.5%)   Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 
  42  (1.4%)   My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 
  132  (4.5%)   Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 
  129  (4.4%)   If Berkeley is the right choice for me

6. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your concerns?

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7. Though likely to be just a guess, how would you rate yourself compared to the average freshman entering Berkeley this fall on each of the following?

 Way above averageAbove averageAverageBelow averageWay below average
Academic ability 131  (4.5%)   1136  (38.9%)   1385  (47.4%)   235  (8.0%)   33  (1.1%)  
Artistic ability 110  (3.8%)   615  (21.1%)   997  (34.1%)   893  (30.6%)   306  (10.5%)  
Writing ability 140  (4.8%)   891  (30.6%)   1246  (42.7%)   542  (18.6%)   97  (3.3%)  
Compassion 459  (15.7%)   1281  (43.9%)   1002  (34.3%)   143  (4.9%)   34  (1.2%)  
Computer skills 130  (4.5%)   586  (20.1%)   1407  (48.2%)   655  (22.4%)   142  (4.9%)  
Cooperativeness 414  (14.2%)   1426  (48.8%)   964  (33.0%)   108  (3.7%)   9  (0.3%)  
Courage 326  (11.2%)   1007  (34.5%)   1279  (43.8%)   290  (9.9%)   17  (0.6%)  
Creativity 281  (9.6%)   1109  (38.0%)   1159  (39.7%)   332  (11.4%)   39  (1.3%)  
Drive to achieve 704  (24.1%)   1231  (42.1%)   822  (28.1%)   137  (4.7%)   28  (1.0%)  
Emotional health 403  (13.8%)   1033  (35.4%)   1164  (39.9%)   265  (9.1%)   55  (1.9%)  
Leadership ability 369  (12.6%)   1073  (36.8%)   1104  (37.8%)   316  (10.8%)   56  (1.9%)  
Understanding of others 573  (19.6%)   1346  (46.1%)   853  (29.2%)   128  (4.4%)   19  (0.7%)  
Mathematical ability 297  (10.2%)   984  (33.7%)   1073  (36.7%)   437  (15.0%)   130  (4.5%)  
Maturity 607  (20.8%)   1402  (48.0%)   785  (26.9%)   110  (3.8%)   14  (0.5%)  
Physical health 257  (8.8%)   863  (29.6%)   1442  (49.4%)   308  (10.6%)   48  (1.6%)  
Public speaking ability 224  (7.7%)   703  (24.1%)   1132  (38.8%)   698  (23.9%)   160  (5.5%)  
Self-confidence (intellectual) 301  (10.3%)   1045  (35.8%)   1214  (41.6%)   311  (10.7%)   48  (1.6%)  
Self-confidence (social) 223  (7.6%)   807  (27.6%)   1249  (42.8%)   562  (19.2%)   80  (2.7%)  
Self-understanding 410  (14.0%)   1067  (36.6%)   1249  (42.8%)   172  (5.9%)   21  (0.7%)  
Spirituality 306  (10.5%)   700  (24.0%)   1177  (40.4%)   513  (17.6%)   219  (7.5%)  
Time management 172  (5.9%)   755  (26.0%)   1329  (45.7%)   560  (19.3%)   90  (3.1%)  
Overall academic preparation for success at Berkeley 160  (5.5%)   895  (30.7%)   1465  (50.2%)   342  (11.7%)   55  (1.9%)  
Overall personal and social adjustment to Berkeley 170  (5.8%)   827  (28.4%)   1629  (55.9%)   255  (8.7%)   34  (1.2%)  

8. As an undergraduate at Berkeley there may be times when you have the opportunity, or may even be required, to assert yourself in new or unfamiliar situations. Please tell us how easy or difficult you imagine each of the following would be for you:

 Very easyEasyNeither easy nor difficultDifficultVery difficultImpossible for me to do
Ask for help meeting people who share your interests 247  (8.5%)  833  (28.7%)  1175  (40.4%)   567  (19.5%)  72  (2.5%)   11  (0.4%)  
Confront a roommate about inappropriate behavior 203  (7.0%)  678  (23.3%)  755  (26.0%)   1049  (36.1%)  206  (7.1%)  15  (0.5%)  
Go to a professor's office hours by yourself 456  (15.7%)  1020  (35.2%)  743  (25.6%)   561  (19.3%)  117  (4.0%)  4  (0.1%)  
Ask a teaching assistant for help 478  (16.4%)  1261  (43.4%)  772  (26.5%)   356  (12.2%)  38  (1.3%)   3  (0.1%)  
Tell your parents about a bad grade in a course 261  (9.0%)  582  (20.0%)  702  (24.2%)   855  (29.4%)  415  (14.3%)  90  (3.1%)  
Join a study group where you don't know anyone 236  (8.1%)  684  (23.5%)  888  (30.5%)   913  (31.4%)  172  (5.9%)  16  (0.6%)  
Get psychological counseling or advice 133  (4.6%)  404  (13.9%)  1102  (37.9%)   851  (29.3%)  340  (11.7%)  75  (2.6%)  
Talk to your Residence Adviser about something that's bothering you 189  (6.5%)  857  (29.5%)  1047  (36.1%)   667  (23.0%)  122  (4.2%)  20  (0.7%)  
Get tutoring for your hardest course 559  (19.3%)  1153  (39.7%)  728  (25.1%)   395  (13.6%)  58  (2.0%)   10  (0.3%)  
Ask a question in a small class 638  (22.0%)  1163  (40.0%)  644  (22.2%)   362  (12.5%)  83  (2.9%)   16  (0.6%)  
Ask a question in a very large class 200  (6.9%)  452  (15.6%)  646  (22.3%)   1074  (37.0%)  429  (14.8%)  99  (3.4%)  
Change to a major you like despite the recommendation of your parents 523  (18.0%)  670  (23.1%)  914  (31.5%)   552  (19.0%)  187  (6.4%)  56  (1.9%)  

9. How likely do you think it is that you will either be part of or take the initiative in creating the following kinds of study groups during your freshman year at Cal?

 Very likelyLikelyUnlikelyVery unlikely
Join a study group the first week of class 248  (8.5%)   1104  (38.0%)   1302  (44.8%)   250  (8.6%)  
Join a study group to study for finals 1286  (44.3%)   1392  (47.9%)   199  (6.9%)   28  (1.0%)  
Join a study group where you already know most everyone 1124  (38.8%)   1395  (48.1%)   310  (10.7%)   70  (2.4%)  
Join a study group where you don't yet know anyone 206  (7.1%)   1259  (43.4%)   1263  (43.6%)   170  (5.9%)  
Initiate a study group the first week of class 82  (2.8%)   440  (15.2%)   1565  (54.1%)   807  (27.9%)  
Initiate a study group to study for finals 347  (12.0%)   1403  (48.4%)   869  (30.0%)   279  (9.6%)  
Initiate a study group where you already know most everyone 606  (20.9%)   1577  (54.4%)   555  (19.1%)   163  (5.6%)  
Initiate a study group where you don't yet know anyone 78  (2.7%)   538  (18.6%)   1564  (53.9%)   720  (24.8%)  

10. For you personally, how important to academic success is involvement in study groups?

413  (14.2%)   Essential
824  (28.3%)   Very important
1291  (44.4%)   Somewhat important
382  (13.1%)   Not important

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