2005 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 3

Demographic Information

To provide the best advising and services possible, it is important that campus administrators and planners be well informed about the backgrounds of Berkeley students. The information you provide is confidential.

31. When did you first come to the US to live?

2161  (75.4%)   I was born in the United States
166  (5.8%)   2000 or later
40  (1.4%)   1999
42  (1.5%)   1998
29  (1.0%)   1997
39  (1.4%)   1996
38  (1.3%)   1995
31  (1.1%)   1994
30  (1.0%)   1993
55  (1.9%)   1992
52  (1.8%)   1991
184  (6.4%)   1990 or earlier

32. Were your parents born in the United States?

930  (32.4%)   Both my mother and father were born in the United States
117  (4.1%)   My mother was born in the US, but my father was not
152  (5.3%)   My father was born in the US, but my mother was not
1668  (58.2%)   NEITHER my mother nor my father were born in the US

33. To the best of your knowledge, how many of your biological "grandparents" were born in the United States?

1719  (60.0%)   0
86  (3.0%)   1
291  (10.1%)   2
142  (5.0%)   3
629  (21.9%)   4

Parental Education

34. What is the highest degree earned by your mother?

In the US

697  (24.6%)   Graduate degree
684  (24.1%)   College degree
340  (12.0%)   High school degree
1118  (39.4%)   None

Abroad

204  (7.6%)   Graduate degree
676  (25.0%)   College degree
438  (16.2%)   High school degree
1382  (51.2%)   None

35. What is the highest degree earned by your father?

In the US

1064  (37.7%)   Graduate degree
570  (20.2%)   College degree
283  (10.0%)   High school degree
905  (32.1%)   None

Abroad

281  (10.5%)   Graduate degree
652  (24.3%)   College degree
371  (13.8%)   High school degree
1379  (51.4%)   None

36. What was the primary language other than English, if any, that was spoken in your house while you were in high school? [511 missing]     Select the primary language here

  724  (29.9%)   None-only English 
  2  (0.1%)   Afrikaans 
  1  (0.0%)   Amharic 
  11  (0.5%)   Arabic 
  14  (0.6%)   Armenian 
  1  (0.0%)   Assyrian 
  2  (0.1%)   Azerbaijani 
  2  (0.1%)   Bahasa (Indonesia) 
  1  (0.0%)   Basque 
  7  (0.3%)   Bengali 
  1  (0.0%)   Bosnian 
  5  (0.2%)   Bulgarian 
  4  (0.2%)   Burmese 
  5  (0.2%)   Cambodian 
  147  (6.1%)   Cantonese 
  16  (0.7%)   Cherokee (Native American) 
  255  (10.5%)   Chinese 
  2  (0.1%)   Czech 
  1  (0.0%)   Danish 
  1  (0.0%)   Dari (Afghanistan) 
  20  (0.8%)   Dutch 
  81  (3.3%)   English only 
  3  (0.1%)   Estonian 
  24  (1.0%)   Farsi (Persian) 
  1  (0.0%)   Finnish 
  6  (0.2%)   French 
  1  (0.0%)   Gaelic (Irish) 
  1  (0.0%)   Georgian 
  3  (0.1%)   German 
  4  (0.2%)   Greek 
  22  (0.9%)   Gujarati 
  1  (0.0%)   Hawaiian 
  16  (0.7%)   Hebrew 
  27  (1.1%)   Hindi 
  8  (0.3%)   Hmong 
  3  (0.1%)   Hungarian 
  3  (0.1%)   Ibo 
  1  (0.0%)   Icelandic 
  3  (0.1%)   Ilocano, Iloko 
  3  (0.1%)   Indonesian 
  1  (0.0%)   Irish 
  5  (0.2%)   Italian 
  22  (0.9%)   Japanese 
  1  (0.0%)   Kannada 
  3  (0.1%)   Khmer 
  11  (0.5%)   Konkani 
  174  (7.2%)   Korean 
  2  (0.1%)   Lao 
  1  (0.0%)   Lithuanian 
  3  (0.1%)   Malayalam 
  20  (0.8%)   Malaysian 
  201  (8.3%)   Mandarin (Chinese) 
  4  (0.2%)   Marathi 
  1  (0.0%)   Marshallese 
  4  (0.2%)   Mien 
  1  (0.0%)   Nepali 
  3  (0.1%)   Norwegian 
  3  (0.1%)   Pangasinan 
  3  (0.1%)   Polish 
  3  (0.1%)   Portugese (Brazil) 
  2  (0.1%)   Portugese (Portugal) 
  13  (0.5%)   Punjabi 
  8  (0.3%)   Romanian 
  27  (1.1%)   Russian 
  5  (0.2%)   Serbian 
  4  (0.2%)   Shanghainese 
  1  (0.0%)   Sign Language 
  1  (0.0%)   Sinhala 
  14  (0.6%)   Somali 
  201  (8.3%)   Spanish (Latin and South America) 
  8  (0.3%)   Spanish (Spain) 
  3  (0.1%)   Swedish 
  51  (2.1%)   Tagalog 
  14  (0.6%)   Taiwanese 
  10  (0.4%)   Tamil 
  7  (0.3%)   Telugu 
  6  (0.2%)   Teochew (Chao Chow) 
  6  (0.2%)   Thai 
  2  (0.1%)   Toisan 
  1  (0.0%)   Turkish 
  4  (0.2%)   Ukrainian 
  23  (0.9%)   Urdu 
  98  (4.0%)   Vietnamese 
  1  (0.0%)   Visayan 
  1  (0.0%)   Yoruba 
  13  (0.5%)   Other

36a. Other primary language not on list: Please be sure to see if primary language other than English is on the list before entering it here. [Open-ended text field]

37. When did you learn to speak English?

1272  (44.4%)   English was the first and only language I learned as a child
997  (34.8%)   I learned both another language and English by the time I was 5 years old
434  (15.2%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 5 and 10
138  (4.8%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 11 and 15
23  (0.8%)   I learned another language, but didn't learn English until after I was 15 years old

38. During your last year in high school, what proportion of the time did you live with:

 AllMostSomeNone
Mother 2496  (87.3%)   161  (5.6%)   119  (4.2%)   84  (2.9%)  
Father 2135  (75.0%)   87  (3.1%)   266  (9.3%)   358  (12.6%)  
Stepmother 19  (0.8%)   9  (0.4%)   53  (2.1%)   2418  (96.8%)  
Stepfather 57  (2.3%)   37  (1.5%)   26  (1.0%)   2392  (95.2%)  
Grandparent 127  (5.0%)   52  (2.0%)   194  (7.6%)   2184  (85.4%)  
Legal guardian 109  (4.3%)   25  (1.0%)   17  (0.7%)   2366  (94.0%)  
Other adult(s) 85  (3.4%)   31  (1.2%)   89  (3.5%)   2314  (91.9%)  

39. Are your parents:

2191  (76.5%)   Both alive and living with each other
579  (20.2%)   Both alive and divorced or living apart
22  (0.8%)   Mother deceased
70  (2.4%)   Father deceased
3  (0.1%)   Both deceased

40. Select the category from the pull-down menu that best describes your race or ethnicity. If multi-racial, use additional pull-down menus, selecting one category per menu. [81 missing]     Select your ethnicity here

  32  (1.1%)   1 I'm an International student 
  6  (0.2%)   2 American Indian 
  61  (2.1%)   3 African American - United States 
  4  (0.1%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  1  (0.0%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  176  (6.2%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  2  (0.1%)   7 Columbian 
  1  (0.0%)   8 Cuban 
  7  (0.2%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  3  (0.1%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  25  (0.9%)   11 Salvadoran 
  16  (0.6%)   12 Other Latin American 
  16  (0.6%)   13 South American 
  9  (0.3%)   14 Cambodian 
  736  (25.8%)   15 Chinese 
  92  (3.2%)   16 Filipino 
  75  (2.6%)   17 Japanese 
  195  (6.8%)   18 Korean 
  4  (0.1%)   19 Laotian 
  9  (0.3%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  136  (4.8%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  109  (3.8%)   22 Vietnamese 
  30  (1.1%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  34  (1.2%)   24 Other Asian 
  878  (30.8%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  99  (3.5%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  59  (2.1%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  38  (1.3%)   28 Other

41. [2476 missing]     Second ethnicity (if needed)

  2  (0.4%)   1 I'm an International student 
  13  (2.8%)   2 American Indian 
  5  (1.1%)   3 African American - United States 
  1  (0.2%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  29  (6.3%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  2  (0.4%)   7 Columbian 
  4  (0.9%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  6  (1.3%)   11 Salvadoran 
  10  (2.2%)   12 Other Latin America 
  8  (1.8%)   13 South American 
  3  (0.7%)   14 Cambodian 
  72  (15.8%)   15 Chinese 
  13  (2.8%)   16 Filipino 
  26  (5.7%)   17 Japanese 
  18  (3.9%)   18 Korean 
  3  (0.7%)   19 Laotian 
  6  (1.3%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  6  (1.3%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  28  (6.1%)   22 Vietnamese 
  6  (1.3%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  8  (1.8%)   24 Other Asian 
  94  (20.6%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  42  (9.2%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  17  (3.7%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  35  (7.7%)   28 Other

42. [2855 missing]     Third ethnicity (if needed)

  1  (1.3%)   1 I'm an International student 
  6  (7.8%)   2 American Indian 
  1  (1.3%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  3  (3.9%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (1.3%)   8 Cuban 
  3  (3.9%)   12 Other Latin America 
  1  (1.3%)   13 South American 
  1  (1.3%)   14 Cambodian 
  1  (1.3%)   15 Chinese 
  3  (3.9%)   16 Filipino 
  4  (5.2%)   17 Japanese 
  3  (3.9%)   18 Korean 
  1  (1.3%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  1  (1.3%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  1  (1.3%)   22 Vietnamese 
  3  (3.9%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  3  (3.9%)   24 Other Asian 
  14  (18.2%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  6  (7.8%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  4  (5.2%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  16  (20.8%)   28 Other

43. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s)?

  [155 missing]     Combined income 
  281  (10.1%)   Less than $20,000 
  279  (10.0%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  242  (8.7%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  226  (8.1%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  238  (8.6%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  308  (11.1%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  439  (15.8%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  194  (7.0%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  263  (9.5%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  309  (11.1%)   $200,000 or more
 

43a. How confident are you that your estimate is reasonably accurate?

775  (27.6%)   Very confident
1345  (47.8%)   Confident
692  (24.6%)   Not confident at all

44. What is your current religious preference or affiliation? If none, please indicate (top of the list).

[127 missing]     Religious preference-select one 
  1247  (44.4%)   No religious preference/affiliation 
  2  (0.1%)   AME (African Methodist Episcopal) 
  9  (0.3%)   Assemblies of God 
  5  (0.2%)   Baha'i 
  89  (3.2%)   Baptist 
  12  (0.4%)   Buddhist-Shin (Japanese) 
  12  (0.4%)   Buddhist-Thai 
  7  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Tibetan 
  46  (1.6%)   Buddhist-Vietnamese 
  1  (0.0%)   Buddhist-Zen (Japanese) 
  3  (0.1%)   Buddhist-Zen (Korean) 
  73  (2.6%)   Buddhist-Zen/Chan (Chinese) 
  120  (4.3%)   Christian Church (Disciples) 
  26  (0.9%)   Christian Reformed 
  5  (0.2%)   Christian Science 
  1  (0.0%)   Church of God (Indonesian) 
  5  (0.2%)   CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) 
  3  (0.1%)   COGIC (Church of God in Christ) 
  9  (0.3%)   Congregational/UCC 
  19  (0.7%)   Episcopalian (Anglican) 
  16  (0.6%)   Evangelical Free 
  3  (0.1%)   Friends (Quaker) 
  78  (2.8%)   Hindu 
  8  (0.3%)   Jehovah's Witness 
  122  (4.3%)   Jewish 
  8  (0.3%)   Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) 
  35  (1.2%)   Lutheran 
  31  (1.1%)   Methodist 
  42  (1.5%)   Muslim 
  3  (0.1%)   Nazarene 
  64  (2.3%)   Non-Denominational 
  15  (0.5%)   Eastern Orthodox 
  7  (0.2%)   Pentecostal 
  96  (3.4%)   Presbyterian 
  392  (14.0%)   Roman Catholic 
  9  (0.3%)   Seventh Day Adventist 
  9  (0.3%)   Sikh 
  6  (0.2%)   Taoist 
  11  (0.4%)   Unitarian-Universalist 
  99  (3.5%)   Other Christian 
  59  (2.1%)   Other Religion

44a. Do you consider yourself a born-again Christian?

343  (12.6%)   Yes
2383  (87.4%)   No

45. As a Berkeley undergraduate, you will be surveyed each year about your academic and co-curricular experiences and expectations. Your honest feedback is important in planning the best undergraduate education, programs and services possible. How comfortable would you say you are in sharing information about yourself on confidential surveys such as this one?

1386  (48.5%)   Very comfortable
1208  (42.2%)   Somewhat comfortable
214  (7.5%)   Somewhat uncomfortable
52  (1.8%)   Very uncomfortable

46. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your impending experience as a freshman at Berkeley?

[Open-ended textarea field]

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