2006 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 2006. You most likely applied and were admitted to other colleges as well as Berkeley. Please tell us which college from the list below was your second choice (the one that lost out to Berkeley).

  72  (2.5%)   UC Berkeley was my only choice 
  258  (8.9%)   UC Davis 
  57  (2.0%)   UC Irvine 
  994  (34.4%)   UCLA 
  3  (0.1%)   UC Merced 
  13  (0.4%)   UC Riverside 
  353  (12.2%)   UC San Diego 
  97  (3.4%)   UC Santa Barbara 
  42  (1.5%)   UC Santa Cruz 
  11  (0.4%)   Brown University 
  9  (0.3%)   Claremount McKenna College 
  78  (2.7%)   Cornell University 
  1  (0.0%)   CSU-Fullerton 
  5  (0.2%)   CSU-San Diego 
  44  (1.5%)   CSU-San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) 
  3  (0.1%)   Dartmouth College 
  15  (0.5%)   Georgetown University 
  9  (0.3%)   Harvard College 
  24  (0.8%)   Harvey Mudd College 
  25  (0.9%)   Johns Hopkins University 
  5  (0.2%)   Loyola Marymount University 
  62  (2.1%)   New York University 
  31  (1.1%)   Northwestern University 
  7  (0.2%)   Occidental College 
  15  (0.5%)   Pomona College 
  5  (0.2%)   Princeton University 
  22  (0.8%)   Santa Clara University 
  4  (0.1%)   Smith College 
  8  (0.3%)   St. Mary's College of California 
  37  (1.3%)   Stanford University 
  18  (0.6%)   University of Michigan 
  105  (3.6%)   University of Southern California 
  10  (0.3%)   University of the Pacific 
  10  (0.3%)   Wellesley College 
  5  (0.2%)   Yale University 
  85  (2.9%)   Other California 
  351  (12.1%)   Other Out-of-State 
  [35 missing]     Select second choice college

2. What would you say was the main reason you chose Berkeley over the other colleges you were admitted to?

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3. How concerned are you now about each of the following?

 Not that concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 748  (25.6%)   1094  (37.5%)   1075  (36.9%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 740  (25.4%)   1300  (44.6%)   875  (30.0%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 818  (28.1%)   1024  (35.2%)   1067  (36.7%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 163  (5.6%)   834  (28.6%)   1920  (65.8%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 435  (14.9%)   1241  (42.6%)   1238  (42.5%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 390  (13.4%)   1206  (41.4%)   1318  (45.2%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 981  (33.7%)   1188  (40.8%)   745  (25.6%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s) 905  (31.1%)   1222  (41.9%)   786  (27.0%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 386  (13.2%)   1236  (42.3%)   1297  (44.4%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 558  (19.1%)   1162  (39.8%)   1197  (41.0%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 1135  (38.9%)   1141  (39.1%)   641  (22.0%)  
Being able to maintain good health 822  (28.2%)   1281  (43.9%)   813  (27.9%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 1039  (35.7%)   1148  (39.5%)   723  (24.8%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 926  (31.8%)   1359  (46.7%)   628  (21.6%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 352  (12.1%)   1087  (37.4%)   1468  (50.5%)  
If Berkeley is the right choice for me 1380  (47.4%)   872  (30.0%)   659  (22.6%)  

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

  76  (2.6%)   Being able to work while I'm in school 
  828  (28.4%)   Being able to excel at Berkeley the way I excelled in high school 
  287  (9.8%)   Deciding on the right major 
  92  (3.2%)   Having enough money for all my expected living expenses & fun 
  210  (7.2%)   Financing my education at Berkeley 
  12  (0.4%)   Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 
  147  (5.0%)   Getting into my first choice of major 
  415  (14.2%)   Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 
  42  (1.4%)   Getting the academic advising I need 
  45  (1.5%)   Getting the career and professional advising I need 
  6  (0.2%)   Getting the personal counseling I might need 
  16  (0.5%)   Getting along with my roommate(s) 
  233  (8.0%)   Being able to balance academic and social activities 
  115  (3.9%)   Being able to make the kind of friends I want 
  71  (2.4%)   Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 
  31  (1.1%)   Being able to maintain good health 
  25  (0.9%)   Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 
  23  (0.8%)   My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 
  129  (4.4%)   Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 
  112  (3.8%)   If Berkeley is the right choice for me 
  [13 missing]     (Select one)

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

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6. From our surveys we know that many freshmen are concerned about their ability to get a high gpa here at Berkeley. Fifty percent of all freshmen last year had a first year gpa between 2.95 and 3.67 with the average (median) being 3.36. What do you guess your first-year Berkeley gpa will be? Pick the gpa below that you think will be the closest match to your gpa:

64  (2.2%)   2.8
257  (8.8%)   3.0
327  (11.2%)   3.2
626  (21.5%)   3.4
854  (29.4%)   3.6
579  (19.9%)   3.8
200  (6.9%)   4.0

6a. How satisfied would you be with this first year gpa?

183  (6.3%)   Very dissatisfied
328  (11.3%)   Dissatisfied
553  (19.0%)   Somewhat dissatisfied
804  (27.7%)   Somewhat satisfied
724  (24.9%)   Satisfied
312  (10.7%)   Very satisfied

7. Please also take a guess at how satisfied you will be with the following at the end of your first year.

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Overall social experience 15  (0.5%)   30  (1.0%)   155  (5.3%)   744  (25.6%)   1416  (48.8%)  544  (18.7%) 
Overall academic experience 13  (0.4%)   27  (0.9%)   156  (5.4%)   609  (21.0%)   1356  (46.8%)  738  (25.5%) 
Value of your education for the price you are paying 16  (0.6%)   30  (1.0%)   109  (3.8%)   583  (20.1%)   1094  (37.8%)  1064  (36.7%) 

7a. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I know I made the right decision in choosing to attend Berkeley. 34  (1.2%)   23  (0.8%)  100  (3.5%)   596  (20.6%)   1193  (41.2%)  952  (32.9%) 
I think that I will feel that I belong at Berkeley. 32  (1.1%)   23  (0.8%)  137  (4.7%)   744  (25.7%)   1208  (41.7%)  754  (26.0%) 

8. Please rate your level of proficiency in the following areas as you start at Berkeley as well as where you think you will be when you graduate.

 When you first start at BerkeleyWhen you graduate
Analytical and critical thinking skills 50  (1.7%)   Very poor 
  111  (3.9%)   Poor 
  731  (25.5%)   Fair 
  1167  (40.7%)   Good 
  658  (22.9%)   Very good 
  151  (5.3%)   Excellent 
  [60 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  4  (0.1%)   Poor 
  48  (1.7%)   Fair 
  345  (12.1%)   Good 
  1093  (38.3%)   Very good 
  1360  (47.7%)   Excellent 
  [74 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 67  (2.3%)   Very poor 
  240  (8.4%)   Poor 
  854  (29.8%)   Fair 
  1068  (37.3%)   Good 
  537  (18.8%)   Very good 
  97  (3.4%)   Excellent 
  [65 missing]     (Select one) 
 
6  (0.2%)   Very poor 
  13  (0.5%)   Poor 
  100  (3.5%)   Fair 
  519  (18.2%)   Good 
  1107  (38.9%)   Very good 
  1104  (38.8%)   Excellent 
  [79 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 34  (1.2%)   Very poor 
  115  (4.0%)   Poor 
  726  (25.4%)   Fair 
  1164  (40.8%)   Good 
  655  (23.0%)   Very good 
  159  (5.6%)   Excellent 
  [75 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  7  (0.2%)   Poor 
  53  (1.9%)   Fair 
  339  (12.0%)   Good 
  1074  (37.9%)   Very good 
  1357  (47.9%)   Excellent 
  [94 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Foreign language skills 106  (3.7%)   Very poor 
  456  (16.0%)   Poor 
  1045  (36.6%)   Fair 
  748  (26.2%)   Good 
  341  (11.9%)   Very good 
  161  (5.6%)   Excellent 
  [71 missing]     (Select one) 
 
59  (2.1%)   Very poor 
  164  (5.8%)   Poor 
  559  (19.7%)   Fair 
  727  (25.6%)   Good 
  668  (23.5%)   Very good 
  667  (23.5%)   Excellent 
  [84 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Understanding of a specific field of study 89  (3.1%)   Very poor 
  354  (12.4%)   Poor 
  1132  (39.8%)   Fair 
  926  (32.5%)   Good 
  291  (10.2%)   Very good 
  54  (1.9%)   Excellent 
  [82 missing]     (Select one) 
 
3  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  4  (0.1%)   Poor 
  44  (1.6%)   Fair 
  267  (9.4%)   Good 
  836  (29.5%)   Very good 
  1681  (59.3%)   Excellent 
  [93 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 58  (2.0%)   Very poor 
  163  (5.7%)   Poor 
  679  (23.8%)   Fair 
  1004  (35.2%)   Good 
  749  (26.3%)   Very good 
  198  (6.9%)   Excellent 
  [77 missing]     (Select one) 
 
10  (0.4%)   Very poor 
  28  (1.0%)   Poor 
  180  (6.3%)   Fair 
  557  (19.6%)   Good 
  879  (31.0%)   Very good 
  1181  (41.7%)   Excellent 
  [93 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 27  (1.0%)   Very poor 
  89  (3.1%)   Poor 
  450  (15.9%)   Fair 
  867  (30.5%)   Good 
  864  (30.4%)   Very good 
  541  (19.1%)   Excellent 
  [90 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  6  (0.2%)   Poor 
  43  (1.5%)   Fair 
  341  (12.1%)   Good 
  887  (31.4%)   Very good 
  1544  (54.7%)   Excellent 
  [103 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Understanding international perspectives (economic political, social, cultural etc.) 84  (2.9%)   Very poor 
  379  (13.3%)   Poor 
  1052  (36.9%)   Fair 
  892  (31.3%)   Good 
  354  (12.4%)   Very good 
  90  (3.2%)   Excellent 
  [77 missing]     (Select one) 
 
8  (0.3%)   Very poor 
  15  (0.5%)   Poor 
  126  (4.4%)   Fair 
  555  (19.5%)   Good 
  1060  (37.3%)   Very good 
  1076  (37.9%)   Excellent 
  [88 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Leadership skills 67  (2.3%)   Very poor 
  257  (9.0%)   Poor 
  835  (29.3%)   Fair 
  1010  (35.4%)   Good 
  554  (19.4%)   Very good 
  129  (4.5%)   Excellent 
  [76 missing]     (Select one) 
 
15  (0.5%)   Very poor 
  33  (1.2%)   Poor 
  253  (8.9%)   Fair 
  718  (25.3%)   Good 
  993  (34.9%)   Very good 
  830  (29.2%)   Excellent 
  [86 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Computer skills 70  (2.5%)   Very poor 
  268  (9.4%)   Poor 
  933  (32.8%)   Fair 
  945  (33.2%)   Good 
  455  (16.0%)   Very good 
  177  (6.2%)   Excellent 
  [80 missing]     (Select one) 
 
5  (0.2%)   Very poor 
  19  (0.7%)   Poor 
  238  (8.4%)   Fair 
  813  (28.7%)   Good 
  1019  (35.9%)   Very good 
  742  (26.2%)   Excellent 
  [92 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Internet skills 26  (0.9%)   Very poor 
  83  (2.9%)   Poor 
  618  (21.7%)   Fair 
  1050  (36.9%)   Good 
  690  (24.2%)   Very good 
  381  (13.4%)   Excellent 
  [80 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  7  (0.2%)   Poor 
  145  (5.1%)   Fair 
  671  (23.7%)   Good 
  1030  (36.3%)   Very good 
  979  (34.5%)   Excellent 
  [92 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Library research skills 80  (2.8%)   Very poor 
  422  (14.8%)   Poor 
  1190  (41.8%)   Fair 
  882  (31.0%)   Good 
  216  (7.6%)   Very good 
  59  (2.1%)   Excellent 
  [79 missing]     (Select one) 
 
2  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  6  (0.2%)   Poor 
  113  (4.0%)   Fair 
  606  (21.4%)   Good 
  1207  (42.6%)   Very good 
  901  (31.8%)   Excellent 
  [93 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Other research skills 84  (3.0%)   Very poor 
  306  (10.8%)   Poor 
  1201  (42.3%)   Fair 
  1000  (35.2%)   Good 
  197  (6.9%)   Very good 
  54  (1.9%)   Excellent 
  [86 missing]     (Select one) 
 
2  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  4  (0.1%)   Poor 
  107  (3.8%)   Fair 
  650  (22.9%)   Good 
  1150  (40.6%)   Very good 
  920  (32.5%)   Excellent 
  [95 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 49  (1.7%)   Very poor 
  218  (7.7%)   Poor 
  848  (29.8%)   Fair 
  1168  (41.1%)   Good 
  466  (16.4%)   Very good 
  94  (3.3%)   Excellent 
  [85 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  12  (0.4%)   Poor 
  94  (3.3%)   Fair 
  538  (19.0%)   Good 
  1127  (39.8%)   Very good 
  1055  (37.3%)   Excellent 
  [98 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Interpersonal (social) skills 44  (1.5%)   Very poor 
  176  (6.2%)   Poor 
  691  (24.3%)   Fair 
  1109  (39.0%)   Good 
  618  (21.7%)   Very good 
  209  (7.3%)   Excellent 
  [81 missing]     (Select one) 
 
11  (0.4%)   Very poor 
  19  (0.7%)   Poor 
  114  (4.0%)   Fair 
  516  (18.2%)   Good 
  1084  (38.2%)   Very good 
  1095  (38.6%)   Excellent 
  [89 missing]     (Select one) 
 

9. Similarly, please rate your abilities as you begin your college career and again how you expect to rate when you graduate.

 When you first start at BerkeleyWhen you graduate
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 14  (0.5%)   Very poor 
  32  (1.1%)   Poor 
  240  (8.5%)   Fair 
  808  (28.5%)   Good 
  1043  (36.8%)   Very good 
  695  (24.5%)   Excellent 
  [96 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  7  (0.2%)   Poor 
  52  (1.8%)   Fair 
  243  (8.6%)   Good 
  793  (28.1%)   Very good 
  1722  (61.0%)   Excellent 
  [107 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 46  (1.6%)   Very poor 
  159  (5.6%)   Poor 
  526  (18.6%)   Fair 
  793  (28.0%)   Good 
  734  (25.9%)   Very good 
  573  (20.2%)   Excellent 
  [97 missing]     (Select one) 
 
15  (0.5%)   Very poor 
  27  (1.0%)   Poor 
  165  (5.9%)   Fair 
  478  (17.0%)   Good 
  899  (31.9%)   Very good 
  1235  (43.8%)   Excellent 
  [109 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 13  (0.5%)   Very poor 
  57  (2.0%)   Poor 
  396  (14.0%)   Fair 
  949  (33.6%)   Good 
  852  (30.2%)   Very good 
  554  (19.6%)   Excellent 
  [107 missing]     (Select one) 
 
4  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  11  (0.4%)   Poor 
  88  (3.1%)   Fair 
  373  (13.3%)   Good 
  892  (31.8%)   Very good 
  1441  (51.3%)   Excellent 
  [119 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 21  (0.7%)   Very poor 
  78  (2.8%)   Poor 
  466  (16.5%)   Fair 
  1032  (36.5%)   Good 
  819  (29.0%)   Very good 
  411  (14.5%)   Excellent 
  [101 missing]     (Select one) 
 
5  (0.2%)   Very poor 
  3  (0.1%)   Poor 
  66  (2.3%)   Fair 
  374  (13.3%)   Good 
  989  (35.1%)   Very good 
  1378  (49.0%)   Excellent 
  [113 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Self awareness and understanding 25  (0.9%)   Very poor 
  91  (3.2%)   Poor 
  579  (20.5%)   Fair 
  1118  (39.5%)   Good 
  711  (25.2%)   Very good 
  303  (10.7%)   Excellent 
  [101 missing]     (Select one) 
 
3  (0.1%)   Very poor 
  6  (0.2%)   Poor 
  66  (2.3%)   Fair 
  334  (11.8%)   Good 
  1086  (38.5%)   Very good 
  1326  (47.0%)   Excellent 
  [107 missing]     (Select one) 
 

10. 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 205  (7.2%)  735  (25.9%)  1165  (41.1%)   624  (22.0%)  93  (3.3%)   16  (0.6%)  
Confront a roommate about inappropriate behavior 182  (6.4%)  621  (21.9%)  711  (25.1%)   1045  (36.8%)  265  (9.3%)  14  (0.5%)  
Go to a professor's office hours by yourself 435  (15.3%)  933  (32.9%)  725  (25.6%)   606  (21.4%)  115  (4.1%)  20  (0.7%)  
Ask a teaching assistant for help 506  (17.8%)  1147  (40.4%)  730  (25.7%)   393  (13.8%)  55  (1.9%)   8  (0.3%)  
Tell your parents about a bad grade in a course 241  (8.5%)  466  (16.4%)  649  (22.9%)   823  (29.0%)  536  (18.9%)  120  (4.2%)  
Join a study group where you don't know anyone 211  (7.4%)  629  (22.2%)  806  (28.4%)   937  (33.0%)  224  (7.9%)  29  (1.0%)  
Get psychological counseling or advice 130  (4.6%)  393  (13.9%)  943  (33.3%)   860  (30.4%)  375  (13.3%)  127  (4.5%)  
Talk to your Residence Adviser about something that's bothering you 195  (6.9%)  719  (25.4%)  985  (34.8%)   723  (25.5%)  164  (5.8%)  44  (1.6%)  
Get tutoring for your hardest course 607  (21.4%)  1099  (38.8%)  701  (24.7%)   345  (12.2%)  67  (2.4%)   16  (0.6%)  
Ask a question in a small class 672  (23.7%)  1115  (39.3%)  604  (21.3%)   350  (12.3%)  84  (3.0%)   12  (0.4%)  
Ask a question in a very large class 207  (7.3%)  438  (15.5%)  585  (20.7%)   988  (35.0%)  474  (16.8%)  134  (4.7%)  
Change to a major you like despite the recommendation of your parents 530  (18.7%)  651  (22.9%)  825  (29.1%)   514  (18.1%)  246  (8.7%)  72  (2.5%)  

11. Which of the following are you bringing with you for your first semester at Berkeley? Check all that apply.

316  (10.8%)   Personal desktop computer
2404  (82.1%)   Personal laptop computer
1921  (65.6%)   Cell phone (mobile phone)
72  (2.5%)   Personal digital assistant (PDA) such as Palm or PocketPC
145  (5.0%)   Smart phone (combination cell phone and PDA), such as Treo
1414  (48.3%)   Portable digital music player (such as iPod)
67  (2.3%)   Portable electronic translation device
395  (13.5%)   Webcam

12. If you are currently working, or have worked, (paid employment) this summer, how many hours per week?

1467  (51.6%)   I did not work any hours this summer
182  (6.4%)   1-5
144  (5.1%)   6-10
182  (6.4%)   11-15
320  (11.3%)   16-25
248  (8.7%)   26-35
298  (10.5%)   More than 35

13. If you worked (paid employment) this summer, how much did you earn for expenses your first year in college?

1458  (51.8%)   I did not work this summer
212  (7.5%)   Less than $250
220  (7.8%)   $250 - 499
308  (10.9%)   $500 - 999
526  (18.7%)   $1,000 - 2,999
75  (2.7%)   $3,000 - 4,999
10  (0.4%)   $5,000 - 6,999
5  (0.2%)   $7,000 - 9,999
3  (0.1%)   $10,000 or more

14. About how many hours per week are you expecting to work (paid employment) your first semester?

 Fall semesterExpect for spring semesterA few times a weekAbout once a weekOnce or a few times a monthLess than once a month
None 1778  (66.3%)  964  (41.1%)   1021  (56.6%)   1014  (61.3%)   996  (62.8%)   1072  (67.3%)  
1-5 239  (8.9%)   349  (14.9%)   391  (21.7%)   322  (19.5%)   210  (13.2%)   181  (11.4%)  
6-10 313  (11.7%)   501  (21.3%)   247  (13.7%)   187  (11.3%)   174  (11.0%)   129  (8.1%)  
11-15 196  (7.3%)   305  (13.0%)   109  (6.0%)   94  (5.7%)   107  (6.8%)   71  (4.5%)  
16-20 82  (3.1%)   140  (6.0%)   24  (1.3%)   25  (1.5%)   69  (4.4%)   52  (3.3%)  
21 or more 73  (2.7%)   89  (3.8%)   12  (0.7%)   12  (0.7%)   29  (1.8%)   88  (5.5%)  

15. How much of your first year's educational expenses (room, board, and fees) do you expect to cover from each of the sources listed below?

 NoneLess than $1,000$1,000 - 2,999$3,000-5,999$6,000-9,999$10,000+
Family resources (parents, relatives, etc.) 347  (12.3%)  259  (9.2%)   276  (9.8%)  246  (8.8%)  253  (9.0%)  1429  (50.9%) 
My own resources (savings from work, work-study, other income) 744  (27.7%)  899  (33.5%)   660  (24.6%)  271  (10.1%)  71  (2.6%)   38  (1.4%)  
Aid that doesn't need to be repaid (grants, scholarships, military funding, etc.) 797  (29.5%)  232  (8.6%)   444  (16.4%)  314  (11.6%)  341  (12.6%)  573  (21.2%) 
Aid that must be repaid (loans, etc.) 1409  (52.9%)  81  (3.0%)   274  (10.3%)  397  (14.9%)  204  (7.7%)  298  (11.2%) 
Other than above 1940  (88.1%)  129  (5.9%)   66  (3.0%)   30  (1.4%)   17  (0.8%)   21  (1.0%)  

16. By the time you graduate from Cal, what is the estimated total amount of loans that you and your parents will have to repay?

 NoneLess than $5,000$5,000-9,999$10,000-14,999$15,000-19,999$20,000 or more
You 1274  (47.9%)   276  (10.4%)   276  (10.4%)   242  (9.1%)   212  (8.0%)   382  (14.4%)  
Your parents 1549  (56.2%)   268  (9.7%)   185  (6.7%)   167  (6.1%)   146  (5.3%)   443  (16.1%)  

17. While at Berkeley, do you expect to contribute money to your parents to help pay bills and provide for other family members?

186  (6.6%)   Yes, a substantial amount
723  (25.5%)   Yes, a small amount
1119  (39.5%)   No
802  (28.3%)   Not sure

18. What undergraduate major do you plan to complete for graduation at Berkeley? If you are not sure, please make your best guess. Choose "I have no idea" (at the bottom of the list) only if you really have no idea whatsoever. If you are planning a "double major", please choose your initial major here and your second major in Question #24.

  7  (0.3%)   American Studies 
  15  (0.5%)   Anthropology 
  106  (3.8%)   Architecture 
  21  (0.8%)   Art/Art History 
  2  (0.1%)   Asian Studies 
  3  (0.1%)   Asian American Studies 
  17  (0.6%)   Astrophysics 
  343  (12.3%)   Business Administration 
  2  (0.1%)   Celtic Studies 
  52  (1.9%)   Chemical Engineering 
  92  (3.3%)   Chemistry 
  3  (0.1%)   Chicano Studies 
  4  (0.1%)   Chinese Language 
  3  (0.1%)   Classical Civilization 
  21  (0.8%)   Cognitive Science 
  5  (0.2%)   Comparative Literature 
  40  (1.4%)   Computer Science 
  8  (0.3%)   Conservation & Resource Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Dance and Performance Studies 
  16  (0.6%)   Development Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Earth & Planetary Science 
  1  (0.0%)   Environmental Earth Science 
  71  (2.5%)   Economics 
  124  (4.4%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Sicence (EECS) 
  232  (8.3%)   Engineering and Engineering Science 
  73  (2.6%)   English 
  17  (0.6%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  28  (1.0%)   Environmental Sciences 
  1  (0.0%)   Ethnic Studies 
  9  (0.3%)   Film 
  2  (0.1%)   Forestry 
  4  (0.1%)   French 
  7  (0.3%)   Genetics & Plant Biology 
  2  (0.1%)   Geography 
  1  (0.0%)   Geophysics 
  1  (0.0%)   German 
  2  (0.1%)   Greek 
  45  (1.6%)   History 
  66  (2.4%)   Integrative Biology 
  18  (0.6%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  3  (0.1%)   Japanese Language 
  2  (0.1%)   Latin American Studies 
  13  (0.5%)   Legal Studies 
  11  (0.4%)   Linguistics 
  2  (0.1%)   Marine Science 
  53  (1.9%)   Mass Communications 
  12  (0.4%)   Materials Science 
  44  (1.6%)   Mathematics 
  25  (0.9%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  26  (0.9%)   Microbial Biology 
  2  (0.1%)   Middle Eastern Studies 
  411  (14.7%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  17  (0.6%)   Molecular Environmental Biology 
  11  (0.4%)   Music 
  1  (0.0%)   Near Eastern Studies 
  36  (1.3%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  1  (0.0%)   Optometry 
  20  (0.7%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  14  (0.5%)   Philosophy 
  4  (0.1%)   Physical Sciences Field Major 
  43  (1.5%)   Physics 
  23  (0.8%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  148  (5.3%)   Political Science 
  113  (4.0%)   Psychology 
  8  (0.3%)   Rhetoric 
  1  (0.0%)   Scandinavian 
  12  (0.4%)   Social Welfare 
  22  (0.8%)   Sociology 
  14  (0.5%)   Spanish 
  3  (0.1%)   Statistics 
  6  (0.2%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 
  3  (0.1%)   Women Studies 
  222  (8.0%)   I have no idea 
  [136 missing]     Select your major here

18a1. How sure are you that you will graduate in this major?

421  (15.0%)   Very sure
893  (31.8%)   Pretty sure
372  (13.3%)   Not sure because I may not get into this major
700  (24.9%)   Not sure because I may change my mind before officially declaring this major
112  (4.0%)   Not sure because I many change my mind after declaring this major
309  (11.0%)   Not sure at all about what I want to major in at this point

19. FOR INTENDED DOUBLE MAJORS ONLY

  1  (0.2%)   African American Studies 
  1  (0.2%)   American Studies 
  8  (1.3%)   Anthropology 
  3  (0.5%)   Architecture 
  13  (2.1%)   Art/Art History 
  8  (1.3%)   Asian Studies 
  3  (0.5%)   Asian American Studies 
  5  (0.8%)   Astrophysics 
  63  (10.0%)   Business Administration 
  4  (0.6%)   Chemical Engineering 
  5  (0.8%)   Chemistry 
  7  (1.1%)   Chicano Studies 
  8  (1.3%)   Chinese Language 
  2  (0.3%)   Classical Civilization 
  2  (0.3%)   Classical Languages 
  9  (1.4%)   Cognitive Science 
  1  (0.2%)   Comparative Literature 
  13  (2.1%)   Computer Science 
  1  (0.2%)   Dance and Performance Studies 
  11  (1.7%)   Development Studies 
  1  (0.2%)   Environmental Earth Science 
  50  (7.9%)   Economics 
  3  (0.5%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Sicence (EECS) 
  15  (2.4%)   Engineering and Engineering Science 
  19  (3.0%)   English 
  7  (1.1%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  9  (1.4%)   Environmental Sciences 
  2  (0.3%)   Ethnic Studies 
  7  (1.1%)   Film 
  1  (0.2%)   Forestry 
  8  (1.3%)   French 
  1  (0.2%)   Geography 
  5  (0.8%)   German 
  15  (2.4%)   History 
  9  (1.4%)   Integrative Biology 
  4  (0.6%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  2  (0.3%)   Italian Studies 
  8  (1.3%)   Japanese Language 
  2  (0.3%)   Latin American Studies 
  14  (2.2%)   Legal Studies 
  7  (1.1%)   Linguistics 
  1  (0.2%)   Marine Science 
  16  (2.5%)   Mass Communications 
  10  (1.6%)   Materials Science 
  10  (1.6%)   Mathematics 
  10  (1.6%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  4  (0.6%)   Microbial Biology 
  24  (3.8%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  19  (3.0%)   Music 
  3  (0.5%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  5  (0.8%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  12  (1.9%)   Philosophy 
  16  (2.5%)   Physics 
  3  (0.5%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  40  (6.3%)   Political Science 
  32  (5.1%)   Psychology 
  3  (0.5%)   Religious Studies 
  2  (0.3%)   Resource Management 
  12  (1.9%)   Rhetoric 
  1  (0.2%)   Scandinavian 
  2  (0.3%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures 
  5  (0.8%)   Social Welfare 
  8  (1.3%)   Sociology 
  2  (0.3%)   South & Southeast Asian Studies 
  23  (3.6%)   Spanish 
  8  (1.3%)   Statistics 
  3  (0.5%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 

  [2297 missing]     Select second major here

 

20. How likely is it that you will attend one or more summer session classes while at Berkeley? (Please select the likelihood for each summer.)

 Very likelyLikelyNo ideaUnlikelyVery unlikely
The summer after my freshman year 457  (16.4%)   518  (18.5%)   945  (33.8%)   420  (15.0%)   454  (16.2%)  
The summer after my sophomore year 408  (14.6%)   815  (29.1%)   1150  (41.0%)   213  (7.6%)   216  (7.7%)  
The summer after my junior year or later 366  (13.1%)   574  (20.5%)   1409  (50.4%)   237  (8.5%)   212  (7.6%)  

21. When do you think you will get your undergraduate degree here at Berkeley?

123  (4.3%)   Fall 2009 or earlier (less than 4 years)
2403  (84.7%)   Spring 2010 (4 years)
170  (6.0%)   Summer 2010 (4 years + summer)
107  (3.8%)   Fall 2010 (4 years + 1 semester)
34  (1.2%)   Spring 2011 or later (5 years or more)

22. What is the highest degree that you plan to obtain?

301  (10.7%)   Bachelor's (BA, BS)
544  (19.3%)   Academic Master's (MA, MS)
148  (5.2%)   Professional Master's (MSW, MLW)
366  (13.0%)   Business (MBA)
472  (16.7%)   Medical (MD, OD, DDS)
236  (8.4%)   Law (LLB, JD)
625  (22.1%)   Doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D.)
133  (4.7%)   Doctorate plus other professional degree

23. What career are you interested in? Please check out the 12 categories below and find your one chosen career goal from the appropriate "pull-down menu".

Arts - Creative 38  (7.8%)   Actors/Actresses 
  36  (7.3%)   Advertising Managers 
  9  (1.8%)   Animators 
  7  (1.4%)   Announcers 
  118  (24.1%)   Architects 
  2  (0.4%)   Artisans and Craftspersons 
  32  (6.5%)   Artists 
  3  (0.6%)   Audio and Video Recording Technicians 
  2  (0.4%)   Broadcast Technicians 
  9  (1.8%)   Cinematographers 
  2  (0.4%)   Conductors, Composers and Arrangers 
  5  (1.0%)   Cosmetologists 
  22  (4.5%)   Dancers 
  17  (3.5%)   Directors 
  1  (0.2%)   Draftspersons 
  5  (1.0%)   Film and Video Camera Operators 
  19  (3.9%)   Graphic Designers and Illustrating Artists 
  6  (1.2%)   Industrial Designers 
  18  (3.7%)   Interior Designers 
  10  (2.0%)   Landscape Architects 
  47  (9.6%)   Musicians and Singers 
  12  (2.4%)   Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists 
  33  (6.7%)   Photographers 
  18  (3.7%)   Playwrights 
  19  (3.9%)   Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers 
  [2438 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Business Administration 67  (9.7%)   Accountants 
  63  (9.1%)   Advertising Managers 
  80  (11.5%)   Banking, Credit and Other Investment Managers 
  2  (0.3%)   Bookkeepers 
  4  (0.6%)   Broadcast Technicians 
  14  (2.0%)   Buyers 
  238  (34.3%)   Coporate CEO 
  33  (4.8%)   Human Resources/Personnel Managers 
  5  (0.7%)   Insurance 
  3  (0.4%)   Loan Officers 
  41  (5.9%)   Managers in Other Services 
  41  (5.9%)   Market Research Analysts 
  2  (0.3%)   Payroll and Benefits Administrators 
  3  (0.4%)   Personnel and Recruitment Officers 
  28  (4.0%)   Public Relations Consultants 
  35  (5.1%)   Real Estate 
  13  (1.9%)   Recreation and Sports Managers 
  4  (0.6%)   Sales Clerks 
  17  (2.5%)   Securities Agents, Investment Dealers and Brokers 
  [2235 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Communications 38  (19.7%)   Air Traffic Controllers 
  68  (35.2%)   Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists 
  87  (45.1%)   Telecommunications technician 
  [2735 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Community Services 6  (1.4%)   Addiction Counsellors 
  77  (17.8%)   College Professor 
  5  (1.2%)   Early Childhood Educators and Assistants 
  12  (2.8%)   Education Counsellors 
  21  (4.9%)   Elementary School Teachers 
  10  (2.3%)   Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors 
  12  (2.8%)   Firefighters 
  6  (1.4%)   Flight Attendants 
  47  (10.9%)   Foreign Service Diplomat 
  1  (0.2%)   Funeral Directors 
  3  (0.7%)   Teachers of Disabled Persons 
  6  (1.4%)   Kindergarten Teachers 
  11  (2.5%)   Market Research Analysts 
  12  (2.8%)   School and Guidance Counsellors 
  9  (2.1%)   School Principals 
  45  (10.4%)   Secondary School Teachers 
  27  (6.2%)   Social Workers 
  25  (5.8%)   Sociologists 
  13  (3.0%)   Volunteer Services Managers 
  84  (19.4%)   Politician, government official 
  [2496 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Computer Studies and Math 17  (4.9%)   Actuaries 
  59  (17.1%)   Astronomers 
  60  (17.4%)   Computer Programmers 
  10  (2.9%)   Computer Service Technicians 
  9  (2.6%)   Computer Systems Analysts 
  12  (3.5%)   Land Surveyors 
  76  (22.0%)   Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries 
  20  (5.8%)   Payroll and Benefits Administrators 
  43  (12.5%)   Video Game Designers 
  1  (0.3%)   Video Game Level Designer 
  11  (3.2%)   Video Game Programmers 
  27  (7.8%)   Web Site Designers and Developers 
  [2583 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Engineering 47  (7.5%)   Aerospace Engineers 
  3  (0.5%)   Agricultural Engineers 
  21  (3.4%)   Air Pilots 
  98  (15.7%)   Biomedical Engineers 
  63  (10.1%)   Chemical Engineers 
  9  (1.4%)   Chemical Technologists and Technicians 
  87  (13.9%)   Civil Engineers 
  45  (7.2%)   Computer Engineers 
  5  (0.8%)   Draftspersons 
  23  (3.7%)   Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists 
  59  (9.4%)   Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
  21  (3.4%)   Environmental Impact Analysts 
  8  (1.3%)   Geological Engineers 
  3  (0.5%)   Hydrologists 
  11  (1.8%)   Industrial Designers 
  7  (1.1%)   Industrial Engineers 
  98  (15.7%)   Mechanical Engineers 
  6  (1.0%)   Metallurgical and Materials Engineers 
  3  (0.5%)   Petroleum Engineers 
  4  (0.6%)   Small Engine Mechanics 
  5  (0.8%)   Stationary Engineers (Power Engineers) 
  [2302 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Hospitality Industry 11  (5.1%)   Bakers 
  12  (5.6%)   Casino Manager 
  25  (11.7%)   Chefs 
  19  (8.9%)   Conference and Event Planners 
  11  (5.1%)   Flight Attendants 
  39  (18.2%)   Hotel Managers 
  3  (1.4%)   Pursers 
  22  (10.3%)   Recreation and Sports Managers 
  9  (4.2%)   Restaurant and Food Service Managers 
  17  (7.9%)   Tour and Travel Guides 
  9  (4.2%)   Travel Counsellors 
  37  (17.3%)   Wedding Planners 
  [2714 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Humanities and Languages 6  (1.4%)   Archivists 
  8  (1.8%)   Conservation and Restoration Technicians 
  19  (4.3%)   Curators 
  14  (3.2%)   Editors 
  29  (6.6%)   Education Counsellors 
  5  (1.1%)   Geographers 
  28  (6.3%)   Historians 
  28  (6.3%)   Intelligence Officers 
  27  (6.1%)   Interpreters 
  80  (18.1%)   Journalists and Reporters 
  10  (2.3%)   Librarians 
  25  (5.7%)   Linguists 
  5  (1.1%)   Ministers of Religion 
  15  (3.4%)   Newspaper Editor 
  5  (1.1%)   Paleontologists 
  6  (1.4%)   Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries 
  2  (0.5%)   Technical Writers 
  36  (8.2%)   Translators 
  93  (21.1%)   Writers 
  [2487 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Law 9  (1.9%)   Court Recorders 
  58  (12.2%)   Forensic Scientists 
  19  (4.0%)   Intelligence Officers 
  42  (8.8%)   Judges 
  304  (63.9%)   Lawyers 
  13  (2.7%)   Paralegals 
  12  (2.5%)   Police Officers 
  19  (4.0%)   Private Investigators 
  [2452 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Medical and Health 6  (0.6%)   Acupuncturists 
  26  (2.4%)   Anesthetists 
  22  (2.1%)   Biological Technologists and Technicians 
  56  (5.3%)   Biologists 
  40  (3.8%)   Biomedical Engineers 
  55  (5.2%)   Cardiologists 
  7  (0.7%)   Chinese Medical Practitioners 
  5  (0.5%)   Chiropractors 
  2  (0.2%)   Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists 
  25  (2.4%)   Dentists 
  16  (1.5%)   Orthodonist 
  17  (1.6%)   Dietitians 
  8  (0.8%)   Emergency Medical Technicians (Paramedics) 
  112  (10.5%)   General Practitioners and Family Physicians 
  33  (3.1%)   Genetic Engineer 
  15  (1.4%)   Kinesiologists 
  6  (0.6%)   Massage Therapists 
  8  (0.8%)   Medical Laboratory Technologists 
  5  (0.5%)   Medical Radiation Technologists 
  1  (0.1%)   Medical Secretaries 
  19  (1.8%)   Microbiologists 
  1  (0.1%)   Midwives 
  99  (9.3%)   Neurologist 
  15  (1.4%)   Nurses (RNs) 
  26  (2.4%)   Nutritionist 
  23  (2.2%)   OBGYN 
  4  (0.4%)   Obstitrician 
  1  (0.1%)   Occupational Therapists 
  26  (2.4%)   Oncologist 
  1  (0.1%)   Opticians 
  27  (2.5%)   Optometrists 
  16  (1.5%)   Pathologists 
  149  (14.0%)   Pediatricians 
  47  (4.4%)   Pharmacists 
  16  (1.5%)   Physical therapists 
  4  (0.4%)   Practitioners of Natural Healing 
  96  (9.0%)   Psychologists 
  5  (0.5%)   Toxicologists 
  2  (0.2%)   Ultrasound Technologists (Medical Sonographers) 
  20  (1.9%)   Veterinarians 
  [1866 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Natural Resources and the Environment 14  (5.3%)   Agricultural Engineers 
  9  (3.4%)   Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists 
  3  (1.1%)   Agrologists 
  76  (29.0%)   Environmental Impact Analysts 
  3  (1.1%)   Farmers and Farm Managers 
  3  (1.1%)   Forest Technologists and Technicians 
  15  (5.7%)   Forestry Professionals 
  10  (3.8%)   Geographers 
  7  (2.7%)   Geological Engineers 
  13  (5.0%)   Geologists 
  2  (0.8%)   Horticulturists 
  11  (4.2%)   Hydrologists 
  4  (1.5%)   Land Surveyors 
  42  (16.0%)   Landscape Architects 
  16  (6.1%)   Meteorologists 
  14  (5.3%)   Paleontologists 
  7  (2.7%)   Pest Controllers 
  9  (3.4%)   Petroleum Engineers 
  4  (1.5%)   Small Engine Mechanics 
  [2666 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Recreation 43  (18.5%)   Athletes 
  33  (14.2%)   Bartenders 
  28  (12.0%)   Coaches 
  15  (6.4%)   Outdoor Sport and Recreation Guides 
  14  (6.0%)   Recreation and Sports Managers 
  31  (13.3%)   Restaurant and Food Service Managers 
  52  (22.3%)   Tour and Travel Guides 
  17  (7.3%)   Travel Counsellors 
  [2695 missing]     (Select one) 
 

24. How sure are you that this is the career you want?

350  (12.5%)   Very sure
773  (27.6%)   Sure
1360  (48.5%)   At this point it's just a guess
322  (11.5%)   I have no idea what career I want to pursue

25. Please indicate the importance to you personally of each of the following.

 EssentialVery importantSomewhat importantNot important
Becoming accomplished in one of the performing arts (acting, dancing, etc.) 215  (7.7%)   405  (14.4%)   900  (32.1%)   1283  (45.8%)  
Becoming an authority in my field 737  (26.4%)   1140  (40.9%)   732  (26.3%)   179  (6.4%)  
Obtaining recognition from my colleagues for contributions to my special field 540  (19.3%)   1108  (39.7%)   938  (33.6%)   207  (7.4%)  
Influencing the political structure 297  (10.6%)   541  (19.3%)   1098  (39.2%)   865  (30.9%)  
Influencing social values 428  (15.3%)   935  (33.5%)   1007  (36.1%)   420  (15.1%)  
Raising a family 1107  (39.5%)   851  (30.4%)   566  (20.2%)   277  (9.9%)  
Having administrative responsibility for the work of others 323  (11.6%)   940  (33.7%)   1044  (37.4%)   485  (17.4%)  
Being very well off financially 928  (33.1%)   1070  (38.2%)   658  (23.5%)   145  (5.2%)  
Helping others who are in difficulty 900  (32.2%)   1154  (41.3%)   650  (23.3%)   89  (3.2%)  
Making a theoretical contribution to science 257  (9.2%)   568  (20.3%)   981  (35.1%)   988  (35.4%)  
Writing original works (poems, novels, short stories, etc.) 208  (7.5%)   363  (13.0%)   767  (27.5%)   1449  (52.0%)  
Creating artistic work (painting, sculpture, decorating, etc.) 179  (6.4%)   325  (11.6%)   727  (26.0%)   1562  (55.9%)  
Becoming successful in a business of my own 464  (16.6%)   692  (24.8%)   854  (30.6%)   780  (28.0%)  
Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment 319  (11.4%)   729  (26.1%)   1176  (42.1%)   572  (20.5%)  
Developing a meaningful philosophy of life 914  (32.7%)   849  (30.4%)   683  (24.4%)   349  (12.5%)  
Participating in a community action program 382  (13.7%)   889  (31.8%)   1058  (37.9%)   465  (16.6%)  
Helping to promote racial understanding 440  (15.8%)   853  (30.6%)   1016  (36.4%)   481  (17.2%)  
Keeping up to date with political affairs 623  (22.3%)   972  (34.8%)   890  (31.9%)   308  (11.0%)  
Becoming a community leader 434  (15.5%)   820  (29.3%)   1014  (36.3%)   527  (18.9%)  
Integrating spirituality into my life 604  (21.7%)   553  (19.8%)   788  (28.3%)   844  (30.3%)  
Improving my understanding of other countries and cultures 815  (29.2%)   1062  (38.0%)   754  (27.0%)   162  (5.8%)  
Working to find a cure for a health problem 423  (15.1%)   705  (25.2%)   908  (32.5%)   758  (27.1%)  

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