2006 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 2

Demographic Information

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

2076  (73.7%)   I was born in the United States
79  (2.8%)   2003 or later
33  (1.2%)   2002
48  (1.7%)   2001
45  (1.6%)   2000
41  (1.5%)   1999
44  (1.6%)   1998
35  (1.2%)   1997
40  (1.4%)   1996
42  (1.5%)   1995
35  (1.2%)   1994
298  (10.6%)   1993 or earlier

27. To the best of your knowledge, who among the following of your relatives was born in the U.S.?

 Born in U.S.Foreign-born
My mother 996  (35.7%)   1795  (64.3%)  
My father 1033  (37.1%)   1752  (62.9%)  
My mother's mother 872  (31.5%)   1898  (68.5%)  
My father's mother 893  (32.2%)   1883  (67.8%)  
My mother's father 857  (30.8%)   1922  (69.2%)  
My father's father 891  (32.1%)   1885  (67.9%)  

28. What educational levels were reached by your parents?

 In the U.S.In a foreign country
Mother 191  (10.0%)   Less than high school 
  40  (2.1%)   GED 
  251  (13.1%)   High school degree 
  205  (10.7%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  501  (26.2%)   Bachelor's degree 
  104  (5.4%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate) 
  406  (21.2%)   Master's 
  119  (6.2%)   Professional degree 
  96  (5.0%)   Doctorate 
  [1015 missing]     (Select one) 
 
321  (20.9%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  352  (22.9%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  125  (8.1%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  503  (32.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  24  (1.6%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  123  (8.0%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  65  (4.2%)   A professional degree 
  25  (1.6%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [1390 missing]     (Select one) 
 
Father 198  (9.7%)   Less than high school 
  30  (1.5%)   GED 
  225  (11.1%)   High school degree 
  143  (7.0%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate 
  430  (21.1%)   Bachelor's degree 
  32  (1.6%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate)
  478  (23.5%)   Master's 
  203  (10.0%)   Professional degree 
  296  (14.5%)   Doctorate 
  [893 missing]     (Select one) 
 
301  (21.0%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S. 
  290  (20.2%)   U.S. high school equivalent 
  72  (5.0%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate 
  429  (29.9%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's 
  14  (1.0%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate 
  173  (12.1%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's 
  77  (5.4%)   A professional degree 
  78  (5.4%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate 
  [1494 missing]     (Select one) 
 

29. How many of your "grandparents" went to college?

882  (31.4%)   I don't know
929  (33.1%)   None
263  (9.4%)   One
344  (12.3%)   Two
182  (6.5%)   Three
207  (7.4%)   Four

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

62  (2.2%)   Wealthy
910  (32.4%)   Upper-middle or professional-middle class
1102  (39.2%)   Middle-class
459  (16.3%)   Working-class
275  (9.8%)   Low-income or poor

31. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2005?

  113  (4.2%)   Less than $10,000 
  184  (6.8%)   $10,000 to $19,999 
  339  (12.5%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  233  (8.6%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  207  (7.6%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  239  (8.8%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  268  (9.9%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  387  (14.2%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  186  (6.8%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  243  (8.9%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  317  (11.7%)   $200,000 or more 
  [212 missing]     Combined income

 

31a. How confident are you that your estimate is reasonably accurate?

313  (11.3%)   Not at all confident
472  (17.1%)   Not very confident
998  (36.1%)   Fairly confident
533  (19.3%)   Confident
445  (16.1%)   Certain

32. What was the primary language other than English, if any, that was spoken in your house while you were in high school?

  778  (31.1%)   None-only English 
  4  (0.2%)   Afrikaans 
  3  (0.1%)   Amharic 
  2  (0.1%)   American Sign Language 
  7  (0.3%)   Arabic 
  12  (0.5%)   Armenian 
  1  (0.0%)   Asturian 
  1  (0.0%)   Azerbaijani 
  3  (0.1%)   Bahasa (Indonesia) 
  12  (0.5%)   Bengali 
  1  (0.0%)   Berber 
  2  (0.1%)   Bikol 
  1  (0.0%)   Bosnian 
  3  (0.1%)   Bulgarian 
  6  (0.2%)   Burmese 
  6  (0.2%)   Cambodian 
  192  (7.7%)   Cantonese 
  305  (12.2%)   Chinese 
  4  (0.2%)   Croatian 
  2  (0.1%)   Czech 
  2  (0.1%)   Danish 
  1  (0.0%)   Dari (Afghanistan) 
  2  (0.1%)   Dutch 
  90  (3.6%)   English only 
  33  (1.3%)   Farsi (Persian) 
  12  (0.5%)   French 
  7  (0.3%)   German 
  2  (0.1%)   Greek 
  20  (0.8%)   Gujarati 
  11  (0.4%)   Hebrew 
  30  (1.2%)   Hindi 
  13  (0.5%)   Hmong 
  3  (0.1%)   Hungarian 
  6  (0.2%)   Ibo 
  6  (0.2%)   Ilocano, Iloko 
  4  (0.2%)   Indonesian 
  1  (0.0%)   Irish 
  11  (0.4%)   Japanese 
  5  (0.2%)   Kannada 
  4  (0.2%)   Khmer 
  1  (0.0%)   Konkani 
  156  (6.2%)   Korean 
  3  (0.1%)   Lao 
  2  (0.1%)   Lithuanian 
  4  (0.2%)   Malayalam 
  1  (0.0%)   Malaysian 
  185  (7.4%)   Mandarin (Chinese) 
  2  (0.1%)   Marathi 
  3  (0.1%)   Mien 
  1  (0.0%)   Nepali 
  1  (0.0%)   Occitan 
  2  (0.1%)   Pampango (Filipino) 
  5  (0.2%)   Polish 
  3  (0.1%)   Portugese (Brazil) 
  1  (0.0%)   Portugese (Portugal) 
  16  (0.6%)   Punjabi 
  4  (0.2%)   Romanian 
  29  (1.2%)   Russian 
  3  (0.1%)   Serbian 
  1  (0.0%)   Sesotho 
  5  (0.2%)   Shanghainese 
  1  (0.0%)   Sindhi 
  225  (9.0%)   Spanish (Latin and South America) 
  10  (0.4%)   Spanish (Spain) 
  2  (0.1%)   Swedish 
  62  (2.5%)   Tagalog 
  12  (0.5%)   Taiwanese 
  19  (0.8%)   Tamil 
  5  (0.2%)   Telugu 
  2  (0.1%)   Teochew (Chao Chow) 
  3  (0.1%)   Thai 
  1  (0.0%)   Tigrinya 
  1  (0.0%)   Toisan 
  3  (0.1%)   Turkish 
  1  (0.0%)   Ukrainian 
  9  (0.4%)   Urdu 
  96  (3.8%)   Vietnamese 
  3  (0.1%)   Visayan 
  10  (0.4%)   Other 
  [427 missing]     Select the primary language here

32a. 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.

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33. When did you learn to speak English?

1182  (42.1%)   English was the first and only language I learned as a child
1002  (35.7%)   I learned both another language and English by the time I was 5 years old
454  (16.2%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 5 and 10
139  (5.0%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 11 and 15
31  (1.1%)   I learned another language, but didn't learn English until after I was 15 years old

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

 AllMostSomeNone
Mother 2474  (88.4%)   138  (4.9%)   84  (3.0%)   104  (3.7%)  
Father 2091  (75.5%)   119  (4.3%)   193  (7.0%)   367  (13.2%)  
Stepmother 27  (1.1%)   14  (0.6%)   43  (1.8%)   2274  (96.4%)  
Stepfather 56  (2.4%)   34  (1.4%)   29  (1.2%)   2256  (95.0%)  
Grandparent 130  (5.3%)   46  (1.9%)   210  (8.6%)   2057  (84.2%)  
Legal guardian 106  (4.5%)   12  (0.5%)   14  (0.6%)   2238  (94.4%)  
Other adult(s) 69  (2.9%)   31  (1.3%)   75  (3.2%)   2199  (92.6%)  

35. Are your parents:

2141  (76.3%)   Both alive and living with each other
572  (20.4%)   Both alive and divorced or living apart
30  (1.1%)   Mother deceased
57  (2.0%)   Father deceased
6  (0.2%)   Both deceased

36. 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.

  29  (1.0%)   1 I'm an International student 
  2  (0.1%)   2 American Indian 
  70  (2.5%)   3 African American - United States 
  11  (0.4%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  1  (0.0%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  192  (6.9%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  3  (0.1%)   7 Columbian 
  5  (0.2%)   8 Cuban 
  4  (0.1%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  9  (0.3%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  24  (0.9%)   11 Salvadoran 
  19  (0.7%)   12 Other Latin American 
  16  (0.6%)   13 South American 
  8  (0.3%)   14 Cambodian 
  773  (27.8%)   15 Chinese 
  85  (3.1%)   16 Filipino 
  43  (1.5%)   17 Japanese 
  164  (5.9%)   18 Korean 
  2  (0.1%)   19 Laotian 
  11  (0.4%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  139  (5.0%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  98  (3.5%)   22 Vietnamese 
  25  (0.9%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  35  (1.3%)   24 Other Asian 
  840  (30.2%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  88  (3.2%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  50  (1.8%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  38  (1.4%)   28 Other 
  [144 missing]     Select your ethnicity here

3  (0.7%)   1 I'm an International student 
  18  (4.0%)   2 American Indian 
  5  (1.1%)   3 African American - United States 
  5  (1.1%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  1  (0.2%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  30  (6.6%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (0.2%)   8 Cuban 
  3  (0.7%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  6  (1.3%)   11 Salvadoran 
  14  (3.1%)   12 Other Latin America 
  2  (0.4%)   13 South American 
  4  (0.9%)   14 Cambodian 
  68  (15.0%)   15 Chinese 
  11  (2.4%)   16 Filipino 
  25  (5.5%)   17 Japanese 
  4  (0.9%)   18 Korean 
  11  (2.4%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  9  (2.0%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  23  (5.1%)   22 Vietnamese 
  7  (1.5%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  11  (2.4%)   24 Other Asian 
  95  (20.9%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  41  (9.0%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  20  (4.4%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  37  (8.1%)   28 Other 
  [2474 missing]     Second ethnicity (if needed)

  2  (2.4%)   1 I'm an International student 
  11  (12.9%)   2 American Indian 
  1  (1.2%)   3 African American - United States 
  1  (1.2%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  2  (2.4%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (1.2%)   8 Cuban 
  3  (3.5%)   12 Other Latin America 
  1  (1.2%)   14 Cambodian 
  5  (5.9%)   15 Chinese 
  3  (3.5%)   16 Filipino 
  5  (5.9%)   17 Japanese 
  1  (1.2%)   18 Korean 
  2  (2.4%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  1  (1.2%)   22 Vietnamese 
  2  (2.4%)   24 Other Asian 
  7  (8.2%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  16  (18.8%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  5  (5.9%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  16  (18.8%)   28 Other 
  [2843 missing]     Third ethnicity (if needed)

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

  1257  (45.9%)   No religious preference/affiliation 
  3  (0.1%)   AME (African Methodist Episcopal) 
  9  (0.3%)   Assemblies of God 
  82  (3.0%)   Baptist 
  6  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Shin (Japanese) 
  7  (0.3%)   Buddhist-Thai 
  2  (0.1%)   Buddhist-Tibetan 
  37  (1.4%)   Buddhist-Vietnamese 
  3  (0.1%)   Buddhist-Zen (Japanese) 
  5  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Zen (Korean) 
  70  (2.6%)   Buddhist-Zen/Chan (Chinese) 
  108  (3.9%)   Christian Church (Disciples) 
  28  (1.0%)   Christian Reformed 
  1  (0.0%)   Christian Science 
  3  (0.1%)   CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) 
  5  (0.2%)   COGIC (Church of God in Christ) 
  8  (0.3%)   Congregational/UCC 
  2  (0.1%)   Covenant 
  11  (0.4%)   Episcopalian (Anglican) 
  12  (0.4%)   Evangelical Free 
  1  (0.0%)   Friends (Quaker) 
  74  (2.7%)   Hindu 
  4  (0.1%)   Jehovah's Witness 
  124  (4.5%)   Jewish 
  5  (0.2%)   Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) 
  24  (0.9%)   Lutheran 
  26  (0.9%)   Methodist 
  45  (1.6%)   Muslim 
  3  (0.1%)   Nazarene 
  49  (1.8%)   Non-Denominational 
  14  (0.5%)   Eastern Orthodox 
  11  (0.4%)   Pentecostal 
  101  (3.7%)   Presbyterian 
  419  (15.3%)   Roman Catholic 
  9  (0.3%)   Seventh Day Adventist 
  15  (0.5%)   Sikh 
  10  (0.4%)   Taoist 
  8  (0.3%)   Unitarian-Universalist 
  99  (3.6%)   Other Christian 
  40  (1.5%)   Other Religion 
  [188 missing]     Religious preference-select one

38. In your senior year in high school, which of the following sports did you participate in as a member of an organized team (either at school or on a club or recreational level)? Please check all that apply.

1075  (36.7%)   NONE
44  (1.5%)   Baseball
195  (6.7%)   Basketball
243  (8.3%)   Cross-country
19  (0.6%)   Field hockey
74  (2.5%)   Football
63  (2.2%)   Golf
21  (0.7%)   Gymnastics
12  (0.4%)   Ice hockey
34  (1.2%)   Lacrosse
189  (6.5%)   Soccer
30  (1.0%)   Softball
212  (7.2%)   Swimming/ & diving
374  (12.8%)   Tennis
247  (8.4%)   Track & field
135  (4.6%)   Volleyball
76  (2.6%)   Water polo
26  (0.9%)   Wrestling
410  (14.0%)   Other (Please specify below)

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39. Not counting physical activities associated with being on a team (as above), which of the following activities did you engage in at least occasionally during your final semester of high school? Please check all that apply.

731  (25.0%)   Weight training 168  (5.7%)   Martial arts
1437  (49.1%)   Running or jogging (including treadmill) 378  (12.9%)   Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, or similar discipline
1298  (44.3%)   Walking (including treadmill) or hiking 200  (6.8%)   Other group aerobic exercise (step aerobics, studio cycling, etc.)
536  (18.3%)   Bicycling (outside) 417  (14.2%)   Other individual exercise (stair climber, stationary bicycle, etc.)
663  (22.6%)   Activities involving teams such as pick-up basketball games etc. 178  (6.1%)   Other individual activity/activities: [Open-ended text field]
978  (33.4%)   Individual sports activities such as swimming, tennis, skiiing, etc. 128  (4.4%)   Other group activity/activities: [Open-ended text field]

40. How would you rate your level of physical fitness during your final semester of high school?

431  (15.3%)   Poor
966  (34.4%)   Fair
993  (35.4%)   Good
419  (14.9%)   Excellent

41. During your first year at Cal, do you think your level of physical fitness will:

647  (23.0%)   Become much better
1094  (38.9%)   Become a little better
576  (20.5%)   Stay the same
439  (15.6%)   Become a little worse
53  (1.9%)   Become much worse

42. In a typical week in your final semester of high school, on how many days did you participate in some physical fitness activity for 30 minutes or more? (Please include physical education classes and any practice or competitions for sports teams.)

None1234567
348  (12.4%)   332  (11.9%)   358  (12.8%)   426  (15.2%)   319  (11.4%)   494  (17.7%)   313  (11.2%)   207  (7.4%)  

43. In a typical week in your first year at Cal, on how many days do you expect to participate in some physical fitness activity for 30 minutes or more? (Please include physical education classes and any practice or competitions for sports teams.)

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138  (4.9%)   243  (8.7%)   394  (14.1%)   706  (25.2%)   471  (16.8%)   481  (17.2%)   367  (13.1%)  

44. As you may know, Cal has what are considered first-rate fitness and recreational sports facilities. How important is the availability of these facilities for your experience at Cal?

975  (34.8%)   Essential
984  (35.1%)   Very important
718  (25.6%)   Somewhat important
128  (4.6%)   Not important at all

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