2007 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 1

Choice of College, Student Concerns

1. We are very happy that you chose to be part of the Berkeley freshman class of 2007. 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).

2. Many students have concerns about college before starting at Berkeley. How concerned are you about each of the following?

 Not that concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 811  (27.2%)   1087  (36.4%)   1087  (36.4%) 
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 840  (28.1%)   1326  (44.4%)   821  (27.5%) 
Getting into my first choice of major 915  (30.8%)   1056  (35.5%)   1002  (33.7%) 
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 181  (6.1%)   893  (29.9%)   1908  (64.0%) 
Getting the academic advising I need 453  (15.2%)   1325  (44.5%)   1198  (40.3%) 
Getting the career and professional advising I need 404  (13.5%)   1274  (42.7%)   1305  (43.7%) 
Getting the personal counseling I might need 1036  (34.7%)   1229  (41.2%)   717  (24.0%) 
Getting along with my roommate(s) 763  (25.6%)   1289  (43.2%)   931  (31.2%) 
Being able to balance academic and social activities 367  (12.3%)   1222  (41.0%)   1392  (46.7%) 
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 524  (17.6%)   1158  (38.8%)   1300  (43.6%) 
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 1246  (41.7%)   1104  (37.0%)   636  (21.3%) 
Being able to maintain good health 917  (30.7%)   1311  (43.9%)   755  (25.3%) 
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 1050  (35.2%)   1204  (40.3%)   731  (24.5%) 
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 1024  (34.3%)   1309  (43.9%)   649  (21.8%) 
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 317  (10.6%)   1191  (40.0%)   1472  (49.4%) 
If Berkeley is the right choice for me 1262  (42.3%)   957  (32.1%)   761  (25.5%) 

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

 73  (2.5%)   Being able to work while I'm in school

  829  (27.9%)   Being able to excel at Berkeley the way I excelled in high school

  276  (9.3%)   Deciding on the right major

  102  (3.4%)   Having enough money for all my expected living expenses & fun

  248  (8.3%)   Financing my education at Berkeley

  11  (0.4%)   Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley

  102  (3.4%)   Getting into my first choice of major

  419  (14.1%)   Being able to maintain a high enough GPA

  43  (1.4%)   Getting the academic advising I need

  41  (1.4%)   Getting the career and professional advising I need

  10  (0.3%)   Getting the personal counseling I might need

  27  (0.9%)   Getting along with my roommate(s)

  258  (8.7%)   Being able to balance academic and social activities

  116  (3.9%)   Being able to make the kind of friends I want

  87  (2.9%)   Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick'

  16  (0.5%)   Being able to maintain good health

  32  (1.1%)   Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family

  26  (0.9%)   My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley

  115  (3.9%)   Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester

  145  (4.9%)   If Berkeley is the right choice for me

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