2007 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 3

Undergraduate Life at Berkeley – How do you see your first semester unfolding?

14. 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.

16. 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 252  (8.8%)   835  (29.1%)   1086  (37.9%)   580  (20.2%)   105  (3.7%)   11  (0.4%) 
Confront a roommate about inappropriate behavior 201  (7.0%)   604  (21.1%)   704  (24.6%)   1028  (35.9%)   301  (10.5%)   26  (0.9%) 
Go to a professor's office hours by yourself 532  (18.6%)   965  (33.7%)   682  (23.8%)   541  (18.9%)   140  (4.9%)   6  (0.2%) 
Ask a teaching assistant for help 619  (21.6%)   1138  (39.8%)   680  (23.8%)   361  (12.6%)   62  (2.2%)   2  (0.1%) 
Tell your parents about a bad grade in a course 283  (9.9%)   500  (17.4%)   665  (23.2%)   802  (28.0%)   509  (17.8%)   108  (3.8%) 
Join a study group where you don't know anyone 257  (9.0%)   655  (22.8%)   779  (27.2%)   898  (31.3%)   257  (9.0%)   21  (0.7%) 
Get psychological counseling or advice 138  (4.8%)   414  (14.5%)   997  (34.8%)   784  (27.4%)   426  (14.9%)   102  (3.6%) 
Talk to your Residence Adviser about something that's bothering you 214  (7.5%)   756  (26.4%)   985  (34.4%)   695  (24.2%)    187  (6.5%)   29  (1.0%) 
Get tutoring for your hardest course 688  (24.0%)   1083  (37.8%)   641  (22.4%)   360  (12.6%)   79  (2.8%)   12  (0.4%) 
Ask a question in a small class 740  (25.8%)   1107  (38.6%)   574  (20.0%)   336  (11.7%)   99  (3.5%)   12  (0.4%) 
Ask a question in a very large class 225  (7.9%)   437  (15.3%)   598  (20.9%)   957  (33.5%)   496  (17.3%)   146  (5.1%) 
Change to a major you like despite the recommendation of your parents 597  (20.8%)   658  (22.9%)   795  (27.7%)   493  (17.2%)   270  (9.4%)   57  (2.0%) 

17. Which of the following are you bringing with you for your first semester at Cal?

 YesNo
Personal desktop computer 234  (13.0%)   1568  (87.0%) 
Personal laptop computer 2694  (96.4%)   102  (3.6%) 
Cell phone (mobile phone) 2780  (98.4%)   44  (1.6%) 
Personal digital assistant (PDA) such as Palm or PocketPC 83  (4.8%)   1651  (95.2%) 
Smart phone (combination cell phone and PDA), such as Treo 134  (7.7%)   1610  (92.3%) 
Portable digital music player (such as iPod) 2297  (87.6%)   324  (12.4%) 
Portable electronic translation device 149  (8.6%)   1593  (91.4%) 
Webcam 1032  (50.1%)   1029  (49.9%) 

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

1507  (52.4%)   I did not work any hours this summer

160  (5.6%)   1-5

174  (6.0%)   6-10

183  (6.4%)   11-15

339  (11.8%)   16-25

239  (8.3%)   26-35

275  (9.6%)   More than 35

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

1499  (52.4%)   I did not work this summer

198  (6.9%)   Less than $250

234  (8.2%)   $250 - 499

346  (12.1%)   $500 - 999

500  (17.5%)   $1,000 - 2,999

64  (2.2%)   $3,000 - 4,999

16  (0.6%)   $5,000 - 6,999

3  (0.1%)   $7,000 - 9,999

3  (0.1%)   $10,000 or more

20. During a TYPICAL 7-day (168 hour) week during the academic term, how many hours do you expect to spend doing the following?

 01-56-1011-1516-2021-2526-30More than 30
Attending classes, discussion sections or labs 2  (0.1%) 11  (0.7%) 104  (6.9%) 406  (26.8%) 526  (34.7%) 265  (17.5%) 135  (8.9%) 65  (4.3%)
Studying and other academic activities outside of class 2  (0.1%) 82  (5.5%) 333  (22.2%) 350  (23.3%) 305  (20.3%) 204  (13.6%) 119  (7.9%) 108  (7.2%)
Paid employment (including paid internships) 649  (43.5%) 227  (15.2%) 289  (19.4%) 189  (12.7%) 96  (6.4%) 25  (1.7%) 10  (0.7%) 6  (0.4%)
Of the total hours you expect to spend working for pay, about how many hours do you expect to work on campus? 785  (52.3%) 232  (15.4%) 262  (17.4%) 130  (8.7%) 67  (4.5%) 18  (1.2%) 4  (0.3%) 4  (0.3%)
Of the total hours you expect to spend working for pay, about how many of those hours do you think will relate to your academic interests? 841  (56.1%) 325  (21.7%) 168  (11.2%) 85  (5.7%) 49  (3.3%) 15  (1.0%) 5  (0.3%) 10  (0.7%)

21. 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.) 318  (11.2%)   253  (8.9%)   254  (9.0%)   212  (7.5%)   269  (9.5%)   1525  (53.9%) 
My own resources (savings from work, work-study, other income) 844  (30.4%)   963  (34.7%)   642  (23.1%)   218  (7.8%)   60  (2.2%)   52  (1.9%) 
Aid that doesn't need to be repaid (grants, scholarships, military funding, etc.) 849  (30.4%)   286  (10.2%)   457  (16.4%)   320  (11.5%)   286  (10.2%)   596  (21.3%) 
Aid that must be repaid (loans, etc.) 1525  (54.9%)   76  (2.7%)   240  (8.6%)   385  (13.9%)   225  (8.1%)   326  (11.7%) 
Other than above 2180  (88.3%)   112  (4.5%)   83  (3.4%)   45  (1.8%)   19  (0.8%)   29  (1.2%) 

22. 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 1275  (47.5%)   245  (9.1%)   253  (9.4%)   279  (10.4%)   216  (8.0%)   418  (15.6%) 
Your parents 1591  (57.2%)   235  (8.4%)   176  (6.3%)   195  (7.0%)   161  (5.8%)   424  (15.2%) 

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

 Extended Family (e.g., parents, grandparents, siblings)Spouse or partner onlyChildren onlySpouse or partner and children
Yes, a substantial amount (more than $50 per month) 105  (7.1%)   14  (1.2%)   11  (0.9%)   16  (1.4%) 
Yes, a small amount only 122  (8.2%)   24  (2.0%)   10  (0.9%)   7  (0.6%) 
No 886  (59.8%)   1003  (84.4%)   1005  (85.7%)   994  (85.7%) 
Not sure 368  (24.8%)   147  (12.4%)   147  (12.5%)   143  (12.3%) 

24. 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 from the first pull-down menu and your second major from the second pull-down menu.

24a1.

How sure are you that you will graduate in this(these) major(s)?

293  (11.8%)   Very sure

790  (31.8%)   Pretty sure

333  (13.4%)   Not sure because I may not get into this major

714  (28.7%)   Not sure because I may change my mind before officially declaring this major

130  (5.2%)   Not sure because I many change my mind after declaring this major

226  (9.1%)   Not sure at all about what I want to major in at this point

25. Do you plan to take any classes on Fridays?

2624  (91.6%)   Yes

145  (5.1%)   No

96  (3.4%)   Not sure

25a. Do you plan to take any early morning classes?

1952  (68.2%)   Yes

655  (22.9%)   No

257  (9.0%)   Not sure

26. 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 497  (17.5%)   576  (20.3%)   1013  (35.7%)   402  (14.2%)   351  (12.4%) 
The summer after my sophomore year 484  (17.0%)   802  (28.1%)   1212  (42.5%)   203  (7.1%)   154  (5.4%) 
The summer after my junior year or later 388  (13.6%)   622  (21.8%)   1453  (51.0%)   224  (7.9%)   164  (5.8%) 

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

129  (4.5%)   Fall 2010 or earlier (less than 4 years)

2396  (83.6%)   Spring 2011 (4 years)

163  (5.7%)   Summer 2011 (4 years + summer)

142  (5.0%)   Fall 2011 (4 years + 1 semester)

36  (1.3%)   Spring 2012 or later (5 years or more)

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

305  (10.7%)   Bachelor's (BA, BS)

531  (18.6%)   Academic Master's (MA, MS)

171  (6.0%)   Professional Master's (MSW, MLW)

375  (13.1%)   Business (MBA)

501  (17.6%)   Medical (MD, OD, DDS)

231  (8.1%)   Law (LLB, JD)

587  (20.6%)   Doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D.)

152  (5.3%)   Doctorate plus other professional degree

29. 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".

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

364  (12.8%)   Very sure

839  (29.5%)   Sure

1347  (47.3%)   At this point it's just a guess

296  (10.4%)   I have no idea what career I want to pursue

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