2007 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 4

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 United States to live?

2117  (74.1%)   I was born in the United States

123  (4.3%)   2003 or later

37  (1.3%)   2002

55  (1.9%)   2001

44  (1.5%)   2000

34  (1.2%)   1999

42  (1.5%)   1998

32  (1.1%)   1997

44  (1.5%)   1996

37  (1.3%)   1995

43  (1.5%)   1994

249  (8.7%)   1993 or earlier

32. Were your parents born in the United States?

93  (31.2%)   Both my mother and father were born in the United States

 166  (5.8%)   My father was born in the US, but my mother was not

1557  (54.5%)   Neither my mother nor my father were born in the US

119  (4.2%)   I'm not really sure

33. How many of your grandparents went to college?

917  (32.1%)   I don't know

969  (33.9%)   None

236  (8.3%)   One

315  (11.0%)   Two

188  (6.6%)   Three

235  (8.2%)   Four

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

63  (2.2%)   Wealthy

914  (32.0%)   Upper-middle or professional-middle class

1102  (38.6%)   Middle-class

476  (16.7%)   Working-class

303  (10.6%)   Low-income or poor

35. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2006?

120  (4.4%)   Less than $10,000

  175  (6.4%)   $10,000 to $19,999

  319  (11.7%)   $20,000 to $34,999

  198  (7.3%)   $35,000 to $49,999

  216  (7.9%)   $50,000 to $64,999

  227  (8.4%)   $65,000 to $79,999

  292  (10.7%)   $80,000 to $99,999

  402  (14.8%)   $100,000 to $124,999

  203  (7.5%)   $125,000 to $149,999

  238  (8.8%)   $150,000 to $199,999

  328  (12.1%)   $200,000 or more

  [276 missing]     Combined income

35a. How confident are you that your estimate is reasonably accurate?

324  (11.6%)   Not at all confident

490  (17.6%)   Not very confident

977  (35.1%)   Fairly confident

539  (19.4%)   Confident

454  (16.3%)   Certain

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

37. When did you learn to speak English?

1221  (42.8%)   English was the first and only language I learned as a child

972  (34.1%)   I learned both another language and English by the time I was 5 years old

442  (15.5%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 5 and 10

194  (6.8%)   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 2495  (87.6%)   143  (5.0%)   107  (3.8%)   104  (3.7%) 
Father 2137  (75.9%)   119  (4.2%)   227  (8.1%)   331  (11.8%) 
Stepmother 18  (0.8%)   12  (0.6%)   45  (2.1%)   2050  (96.5%) 
Stepfather 59  (2.8%)   23  (1.1%)   28  (1.3%)   2030  (94.9%) 
Grandparent 132  (5.9%)   61  (2.7%)   202  (9.0%)   1851  (82.4%) 
Legal guardian 103  (4.8%)   14  (0.7%)   21  (1.0%)   1990  (93.5%) 
Other adult(s) 85  (4.0%)   44  (2.0%)   102  (4.7%)   1920  (89.3%) 

39. Are your parents:

2234  (78.1%)   Both alive and living with each other

519  (18.2%)   Both alive and divorced or living apart

33  (1.2%)   Mother deceased

69  (2.4%)   Father deceased

4  (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.

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

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