2008 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 1

EARLY EXPERIENCES

1. Please rate the start of your Berkeley experience by completing the following statement. Overall, I am off to ...

451  (18.9%)   a really fantastic start!
908  (38.0%)   a very good start.
709  (29.7%)   a good start.
264  (11.0%)   just an OK start.
59  (2.5%)   not a good start.

2.  What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible.)

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3.  What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible.)

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Time Allocation

4. During your senior year, how many hours did you spend in a typical week (7 days) on the following activities?

 01-56-1011-1516-2021-2526-30More than 30
Attending classes 2  (0.1%)   34  (1.4%)   230  (9.7%)  79  (3.3%)   128  (5.4%)  291  (12.3%)  694  (29.3%)  913  (38.5%) 
Studying and other academic activities outside of class 16  (0.7%)   446  (18.8%)  528  (22.3%)  485  (20.5%)  359  (15.2%)  215  (9.1%)  133  (5.6%)  185  (7.8%) 
Paid employment (include paid internships) 1377  (58.9%)  385  (16.5%)  220  (9.4%)  162  (6.9%)  107  (4.6%)  56  (2.4%)   18  (0.8%)   12  (0.5%)  
Of your total hours spent working for pay, about how many hours were related to your academic interests? 1750  (75.3%)  294  (12.6%)  128  (5.5%)  66  (2.8%)   37  (1.6%)   20  (0.9%)   12  (0.5%)   18  (0.8%)  

Academic and Personal Development

5. Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

Current skill level

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 9  (0.4%)   46  (1.9%)   252  (10.6%)   746  (31.5%)   928  (39.1%)   391  (16.5%)  
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 16  (0.7%)   99  (4.2%)   418  (17.6%)   809  (34.1%)   736  (31.1%)   292  (12.3%)  
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 8  (0.3%)   48  (2.0%)   263  (11.1%)   803  (33.9%)   926  (39.1%)   318  (13.4%)  
Foreign language skills 75  (3.2%)   279  (11.8%)   593  (25.0%)   592  (25.0%)   502  (21.2%)   329  (13.9%)  
Understanding of a specific field of study 7  (0.3%)   53  (2.2%)   314  (13.3%)   870  (36.8%)   805  (34.1%)   314  (13.3%)  

Current skill level

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 29  (1.2%)  61  (2.6%)  275  (11.7%)  677  (28.7%)  824  (34.9%)  494  (20.9%) 
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 8  (0.3%)   31  (1.3%)  183  (7.8%)  498  (21.1%)  816  (34.6%)  825  (34.9%) 
Understanding international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 14  (0.6%)  103  (4.4%)  414  (17.5%)  764  (32.3%)  698  (29.5%)  371  (15.7%) 
Leadership skills 18  (0.8%)  119  (5.0%)  379  (16.0%)  765  (32.4%)  695  (29.4%)  387  (16.4%) 
Computer skills 22  (0.9%)  132  (5.6%)  501  (21.2%)  868  (36.8%)  579  (24.5%)  257  (10.9%) 

Current skill level

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Internet skills 7  (0.3%)   25  (1.1%)   208  (8.8%)   588  (24.9%)   896  (37.9%)   642  (27.1%)  
Library research skills 26  (1.1%)   171  (7.2%)   574  (24.3%)   850  (36.0%)   561  (23.7%)   182  (7.7%)  
Other research skills 21  (0.9%)   113  (4.8%)   515  (21.9%)   928  (39.4%)   599  (25.4%)   179  (7.6%)  
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 9  (0.4%)   80  (3.4%)   340  (14.4%)   831  (35.3%)   767  (32.5%)   330  (14.0%)  
Interpersonal (social) skills 30  (1.3%)   91  (3.8%)   325  (13.7%)   737  (31.2%)   735  (31.1%)   447  (18.9%)  

6. Similarly, please rate your abilities now on the following dimensions.

Current skill level

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 5  (0.2%)   9  (0.4%)   61  (2.6%)   338  (14.3%)  909  (38.4%)  1044  (44.1%) 
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 16  (0.7%)  49  (2.1%)  186  (7.9%)  498  (21.0%)  722  (30.5%)  895  (37.8%)  
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 7  (0.3%)   16  (0.7%)  91  (3.8%)   403  (17.0%)  862  (36.5%)  985  (41.7%)  
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 6  (0.3%)   13  (0.5%)  88  (3.7%)   425  (18.0%)  923  (39.0%)  910  (38.5%)  
Self awareness and understanding 11  (0.5%)  15  (0.6%)  88  (3.7%)   485  (20.5%)  944  (39.9%)  820  (34.7%)  

High School Climate for Diversity

7. Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about the high school from which you graduated.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I felt free to express my political beliefs in high school 27  (1.1%)   56  (2.4%)  143  (6.1%)   508  (21.5%)   885  (37.5%)  742  (31.4%) 
I felt free to express my religious beliefs in high school 30  (1.3%)   73  (3.1%)  160  (6.8%)   488  (20.7%)   870  (36.9%)  737  (31.3%) 
Students were respected regardless of their economic or social class 34  (1.4%)   124  (5.3%)  264  (11.2%)   566  (24.0%)   788  (33.4%)  580  (24.6%) 
Students were respected regardless of their gender 12  (0.5%)   53  (2.2%)  131  (5.5%)   386  (16.3%)   943  (39.9%)  836  (35.4%) 
Students were respected regardless of their race or ethnicity 39  (1.7%)   120  (5.1%)  284  (12.0%)   519  (22.0%)   792  (33.6%)  604  (25.6%) 
Students were respected regardless of their religious beliefs 33  (1.4%)   70  (3.0%)  158  (6.7%)   505  (21.4%)   922  (39.1%)  669  (28.4%) 
Students were respected regardless of their political beliefs 40  (1.7%)   82  (3.5%)  180  (7.6%)   572  (24.3%)   905  (38.4%)  578  (24.5%) 
Students were respected regardless of their sexual orientation 127  (5.4%)   231  (9.8%)  404  (17.1%)   590  (25.0%)   603  (25.5%)  407  (17.2%) 

Academic Engagement

8. How frequently during your senior year of high school did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Turned in a course assignment late 751  (31.8%)  1089  (46.1%)  356  (15.1%)  94  (4.0%)   42  (1.8%)   32  (1.4%)  
Went to class without completing assigned reading 328  (13.9%)  828  (35.1%)  724  (30.7%)  271  (11.5%)  139  (5.9%)  72  (3.0%)  
Went to class unprepared 375  (15.9%)  1085  (46.0%)  581  (24.6%)  185  (7.8%)  98  (4.2%)   36  (1.5%)  
Skipped class 1255  (53.2%)  688  (29.2%)  266  (11.3%)  81  (3.4%)   43  (1.8%)   25  (1.1%)  
Raised your standard for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a teacher 169  (7.2%)   283  (12.0%)  556  (23.6%)  516  (21.9%)  589  (25.0%)  240  (10.2%) 
Extensively revised a paper at least once before submitting it to be graded 116  (4.9%)   319  (13.5%)  503  (21.3%)  458  (19.4%)  526  (22.3%)  436  (18.5%) 
Sought academic help from your teacher when needed 125  (5.3%)   317  (13.5%)  514  (21.8%)  450  (19.1%)  559  (23.7%)  389  (16.5%) 
Worked on class projects or studied as a group with other classmates outside of class 66  (2.8%)   279  (11.8%)  594  (25.2%)  552  (23.4%)  520  (22.0%)  348  (14.8%) 
Helped a classmate better understand the course material when studying together 30  (1.3%)   112  (4.7%)   412  (17.5%)  576  (24.4%)  728  (30.8%)  502  (21.3%) 

9. How frequently did you engage in these activities in your senior year of high school?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Took a small research-oriented class with a teacher 1579  (67.3%)  344  (14.7%)  174  (7.4%)   132  (5.6%)  71  (3.0%)   46  (2.0%)  
Communicated with a teacher by email or text messaging 374  (15.9%)  592  (25.2%)  669  (28.4%)  284  (12.1%)  256  (10.9%)  177  (7.5%) 
Talked with the teacher outside of class about issues and concepts derived from a class 244  (10.4%)  449  (19.1%)  635  (27.0%)  379  (16.1%)  357  (15.2%)  286  (12.2%) 
Interacted with teachers during lectures 64  (2.7%)   226  (9.6%)  514  (21.9%)  462  (19.7%)  563  (23.9%)  522  (22.2%) 
Worked with a teacher on an activity other than coursework (e.g., student organization, campus committee, cultural activity) 314  (13.4%)  362  (15.4%)  444  (18.9%)  328  (14.0%)  408  (17.4%)  495  (21.1%) 

10. During your senior year, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Contributed to a class discussion 19  (0.8%)  148  (6.3%)  447  (19.0%)  427  (18.2%)  557  (23.7%)  750  (31.9%) 
Brought up ideas or concepts from different classes during class discussions 78  (3.3%)  370  (15.8%)  529  (22.6%)  431  (18.4%)  471  (20.1%)  464  (19.8%) 
Asked an insightful question in class 58  (2.5%)  290  (12.4%)  566  (24.2%)  503  (21.5%)  498  (21.3%)  427  (18.2%) 
Found a class so interesting that you did more work than was required 220  (9.4%)  464  (19.8%)  575  (24.5%)  460  (19.6%)  326  (13.9%)  298  (12.7%) 
Chose challenging classes when possible, even though you might have lowered your GPA by doing so 44  (1.9%)  129  (5.5%)  266  (11.3%)  352  (15.0%)  558  (23.8%)  999  (42.5%) 
Made a class presentation 14  (0.6%)  83  (3.5%)   463  (19.8%)  614  (26.2%)  649  (27.7%)  520  (22.2%) 

11.  On average, how much of your assigned course reading did you complete in your senior year of high school?

  29  (1.2%)   0-10%
  27  (1.1%)   11-20%
  48  (2.0%)   21-30%
  52  (2.2%)   31-40%
  71  (3.0%)   41-50%
  102  (4.3%)   51-60%
  168  (7.2%)   61-70%
  316  (13.5%)   71-80%
  579  (24.7%)   81-90%
  956  (40.7%)   91-100%
  [55 missing]     (Select one)
 

Plans and Aspirations

12. Which option best describes what you currently plan to do when you graduate?

1496  (63.4%)   Enroll in graduate or professional school
269  (11.4%)   Work full-time
16  (0.7%)   Work part-time
10  (0.4%)   Be self-employed
77  (3.3%)   Study or work abroad
7  (0.3%)   Join armed forces
43  (1.8%)   Work in an internship or volunteer position
29  (1.2%)   Take a year off
10  (0.4%)   Do something else
402  (17.0%)   I have no idea at this point

13.  What career do you hope to eventually have after you've completed your education?

  112  (4.8%)   Artistic, creative professions
  359  (15.3%)   Business, finance-related professions
  56  (2.4%)   Education
  332  (14.2%)   Engineering, computer programming
  140  (6.0%)   Law
  556  (23.8%)   Medicine, health-related professions
  70  (3.0%)   Psychology, helping professions
  222  (9.5%)   Researcher, scientist
  135  (5.8%)   Other (please specify below)
  358  (15.3%)   I have no idea whatsoever
  [63 missing]     (Select one)

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14.  What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to eventually earn?

  98  (4.2%)   Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.)
  16  (0.7%)   Teaching credential
  296  (12.6%)   Business master's (MBA)
  123  (5.2%)   Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc)
  214  (9.1%)   Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.)
  113  (4.8%)   Law degree (LLB or JD)
  51  (2.2%)   Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc)
  280  (11.9%)   Medical doctor (MD)
  488  (20.7%)   Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc)
  152  (6.5%)   Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD)
  525  (22.3%)   I don't know yet
  [47 missing]     (Select one)
 

15. Indicate the following research and creative activities that you completed as a high school student.

 Yes, did that in H.S.No
A research project, creative activity, or research paper as part of your coursework 2170  (92.1%)   187  (7.9%)  
At least one independent study course 752  (31.9%)   1603  (68.1%)  
Worked in H.S. school lab with course credit 1312  (55.9%)   1037  (44.1%)  
Worked on creative projects under the direction of faculty with course credit 1213  (51.5%)   1141  (48.5%)  
Work on creative projects under the direction of faculty as a volunteer without course credit 946  (40.3%)   1404  (59.7%)  

Overall Satisfaction and Agreement

16. Please rate your level of satisfaction with the following aspects of your high school education.

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Grade point average for UC admission 33  (1.4%)   45  (1.9%)   102  (4.3%)   320  (13.6%)   902  (38.3%)   951  (40.4%)  
Overall social experience 44  (1.9%)   84  (3.6%)   162  (6.9%)   486  (20.6%)   857  (36.4%)   722  (30.7%)  
Overall academic experience 39  (1.7%)   85  (3.6%)   160  (6.8%)   495  (21.1%)   917  (39.0%)   655  (27.9%)  

17. Please rate your level of agreement with the following statement.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I felt that I belonged at my high school 50  (2.1%)   86  (3.7%)   139  (5.9%)   476  (20.2%)   777  (33.0%)   825  (35.1%)  

18. Thinking back over your senior coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 5  (0.2%)  18  (0.8%)  126  (5.4%)   363  (15.5%)  909  (38.7%)  926  (39.5%) 
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 6  (0.3%)  39  (1.7%)  153  (6.5%)   402  (17.1%)  915  (39.0%)  833  (35.5%) 
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 26  (1.1%)  136  (5.8%)  319  (13.6%)  541  (23.1%)  777  (33.2%)  539  (23.1%) 
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 26  (1.1%)  121  (5.2%)  300  (12.8%)  534  (22.8%)  812  (34.7%)  548  (23.4%) 
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 43  (1.8%)  212  (9.1%)  381  (16.3%)  569  (24.3%)  684  (29.2%)  452  (19.3%) 

19. Thinking back on your senior year, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 5  (0.2%)  20  (0.9%)  136  (5.8%)   286  (12.2%)  790  (33.7%)  1106  (47.2%) 
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 17  (0.7%)  138  (5.9%)  368  (15.7%)  601  (25.7%)  695  (29.7%)  519  (22.2%) 
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 34  (1.5%)  170  (7.3%)  386  (16.5%)  606  (25.9%)  706  (30.2%)  434  (18.6%) 
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 19  (0.8%)  103  (4.4%)  357  (15.3%)  589  (25.2%)  765  (32.8%)  501  (21.5%) 

20. Please answer these questions about your high school experience overall.

 YesNo
Were the channels of communication open between teachers and students regarding student needs, concerns, and suggestions? 2225  (95.3%)  110  (4.7%)  
Were students treated equitably and fairly by the faculty? 1879  (80.6%)  453  (19.4%) 
Did teachers clearly explain what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences? 2148  (92.1%)  183  (7.9%)  
Did teachers provide prompt and useful feedback on student work? 1957  (84.0%)  372  (16.0%) 

21. Please rate your satisfaction with each of the following statements about your high school experience overall.

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Advising by faculty on academic matters 39  (1.7%)   99  (4.2%)   183  (7.8%)   624  (26.7%)   973  (41.7%)  415  (17.8%) 
Advising by school counselors on academic matters 158  (6.8%)   228  (9.8%)  332  (14.3%)   560  (24.0%)   678  (29.1%)  373  (16.0%) 
Advising by UC staff on academic matters while you were in high school 155  (6.8%)   247  (10.8%)  411  (18.0%)   830  (36.4%)   508  (22.3%)  132  (5.8%) 
Quality of faculty instruction 29  (1.2%)   65  (2.8%)   169  (7.2%)   630  (27.0%)   975  (41.8%)  467  (20.0%) 
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 64  (2.8%)   111  (4.8%)  216  (9.3%)   483  (20.8%)   868  (37.3%)  582  (25.0%) 
Availability of courses needed for UC admission 35  (1.5%)   48  (2.1%)   103  (4.4%)   350  (15.0%)   870  (37.3%)  926  (39.7%) 
Access to faculty outside of class 37  (1.6%)   84  (3.6%)   236  (10.2%)   564  (24.4%)   896  (38.7%)  497  (21.5%) 
Opportunities for research experience or to produce creative products 255  (11.0%)  335  (14.4%)  488  (21.0%)   574  (24.7%)   463  (19.9%)  208  (9.0%) 
Educational enrichment programs (e.g., foreign exchange program, internships) 312  (13.4%)  405  (17.4%)  501  (21.6%)   536  (23.1%)   387  (16.7%)  182  (7.8%) 
Accessibility of library staff 131  (5.6%)   206  (8.9%)  340  (14.6%)   633  (27.3%)   687  (29.6%)  325  (14.0%) 
Availability of library research materials 151  (6.5%)   196  (8.4%)  348  (15.0%)   635  (27.3%)   665  (28.6%)  329  (14.2%) 

22.  How many teachers did you know well enough to ask for a letter of recommendation in support of a college application? (Please answer to the best of your ability even if you did not need to submit a letter of recommendation.)

  18  (0.8%)   Zero
  54  (2.3%)   1
  342  (14.8%)   2
  708  (30.6%)   3
  1193  (51.5%)   4 or more
  [88 missing]     (Select one)
 

23. You told us earlier how much time you spent studying and working in a week while in high school. How many hours did you spend on each of these other activities in a typical 7 day week?

 01-56-1011-1516-2021-2526-30More than 30
Attending movies, concerts, sports, or other entertainment events 305  (13.1%)  1532  (65.7%)  297  (12.7%)  109  (4.7%)  42  (1.8%)  20  (0.9%)  12  (0.5%)  15  (0.6%) 
Performing community service or volunteer activities 313  (13.5%)  1322  (56.9%)  434  (18.7%)  134  (5.8%)  70  (3.0%)  15  (0.6%)  16  (0.7%)  18  (0.8%) 
Participating in physical exercise, recreational sports, or physically active hobbies 255  (11.0%)  826  (35.5%)  512  (22.0%)  368  (15.8%)  204  (8.8%)  86  (3.7%)  38  (1.6%)  39  (1.7%) 
Participating in spiritual or religious activities 1339  (57.5%)  751  (32.2%)  133  (5.7%)  47  (2.0%)   32  (1.4%)  12  (0.5%)  8  (0.3%)  8  (0.3%) 
Participating in student clubs or organizations 230  (9.9%)   1109  (47.8%)  485  (20.9%)  250  (10.8%)  136  (5.9%)  43  (1.9%)  28  (1.2%)  39  (1.7%) 
Pursuing a recreational or creative interest (arts/crafts, reading, music, hobbies, etc.) 157  (6.7%)   926  (39.7%)  623  (26.7%)  321  (13.8%)  165  (7.1%)  71  (3.0%)  20  (0.9%)  48  (2.1%) 

Socializing with friends 42  (1.8%)   685  (29.4%)  673  (28.9%)  422  (18.1%)  236  (10.1%)  93  (4.0%)  60  (2.6%)  120  (5.1%) 
Partying 1220  (52.3%)  837  (35.9%)  153  (6.6%)  63  (2.7%)   32  (1.4%)   13  (0.6%)  7  (0.3%)  8  (0.3%)  
Spending time with family 55  (2.4%)   535  (23.1%)  638  (27.5%)  447  (19.3%)  235  (10.1%)  117  (5.0%)  78  (3.4%)  216  (9.3%) 
Using the computer for non-academic purposes (games, shopping, email/instant messaging, etc.) 49  (2.1%)   676  (29.1%)  627  (27.0%)  377  (16.2%)  261  (11.2%)  126  (5.4%)  74  (3.2%)  136  (5.8%) 
Watching TV 400  (17.2%)  983  (42.2%)  508  (21.8%)  235  (10.1%)  118  (5.1%)  37  (1.6%)  24  (1.0%)  25  (1.1%) 
Commuting to school and to work 276  (11.9%)  1524  (65.5%)  334  (14.4%)  96  (4.1%)   39  (1.7%)   17  (0.7%)  18  (0.8%)  22  (0.9%) 

24.  During your senior year, what was the average number of hours per night you slept on weeknights?

 13  (0.6%)   0-2
  103  (4.4%)   3-4
  999  (42.7%)   5-6
  1058  (45.2%)   7-8
  148  (6.3%)   9-10
  18  (0.8%)   11+
  [64 missing]     (Select one)
 

25. What is the SINGLE, MOST IMPORTANT thing that your high school could realistically have done to create a better experience for students like you?

Please describe only one:

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26.  If you were assured admittance to any major, what major would you choose?

   5  (0.2%)   African American Studies
  3  (0.1%)   American Studies
  14  (0.6%)   Anthropology
  50  (2.1%)   Architecture
  10  (0.4%)   Art/Art History
  2  (0.1%)   Asian Studies
  1  (0.0%)   Asian American Studies
  21  (0.9%)   Astrophysics
  1  (0.0%)   Atmospheric Science
  342  (14.7%)   Business Administration
  54  (2.3%)   Chemical Biology
  54  (2.3%)   Chemical Engineering
  35  (1.5%)   Chemistry
  2  (0.1%)   Chinese Language
  1  (0.0%)   Classical Civilization
  2  (0.1%)   Classical Languages
  25  (1.1%)   Cognitive Science
  2  (0.1%)   Comparative Literature
  24  (1.0%)   Computer Science
  8  (0.3%)   Conservation & Resource Studies
  7  (0.3%)   Dance and Performance Studies
  10  (0.4%)   Development Studies
  6  (0.3%)   Earth & Planetary Science
  7  (0.3%)   Environmental Earth Science
  60  (2.6%)   Economics
  137  (5.9%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)
  223  (9.6%)   Engineering and Engineering Science
  40  (1.7%)   English
  21  (0.9%)   Environmental Economics and Policy
  25  (1.1%)   Environmental Sciences
  6  (0.3%)   Ethnic Studies
  9  (0.4%)   Film
  2  (0.1%)   Forestry
  1  (0.0%)   French
  4  (0.2%)   Genetics & Plant Biology
  1  (0.0%)   Geography
  23  (1.0%)   History
  59  (2.5%)   Integrative Biology
  16  (0.7%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major
  3  (0.1%)   Japanese Language
  3  (0.1%)   Landscape Architecture
  1  (0.0%)   Latin
  9  (0.4%)   Legal Studies
  9  (0.4%)   Linguistics
  7  (0.3%)   Marine Science
  32  (1.4%)   Mass Communications
  10  (0.4%)   Materials Science
  33  (1.4%)   Mathematics
  12  (0.5%)   Mathematics, Applied
  16  (0.7%)   Microbial Biology
  245  (10.5%)   Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB)
  37  (1.6%)   Molecular Environmental Biology
  12  (0.5%)   Music
  2  (0.1%)   Near Eastern Studies
  44  (1.9%)   Nutritional Sciences
  3  (0.1%)   Optometry
  22  (0.9%)   Peace and Conflict Studies
  9  (0.4%)   Philosophy
  5  (0.2%)   Physical Sciences Field Major
  32  (1.4%)   Physics
  10  (0.4%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies
  67  (2.9%)   Political Science
  69  (3.0%)   Psychology
  1  (0.0%)   Religious Studies
  3  (0.1%)   Rhetoric
  1  (0.0%)   Scandinavian
  1  (0.0%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures
  13  (0.6%)   Social Welfare
  7  (0.3%)   Sociology
  4  (0.2%)   Spanish
  6  (0.3%)   Statistics
  6  (0.3%)   Theatre & Performance Studies
  283  (12.1%)   I have no idea
  [73 missing]     (Select one)
 

27. Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

1813  (78.5%) Yes

496  (21.5%)   No

In which major do you expect to graduate?

  1  (0.2%)   African American Studies
  2  (0.4%)   Anthropology
  1  (0.2%)   Architecture
  1  (0.2%)   Asian Studies
  2  (0.4%)   Astrophysics
  9  (1.8%)   Business Administration
  4  (0.8%)   Chemical Biology
  2  (0.4%)   Chemical Engineering
  6  (1.2%)   Chemistry
  1  (0.2%)   Chicano Studies
  2  (0.4%)   Classical Civilization
  1  (0.2%)   Classical Languages
  3  (0.6%)   Cognitive Science
  5  (1.0%)   Computer Science
  3  (0.6%)   Conservation & Resource Studies
  14  (2.9%)   Economics
  7  (1.4%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)
  24  (4.9%)   Engineering and Engineering Science
  5  (1.0%)   English
  5  (1.0%)   Environmental Economics and Policy
  5  (1.0%)   Environmental Sciences
  1  (0.2%)   Geophysics
  1  (0.2%)   History
  14  (2.9%)   Integrative Biology
  2  (0.4%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major
  1  (0.2%)   Landscape Architecture
  2  (0.4%)   Legal Studies
  1  (0.2%)   Linguistics
  3  (0.6%)   Mass Communications
  1  (0.2%)   Materials Science
  5  (1.0%)   Mathematics
  5  (1.0%)   Mathematics, Applied
  6  (1.2%)   Microbial Biology
  43  (8.8%)   Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB)
  6  (1.2%)   Molecular Environmental Biology
  6  (1.2%)   Nutritional Sciences
  1  (0.2%)   Optometry
  4  (0.8%)   Peace and Conflict Studies
  2  (0.4%)   Philosophy
  1  (0.2%)   Physical Sciences Field Major
  4  (0.8%)   Physics
  1  (0.2%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies
  7  (1.4%)   Political Science
  7  (1.4%)   Psychology
  2  (0.4%)   Social Welfare
  1  (0.2%)   Sociology
  260  (53.1%)   I have no idea
  [1913 missing]     (Select one)
 

28. What factors have been or do you expect will be very important to you in deciding on your major?

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 2271  (97.4%)   61  (2.6%)  
Leads to a high paying job 1660  (71.4%)   666  (28.6%)  
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 2232  (96.0%)   94  (4.0%)  
Complements desire to study abroad 1180  (50.9%)   1140  (49.1%)  
Parental desires 697  (30.0%)   1626  (70.0%)  
Easy requirements 352  (15.2%)   1968  (84.8%)  
Allows time for other activities 1139  (49.0%)   1184  (51.0%)  
Provides international opportunities 1513  (65.3%)   805  (34.7%)  
Prestige 1449  (62.5%)   870  (37.5%)  
Probably won't get into my first choice of major 230  (10.0%)   2073  (90.0%)  
Interest in subject area 2287  (98.3%)   39  (1.7%)  
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 1887  (81.8%)   419  (18.2%)  
Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field] 117  (21.7%)   422  (78.3%)

 

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