2008 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 4

Student Development

1. Indicate how important each of the following college goals is to you.

 EssentialVery importantSomewhat importantNot important
Be in a position to give something back to my community after finishing my education 290  (36.4%)  307  (38.6%)   179  (22.5%)   20  (2.5%)  
Acquire a well-rounded general education 385  (48.2%)  302  (37.8%)   98  (12.3%)   13  (1.6%)  
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 462  (58.0%)  251  (31.5%)   71  (8.9%)   12  (1.5%)  
Achieve a high GPA 224  (28.1%)  336  (42.2%)   211  (26.5%)   26  (3.3%)  
Form romantic relationships 73  (9.2%)   167  (21.0%)   346  (43.4%)   211  (26.5%)  
Establish meaningful friendships 360  (45.2%)  348  (43.7%)   83  (10.4%)   5  (0.6%)  
Prepare for graduate or professional school 371  (46.7%)  279  (35.1%)   121  (15.2%)   24  (3.0%)  
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 511  (64.1%)  240  (30.1%)   40  (5.0%)   6  (0.8%)  
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 203  (25.5%)  253  (31.7%)   257  (32.2%)   84  (10.5%)  
Explore new ideas 347  (43.5%)  356  (44.7%)   86  (10.8%)   8  (1.0%)  
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 299  (37.6%)  305  (38.3%)   155  (19.5%)   37  (4.6%)  
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 305  (38.5%)  306  (38.6%)   147  (18.6%)   34  (4.3%)  
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 389  (48.9%)  332  (41.8%)   73  (9.2%)   1  (0.1%)  
Integrate spirituality into my life 129  (16.2%)  156  (19.6%)   219  (27.5%)   293  (36.8%)  
Establish social networks that will help further my career 269  (33.8%)  322  (40.5%)   179  (22.5%)   25  (3.1%)  
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 221  (27.8%)  265  (33.3%)   252  (31.7%)   58  (7.3%)  

2. How concerned are you now about each of the following?

 Not concernedA little concernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 145  (18.2%)  151  (18.9%)   152  (19.0%)   167  (20.9%)  183  (22.9%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 106  (13.3%)  152  (19.1%)   174  (21.8%)   214  (26.9%)  151  (18.9%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 201  (25.2%)  116  (14.5%)   157  (19.7%)   155  (19.4%)  169  (21.2%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 22  (2.8%)   73  (9.2%)   152  (19.1%)   248  (31.2%)  300  (37.7%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 86  (10.8%)   126  (15.8%)   213  (26.8%)   232  (29.1%)  139  (17.5%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 68  (8.6%)   140  (17.6%)   195  (24.5%)   236  (29.7%)  156  (19.6%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 159  (20.1%)  169  (21.3%)   198  (25.0%)   168  (21.2%)  99  (12.5%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s) 239  (30.0%)  192  (24.1%)   160  (20.1%)   143  (18.0%)  62  (7.8%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 51  (6.4%)   124  (15.6%)   198  (24.9%)   237  (29.8%)  186  (23.4%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 89  (11.2%)   123  (15.5%)   191  (24.0%)   223  (28.0%)  170  (21.4%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 216  (27.1%)  194  (24.3%)   171  (21.5%)   140  (17.6%)  76  (9.5%)  
Being able to maintain good health 108  (13.6%)  155  (19.4%)   194  (24.3%)   206  (25.8%)  134  (16.8%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 168  (21.2%)  181  (22.8%)   173  (21.8%)   170  (21.4%)  102  (12.8%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 108  (13.5%)  191  (23.9%)   203  (25.4%)   185  (23.2%)  111  (13.9%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 50  (6.3%)   143  (18.0%)   162  (20.4%)   237  (29.9%)  201  (25.3%)  
Whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 344  (43.3%)  152  (19.1%)   124  (15.6%)   93  (11.7%)  82  (10.3%)  

3. As you start your first semester at Cal, what is your biggest concerns from these five general areas?

419  (52.4%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
56  (7.0%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
87  (10.9%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
181  (22.6%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
57  (7.1%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

4. What is your SECOND BIGGEST concern?

226  (28.3%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
78  (9.8%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
131  (16.4%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
243  (30.4%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
121  (15.1%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

5. And last, what is your THIRD BIGGEST concern?

99  (12.4%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
112  (14.1%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
155  (19.4%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
200  (25.1%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
231  (29.0%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

6. In how many years will you earn a bachelor's degree?

48  (6.0%)   Less than 4 years
702  (88.1%)   In 4 years
39  (4.9%)   In 5 years (more than 4 years to 5 years)
6  (0.8%)   In 6 years (more than 5 years to 6 years)
2  (0.3%)   More than 6 years

7. At Berkeley students have many types of interests or college identities. Which of the following do you think will apply to you. That is, who do you see yourself as being or identifying with while at Cal? [CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]

 I will strongly identify with these studentsNot me
Advocates for social causes 347  (44.5%)   432  (55.5%)  
Artsy (artistic, creative) students 286  (36.5%)   498  (63.5%)  
Athletes/jocks 187  (24.0%)   592  (76.0%)  
Campus leaders (student government) 225  (29.0%)   550  (71.0%)  
Community service students 506  (64.6%)   277  (35.4%)  
Conservative students 113  (14.5%)   665  (85.5%)  
Feminists 156  (20.2%)   618  (79.8%)  
First in family to go to college 190  (24.4%)   590  (75.6%)  
Fraternity/sorority members 150  (19.2%)   630  (80.8%)  
From very poor families 160  (20.5%)   619  (79.5%)  
From very well-to-do families 149  (19.1%)   630  (80.9%)  
From your geographical origin ( SoCal, International, etc.) 498  (63.9%)   281  (36.1%)  
Immigrants 192  (24.7%)   586  (75.3%)  
In your campus organization or club 554  (70.8%)   229  (29.2%)  
In your major or field of study 692  (87.8%)   96  (12.2%)  
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students 71  (9.2%)   700  (90.8%)  
Liberal students 373  (48.1%)   403  (51.9%)  
Of same racial or ethnic background 479  (61.1%)   305  (38.9%)  
Partiers 163  (21.1%)   611  (78.9%)  
Politically engaged students (national, state, local politics) 232  (30.0%)   542  (70.0%)  
Religious or spiritual students 209  (26.9%)   567  (73.1%)  
Serious about getting good grades 648  (82.5%)   137  (17.5%)  
Slackers 106  (13.7%)   668  (86.3%)  
With family history of attending Cal 88  (11.4%)   686  (88.6%)  

8. Regarding choice of a major, what advice have you received?

From my family
Decide on a major as soon as possible 221  (27.8%)  
Take your time; explore options 462  (58.1%)  
No advice given 112  (14.1%)  
from Cal advisors
Decide on a major as soon as possible 42  (5.3%)  
Take your time; explore options 520  (65.6%)  
No advice given 231  (29.1%)  
From friends
Decide on a major as soon as possible 67  (8.4%)  
Take your time; explore options 472  (59.5%)  
No advice given 254  (32.0%)  
From fellow Cal students
Decide on a major as soon as possible 71  (8.9%)  
Take your time; explore options 499  (62.7%)  
No advice given 226  (28.4%)  
High school teachers or counselors
Decide on a major as soon as possible 67  (8.5%)  
Take your time; explore options 564  (71.3%)  
No advice given 160  (20.2%)  

What do you plan to do about a major?

208  (26.0%)   I have declared a major
294  (36.8%)   I will declare a major as soon as possible
297  (37.2%)   I plan to take my time and explore options

9. Did you have an AP of 4 or 5 in Math, Chemistry, Biology or Physics?

525  (65.5%)   Yes

What advice have you received from the following sources regarding using AP scores of 4 or 5 in Math, Chemistry, Biology and Physics for class credit?

From my family
Don't AP out; take the entry course at Berkeley 104  (19.8%)  
AP out; take a more advanced course 199  (37.9%)  
No advice given 222  (42.3%)  
From Cal advisors
Don't AP out; take the entry course at Berkeley 253  (48.7%)  
AP out; take a more advanced course 50  (9.6%)  
No advice given 217  (41.7%)  
From friends
Don't AP out; take the entry course at Berkeley 91  (17.4%)  
AP out; take a more advanced course 225  (43.0%)  
No advice given 207  (39.6%)  
From fellow Cal students
Don't AP out; take the entry course at Berkeley 152  (29.2%)  
AP out; take a more advanced course 143  (27.5%)  
No advice given 225  (43.3%)  
High school teachers or counselors
Don't AP out; take the entry course at Berkeley 92  (17.7%)  
AP out; take a more advanced course 193  (37.0%)  
No advice given 236  (45.3%)  

If you could have used your AP scores for course credits, what did you do?

28  (5.4%)   Not applicable
145  (27.8%)   I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses
246  (47.1%)   I am taking some credit but not all that I could
95  (18.2%)   I am taking the entry courses at Berkeley instead of the credit
8  (1.5%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

276  (34.5%)  No

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