2010 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 2

Your Background and Personal Characteristics

1. How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education?

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.) 168 247 314 477 469 661
7% 11% 13% 20% 20% 28%

2.  Which of the following have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses?

Applied for financial aid 1682 74%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 401 18%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 1495 66%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 719 32%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 103 5%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 1187 52%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 549 24%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 140 6%
Worked for pay to save for college 806 35%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 695 30%
Requested a triple to save money 628 28%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 95 4%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 413 18%
Other 110 5%

3a.  Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for students from families making less than $70,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 715 31%
No 1578 69%

3b.  To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

Strongly disagree 150 6%
Disagree 246 11%
Somewhat disagree 372 16%
Somewhat agree 811 35%
Agree 564 24%
Strongly agree 165 7%

4.  Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at Cal? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible because there is a 1,000 character limit.)  

[Contact OPA for more information] (N=1104)

5.  When did you come to the United States to live?

I was born in the U.S. 1656 72%
1991 or earlier 10 0%
1992 39 2%
1993 31 1%
1994 40 2%
1995 35 2%
1996 32 1%
1997 33 1%
1998 26 1%
1999 32 1%
2000 44 2%
2001 29 1%
2002 16 1%
2003 22 1%
2004 14 1%
2005 12 1%
2006 40 2%
2007 22 1%
2008 13 1%
2009 or later 168 7%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 1312 57%
Before I was 5 years old 549 24%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 330 14%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 116 5%
After turning 16 years old 12 1%

7. To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 784 1545
34% 66%
My father 800 1522
34% 66%
My mother's mother 656 1658
28% 72%
My father's mother 701 1614
30% 70%
My mother's father 676 1634
29% 71%
My father's father 701 1597
31% 69%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

None (did not receive formal education) 2 0%
Less than high school diploma 12 2%
High school diploma 109 14%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 58 7%
Bachelor's degree 307 39%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 13 2%
Master's degree 175 22%
A professional degree 51 7%
Doctoral degree 57 7%

7a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 509 177 29 44 83 170 11 158 34 62
40% 14% 2% 3% 6% 13% 1% 12% 3% 5%
In Foreign Country 102 43 193 278 94 512 15 115 34 44
7% 3% 13% 19% 7% 36% 1% 8% 2% 3%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

None (did not receive formal education) 3 0%
Less than high school diploma 15 2%
High school diploma 98 12%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 42 5%
Bachelor's degree 273 34%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 12 2%
Master's degree 182 23%
A professional degree 65 8%
Doctoral degree 103 13%

7b. What was the highest level of education reached by your father?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 453 129 31 61 51 126 10 199 57 163
35% 10% 2% 5% 4% 10% 1% 16% 4% 13%
In Foreign Country 135 38 183 236 46 444 21 155 50 84
10% 3% 13% 17% 3% 32% 2% 11% 4% 6%

8.  To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

I don't know 647 28%
None 725 31%
One 223 10%
Two 353 15%
Three 167 7%
Four 214 9%

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

Wealthy 50 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 716 31%
Middle-class 958 41%
Working-class 385 17%
Low-income or poor 217 9%

10.  Are you a financially independent student?  Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

Yes 90 4%
No 2225 96%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 80 4%
$10,000 to $19,999 126 6%
$20,000 to $34,999 215 10%
$35,000 to $49,999 147 7%
$50,000 to $64,999 192 9%
$65,000 to $79,999 182 9%
$80,000 to $99,999 216 11%
$100,000 to $124,999 314 15%
$125,000 to $149,999 145 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 168 8%
$200,000 or more 267 13%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 19 22%
$10,000 to $19,999 9 11%
$20,000 to $34,999 12 14%
$35,000 to $49,999 11 13%
$50,000 to $64,999 4 5%
$65,000 to $79,999 5 6%
$80,000 to $99,999 5 6%
$100,000 to $124,999 10 12%
$125,000 to $149,999 3 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 2 2%
$200,000 or more 5 6%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 185 8%
Not particularly spiritual 372 16%
No preference 235 10%
Agnostic 212 9%
Atheist 230 10%
Baptist 41 2%
Buddhist 109 5%
Christian Church (Disciples) 118 5%
Eastern Orthodox 15 1%
Episcopalian 15 1%
Hindu 64 3%
Jewish 66 3%
Lutheran 22 1%
Methodist 16 1%
Mormon 5 0%
Muslim 37 2%
Presbyterian 69 3%
Quaker 0 0%
Roman Catholic 259 11%
Seventh Day Adventist 7 0%
Sikh 13 1%
Taoist 7 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 8 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 6 0%
Other Christian 135 6%
Other Religion 25 1%

How religious are you and your parents?

 Not applicableNot religiousA little religiousReligiousVery religious
You 138 948 654 418 139
6% 41% 28% 18% 6%
Your father 181 835 585 451 235
8% 37% 26% 20% 10%
Your mother 118 598 618 601 355
5% 26% 27% 26% 16%
Your stepfather 1711 163 60 37 20
86% 8% 3% 2% 1%
Your stepmother 1729 148 51 38 25
87% 7% 3% 2% 1%
Your parent's partner 1721 150 48 51 22
86% 8% 2% 3% 1%

14.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 58 3%
Gay/Lesbian 34 1%
Heterosexual 1998 87%
Questioning/Unsure 41 2%
Self-identified Queer 4 0%
Decline to state 97 4%
Other 65 3%

15.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 1328 57%
Man (Male) 957 41%
Transgender 0 0%
Genderqueer 2 0%
Decline to state 29 1%
Other 2 0%

16.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 192 8%
Liberal 716 31%
Slightly liberal 467 20%
Moderate or middle of the road 618 27%
Slightly conservative 165 7%
Conservative 110 5%
Very conservative 23 1%

17.  Please indicate the highest level of organized sports in which you plan to participate?

Professional sports 15 1%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 22 1%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 38 2%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 80 3%
Campus club sports team 373 16%
Intramural sports 513 22%
Personal recreation 799 34%
Does not apply to me 477 21%

17a.On average, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on this one activity? (Must be numeric)

 [Contact OPA for more information]

18. Do you have a roommate who differs from you in the following ways?

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 14 2246 52
1% 97% 2%
Sexual orientation 91 1815 406
4% 79% 18%
Race/ethnicity 1626 623 58
70% 27% 3%
Social or economic class 884 542 875
38% 24% 38%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 587 1286 438
25% 56% 19%
Political party affiliation 332 501 1476
14% 22% 64%
Religious preference 1042 402 860
45% 17% 37%

19. How do you think each of the following affected your admission? Note that the essay is an integral part of the review because it can provide evidence in these areas. 

 Probably the deciding factorMade my application stronger than mostNeutral, had no real effectWeakened my application -- was a problem area
High school courses taken 314 1565 392 37
14% 68% 17% 2%
Grades in high school coursework 577 1375 265 89
25% 60% 11% 4%
Personal qualities (e.g., leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity) 614 1253 388 46
27% 54% 17% 2%
My likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus 375 1105 752 60
16% 48% 33% 3%
Performance on standardized tests (e.g., SAT, SAT Subject Tests) 282 1016 630 375
12% 44% 27% 16%
Achievement in academic enrichment programs offered by Univ. of California 83 346 1615 200
4% 15% 72% 9%
Other evidence of achievement. (This criterion recognizes exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in the performing arts and athletics; employment; leadership in school or community organizations or activities; and community service.) 627 1163 447 51
27% 51% 20% 2%
Other 245 295 853 69
17% 20% 58% 5%

Please elaborate: (N=766) 

20. How confident were you that you would be admitted to UC Berkeley?

I was fairly certain that I would be admitted 377 16%
I was reasonably confident that I would be admitted but anything can happen 812 35%
I thought that either outcome was equally likely 665 29%
I was reasonably confident that I would NOT be admitted 246 11%
It was a BIG surprise 221 10%

Your current living situation

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 344 15%
Foothill 370 16%
Bowles 77 3%
Stern 97 4%
Unit 1 485 21%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 385 17%
Unit 3 428 18%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 0 0%
Smyth Fernwald (family housing) 0 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 3 0%
Wada Apartments 0 0%
Living with family 24 1%
Sorority or fraternity 1 0%
COOP Housing 9 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 80 3%
Other 23 1%

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 1852 80%
1 mile to 2 miles 321 14%
3 miles to 10 miles 62 3%
11 to 20 miles 26 1%
21 miles or more 47 2%

23. Who do you live with?

No one. I live alone 29 1%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 2127 93%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 9 0%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner 2 0%
I live with at least one parent 64 3%
Other 61 3%

24. What is the composition of your dorm room or household while attending Berkeley this term?

 0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 15 159 868 957 150 145
1% 7% 38% 42% 7% 6%
Teenagers 13-17 1352 189 81 41 13 8
80% 11% 5% 2% 1% 0%
Children 6-12 1577 23 5 0 2 1
98% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 1572 16 5 1 1 2
98% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%

25. In general, I consider myself:

not a very happy person     a very happy person
12 25 96 288 739  874 280
1% 1% 4% 12% 32% 38% 12%

26. In the past 3 months, compared to most of my peers, I consider myself:

less happymore happy
31 82 206 479 707 584 228
1% 4% 9% 21% 31% 25% 10%

27. Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset?

parents, guardians 1580 69%
friends nearby 1812 79%
teachers, coaches 313 14%
siblings 1066 47%
online friends 560 25%
clergy 64 3%
other family 367 16%
counselors, therapists 121 5%
other 344 15%

  28. In general, how satisfied are you with how available these people are to you?

very dissatisfied 105 5%
fairly dissatisfied 124 5%
a little dissatisfied 213 9%
a little satisfied 231 10%
fairly satisfied 945 41%
very satisfied 691 30%

29. Overall, how satisfied are you with the support that you have?

very dissatisfied 90 4%
fairly dissatisfied 82 4%
a little dissatisfied 139 6%
a little satisfied 249 11%
fairly satisfied 835 36%
very satisfied 911 40%

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