2011 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 2012 and Spring 2013.) 84 108 135 262 286 413
7% 8% 10% 20% 22% 32%

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 859 68%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 203 16%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 827 65%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 428 34%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 64 5%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 655 52%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 246 19%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 53 4%
Worked for pay to save for college 451 36%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 383 30%
Requested a triple to save money 398 31%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 37 3%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 221 17%
Other 87 7%

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 $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 496 39%
No 781 61%

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 110 9%
Disagree 149 12%
Somewhat disagree 233 18%
Somewhat agree 395 31%
Agree 299 23%
Strongly agree 89 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.)

 (N=658)        [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 867 68%
1991 or earlier 1 0%
1992 7 1%
1993 19 1%
1994 9 1%
1995 13 1%
1996 20 2%
1997 16 1%
1998 19 1%
1999 16 1%
2000 30 2%
2001 13 1%
2002 16 1%
2003 10 1%
2004 15 1%
2005 5 0%
2006 12 1%
2007 16 1%
2008 11 1%
2009 7 1%
2010 or later 160 12%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 706 55%
Before I was 5 years old 286 22%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 215 17%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 66 5%
After turning 16 years old 10 1%

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

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 422 867
33% 67%
My father 434 855
34% 66%
My mother's mother 357 925
28% 72%
My father's mother 383 900
30% 70%
My mother's father 349 930
27% 73%
My father's father 377 899
30% 70%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 0 0%
Less than high school diploma 7 2%
High school diploma 59 14%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 29 7%
Bachelor's degree 145 35%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 8 2%
Master's degree 95 23%
A professional degree 41 10%
Doctoral degree 31 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 308 83 16 25 32 78 4 105 15 28
44% 12% 2% 4% 5% 11% 1% 15% 2% 4%
In Foreign Country 58 23 75 155 68 292 9 81 28 24
7% 3% 9% 19% 8% 36% 1% 10% 3% 3%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 3 1%
Less than high school diploma 10 2%
High school diploma 56 13%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 17 4%
Bachelor's degree 131 31%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 2 0%
Master's degree 98 23%
A professional degree 46 11%
Doctoral degree 62 15%

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 279 68 16 24 12 55 2 125 33 88
40% 10% 2% 3% 2% 8% 0% 18% 5% 13%
In Foreign Country 56 22 96 111 25 235 5 116 47 79
7% 3% 12% 14% 3% 30% 1% 15% 6% 10%

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

I don't know 350 27%
None 365 29%
One 128 10%
Two 202 16%
Three 94 7%
Four 141 11%

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

Wealthy 28 2%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 446 35%
Middle-class 530 41%
Working-class 160 12%
Low-income or poor 120 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 55 4%
No 1224 96%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2010?

Less than $10,000 45 4%
$10,000 to $19,999 77 7%
$20,000 to $34,999 110 10%
$35,000 to $49,999 101 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 95 8%
$65,000 to $79,999 82 7%
$80,000 to $99,999 111 10%
$100,000 to $124,999 159 14%
$125,000 to $149,999 84 7%
$150,000 to $199,999 111 10%
$200,000 or more 166 15%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2010?

Less than $10,000 15 27%
$10,000 to $19,999 7 13%
$20,000 to $34,999 4 7%
$35,000 to $49,999 2 4%
$50,000 to $64,999 3 5%
$65,000 to $79,999 2 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 4 7%
$100,000 to $124,999 2 4%
$125,000 to $149,999 2 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 2 4%
$200,000 or more 12 22%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 110 9%
Not particularly spiritual 192 15%
No preference 157 12%
Agnostic 115 9%
Atheist 141 11%
Baptist 26 2%
Buddhist 52 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 62 5%
Eastern Orthodox 7 1%
Episcopalian 2 0%
Hindu 48 4%
Jewish 39 3%
Lutheran 8 1%
Methodist 11 1%
Mormon 3 0%
Muslim 23 2%
Presbyterian 44 4%
Quaker 0 0%
Roman Catholic 117 9%
Seventh Day Adventist 3 0%
Sikh 9 1%
Taoist 1 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 2 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 2 0%
Other Christian 69 5%
Other Religion 14 1%

13. How religious are you and your parents?

 Not applicableNot religiousA little religiousReligiousVery religious
You 68 556 340 233 70
5% 44% 27% 18% 6%
Your father 82 494 296 276 117
6% 39% 23% 22% 9%
Your mother 54 358 318 320 217
4% 28% 25% 25% 17%
Your stepfather 923 114 33 29 12
83% 10% 3% 3% 1%
Your stepmother 922 112 25 40 14
83% 10% 2% 4% 1%
Your parent's partner 932 110 21 31 10
84% 10% 2% 3% 1%

14.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 37 3%
Gay/Lesbian 32 3%
Heterosexual 1090 86%
Questioning/Unsure 26 2%
Self-identified Queer 1 0%
Decline to state 51 4%
Other 36 3%

15.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 728 57%
Man (Male) 537 42%
Transgender 1 0%
Genderqueer 1 0%
Decline to state 11 1%
Other 2 0%

16.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 83 7%
Liberal 388 31%
Slightly liberal 234 19%
Moderate or middle of the road 372 29%
Slightly conservative 111 9%
Conservative 68 5%
Very conservative 8 1%

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

Professional sports 13 1%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 16 1%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 19 1%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 30 2%
Campus club sports team 195 15%
Intramural sports 279 22%
Personal recreation 452 36%
Does not apply to me 268 21%

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

(N=971; Mean = 6.11 hours; Max = 100 hours)

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

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 16 1237 22
1% 97% 2%
Sexual orientation 73 988 212
6% 78% 17%
Race/ethnicity 895 351 29
70% 28% 2%
Social or economic class 460 312 504
36% 24% 39%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 359 677 240
28% 53% 19%
Political party affiliation 168 289 816
13% 23% 64%
Religious preference 549 255 469
43% 20% 37%

19. Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of submitted materials. All achievements, both academic and non-academic, are considered in the context of the opportunities an applicant has had, and the assessment is based on how fully the applicant has taken advantages of those opportunities.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 139 890 225 19
11% 70% 18% 1%
Grades in high school coursework 290 747 165 68
23% 59% 13% 5%
Personal qualities (e.g., leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity) 352 708 188 25
28% 56% 15% 2%
My likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus 213 645 383 25
17% 51% 30% 2%
Performance on standardized tests (e.g., SAT, SAT Subject Tests) 180 547 337 205
14% 43% 27% 16%
Achievement in academic enrichment programs offered by Univ. of California 41 160 902 124
3% 13% 74% 10%
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... 368 630 231 30
29% 50% 18% 2%
Other 126 144 504 38
16% 18% 62% 5%

Please elaborate: (N=417)  

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

I was fairly certain that I would be admitted 216 17%
I was reasonably confident that I would be admitted but anything can happen 447 35%
I thought that either outcome was equally likely 368 29%
I was reasonably confident that I would NOT be admitted 130 10%
It was a BIG surprise 117 9%

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 180 14%
Foothill 186 15%
Bowles 40 3%
Stern 52 4%
Unit 1 285 22%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 210 16%
Unit 3 233 18%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 1 0%
Smyth Fernwald (family housing) 0 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 3 0%
Wada Apartments 0 0%
Living with family 8 1%
Sorority or fraternity 1 0%
Co-op Housing 4 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 63 5%
Other 14 1%

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 1037 82%
1 mile to 2 miles 175 14%
3 miles to 10 miles 26 2%
11 to 20 miles 9 1%
21 miles or more 22 2%

23. With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 9 1%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 1160 92%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 2 0%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 5 0%
I live with at least one parent 31 2%
Other 49 4%

23a. 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) 4 90 474 523 106 71
0% 7% 37% 41% 8% 6%
Teenagers 13-17 819 66 28 14 1 8
88% 7% 3% 1% 0% 1%
Children 6-12 912 4 3 0 0 0
99% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 908 1 0 2 1 0
100% 0% 0% 0% 0%  

24. In general, I consider myself:   

Not a very happy personA very happy person
10 21 53 159 411 473 147
1% 2% 4% 12% 32% 37% 12%

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

Less happyMore happy
28 52 108 267 370 321 130
2% 4% 8% 21% 29% 25% 10%

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

parents, guardians 892 71%
friends nearby 967 77%
teachers, coaches 186 15%
siblings 562 44%
online friends 340 27%
clergy 32 3%
other family 193 15%
counselors, therapists 82 6%
other 165 13%

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

very dissatisfied 58 5%
fairly dissatisfied 63 5%
a little dissatisfied 125 10%
a little satisfied 136 11%
fairly satisfied 526 41%
very satisfied 364 29%

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

very dissatisfied 51 4%
fairly dissatisfied 51 4%
a little dissatisfied 68 5%
a little satisfied 137 11%
fairly satisfied 484 38%
very satisfied 474 37%