2011 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 1

Time Use, Academic and Personal Development, Academic Engagement, Campus Climate, Satisfaction, and Evaluation of the Educational Experience

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

a really fantastic start! 389 25%
a very good start. 616 40%
a good start. 415 27%
just an OK start. 112 7%
not a good start. 18 1%

 2.  What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible because there is a 500 character limit.)

(N=1456)  [Contact OPA for more information]

3.  What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?  (Please be as brief as reasonably possible because there is a 500 character limit.)

(N=1392)  [Contact OPA for more information]

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, discussion sections or labs 6 38 142 71 104 189 395 574
0% 3% 9% 5% 7% 12% 26% 38%
Studying and other academic activities outside of class 22 280 351 300 247 123 91 101
1% 18% 23% 20% 16% 8% 6% 7%
Paid employment (include paid internships) 987 234 122 72 39 31 12 13
65% 15% 8% 5% 3% 2% 1% 1%
Of your total hours spent working for pay, about how many hours were related to your academic interests? 1103 177 78 35 27 18 14 32
74% 12% 5% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2%

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 movies, concerts, sports, or other entertainment events 187 967 231 70 38 11 5 6
12% 64% 15% 5% 3% 1% 0% 0%
Performing community service or volunteer activities 223 799 286 107 59 12 12 12
15% 53% 19% 7% 4% 1% 1% 1%
Participating in physical exercise, recreational sports, or physically active hobbies 163 574 329 232 134 45 12 24
11% 38% 22% 15% 9% 3% 1% 2%
Participating in spiritual or religious activities 922 425 100 29 23 9 2 3
61% 28% 7% 2% 2% 1% 0% 0%
Participating in student clubs or organizations 137 660 363 185 91 34 13 22
9% 44% 24% 12% 6% 2% 1% 1%
Pursuing a recreational or creative interest (arts/crafts, reading, music, hobbies, etc.) 120 647 405 183 93 40 9 15
8% 43% 27% 12% 6% 3% 1% 1%
Socializing with friends 20 430 479 271 154 65 30 68
1% 28% 32% 18% 10% 4% 2% 4%
Partying 870 475 97 41 19 9 1 4
57% 31% 6% 3% 1% 1% 0% 0%
Spending time with family 110 356 378 279 154 86 42 101
7% 24% 25% 19% 10% 6% 3% 7%
Using the computer or smart phone for non-academic purposes (games, shopping, e-mail/instant messaging, etc.) 66 402 375 283 162 83 45 98
4% 27% 25% 19% 11% 5% 3% 6%
Watching TV 396 621 282 114 53 26 10 13
26% 41% 19% 8% 3% 2% 1% 1%
Commuting to school and to work 188 1018 204 60 19 12 2 10
12% 67% 13% 4% 1% 1% 0% 1%

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

0-2 8 1%
3-4 79 5%
5-6 700 46%
7-8 631 41%
9-10 94 6%
11+ 10 1%

Academic and Personal Development

Current skill level

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 2 25 198 444 498 226
0% 2% 14% 32% 36% 16%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 6 65 258 470 410 180
0% 5% 19% 34% 30% 13%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 6 40 179 455 516 193
0% 3% 13% 33% 37% 14%
Foreign language skills 43 166 341 374 307 159
3% 12% 25% 27% 22% 11%
Understanding of a specific field of study 6 33 197 524 452 171
0% 2% 14% 38% 33% 12%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 10 47 229 377 482 242
1% 3% 17% 27% 35% 17%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 4 32 125 303 422 498
0% 2% 9% 22% 30% 36%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 7 52 233 453 427 219
1% 4% 17% 33% 31% 16%
Leadership skills 13 72 241 435 415 218
1% 5% 17% 31% 30% 16%
Computer skills 19 84 351 474 308 146
1% 6% 25% 34% 22% 11%

Current skill level

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Internet skills 4 26 178 394 461 309
0% 2% 13% 29% 34% 23%
Library research skills 13 118 382 488 272 99
1% 9% 28% 36% 20% 7%
Other research skills 11 75 360 537 285 96
1% 5% 26% 39% 21% 7%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 6 39 234 450 458 184
0% 3% 17% 33% 33% 13%
Interpersonal (social) skills 18 62 229 444 397 223
1% 5% 17% 32% 29% 16%

Current skill level

2. Similarly, please rate your abilities on the following dimensions.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 4 7 60 252 488 575
0% 1% 4% 18% 35% 41%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 8 31 148 330 404 463
1% 2% 11% 24% 29% 33%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 3 8 82 300 456 530
0% 1% 6% 22% 33% 38%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 3 7 73 285 498 512
0% 1% 5% 21% 36% 37%
Self awareness and understanding 3 16 75 317 483 485
0% 1% 5% 23% 35% 35%

3. 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 21 41 110 309 462 440
2% 3% 8% 22% 33% 32%
I felt free to express my religious beliefs in high school 28 51 113 345 428 415
2% 4% 8% 25% 31% 30%
Students were respected regardless of their economic or social class 30 65 132 318 466 367
2% 5% 10% 23% 34% 27%
Students were respected regardless of their gender 9 28 67 249 532 497
1% 2% 5% 18% 38% 36%
Students were respected regardless of their race or ethnicity 19 55 155 325 450 376
1% 4% 11% 24% 33% 27%
Students were respected regardless of their religious beliefs 19 49 114 339 466 393
1% 4% 8% 25% 34% 28%
Students were respected regardless of their political beliefs 20 44 127 347 486 353
1% 3% 9% 25% 35% 26%
Students were respected regardless of their sexual orientation 79 125 183 376 348 269
6% 9% 13% 27% 25% 19%
Students were respected regardless of their disabilities 40 75 164 346 401 352
3% 5% 12% 25% 29% 26%

Academic Engagement

4. 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 466 625 216 49 19 11
34% 45% 16% 4% 1% 1%
Went to class without completing assigned reading 243 535 352 153 68 33
18% 39% 25% 11% 5% 2%
Went to class unprepared 279 635 306 97 43 21
20% 46% 22% 7% 3% 2%
Skipped class 843 334 124 44 16 14
61% 24% 9% 3% 1% 1%
Raised your standard for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a teacher 114 167 311 298 333 156
8% 12% 23% 22% 24% 11%
Extensively revised a paper at least once before submitting it to be graded 66 172 293 264 317 259
5% 13% 21% 19% 23% 19%
Sought academic help from a teacher or tutor when needed 153 256 315 228 243 179
11% 19% 23% 17% 18% 13%
Worked on class projects or studied as a group with other classmates outside of class 57 207 397 307 267 144
4% 15% 29% 22% 19% 10%
Helped a classmate better understand the course material when studying together 26 77 289 325 397 265
2% 6% 21% 24% 29% 19%

5. 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 904 174 135 68 48 44
66% 13% 10% 5% 3% 3%
Communicated with a teacher by e-mail or text messaging 137 314 464 210 136 112
10% 23% 34% 15% 10% 8%
Talked with the teacher outside of class about issues and concepts derived from a class 131 251 410 231 195 158
10% 18% 30% 17% 14% 11%
Interacted with teachers during lectures 38 147 274 290 322 301
3% 11% 20% 21% 23% 22%
Worked with a teacher on an activity other than coursework (e.g., student organization, school committee, cultural activity) 140 222 279 230 229 273
10% 16% 20% 17% 17% 20%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Contributed to a class discussion 7 96 290 240 286 458
1% 7% 21% 17% 21% 33%
Brought up ideas or concepts from different classes during class discussions 38 180 327 272 278 282
3% 13% 24% 20% 20% 20%
Asked an insightful question in class 34 148 342 287 301 258
2% 11% 25% 21% 22% 19%
Found a course so interesting that you did more work than was required 103 227 362 246 222 217
7% 16% 26% 18% 16% 16%
Chose challenging courses, when possible, even though you might lower your GPA by doing so 22 50 175 213 326 589
2% 4% 13% 15% 24% 43%
Made a class presentation 13 73 322 349 326 286
1% 5% 24% 25% 24% 21%

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

0-9% 12 1%
10-19% 5 0%
20-29% 26 2%
30-39% 12 1%
40-49% 35 3%
50-59% 54 4%
60-69% 73 5%
70-79% 178 13%
80-89% 307 22%
90-100% 681 49%

8.  What do you anticipate you will be doing within a year after you graduate?

Enroll in graduate or professional school 797 58%
Work full-time 248 18%
Work part-time 22 2%
Be self-employed 9 1%
Study or work abroad 43 3%
Join armed forces 2 0%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 48 3%
Take a year off 14 1%
Do something else 6 0%
Other 4 0%
I have no idea at this point 188 14%

If other, please elaborate. Response Rate:  0% (N=4)

9.  In what career field do you hope to eventually work after you've completed your education?

Architecture 27 2%
Business 213 15%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 52 4%
Education/Teaching 38 3%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 93 7%
Engineering 134 10%
Environmental/Natural Resources 52 4%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 48 3%
Law 70 5%
Medicine 258 19%
Other Health-Related Field 44 3%
Research 107 8%
Other 31 2%
I have no idea whatsoever 214 15%

If other, please elaborate. (N=65) 

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

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 46 3%
Teaching credential 5 0%
Business master's (MBA) 181 13%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 79 6%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 118 9%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 66 5%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 29 2%
Medical doctor (MD) 161 12%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 336 24%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 71 5%
I don't know yet 289 21%

11. 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 paper as part of your coursework 1284 98
93% 7%
At least one independent study course 534 845
39% 61%
Worked in H.S. lab with course credit (e.g., lab assistant) 439 936
32% 68%
Work on creative projects under the direction of a teacher with course credit 779 600
56% 44%
Work on creative projects under the direction of a teacher as a volunteer without course credit 515 863
37% 63%

Overall Satisfaction and Agreement

12.  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 13 26 84 216 524 509
1% 2% 6% 16% 38% 37%
Overall social experience 37 53 115 295 498 372
3% 4% 8% 22% 36% 27%
Overall academic experience 30 47 105 263 551 369
2% 3% 8% 19% 40% 27%

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

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I felt that I belonged at my high school 40 55 85 264 434 498
3% 4% 6% 19% 32% 36%

Evaluation of the Educational Experience

14. Thinking back on your senior year, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 3 14 104 258 445 545
0% 1% 8% 19% 33% 40%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 8 25 125 248 469 488
1% 2% 9% 18% 34% 36%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 20 89 215 327 379 331
1% 7% 16% 24% 28% 24%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 14 83 202 310 388 365
1% 6% 15% 23% 28% 27%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 29 118 267 291 361 292
2% 9% 20% 21% 27% 22%

15.  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 3 13 83 204 400 662
0% 1% 6% 15% 29% 48%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 15 82 235 348 332 353
1% 6% 17% 25% 24% 26%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 13 96 252 334 367 301
1% 7% 18% 25% 27% 22%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 9 72 241 335 372 333
1% 5% 18% 25% 27% 24%

16.  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? 1280 87
94% 6%
Were students treated equitably and fairly by the teachers? 1094 272
80% 20%
Did teachers clearly explain what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences? 1246 117
91% 9%
Did teachers provide prompt and useful feedback on student work? 1109 252
81% 19%

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

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Advising by teachers on academic matters 22 37 87 305 615 299
2% 3% 6% 22% 45% 22%
Advising by school counselors on academic matters 106 101 169 387 379 220
8% 7% 12% 28% 28% 16%
Advising by UC staff on academic matters while you were in high school 109 128 243 482 279 83
8% 10% 18% 36% 21% 6%
Quality of instruction 23 35 106 307 585 311
2% 3% 8% 22% 43% 23%
Availability of courses needed for UC admission 22 49 82 207 469 527
2% 4% 6% 15% 35% 39%
Access to teachers outside of class 13 32 73 271 570 398
1% 2% 5% 20% 42% 29%
Opportunities for research experience or to produce creative products 142 208 288 315 254 151
10% 15% 21% 23% 19% 11%
Availability of Advanced Placement classes 66 81 114 206 400 486
5% 6% 8% 15% 30% 36%
Educational enrichment programs (e.g., foreign exchange program, internships) 170 239 281 302 228 135
13% 18% 21% 22% 17% 10%
Accessibility of library staff 91 140 175 357 384 213
7% 10% 13% 26% 28% 16%
Availability of library research materials 101 143 189 343 369 209
7% 11% 14% 25% 27% 15%

18. 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 be as brief as reasonably possible because there is a 1,000 character limit.)

(N = 1229) [Contact OPA for more information]

19.  How many teachers did you know well enough to ask for a letter of recommendation in support of an application for a job or for college?

Zero 11 1%
1 35 3%
2 233 17%
3 449 33%
4 or more 644 47%

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

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 180 13%
AMERICAN STUDIES 1 0%
ANTHROPOLOGY 6 0%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 5 0%
ARCHITECTURE 28 2%
ART 11 1%
ASIAN STUDIES 2 0%
ASIAN STUDIES - AREA 2: JAPAN 1 0%
ASTROPHYSICS 9 1%
BIOENGINEERING 35 3%
BIOENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 4 0%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 170 12%
CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 13 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 26 2%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 4 0%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING/NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 6 0%
CHEMISTRY 21 2%
CHEMISTRY (L&S) 2 0%
CHICANO STUDIES 1 0%
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 15 1%
CIVIL ENGINEERING 10 1%
CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION 1 0%
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES 1 0%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 15 1%
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 1 0%
COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE 1 0%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 17 1%
COMPUTER SCIENCE (L&S) 16 1%
CONSERVATION & RESOURCE STD 3 0%
EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE 2 0%
ECONOMICS 43 3%
ELECTRICAL ENGR & COMPUTER SCI 90 7%
ENGINEERING MATH & STATISTICS 1 0%
ENGINEERING PHYSICS 8 1%
ENGLISH 20 1%
ENGR-CIVIL ENGINEERING 5 0%
ENV SCI & POLICY MANAGEMENT 1 0%
ENVIROMENTAL DESIGN - LIMITED 1 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Natural Resources) 8 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Letters & Science) 3 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCI 7 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (L & S) 2 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (CNR) 16 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - AREA 1:  PHYSICAL SCIENCES 2 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - AREA 2:  BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (L&S) 2 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - AREA 3:  SOCIAL SCIENCES (L&S) 2 0%
EPS:  ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE 1 0%
EPS:  GEOLOGY 2 0%
FILM 1 0%
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES 2 0%
FRENCH 1 0%
GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES 1 0%
GENETICS AND PLANT BIOLOGY 4 0%
GEOGRAPHY 2 0%
GEOLOGY 1 0%
GEOPHYSICS 1 0%
GERMAN 1 0%
HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCES - MEDICAL PROGRAM OPTION 7 1%
HISTORY 6 0%
HISTORY OF ART 4 0%
INDUST ENGR & OPERATIONS RES 11 1%
INTEGBI, TRACK 1: MORPHOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT 1 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 2: BEHAVIORAL BIOLOGY 1 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 3: SYSTEMATIC BIO, PALEOBIO, GENETICS,EVOLUTION 2 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 4: ECOLOGY 2 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 5: INTEGRATIVE HUMAN BIOLOGY 22 2%
INTEGBI, TRACK 6: GENERAL INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 3 0%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 23 2%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY (NO TRACK) 1 0%
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 2 0%
JAPANESE LANGUAGE 1 0%
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 1 0%
LEGAL STUDIES 3 0%
LINGUISTICS 4 0%
MASS COMMUNICATIONS 6 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING/CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 1 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING/ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCES 2 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING/MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 1 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGR 2 0%
MATHEMATICS 33 2%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 1: BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLEC BIOLOGY 22 2%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 3 0%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 3: IMMUNOLOGY 19 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 1: CELL PHYSIOLOGY 1 0%
MCELLBI, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 2: CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 10 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 3: NEUROBIOLOGY 20 1%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 28 2%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 5 0%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING/NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 1 0%
MEDIA STUDIES 10 1%
MICROBIAL BIOLOGY 7 1%
MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY 41 3%
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 1 0%
MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 14 1%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 6 0%
MUSIC 4 0%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 3 0%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING/ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCES 1 0%
NUTRITION 3 0%
NUTRITION & FOOD SCIENCE 1 0%
NUTRITION SCIENCE 4 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES - TRACK I: PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM 6 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES - TRACK II: DIETETICS 5 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES - TRACK III: TOXICOLOGY 2 0%
OPERATIONS RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 4 0%
PEACE & CONFLICT STUDIES 6 0%
PHILOSOPHY 1 0%
PHYSICS 28 2%
POL ECON OF INDUSTRIAL SOC 3 0%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 10 1%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 34 2%
PSYCHOLOGY 39 3%
PUBLIC HEALTH (L&S) 18 1%
RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2 0%
RHETORIC 2 0%
SLAVIC LANGUAGES & LITERATURES 0 0%
SOCIAL SCIENCES 1 0%
SOCIAL WELFARE (L&S) 2 0%
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT 6 0%
SOCIOLOGY 4 0%
SOUTH & SE ASIAN STUDIES 1 0%
SPANISH - OPTION D: HISPANIC LANGUAGES AND BILINGUAL ISSUES 1 0%
STATISTICS 5 0%
THEATER AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES 3 0%
URBAN STUDIES 7 1%

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

Yes 1077 80%
No 276 20%

  In which major do you expect to graduate?

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 163 60%
AMERICAN STUDIES 1 0%
ANTHROPOLOGY 1 0%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 0%
ARCHITECTURE 3 1%
BIORESOURCE SCIENCES 1 0%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 3 1%
CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 5 2%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 3 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 1 0%
CHEMISTRY 2 1%
CHEMISTRY (L&S) 2 1%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 3 1%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 3 1%
COMPUTER SCIENCE (L&S) 7 3%
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 1 0%
E SCI-CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 1 0%
ECONOMICS 5 2%
ELECTRICAL ENGR & COMPUTER SCI 3 1%
ENGINEERING MATH & STATISTICS 1 0%
ENGLISH 2 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (CNR) 2 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - AREA 1:  PHYSICAL SCIENCES 1 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 1: MORPHOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT 2 1%
INTEGBI, TRACK 3: SYSTEMATIC BIO, PALEOBIO, GENETICS,EVOLUTION 2 1%
INTEGBI, TRACK 5: INTEGRATIVE HUMAN BIOLOGY 1 0%
INTEGBI, TRACK 6: GENERAL INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 2 1%
LEGAL STUDIES 1 0%
MASS COMMUNICATIONS 1 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGR 1 0%
MATHEMATICS 3 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 1: BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLEC BIOLOGY 4 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 2 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 3: IMMUNOLOGY 2 1%
MCELLBI, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 3: NEUROBIOLOGY 1 0%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 1 0%
MEDIA STUDIES 1 0%
MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY 4 1%
MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 8 3%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 3 1%
MUSIC 1 0%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 2 1%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES - TRACK I: PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM 1 0%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 6 2%
PSYCHOLOGY 4 1%
SOCIOLOGY 2 1%
URBAN STUDIES 1 0%

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

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 1348 25
98% 2%
Leads to a high paying job 1007 363
74% 26%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 1323 48
96% 4%
Complements desire to study abroad 721 649
53% 47%
Parental desires 454 915
33% 67%
Easy requirements 226 1141
17% 83%
Allows time for other activities 643 724
47% 53%
Provides international opportunities 929 438
68% 32%
Prestige 868 500
63% 37%
Interest in subject area 1347 23
98% 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 1153 215
84% 16%
Other 125 852
13% 87%

Please describe: (N=88)

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