Part 1: Early Experiences

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Berkeley Experience
Transition to Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
 Berkeley Plans and Aspirations
Future Plans
High School Experiences

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

a really fantastic start! 439 29%
a very good start. 571 38%
a good start. 367 24%
just an OK start. 111 7%
not a good start. 14 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=1497)  [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=1497)  [Contact OPA for more information]

4.  As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below. Click here if you would like to review definitions of diversity and academic dishonesty.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 20 45 114 447 664 193
1% 3% 8% 30% 45% 13%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 25 45 153 483 626 154
2% 3% 10% 33% 42% 10%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 11 3 10 126 447 888
1% 0% 1% 9% 30% 60%
Most students are proud to attend this school 12 7 13 111 578 763
1% 1% 1% 8% 39% 51%
This institution values students' opinions 15 12 53 283 681 437
1% 1% 4% 19% 46% 30%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 138 527 447 187 91 87
9% 36% 30% 13% 6% 6%
I feel that I belong at this campus 13 19 80 365 592 411
1% 1% 5% 25% 40% 28%
Diversity is important on this campus 19 19 52 229 560 606
1% 1% 4% 15% 38% 41%
Diversity is important to me 13 24 60 239 540 608
1% 2% 4% 16% 36% 41%

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Your Transition to Berkeley

5. To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select “N/A” in the left column.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeNA; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
CalSO 25 38 53 252 413 311 335
2% 3% 4% 18% 29% 22% 24%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 8 23 20 85 67 42 1,179
1% 2% 1% 6% 5% 3% 83%
Convocation for new students 34 89 122 340 242 98 507
2% 6% 9% 24% 17% 7% 35%
Welcome week activities 10 16 58 368 508 290 164
1% 1% 4% 26% 36% 21% 12%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 1 4 7 21 36 28 1,331
0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 2% 93%
Transfer Edge (Summer Sessions) 1 3 5 21 15 10 1,376
0% 0% 0% 2% 1% 1% 96%
Summer Bridge 3 1 7 18 19 100 1,276
0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 7% 90%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 1 1 9 25 22 12 1,358
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 95%
Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center (Also includes Cal Independent Scholars Network and Veteran Students Program) 2 3 4 23 17 15 1,367
0% 0% 0% 2% 1% 1% 96%
Berkeley International Office 4 5 18 62 81 49 1,211
0% 0% 1% 4% 6% 3% 85%
Academic Achievement Program (Includes Miller & SSS Scholars Programs) 0 4 8 25 22 14 1,360
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 95%
Athletic Study Center 2 4 7 32 33 25 1,325
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 2% 93%
Disabled Students' Program 1 2 9 25 27 19 1,346
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 94%
Gender Equity Resource Center 4 3 9 36 34 18 1,324
0% 0% 1% 3% 2% 1% 93%
Multicultural Student Development 1 6 5 33 48 29 1,302
0% 0% 0% 2% 3% 2% 91%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center,  Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 1 6 5 32 62 70 1,255
0% 0% 0% 2% 4% 5% 88%
Student Life Advising Services /Educational Opportunity Program (SLAS/EOP) Office 2 8 8 56 76 88 1,152
0% 1% 1% 4% 6% 6% 83%
Student Learning Center 3 5 21 179 231 179 777
0% 0% 2% 13% 17% 13% 56%
Residence Hall Staff 6 16 62 297 499 315 188
0% 1% 5% 22% 36% 23% 14%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 5 8 19 151 198 119 887
0% 1% 1% 11% 14% 9% 64%
New Student Services website 4 8 24 166 148 89 950
0% 1% 2% 12% 11% 6% 68%
My Years at Cal website 6 9 25 105 96 39 1,110
0% 1% 2% 8% 7% 3% 80%
My Berkeley Application website 8 22 49 272 457 438 142
1% 2% 4% 20% 33% 32% 10%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 9 18 50 254 209 81 767
1% 1% 4% 18% 15% 6% 55%
Another Berkeley student 6 3 15 180 461 555 169
0% 0% 1% 13% 33% 40% 12%
A family member 16 31 52 278 299 242 467
1% 2% 4% 20% 22% 18% 34%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 18 21 47 197 197 115 796
1% 2% 3% 14% 14% 8% 57%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 19 20 53 204 217 130 747
1% 1% 4% 15% 16% 9% 54%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 4 7 16 86 80 63 1,131
0% 1% 1% 6% 6% 5% 82%

5a. Please list up to 3 additional resources, individuals, or programs that helped with your transition into Berkeley (Note, if you list individuals by name, please also indicate their office or departmental affiliation if they work on campus):

1. (N=877) [Contact OPA for more information]

2. (N=647) [Contact OPA for more information]

3. (N=450) [Contact OPA for more information]

5b. Please share with us any additional information regarding your transition into UC Berkeley, and the resources you found helpful, particularly those not asked about above:

(N=1,306) [Contact OPA for more information]

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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 17 187 392 428 187
0% 1% 15% 32% 35% 15%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 4 48 240 427 368 126
0% 4% 20% 35% 30% 10%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 3 26 179 446 397 161
0% 2% 15% 37% 33% 13%
Foreign language skills 41 140 297 359 243 132
3% 12% 25% 30% 20% 11%
Understanding of a specific field of study 4 41 220 459 346 143
0% 3% 18% 38% 29% 12%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 13 65 201 367 360 202
1% 5% 17% 30% 30% 17%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 4 15 105 258 403 429
0% 1% 9% 21% 33% 35%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 5 35 213 359 388 214
0% 3% 18% 30% 32% 18%
Leadership skills 4 60 235 360 343 213
0% 5% 19% 30% 28% 18%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 1 21 131 359 413 288
0% 2% 11% 30% 34% 24%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Computer skills 9 74 275 414 266 178
1% 6% 23% 34% 22% 15%
Internet research skills 4 24 194 400 350 242
0% 2% 16% 33% 29% 20%
Library research skills 14 117 388 397 210 88
1% 10% 32% 33% 17% 7%
Other research skills 14 78 350 467 218 81
1% 7% 29% 39% 18% 7%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 6 37 202 411 400 158
1% 3% 17% 34% 33% 13%
Interpersonal (social) skills 6 49 202 401 331 222
1% 4% 17% 33% 27% 18%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 3 5 66 256 435 425
0% 0% 6% 22% 37% 36%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 7 25 130 306 358 364
1% 2% 11% 26% 30% 31%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 2 8 86 283 407 402
0% 1% 7% 24% 34% 34%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 2 12 69 261 425 421
0% 1% 6% 22% 36% 35%
Self awareness and understanding 3 16 81 257 418 413
0% 1% 7% 22% 35% 35%
Ability to rebound from adversity (i.e., resiliency) 1 16 111 349 380 326
0% 1% 9% 30% 32% 28%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3. Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Students are respected here regardless of their economic or social class 3 11 47 181 497 379
0% 1% 4% 16% 45% 34%
Students are respected here regardless of their gender 2 4 17 154 523 418
0% 0% 2% 14% 47% 37%
Students are respected here regardless of their race or ethnicity 4 14 49 195 483 374
0% 1% 4% 17% 43% 33%
Students are respected here regardless of their religious beliefs 3 11 52 201 493 356
0% 1% 5% 18% 44% 32%
Students are respected here regardless of their political beliefs 11 28 84 254 437 304
1% 3% 8% 23% 39% 27%
Students are respected here regardless of their sexual orientation 3 9 27 174 509 397
0% 1% 2% 16% 46% 36%
Students are respected here regardless of their disabilities 2 11 39 191 485 390
0% 1% 4% 17% 43% 35%

4. Now Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 7 15 60 212 491 307
1% 1% 6% 19% 45% 28%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 6 13 52 186 506 328
1% 1% 5% 17% 46% 30%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 5 7 30 164 485 413
1% 1% 3% 15% 44% 37%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 1 7 39 160 516 381
0% 1% 4% 15% 47% 35%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 1 4 16 112 530 444
0% 0% 1% 10% 48% 40%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 2 14 37 169 509 357
0% 1% 3% 16% 47% 33%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 5 17 44 149 498 368
1% 2% 4% 14% 46% 34%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 4 4 8 88 471 507
0% 0% 1% 8% 44% 47%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 5 6 20 114 513 393
1% 1% 2% 11% 49% 37%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 2 4 17 156 445 299
0% 0% 2% 17% 48% 32%

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Your Berkeley Plans and Aspirations

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

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 115 10%
ANTHROPOLOGY 3 0%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 5 0%
ARCHITECTURE 19 2%
ART PRACTICE 5 0%
ASIAN STUDIES - AREA 2: JAPAN 1 0%
ASTROPHYSICS 8 1%
BIOENGINEERING 36 3%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 127 12%
CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 10 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 20 2%
CHEMISTRY (College of Chemistry) 7 1%
CHEMISTRY (College of L & S) 5 0%
CHICANO STUDIES 1 0%
CIVIL ENGINEERING 15 1%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 11 1%
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 1 0%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 34 3%
CONSERVATION & RESOURCE STUDIES 5 0%
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 1 0%
ECONOMICS 29 3%
ELECTRICAL ENGR & COMPUTER SCI 88 8%
ENGINEERING MATH & STATISTICS 1 0%
ENGINEERING PHYSICS 7 1%
ENGLISH 13 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Natural Resources) 5 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Letters & Science) 5 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCI 3 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 15 1%
EPS - ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE 1 0%
EPS - GEOLOGY 2 0%
EPS – MARINE SCIENCE 1 0%
EPS – PLANETARY SCIENCE 1 0%
FILM 2 0%
GENETICS AND PLANT BIOLOGY 2 0%
HISTORY 7 1%
HISTORY OF ART 1 0%
INDUST ENGR & OPERATIONS RES 6 1%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 26 2%
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 1 0%
JOINT BIOENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCI & ENG 1 0%
JOINT CHEMICAL ENG/MATERIALS SCI & ENG 3 0%
JOINT CHEMICAL ENG/NUCLEAR ENG 2 0%
JOINT ELECT ENG & COMPUTER SCI/MATERIALS SCI & ENG 2 0%
JOINT MATERIALS SCI & ENG/MECHANICAL ENG 4 0%
JOINT MECHANICAL ENG/NUCLEAR ENG 1 0%
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE 1 0%
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 1 0%
LEGAL STUDIES 9 1%
LINGUISTICS 3 0%
MASS COMMUNICATIONS 1 0%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGR 11 1%
MATHEMATICS 19 2%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 1: BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLEC BIOLOGY 27 2%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 11 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 3: IMMUNOLOGY 23 2%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 2: CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 16 1%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 3: NEUROBIOLOGY 29 3%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 42 4%
MEDIA STUDIES 7 1%
MICROBIAL BIOLOGY 7 1%
MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 17 2%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 5 0%
MUSIC 3 0%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 5 0%
NUTRITION SCIENCE 8 1%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE – DIETETICS 1 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE – PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM 2 0%
OPERATIONS RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 3 0%
PEACE & CONFLICT STUDIES 2 0%
PHILOSOPHY 4 0%
PHYSICAL SCIENCES 1 0%
PHYSICS 28 3%
POL ECON OF INDUSTRIAL SOC 1 0%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 11 1%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 31 3%
PSYCHOLOGY 28 3%
PUBLIC HEALTH 34 3%
RHETORIC 1 0%
SOCIAL WELFARE 3 0%
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT 3 0%
SOCIOLOGY 3 0%
SPANISH - OPTION C, PLAN2: LATIN-AMER LANG & LIT 1 0%
STATISTICS 2 0%
THEATER AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES 2 0%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 7 1%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE 23 2%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES 1 0%
URBAN STUDIES 4 0%

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

Yes 851 81%
No 199 19%

IF NO: In which major do you expect to graduate?

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 91 46%
AMERICAN STUDIES 1 1%
ANTHROPOLOGY 1 1%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 1%
ARCHITECTURE 1 1%
ASTROPHYSICS 2 1%
BIOENGINEERING 2 1%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 4 2%
CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 1 1%
CIVIL ENGINEERING 2 1%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 3 2%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 12 6%
ECONOMICS 5 3%
ELECTRICAL ENGR & COMPUTER SCI 3 2%
ENGLISH 1 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Letters & Science) 2 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCI 1 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 5 3%
EPS – GEOPHYSICS 1 1%
ETHNIC STUDIES 1 1%
GENETICS AND PLANT BIOLOGY 1 1%
INDUST ENGR & OPERATIONS RES 1 1%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 3 2%
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 1 1%
LEGAL STUDIES 1 1%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGR 1 1%
MATHEMATICS 1 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 1: BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLEC BIOLOGY 2 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 1 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 3: IMMUNOLOGY 2 1%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 2: CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 2 1%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 7 4%
MICROBIAL BIOLOGY 1 1%
MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 1 1%
MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 4 2%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 1 1%
MUSIC 1 1%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 1 1%
OPERATIONS RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 1 1%
PHILOSOPHY 1 1%
PHYSICS 2 1%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 2%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 1%
PSYCHOLOGY 3 2%
PUBLIC HEALTH 4 2%
RHETORIC 1 1%
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT 1 1%
STATISTICS 1 1%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE 1 1%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES 3 2%
URBAN STUDIES 1 1%

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

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 1067 16
99% 2%
Leads to a high paying job 846 228
79% 21%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 1051 30
97% 3%
Complements desire to study abroad 561 513
52% 48%
Parental desires 341 726
32% 68%
Easy requirements 178 891
17% 83%
Allows time for other activities 457 611
43% 57%
Provides international opportunities 688 388
64% 36%
Prestige 725 345
68% 32%
Interest in subject area 1063 17
98% 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 891 183
83% 17%
Other 88 268
25% 75%

Please describe: (N=63)

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Future Plans

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

Enroll in graduate or professional school 581 53%
Work full-time 234 22%
Work part-time 20 2%
Be self-employed 6 1%
Study or work abroad 35 3%
Join armed forces 6 1%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 40 4%
Take a year off 14 1%
Do something else 2 0%
Other 10 1%
I have no idea at this point 140 13%

If other, please elaborate: (N=26)

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

Architecture 16 1%
Business 152 14%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 29 3%
Education/Teaching 32 3%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 98 9%
Engineering 118 11%
Environmental/Natural Resources 45 4%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 43 4%
Law 64 6%
Medicine 195 18%
Other Health-Related Field 36 3%
Research 81 7%
Other 30 3%
I have no idea whatsoever 147 14%

If other, please elaborate. (N=37) 

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

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 50 5%
Teaching credential 5 0%
Business master's (MBA) 140 13%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 69 6%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 86 8%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 55 5%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 20 2%
Medical doctor (MD) 99 9%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 277 25%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 61 6%
I don't know yet 226 21%

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Your High School Experiences

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 2 13 71 127 419 435
0% 1% 7% 12% 39% 41%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 6 22 75 170 439 352
1% 2% 7% 16% 41% 33%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 11 60 134 256 361 243
1% 6% 13% 24% 34% 23%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 12 53 140 236 379 245
1% 5% 13% 22% 36% 23%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 17 86 193 232 335 204
2% 8% 18% 22% 31% 19%

2. 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 0 10 40 119 382 514
0% 1% 4% 11% 36% 48%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 5 58 141 206 354 301
1% 5% 13% 19% 33% 28%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 10 90 157 225 362 222
1% 8% 15% 21% 34% 21%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 7 58 126 226 382 262
1% 6% 12% 21% 36% 25%

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