Part 3: Random Module

Academic Experience

Student Life and Development

Items of Special Interest

Academic Experience

1. We would like to hear more about your perception of being an undergraduate at a research university. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 1 3 16 61 177 111
0% 1% 4% 17% 48% 30%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 2 5 9 56 137 161
1% 1% 2% 15% 37% 44%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 19 78 91 88 51 41
5% 21% 25% 24% 14% 11%

2. How important to you are the following aspects of being an undergraduate at a research university like UC Berkeley?

 Not importantNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
Learning about faculty research 5 17 70 108 113 57
1% 5% 19% 29% 31% 15%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 8 33 76 103 96 54
2% 9% 21% 28% 26% 15%
Learning research methods 3 6 45 112 121 82
1% 2% 12% 30% 33% 22%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 5 15 49 111 106 84
1% 4% 13% 30% 29% 23%
Pursuing your own research 6 30 62 110 90 71
2% 8% 17% 30% 24% 19%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 5 8 26 87 129 114
1% 2% 7% 24% 35% 31%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 4 5 24 74 134 129
1% 1% 7% 20% 36% 35%
Having access to a world-class library collection 2 6 40 108 111 104
1% 2% 11% 29% 30% 28%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 3 21 44 109 113 80
1% 6% 12% 30% 31% 22%

3. While attending UC Berkeley, how frequently do you expect to engage in the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Interact with students from a country or state outside of your own in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects) 0 8 18 56 151 136
0% 2% 5% 15% 41% 37%
Interact with students from a country or state outside your own in social settings (e.g, in clubs or student organizations, or in informal settings) 0 8 15 64 149 131
0% 2% 4% 17% 41% 36%
Develop a friendship with a student from a country or state outside of your own 0 10 31 58 146 122
0% 3% 8% 16% 40% 33%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 22 60 80 80 80 41
6% 17% 22% 22% 22% 11%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 41 119 61 56 54 34
11% 33% 17% 15% 15% 9%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 14 53 92 78 82 48
4% 14% 25% 21% 22% 13%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 14 51 94 70 93 45
4% 14% 26% 19% 25% 12%

3b. What are your values and hopes with regards to your interaction with other students while attending UC Berkeley? Please tell us your level of agreement with the following statements:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
It is important to have exposure to students from other states and countries 1 0 3 58 140 168
0% 0% 1% 16% 38% 45%
I hope that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 0 1 4 46 154 163
0% 0% 1% 13% 42% 44%
I hope that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me be more open to and tolerant of different opinions and points of view 0 1 6 44 142 174
0% 0% 2% 12% 39% 47%

4. During your first year at Berkeley, how often do you expect each of the following to be obstacles to your school work or academic success?

 Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Competing job responsibilities (i.e., paid employment) 130 60 90 71 17
35% 16% 25% 19% 5%
Competing family responsibilities 105 106 99 41 16
29% 29% 27% 11% 4%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 30 57 154 102 22
8% 16% 42% 28% 6%
Weak spoken English skills 260 41 41 23 2
71% 11% 11% 6% 1%
Weak writing skills 163 69 81 46 6
45% 19% 22% 13% 2%
Weak math skills 172 74 73 41 7
47% 20% 20% 11% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 77 93 133 46 17
21% 25% 36% 13% 5%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 53 67 153 64 30
14% 18% 42% 17% 8%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 73 94 150 40 9
20% 26% 41% 11% 3%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 59 110 117 67 14
16% 30% 32% 18% 4%
Physical illness or condition 86 164 92 19 6
23% 45% 25% 5% 2%

5.  How important is it to you to graduate in four years or, if you are a transfer student, in two years?

Not important 3 1%
Not very important 3 1%
Somewhat important 22 6%
Important 52 14%
Very important 132 36%
Essential 152 42%
Not applicable 2 1%

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

 Decide on a major as soon as possibleTake your time; explore optionsNo advice given
From my family 112 186 68
31% 51% 19%
From Cal advisors 13 250 102
4% 69% 28%
From friends 45 224 97
12% 61% 27%
From fellow Cal students 45 237 84
12% 65% 23%
High school teachers or counselors 44 230 91
12% 63% 25%

7. What do you plan to do about a major?

I have declared a major 97 26%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 141 38%
I plan to take my time and explore options 129 35%

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Part 3: Student Life and Development

Goals & Aspirations

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

 Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Be in a position to give something back to my community after finishing my education 7 92 218
2% 29% 69%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 3 52 261
1% 17% 83%
Explore and discover my personal identity 11 56 246
4% 18% 79%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 10 52 254
3% 17% 80%
Achieve a high GPA 6 85 224
2% 27% 71%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 76 142 98
24% 45% 31%
Establish meaningful friendships 4 41 270
1% 13% 86%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 16 68 231
5% 22% 73%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 2 23 291
1% 7% 92%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 28 110 178
9% 35% 56%
Explore new ideas 8 67 239
3% 21% 76%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 23 75 217
7% 24% 69%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 13 90 212
4% 29% 67%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 2 57 256
1% 18% 81%
Integrate spirituality into my life 118 94 102
38% 30% 33%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 6 83 226
2% 26% 72%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 23 121 169
7% 39% 54%

1b. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree that the following factors influenced your decision to choose UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley would...

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Challenge and/or change my perspective 14 11 19 95 108 77
1% 4% 6% 30% 34% 25%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 1 0 2 25 135 153
0% 0% 1% 8% 43% 48%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 1 1 7 47 122 137
0% 0% 2% 15% 39% 44%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 12 4 12 73 106 105
4% 1% 4% 23% 34% 34%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 3 1 7 57 114 133
1% 0% 2% 18% 36% 42%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 18 38 25 99 78 57
6% 12% 8% 31% 25% 18%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 1 2 2 43 129 135
0% 1% 1% 14% 41% 43%
Help increase my social consciousness (e.g., be more aware of people and issues regardless of background, ethnicity; doing things for the public good) 6 6 14 63 126 101
2% 2% 4% 20% 40% 32%
Help me to be more open to and tolerant of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 6 4 13 67 128 96
2% 1% 4% 21% 41% 31%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 22 28 25 76 85 78
7% 9% 8% 24% 27% 25%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 15 18 30 81 98 72
5% 6% 10% 26% 31% 23%
Getting into my first choice of major 28 25 42 68 76 74
9% 8% 13% 22% 24% 24%
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 0 2 10 62 108 132
0% 1% 3% 20% 34% 42%
Getting the academic advising I need 3 21 45 88 86 69
1% 7% 14% 28% 28% 22%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 2 14 35 92 93 73
1% 5% 11% 30% 30% 24%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 48 65 74 60 42 24
15% 21% 24% 19% 13% 8%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 39 48 58 76 62 30
13% 15% 19% 24% 20% 10%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 4 9 20 96 106 78
1% 3% 6% 31% 34% 25%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 7 23 33 67 95 85
2% 7% 11% 22% 31% 27%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 31 37 65 75 63 42
10% 12% 21% 24% 20% 13%
Being able to maintain good health 10 28 42 81 91 61
3% 9% 13% 26% 29% 20%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 28 39 55 81 69 41
9% 13% 18% 26% 22% 13%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 4 14 27 94 98 76
1% 5% 9% 30% 31% 24%
Second guessing whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 82 48 39 63 40 39
26% 15% 13% 20% 13% 13%

3. Based on your experience and observation, rate the general climate for students at Berkeley along the following dimensions:

6 (friendly) 92 29%
5 146 47%
4 62 20%
3 11 4%
2 2 1%
1 (hostile) 0 0%
6 (Caring) 55 18%
5 108 35%
4 110 35%
3 29 9%
2 8 3%
1 (impersonal) 1 0%
6 (intellectual) 149 48%
5 119 38%
4 36 12%
3 6 2%
2 2 1%
1 (not intellectual) 0 0%
6 (Appreciative of diversity) 131 42%
5 104 33%
4 58 19%
3 13 4%
2 5 2%
1 (Unappreciative of diversity) 2 1%
6 (Safe) 24 8%
5 95 30%
4 110 35%
3 65 21%
2 17 5%
1 (Dangerous) 1 0%
6 (Too hard academically) 32 10%
5 108 35%
4 142 46%
3 27 9%
2 3 1%
1 (Too easy academically) 0 0%
6 (Affordable) 14 5%
5 41 13%
4 117 38%
3 61 20%
2 56 18%
1 (Not affordable) 20 7%

4. As you start your first semester at Cal, please rank your concerns in these five general areas. One (1) is first or the area of most concern.

 12345
Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want) 176 65 33 24 13
57% 21% 11% 8% 4%
Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing) 47 49 31 44 140
15% 16% 10% 14% 45%
Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice) 23 59 70 96 62
7% 19% 23% 31% 20%
Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed) 47 77 89 64 34
15% 25% 29% 21% 11%
Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship) 18 61 89 82 61
6% 20% 29% 26% 20%

5. Please rate your awareness and understanding of the following issues.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
My own racial and ethnic identity 1 4 32 78 106 92
0% 1% 10% 25% 34% 29%
Social class and economic differences/issues 0 2 38 89 122 60
0% 1% 12% 29% 39% 19%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues 0 6 37 104 109 53
0% 2% 12% 34% 35% 17%
Gender differences/issues 1 9 33 108 109 52
0% 3% 11% 35% 35% 17%
Sexual orientation differences/issues 1 11 58 100 84 54
0% 4% 19% 33% 27% 18%
Physical or other observable disabilities 1 14 58 109 83 45
0% 5% 19% 35% 27% 15%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 5 20 78 90 72 43
2% 7% 25% 29% 23% 14%

6. As a beginning UC Berkeley student, how would you rate your competencies below?

 Very PoorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 0 21 71 123 69 28
0% 7% 23% 39% 22% 9%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 1 16 70 127 70 27
0% 5% 23% 41% 23% 9%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 13 35 56 80 78 47
4% 11% 18% 26% 25% 15%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 0 4 32 101 105 68
0% 1% 10% 33% 34% 22%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 1 34 89 116 70
0% 0% 11% 29% 37% 23%

7. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Opportunities for community service while at Berkeley are important to me 1 5 24 99 113 72
0% 2% 8% 32% 36% 23%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 0 0 12 72 132 97
0% 0% 4% 23% 42% 31%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 0 2 13 73 129 96
0% 1% 4% 23% 41% 31%

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Part 3: Items of Special Interest

Your Advising and Course Selection Experiences

1. What type of advising do you expect and hope to receive from an advisor? Please rank from 1 to 7, in order of what is personally important to you, assigning a 1 to the option you feel is most important.

 1234567
Career and Professional advising 91 50 55 48 35 28 23
28% 15% 17% 15% 11% 9% 7%
Choosing classes 79 73 62 33 29 33 18
24% 22% 19% 10% 9% 10% 6%
Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research) 21 54 56 48 47 56 46
6% 17% 17% 15% 14% 17% 14%
Financial aid and scholarships 38 46 47 62 51 31 52
12% 14% 14% 19% 16% 10% 16%
Understanding Campus Resources 17 17 27 46 68 79 74
5% 5% 8% 14% 21% 24% 23%
Selecting a major 43 39 41 32 39 56 78
13% 12% 13% 10% 12% 17% 24%
Academic Support 40 48 39 59 63 44 35
12% 15% 12% 18% 19% 13% 10%

2a. Whom did you consult with when selecting courses for your first semester? Please select all that apply.

CalSO counselor (student CalSO counselor) 194 58%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 103 31%
Major advisor 68 20%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff (e.g., advising staff working in offices such as the Student Life Advising Services, Bridge, the Berkeley International Office, the Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center) 40 12%
Faculty member 39 12%
Another student 196 59%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 166 50%
other 19 6%

Please specify (N=19)

2b. Who provided the most useful guidance in the selection of your courses for the current term?

CalSO counselor 67 20%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 43 13%
Major advisor 36 11%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 29 9%
Faculty member 10 3%
Another student 76 23%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 49 15%
Other 18 0%

Please Specify (N=16)

2c. How satisfied are you with the amount of individualized guidance you received from the people you consulted with in selecting your courses?

Very dissatisfied 8 2%
Dissatisfied 15 5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 36 11%
Somewhat satisfied 90 27%
Satisfied 127 39%
Very satisfied 53 16%

3. Since being admitted, have you ever received advice from two different offices or staff members at Cal that was contradictory or in conflict?

Yes 41 12%
No 290 88%

Please explain what happened (when you received advice from two different offices or staff members at Cal that was contradictory or in conflict) (N=41)

Please describe how you decided which advice to follow (N=41)

4. What factors most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester?

 YesNo
I was Intellectually curious about the topic 300 27
92% 8%
I found the subject generally interesting 306 22
93% 7%
Parental desires 67 246
21% 79%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 173 148
54% 46%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 96 221
30% 70%
College advisor 154 165
48% 52%
Major advisor 111 202
36% 65%
Co-curricular Advisor/ Student Services Support Staff 46 268
15% 85%
I thought/ had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 86 229
27% 73%
Reputation of professor 121 194
38% 62%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 286 39
88% 12%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 303 23
93% 7%
The course fit my schedule 270 51
84% 16%
Prepares me for my major 291 34
90% 11%
Other 10 40
20% 80%

Please describe: (N=3)

4b. How much parental pressure did you feel in your choice of first semester courses?

No pressure at all 7 10%
Very little pressure 17 25%
Some pressure 30 45%
Significant pressure 13 19%

5. What was your main strategy for selecting courses for the current semester?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I focused mainly on pre-requisites to declare my first choice major 5 23 12 84 114 89
2% 7% 4% 26% 35% 27%
I selected pre-requisite courses which could be used to declare more than one major 21 31 42 76 98 56
7% 10% 13% 24% 30% 17%
I was unsure about my major choice so I focused on variety and exploration 67 72 57 57 52 20
21% 22% 18% 18% 16% 6%
I was primarily concerned with enrolling in required courses (e.g., Reading and Composition American Cultures) 27 26 42 104 85 41
8% 8% 13% 32% 26% 13%

6. What other factors did you consider when setting up your course schedule for the current term?

(N=331)

7. How satisfied are you with each of the following, based on your experiences with accessing courses for the current semester?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 9 17 30 99 134 38
3% 5% 9% 30% 41% 12%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite  requirements 6 25 24 90 140 41
2% 8% 7% 28% 43% 13%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 16 38 51 89 98 35
5% 12% 16% 27% 30% 11%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 18 41 58 92 87 31
6% 13% 18% 28% 27% 10%
Variety of courses available 1 1 19 79 155 72
0% 0% 6% 24% 47% 22%
Access to small classes 22 23 48 119 92 23
7% 7% 15% 36% 28% 7%

Your AP Experiences as they relate to Common-Good Courses and UCB Requirements

At UC Berkeley, there are “common-good” courses that are identified as serving the broad student community as well as being critical to students' intellectual development, academic success, and timely graduation.

These common-good courses include Reading and Composition (both 1a and 1b), lower division “gateway” courses in Math & Science (Chemistry, Statistics, Math, Physics, and Biology), and Foreign Language Instruction.

As the campus continues to work toward increasing access to these common-good courses, planning for the appropriate number of students who will be enrolling in these courses is essential for proper resource allocation.

Thus, we would like to get a sense of whether you, personally, have fulfilled some of these requirements through exams (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) and, if so, if you still plan to enroll in a course at Berkeley that would also fulfill the requirement.

1. Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1a requirement?

Yes 188 57%
No 111 34%
Don’t know 29 9%

2. Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1b requirement?

Yes 71 22%
No 218 67%
Don’t know 39 12%

1a. Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1a requirement?

Yes 164 87%
No 17 9%
Don’t know 7 4%

2a. Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1b requirement?

Yes 59 83%
No 8 11%
Don’t know 4 6%

1b. You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1a requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1a requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

(N=24)

2b. You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1b requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1b requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

(N=12)

3. Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester?

Yes 103 32%
No 224 69%

4. Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester?

Yes 69 21%
No 258 79%

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

I had a preference for an R&C 1a course in a particular department, but it was already full 4 6%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1a courses offered across the various departments on campus 4 6%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 3 5%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 25 39%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 2 3%
I don’t know 6 9%
Other 21 32%

Please specify: (N=21)

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

I have not yet satisfied the first half of the R&C requirement (R&C 1a) 98 49%
I had a preference for an R&C 1b course in a particular department, but it was already full 6 3%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1b courses offered across the various departments on campus 4 2%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 5 3%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 55 28%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 5 3%
I don’t know 13 7%
Other 13 7%

Please specify: (N=13)

Above, you indicated that the primary reason for not enrolling in an R&C course was because you had a preference for an R&C course offered in a particular department and that course was full. May you please share with us which department(s) you were hoping to take an R&C course from and briefly describe why you prefer to take a course from that particular department:

(N=9)

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

Yes 201 62%
No 122 38%

6. Regarding use of AP eligibility, what advice have you received?

 Don't AP out; take the entry course at BerkeleyAP out; take a more advanced courseNo advice given
From my family 46 101 173
14% 32% 54%
From Cal advisors 96 49 173
30% 15% 54%
From friends 45 138 136
14% 43% 43%
From fellow Cal students 60 108 150
19% 34% 47%
High school teachers or counselors 30 124 160
10% 40% 51%

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

Not applicable 52 16%
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 113 35%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 111 34%
I am taking the entry courses at Berkeley instead of the credit 41 13%
Other 7 2%

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