Part 1: Early Experiences

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

TRANSITION INTO UC BERKELEY

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

a really fantastic start! 490 25%
a very good start 766 40%
a good start 491 25%
just an OK start 162 8%
not a good start 22 1%

2.  What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected?

(N=1,842) [Contact OPA for more information]

3.  What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?

(N=1,828) [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 25 70 146 609 779 253
1% 4% 8% 32% 41% 13%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 20 81 184 564 788 246
1% 4% 10% 30% 42% 13%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 8 12 20 181 607 1053
0% 1% 1% 10% 32% 56%
Most students are proud to attend this school 6 7 17 142 778 927
0% 0% 1% 8% 41% 49%
This institution values students' opinions 12 24 71 413 838 520
1% 1% 4% 22% 45% 28%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 157 681 582 209 135 110
8% 36% 31% 11% 7% 6%
I feel that I belong at this campus 18 42 110 478 781 449
1% 2% 6% 26% 42% 24%
Diversity is important on this campus 18 21 59 275 739 771
1% 1% 3% 15% 39% 41%
Diversity is important to me 13 25 68 304 659 811
1% 1% 4% 16% 35% 43%

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 agreeN/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
CalSO 42 69 84 363 455 352 416
2% 4% 5% 20% 26% 20% 23%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 17 42 43 120 92 48 1424
1% 2% 2% 7% 5% 3% 80%
Convocation for new students 182 214 236 363 216 81 494
10% 12% 13% 20% 12% 5% 28%
Welcome week activities 12 38 82 435 621 376 181
1% 2% 5% 25% 36% 22% 10%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 5 10 12 30 45 34 1651
0% 1% 1% 2% 3% 2% 92%
Transfer Edge (Summer Sessions) 3 12 9 22 32 16 1696
0% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 95%
Summer Bridge 2 11 8 28 50 150 1535
0% 1% 0% 2% 3% 8% 86%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 3 8 11 37 39 13 1670
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 94%
Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center (Also includes Cal Independent Scholars Network and Veteran Students Program) 2 9 16 25 36 9 1695
0% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 95%
Berkeley International Office 4 13 23 85 132 96 1441
0% 1% 1% 5% 7% 5% 80%
Academic Achievement Program (Includes Miller & SSS Scholars Programs) 3 6 14 36 46 20 1666
0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 1% 93%
Athletic Study Center 4 6 14 39 54 34 1642
0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 2% 92%
Disabled Students' Program 1 12 8 26 47 25 1668
0% 1% 0% 2% 3% 1% 93%
Dreamers' Resource Center 2 7 6 27 35 24 1683
0% 0% 0% 2% 2% 1% 94%
Gender Equity Resource Center 3 7 9 39 39 19 1673
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 94%
Multicultural Student Development 4 6 11 33 69 38 1625
0% 0% 1% 2% 4% 2% 91%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 5 6 13 49 72 83 1558
0% 0% 1% 3% 4% 5% 87%

(...continued) 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 agreeN/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
Student Life Advising Services /Educational Opportunity Program (SLAS/EOP) Office 2 11 16 72 123 118 1403
0% 1% 1% 4% 7% 7% 80%
Student Learning Center 7 10 19 205 341 268 893
0% 1% 1% 12% 20% 15% 51%
Residence Hall Staff 9 35 76 372 629 355 258
1% 2% 4% 22% 36% 21% 15%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 10 14 30 196 287 136 1073
1% 1% 2% 11% 16% 8% 62%
New Student Services website 10 23 37 177 202 86 1208
1% 1% 2% 10% 12% 5% 69%
My Years at Cal website 9 23 35 136 133 43 1363
1% 1% 2% 8% 8% 3% 78%
My Berkeley Application website 14 33 71 406 576 465 172
1% 2% 4% 23% 33% 27% 10%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 18 31 65 272 242 80 1028
1% 2% 4% 16% 14% 5% 59%
Another Berkeley student 3 6 23 233 575 720 183
0% 0% 1% 13% 33% 41% 11%
A family member 25 38 68 333 348 308 615
1% 2% 4% 19% 20% 18% 35%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 21 31 73 230 296 163 924
1% 2% 4% 13% 17% 9% 53%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 27 33 72 243 288 153 927
2% 2% 4% 14% 17% 9% 53%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 11 12 22 115 155 106 1322
1% 1% 1% 7% 9% 6% 76%

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=1,149) [Contact OPA for more information]

2. (N=842) [Contact OPA for more information]

3. (N=608) [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=679) [Contact OPA for more information]

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Academic and Personal Development

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

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 13 25 222 538 541 221
1% 2% 14% 35% 35% 14%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 12 55 302 581 441 169
1% 4% 19% 37% 28% 11%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 7 31 228 560 515 214
1% 2% 15% 36% 33% 14%
Foreign language skills 46 192 393 449 285 191
3% 12% 25% 29% 18% 12%
Understanding of a specific field of study 5 43 279 583 453 187
0% 3% 18% 38% 29% 12%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 29 56 258 479 486 249
2% 4% 17% 31% 31% 16%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 3 32 110 338 489 584
0% 2% 7% 22% 31% 38%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 7 51 261 487 472 281
0% 3% 17% 31% 30% 18%
Leadership skills 12 72 260 470 458 284
1% 5% 17% 30% 29% 18%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 3 28 162 407 578 378
0% 2% 10% 26% 37% 24%

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

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Computer skills 26 91 362 557 335 189
2% 6% 23% 36% 22% 12%
Internet research skills 4 36 213 538 493 276
0% 2% 14% 35% 32% 18%
Library research skills 17 151 489 552 250 99
1% 10% 31% 35% 16% 6%
Other research skills 15 79 457 626 262 111
1% 5% 30% 40% 17% 7%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 13 47 248 549 461 238
1% 3% 16% 35% 30% 15%
Interpersonal (social) skills 19 59 268 487 406 315
1% 4% 17% 31% 26% 20%

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

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 5 6 74 312 564 585
0% 0% 5% 20% 37% 38%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 13 42 150 384 468 489
1% 3% 10% 25% 30% 32%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 1 8 93 342 554 541
0% 1% 6% 22% 36% 35%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 3 16 78 334 542 572
0% 1% 5% 22% 35% 37%
Self-awareness and understanding 5 23 86 352 542 537
0% 2% 6% 23% 35% 35%
Ability to rebound from adversity (i.e., resiliency) 7 33 153 432 499 417
1% 2% 10% 28% 32% 27%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

1.  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 4 19 61 250 711 448
0% 1% 4% 17% 48% 30%
Students are respected here regardless of their gender 0 18 35 199 706 534
0% 1% 2% 13% 47% 36%
Students are respected here regardless of their race or ethnicity 11 19 68 268 667 458
1% 1% 5% 18% 45% 31%
Students are respected here regardless of their religious beliefs 2 22 80 256 675 456
0% 2% 5% 17% 45% 31%
Students are respected here regardless of their political beliefs 23 42 106 317 624 375
2% 3% 7% 21% 42% 25%
Students are respected here regardless of their sexual orientation 2 10 34 211 711 520
0% 1% 2% 14% 48% 35%
Students are respected here regardless of their disabilities 0 15 42 234 677 522
0% 1% 3% 16% 45% 35%

2.  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 15 37 78 273 619 417
1% 3% 5% 19% 43% 29%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 6 33 78 264 644 424
0% 2% 5% 18% 44% 29%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 7 13 46 222 651 540
1% 1% 3% 15% 44% 37%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 5 14 62 222 707 466
0% 1% 4% 15% 48% 32%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 0 10 26 163 727 551
0% 1% 2% 11% 49% 37%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 6 17 53 218 703 439
0% 1% 4% 15% 49% 31%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 12 33 64 196 664 460
1% 2% 5% 14% 47% 32%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 2 4 17 122 629 673
0% 0% 1% 8% 44% 47%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 2 9 36 190 641 509
0% 1% 3% 14% 46% 37%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 7 10 15 215 604 387
1% 1% 1% 17% 49% 31%

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Berkeley Plans

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

African American Studies 2 0%
Anthropology 7 0%
Applied Mathematics 11 1%
Architecture 15 1%
Art Practice 4 0%
Astrophysics 8 0%
Bioengineering 55 3%
Business Administration 162 8%
Celtic Studies 1 0%
Chemical Biology 25 1%
Chemical Engineering 33 2%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 28 1%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 4 0%
Civil Engineering 37 2%
Cognitive Science 16 1%
Comparative Literature 2 0%
Computational Engineering Science 2 0%
Computer Science 83 4%
Conservation and Resource Studies 6 0%
Dance and Performance Studies 1 0%
Development Studies 1 0%
EPS - Atmospheric Science 1 0%
EPS - Environmental Earth Science 1 0%
EPS - Geology 1 0%
EPS - Marine Science 1 0%
Economics 41 2%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 115 6%
Engineering Mathematics and Statistics 3 0%
Engineering Physics 5 0%
English 13 1%
Environmental Economics and Policy (College of Natural Resources) 4 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy (L & S) 5 0%
Environmental Engineering Science 7 0%
Environmental Sciences 10 1%
Ethnic Studies 1 0%
Film 1 0%
Forestry and Natural Resources 1 0%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 0%
Genetics and Plant Biology 6 0%
History 10 1%
History of Art 1 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 6 0%
Integrative Biology 34 2%
Interdisciplinary Studies 5 0%
Japanese Language 1 0%
Joint Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering 1 0%
Joint Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering 3 0%
Joint Electrical Eng and Computer Sciences/Materials Science and Eng 2 0%
Joint Electrical Eng and Computer Sciences/Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Joint Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering 3 0%
Joint Materials Science and Engineering/Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Landscape Architecture 3 0%
Latin American Studies 1 0%
Legal Studies 5 0%
Linguistics 4 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43 2%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 12 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 23 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 14 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 41 2%
Mass Communications 5 0%
Materials Science and Engineering 8 0%
Mathematics 28 1%
Mechanical Engineering 40 2%
Media Studies 10 1%
Microbial Biology 7 0%
Middle Eastern Studies 1 0%
Molecular Environmental Biology 13 1%
Molecular Toxicology 10 1%
Music 3 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 134 7%
Nuclear Engineering 6 0%
Nutrition Science 3 0%
Nutritional Science - Dietetics 7 0%
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism 11 1%
Operations Research and Management Science 1 0%
Peace and Conflict Studies 2 0%
Philosophy 3 0%
Physical Sciences 4 0%
Physics 37 2%
Political Economy 11 1%
Political Science 29 2%
Psychology 49 3%
Public Health 48 2%
Rhetoric 2 0%
Social Welfare 9 1%
Society and Environment 5 0%
Sociology 12 1%
South and Southeast Asian Studies 1 0%
Spanish - Spanish Language and Literature 1 0%
Statistics 5 0%
Theater and Performance Studies 5 0%
Undeclared College of Engineering 11 1%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 25 1%
Undeclared College of Natural Resources 1 0%

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

Yes 1125 78%
No 317 22%

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

Applied Mathematics 7 0%
Architecture 4 0%
Asian Studies - Area 1: China 1 0%
Asian Studies - Area 2: Japan 1 0%
Astrophysics 1 0%
Bioengineering 3 0%
Business Administration 8 0%
Celtic Studies 1 0%
Chemical Engineering 1 0%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 3 0%
Civil Engineering 4 0%
Cognitive Science 4 0%
Computer Science 14 1%
Conservation and Resource Studies 1 0%
Development Studies 1 0%
EPS - Atmospheric Science 1 0%
EPS - Marine Science 2 0%
Economics 13 1%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 6 0%
English 2 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy (College of Natural Resources) 1 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy (L & S) 1 0%
Environmental Engineering Science 1 0%
Environmental Sciences 4 0%
French 2 0%
Genetics and Plant Biology 1 0%
History 1 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 1 0%
Integrative Biology 10 1%
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0%
Joint Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering 1 0%
Landscape Architecture 1 0%
Latin American Studies 1 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 6 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 2 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 2 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 5 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 6 0%
Materials Science and Engineering 2 0%
Mathematics 2 0%
Mechanical Engineering 6 0%
Microbial Biology 3 0%
Molecular Environmental Biology 6 0%
Molecular Toxicology 2 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 125 6%
Nutrition Science 1 0%
Nutritional Science - Dietetics 1 0%
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism 3 0%
Peace and Conflict Studies 4 0%
Physics 1 0%
Political Economy 3 0%
Political Science 4 0%
Psychology 6 0%
Public Health 7 0%
Social Welfare 2 0%
Society and Environment 1 0%
Sociology 2 0%
Statistics 2 0%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 2 0%
Undeclared College of Natural Resources 1 0%

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

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 1455 23
98% 2%
Leads to a high paying job 1156 315
79% 21%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 1427 51
97% 4%
Complements desire to study abroad 738 721
51% 49%
Parental desires 474 984
33% 68%
Easy requirements 231 1213
16% 84%
Allows time for other activities 651 800
45% 55%
Provides international opportunities 925 533
63% 37%
Prestige 970 490
66% 34%
Interest in subject area 1446 25
98% 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 1197 265
82% 18%
Other 127 374
25% 75%

Please describe: (N=96) 

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Future Plans AND Aspirations

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

Enroll in graduate or professional school 770 39%
Work full-time 377 19%
Work part-time 24 1%
Be self-employed 9 1%
Study or work abroad 50 3%
Join armed forces 3 0%
Join Peace Corps 17 1%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 36 2%
Take a year off 11 1%
Do something else 1 0%
Other 10 1%
I have no idea at this point 173 9%

If other, please elaborate: (N=25) 

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

Architecture 22 1%
Business 213 11%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 36 2%
Education/Teaching 27 1%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 154 8%
Engineering 163 8%
Environmental/Natural Resources 38 2%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 54 3%
Law 74 4%
Medicine 276 14%
Other Health-Related Field 63 3%
Research 131 7%
Other 38 2%
I have no idea whatsoever 189 10%

If other, please elaborate: (N=47) 

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

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 95 5%
Teaching credential 6 0%
Business master's (MBA) 185 9%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 56 3%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 142 7%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 85 4%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 31 2%
Medical doctor (MD) 155 8%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 349 18%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 74 4%
I don't know yet 301 15%

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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 9 16 80 171 568 597
1% 1% 6% 12% 39% 41%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 10 34 95 246 564 487
1% 2% 7% 17% 39% 34%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 18 114 200 302 473 329
1% 8% 14% 21% 33% 23%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 23 92 188 288 491 346
2% 6% 13% 20% 34% 24%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 41 157 217 325 409 283
3% 11% 15% 23% 29% 20%

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 7 9 52 144 509 717
1% 1% 4% 10% 35% 50%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 12 80 167 287 454 432
1% 6% 12% 20% 32% 30%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 34 97 189 345 445 327
2% 7% 13% 24% 31% 23%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 16 49 165 328 486 390
1% 3% 12% 23% 34% 27%

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