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 great start 517 28%
a very good start 629 35%
a good start 507 28%
just an OK start 140 8%
not a good start 25 1%

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

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

[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 23 46 157 557 736 245
1% 3% 9% 32% 42% 14%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 15 65 122 492 824 248
1% 4% 7% 28% 47% 14%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 11 2 14 121 530 1088
1% 0% 1% 7% 30% 62%
Most students are proud to attend this school 10 2 10 104 741 897
1% 0% 1% 6% 42% 51%
This institution values students' opinions 12 18 69 373 811 476
1% 1% 4% 21% 46% 27%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 127 606 560 267 113 81
7% 35% 32% 15% 6% 5%
I feel that I belong at this campus 20 25 100 417 735 466
1% 1% 6% 24% 42% 26%
Diversity is important on this campus 16 19 64 265 679 717
1% 1% 4% 15% 39% 41%
Diversity is important to me 15 18 66 268 623 772
1% 1% 4% 15% 35% 44%

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.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
CalSO 286 24 43 64 337 528 415
17% 1% 3% 4% 20% 31% 25%
Cal Student Central 631 14 35 69 374 379 167
38% 1% 2% 4% 22% 23% 10%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 1410 12 19 33 87 76 52
84% 1% 1% 2% 5% 5% 3%
Convocation for new students 373 112 204 241 481 215 71
22% 7% 12% 14% 28% 13% 4%
Getting Your Bearings activities 227 15 62 116 516 516 225
14% 1% 4% 7% 31% 31% 14%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 1566 2 8 16 24 30 44
93% 0% 1% 1% 1% 2% 3%
Summer Bridge 1482 2 4 12 20 33 136
88% 0% 0% 1% 1% 2% 8%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 1597 1 7 12 34 26 14
94% 0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1%
TRSP: Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Centers (including Cal Veteran Service Center and Cal Independent Scholars Network) 1614 1 8 11 23 25 10
95% 0% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Berkeley International Office 1451 2 12 21 72 79 56
86% 0% 1% 1% 4% 5% 3%
Academic Achievement Program and Center (Includes SSS Scholars Acadamy, McNair Scholars Program, & Miller Scholars Program) 1451 2 12 21 72 79 56
86% 0% 1% 1% 4% 5% 3%
Athletic Study Center 1561 1 5 13 29 49 37
92% 0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 2%
Disabled Students' Program 1588 1 8 11 32 26 25
94% 0% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2%
Undocumented Students Program (USP) - (Academic Counselors, Dreamers Resource Center, Legal Support, etc.) 1577 3 7 11 25 34 34
93% 0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 2%

(...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.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBTQ, Women, Sexual/Relationship Violence Advocacy & Education) 1525 1 6 9 38 42 30
92% 0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 2%
Multicultural Student Development (Includes African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicago/Latino Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, & Native American Student Development) 1478 3 4 10 41 62 48
90% 0% 0% 1% 3% 4% 3%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 1447 1 6 5 44 68 68
88% 0% 0% 0% 3% 4% 4%
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office - (Academic Counselors, Peer Academic Counselors, Fee Waivers, etc. Serving first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented students) 1251 6 10 24 96 118 141
76% 0% 1% 2% 6% 7% 9%
Student Learning Center 936 6 8 12 198 238 242
57% 0% 1% 1% 12% 15% 15%
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Program Assistants, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 278 17 30 65 388 538 319
17% 1% 2% 4% 24% 33% 20%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 1170 11 10 21 155 160 113
71% 1% 1% 1% 10% 10% 7%
New Student Services website 1074 8 13 33 226 207 87
65% 1% 1% 2% 14% 13% 5%
My Years at Cal website 1405 13 12 24 73 76 40
86% 1% 1% 2% 4% 5% 2%
My Berkeley Application website 158 15 28 60 382 521 473
10% 1% 2% 4% 23% 32% 29%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 1013 16 17 53 263 191 80
62% 1% 1% 3% 16% 12% 5%
Another Berkeley student 203 3 5 22 261 537 611
12% 0% 0% 1% 16% 33% 37%
A family member 593 31 36 70 308 342 257
36% 2% 2% 4% 19% 21% 16%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 754 29 35 63 297 277 185
46% 2% 2% 4% 18% 17% 11%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 565 41 48 89 328 356 217
34% 3% 3% 5% 20% 22% 13%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 1269 6 9 13 101 129 121
77% 0% 1% 1% 6% 8% 7%

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. [Contact OPA for more information]

 2. [Contact OPA for more information]

 3. [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:

[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 poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 7 31 182 495 526 238
1% 2% 12% 34% 36% 16%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 8 52 260 545 435 177
1% 4% 18% 37% 30% 12%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 6 27 185 524 533 195
0% 2% 13% 36% 36% 13%
Foreign language skills 78 188 355 399 260 191
5% 13% 24% 27% 18% 13%
Understanding of a specific field of study 10 48 259 579 414 161
1% 3% 18% 39% 28% 11%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 22 67 241 448 461 232
2% 5% 16% 31% 31% 16%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 4 16 106 275 462 616
0% 1% 7% 19% 31% 42%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 9 54 228 472 445 271
1% 4% 15% 32% 30% 18%
Leadership skills 15 66 219 482 417 278
1% 5% 15% 33% 28% 19%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 4 15 115 412 565 368
0% 1% 8% 28% 38% 25%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Internet research skills 8 24 142 401 515 389
1% 2% 10% 27% 35% 26%
Library research skills 31 168 415 511 236 116
2% 11% 28% 35% 16% 8%
Other research skills 23 86 398 560 284 121
2% 6% 27% 38% 19% 8%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 6 30 194 508 478 264
0% 2% 13% 34% 32% 18%
Interpersonal (social) skills 19 54 231 444 417 314
1% 4% 16% 30% 28% 21%

2. Please rank your top 3 areas of expected growth.

Rank 1:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 357 24%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 145 10%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 106 7%
Foreign language skills 53 4%
Understanding of a specific field of study 210 14%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 130 9%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 22 2%
Understanding of international perspectives 39 3%
Leadership skills 101 7%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 33 2%
Research skills 105 7%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 7 1%
Interpersonal (social) skills 156 11%

Rank 2:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 196 13%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 195 13%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 151 10%
Foreign language skills 56 4%
Understanding of a specific field of study 151 10%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 114 8%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 34 2%
Understanding of international perspectives 54 4%
Leadership skills 125 9%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 64 4%
Research skills 165 11%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 31 2%
Interpersonal (social) skills 126 9%

Rank 3:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 145 10%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 113 8%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 144 10%
Foreign language skills 62 4%
Understanding of a specific field of study 162 11%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 106 7%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 38 3%
Understanding of international perspectives 71 5%
Leadership skills 120 8%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 81 6%
Research skills 194 13%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 47 3%
Interpersonal (social) skills 177 12%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following 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 11 27 57 307 550 463
1% 2% 4% 22% 39% 33%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 11 25 53 252 586 479
1% 2% 4% 18% 42% 34%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 8 16 53 190 630 536
1% 1% 4% 13% 44% 37%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 5 19 58 226 636 481
0% 1% 4% 16% 45% 34%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 5 11 28 187 638 566
0% 1% 2% 13% 45% 39%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 9 11 46 216 635 476
1% 1% 3% 16% 46% 34%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 8 32 47 183 633 500
1% 2% 3% 13% 45% 36%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 4 4 14 105 594 669
0% 0% 1% 8% 43% 48%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 5 9 34 146 609 534
0% 1% 3% 11% 46% 40%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 3 13 29 166 540 432
0% 1% 3% 14% 46% 37%

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Your Berkeley Plans

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

American Studies 1 0%
Anthropology 3 0%
Applied Mathematics 11 1%
Architecture 24 2%
Art Practice 2 0%
Asian Studies: China 1 0%
Asian Studies: Japan 2 0%
Astrophysics 8 1%
Bioengineering 43 3%
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 8 1%
Business Administration 173 12%
Chemical Biology 21 2%
Chemical Engineering 38 3%
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 5 0%
Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering Joint Major 3 0%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 11 1%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 3 0%
Chinese Language 1 0%
Civil Engineering 28 2%
Cognitive Science 26 2%
Comparative Literature 2 0%
Computer Science 83 6%
Conservation and Resource Studies 3 0%
Dance and Performance Studies 1 0%
Development Studies 1 0%
Economics 49 3%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 84 6%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 7 1%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences/Nuclear Engineering Joint Major 7 1%
Energy Engineering 12 1%
Engineering Math and Statistics 3 0%
Engineering Physics 7 1%
English 14 1%
Environmental Earth Science 2 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy 6 0%
Environmental Engineering Science 8 1%
Environmental Sciences 24 2%
Ethnic Studies 1 0%
Film 3 0%
Forestry and Natural Resources 2 0%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 0%
Genetics and Plant Biology 5 0%
Geography 1 0%
Geophysics 1 0%
History 9 1%
History of Art 2 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 7 1%
Integrative Biology 30 2%
Interdisciplinary Studies 7 1%
Landscape Architecture 2 0%
Legal Studies 14 1%
Linguistics 10 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 26 2%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 12 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 21 2%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 8 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 32 2%
Marine Science 2 0%
Materials Science and Engineering 10 1%
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Joint Major 4 0%
Mathematics 23 2%
Mechanical Engineering 42 3%
Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering 4 0%
Media Studies 12 1%
Microbial Biology 8 1%
Middle Eastern Studies 1 0%
Molecular Environmental Biology 18 1%
Music 3 0%
Nuclear Engineering 5 0%
Nutritional Science 18 1%
Operations Research and Management Science 2 0%
Peace and Conflict Studies 6 0%
Philosophy 5 0%
Physics 30 2%
Planetary Science 1 0%
Political Economy 9 1%
Political Science 41 3%
Psychology 50 4%
Public Health 31 2%
Rhetoric 1 0%
Social Welfare 6 0%
Sociology 11 1%
Spanish - Spanish Language and Literature 1 0%
Statistics 8 1%
Theater and Performance Studies 3 0%
Undeclared College of Engineering 13 1%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 15 1%
Undeclared College of Natural Resources 4 0%
Urban Studies 4 0%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 138 10%

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

Yes 1093 78%
No 306 22%

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

Applied Mathematics 6 2%
Architecture 4 1%
Bioengineering 3 1%
Business Administration 6 2%
Chemical Engineering 5 2%
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 1 0%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 3 1%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 1 0%
Civil Engineering 7 2%
Cognitive Science 2 1%
Computer Science 16 5%
Economics 10 3%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 10 3%
Engineering Math and Statistics 2 1%
English 3 1%
Environmental Economics and Policy 2 1%
Environmental Sciences 5 2%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 0%
Geography 1 0%
History 1 0%
History of Art 1 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 4 1%
Integrative Biology 11 4%
Interdisciplinary Studies 3 1%
Linguistics 1 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 8 3%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 1 0%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 6 2%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 3 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 4 1%
Materials Science and Engineering 4 1%
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Joint Major 1 0%
Mathematics 3 1%
Mechanical Engineering 7 2%
Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Media Studies 4 1%
Microbial Biology 2 1%
Molecular Environmental Biology 8 3%
Nutritional Science 1 0%
Peace and Conflict Studies 1 0%
Philosophy 1 0%
Physics 3 1%
Political Economy 1 0%
Political Science 6 2%
Psychology 5 2%
Public Health 4 1%
Society and Environment 1 0%
Sociology 1 0%
Statistics 1 0%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 2 1%
Undeclared College of Natural Resources 2 1%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 114 38%

3. Please select the top 3 factors in in deciding on your major.

First:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 914 64%
Leads to a high paying job 155 11%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 205 14%
Parental desires 17 1%
Allows time for other activities 4 0%
Provides international opportunities 30 2%
Prestige 11 1%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 68 5%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
29 2%

Second:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 208 15%
Leads to a high paying job 267 19%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 512 36%
Parental desires 18 1%
Allows time for other activities 34 2%
Provides international opportunities 123 9%
Prestige 48 3%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 192 14%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
21 2%

Third:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 125 9%
Leads to a high paying job 249 18%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 333 24%
Parental desires 68 5%
Allows time for other activities 68 5%
Provides international opportunities 142 10%
Prestige 122 9%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 236 17%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
66 5%

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Future Plans & Aspirations

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

Be self-employed 15 1%
Do something else 4 0%
Enroll in graduate or professional school 667 47%
Join Peace Corps 29 2%
Join armed forces 2 0%
Paid internship 48 3%
Study or work abroad 59 4%
Take a year off 11 1%
Unpaid internship/volunteer 7 1%
Work full-time 396 28%
Work part-time 24 2%
I have no idea at this point 160 11%
Other 10 1%

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

Architecture 30 2%
Business 220 15%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 45 3%
Education/Teaching 40 3%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 140 10%
Engineering 164 12%
Environmental/Natural Resources 66 5%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 72 5%
Law 77 5%
Medicine 199 14%
Other Health-Related Field 50 4%
Research 113 8%
I have no idea whatsoever 178 12%
Other 36 3%

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

Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 155 11%
Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 77 5%
Business master's (MBA) 194 14%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 315 22%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 83 6%
Medical doctor (MD) 121 8%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 18 1%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 70 5%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 82 6%
Teaching credential 4 0%
I don't know yet 314 22%

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High School Experiences

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 1 21 89 195 499 589
0% 2% 6% 14% 36% 42%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 3 34 99 261 548 449
0% 2% 7% 19% 39% 32%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 19 102 193 356 409 313
1% 7% 14% 26% 29% 23%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 15 100 194 315 425 341
1% 7% 14% 23% 31% 25%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 43 143 220 376 357 250
3% 10% 16% 27% 26% 18%

2. Thinking back on your (senior year/transfer college experience), how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 4 8 51 150 455 729
0% 1% 4% 11% 33% 52%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 13 89 180 285 427 401
1% 6% 13% 20% 31% 29%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 29 118 252 316 392 286
2% 9% 18% 23% 28% 21%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 17 82 164 304 465 365
1% 6% 12% 22% 33% 26%

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