2006 SONS Transfers: Results and Summary: Part 4

Undergraduate Life at Berkeley – How do you see your first semester unfolding?

24. Now that you are about to become a UC Berkeley student, what excites you most intellectually? What idea, issue, or specific field of study might you want to explore?

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25. Thinking back to your pre-Berkeley education, how would you rate your "preparation" for studies at Cal?

 PoorFairGoodExcellent
Effective study strategies and skills 50  (4.1%)   256  (21.2%)   591  (48.9%)   311  (25.7%)  
Writing effective essays and papers 64  (5.3%)   244  (20.2%)   539  (44.6%)   361  (29.9%)  
Reading with comprehension and speed 58  (4.8%)   291  (24.2%)   533  (44.4%)   318  (26.5%)  
Skills in math and math-related courses 75  (6.2%)   307  (25.5%)   487  (40.5%)   333  (27.7%)  
Making effective oral presentations, speaking skills 112  (9.3%)   345  (28.7%)   467  (38.8%)   280  (23.3%)  
Skills in a foreign language 186  (15.4%)   359  (29.8%)   354  (29.4%)   307  (25.5%)  
Skills in science and science-related courses 62  (5.1%)   331  (27.4%)   518  (43.0%)   295  (24.5%)  
Desktop computer skills 30  (2.5%)   215  (17.8%)   495  (40.9%)   470  (38.8%)  
Internet, web skills 19  (1.6%)   175  (14.5%)   492  (40.8%)   521  (43.2%)  
Using the library, accessing research information 53  (4.4%)   272  (22.5%)   543  (45.0%)   340  (28.1%)  
Time management skills 80  (6.6%)   294  (24.4%)   550  (45.6%)   283  (23.4%)  
Managing my finances 67  (5.5%)   330  (27.3%)   508  (42.1%)   303  (25.1%)  
Ability to handle stress 56  (4.6%)   280  (23.2%)   588  (48.8%)   282  (23.4%)  
Ability to balance responsibilities outside of school (including parenting responsibilities) 34  (2.8%)   206  (17.1%)   616  (51.1%)   349  (29.0%)  
Ability to cope with a competitive atmosphere 80  (6.6%)   305  (25.3%)   534  (44.3%)   287  (23.8%)  
Overall preparation for Berkeley 23  (1.9%)   226  (18.7%)   766  (63.5%)   191  (15.8%)  

26. How adequate do you feel your pre-Berkeley lower division courses were in preparing you for success at UC Berkeley?

308  (25.5%)   Very adequate
710  (58.8%)   Adequate
164  (13.6%)   Somewhat inadequate
26  (2.2%)   Inadequate

27. In what areas, if any, do you think your academic preparation will be less than adequate for success at Berkeley?

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27a. On the other hand, in what areas, if any, do you think your academic preparation will be more than adequate for success at Berkeley?

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28. Though likely to be just a guess, how would you rate yourself on the skills and traits listed below compared to the average Berkeley student who entered as a freshman and will be a junior when you start this fall? We want the most accurate estimate of how you see yourself.

 Way above averageAbove averageAverageBelow averageWay below average
Academic ability 88  (7.4%)   592  (49.6%)   458  (38.4%)   53  (4.4%)   3  (0.3%)  
Artistic ability 103  (8.6%)   351  (29.4%)   503  (42.2%)   191  (16.0%)   45  (3.8%)  
Writing ability 113  (9.5%)   448  (37.6%)   462  (38.7%)   154  (12.9%)   16  (1.3%)  
Compassion 304  (25.5%)   510  (42.7%)   342  (28.7%)   32  (2.7%)   5  (0.4%)  
Computer skills 112  (9.4%)   349  (29.3%)   614  (51.5%)   105  (8.8%)   13  (1.1%)  
Cooperativeness 226  (19.0%)   578  (48.6%)   343  (28.8%)   38  (3.2%)   5  (0.4%)  
Courage 306  (25.6%)   474  (39.7%)   342  (28.6%)   63  (5.3%)   9  (0.8%)  
Creativity 227  (19.0%)   483  (40.5%)   400  (33.5%)   77  (6.4%)   7  (0.6%)  
Drive to achieve 441  (37.0%)   474  (39.7%)   236  (19.8%)   36  (3.0%)   6  (0.5%)  
Emotional health 226  (18.9%)   458  (38.4%)   429  (36.0%)   71  (6.0%)   9  (0.8%)  
Leadership ability 225  (18.9%)   423  (35.5%)   418  (35.1%)   106  (8.9%)   19  (1.6%)  
Understanding of others 365  (30.6%)   509  (42.7%)   285  (23.9%)   30  (2.5%)   4  (0.3%)  
Mathematical ability 129  (10.8%)   310  (26.0%)   477  (39.9%)   227  (19.0%)   51  (4.3%)  
Maturity 541  (45.3%)   435  (36.4%)   191  (16.0%)   24  (2.0%)   3  (0.3%)  
Physical health 176  (14.8%)   403  (33.9%)   503  (42.3%)   100  (8.4%)   8  (0.7%)  
Public speaking ability 147  (12.3%)   328  (27.4%)   452  (37.8%)   231  (19.3%)   37  (3.1%)  
Self-confidence (intellectual) 206  (17.2%)   512  (42.8%)   388  (32.5%)   84  (7.0%)   5  (0.4%)  
Self-confidence (social) 188  (15.7%)   414  (34.7%)   436  (36.5%)   142  (11.9%)   14  (1.2%)  
Self-understanding 329  (27.6%)   492  (41.3%)   326  (27.4%)   37  (3.1%)   6  (0.5%)  
Spirituality 227  (19.1%)   360  (30.3%)   443  (37.3%)   101  (8.5%)   56  (4.7%)  
Time management 149  (12.5%)   400  (33.6%)   475  (39.8%)   144  (12.1%)   24  (2.0%)  
Overall academic preparation for success at Berkeley 104  (8.7%)   452  (38.0%)   529  (44.4%)   96  (8.1%)   10  (0.8%)  
Overall personal and social adjustment to Berkeley 138  (11.6%)   440  (36.9%)   469  (39.3%)   131  (11.0%)   14  (1.2%)  

29. Many students have concerns about college before starting at Berkeley. How concerned are you about each of the following?

 Not that concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 211  (17.7%)   399  (33.4%)   585  (49.0%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 362  (30.2%)   354  (29.6%)   481  (40.2%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 501  (41.9%)   301  (25.2%)   393  (32.9%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 134  (11.2%)   363  (30.3%)   701  (58.5%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 220  (18.4%)   465  (38.8%)   513  (42.8%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 218  (18.2%)   447  (37.3%)   534  (44.5%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 434  (36.4%)   425  (35.7%)   333  (27.9%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s), housemate(s), or family members 490  (40.9%)   403  (33.7%)   304  (25.4%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 276  (23.1%)   544  (45.6%)   373  (31.3%)  
Being able to balance academic and parenting responsibilities 873  (73.8%)   177  (15.0%)   133  (11.2%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 366  (30.6%)   487  (40.8%)   342  (28.6%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 639  (53.4%)   377  (31.5%)   180  (15.1%)  
Being able to maintain good health 418  (35.0%)   462  (38.7%)   315  (26.4%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 577  (48.2%)   387  (32.3%)   233  (19.5%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 499  (41.7%)   424  (35.4%)   274  (22.9%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 186  (15.5%)   484  (40.4%)   527  (44.0%)  
If Berkeley is the right choice for me 679  (56.7%)   293  (24.5%)   226  (18.9%)  

29a. What's the one thing you are most concerned about?

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30. Are you bringing a computer for your studies? (Please select all that apply.)

944  (76.3%)   Yes, plan to bring a laptop
305  (24.6%)   Yes, I plan to bring a desktop computer
68  (5.5%)   I don't have easy access to a computer

31. How would you rate your computing skills in the following areas?

 No skill at allPoorOKFairExcellent
Word processing 5  (0.4%)   13  (1.1%)   174  (14.5%)   356  (29.7%)   651  (54.3%)  
Spreadsheet 88  (7.3%)   188  (15.7%)   336  (28.0%)   383  (31.9%)   205  (17.1%)  
Desktop publishing 234  (19.7%)   218  (18.4%)   343  (28.9%)   241  (20.3%)   149  (12.6%)  
Internet usage 4  (0.3%)   6  (0.5%)   129  (10.8%)   361  (30.1%)   700  (58.3%)  
HTML programming 487  (40.5%)   275  (22.9%)   228  (19.0%)   135  (11.2%)   76  (6.3%)  

32. Which of the following UC Berkeley majors do you intend to enroll in, or have already enrolled in? Choose "I have no idea" (at the bottom of the list) only if you really have no idea whatsoever. If you are planning a "double major", please choose your initial major here and your second major in the "Double Major" menu.

  7  (0.6%)   American Studies 
  32  (2.7%)   Anthropology 
  31  (2.6%)   Architecture 
  45  (3.8%)   Art/Art History 
  4  (0.3%)   Asian Studies 
  1  (0.1%)   Asian American Studies 
  4  (0.3%)   Astrophysics 
  10  (0.8%)   Bioengineering 
  52  (4.4%)   Business Administration 
  15  (1.3%)   Chemical Engineering 
  24  (2.0%)   Chemistry 
  3  (0.3%)   Chinese Language 
  18  (1.5%)   Civil Engineering 
  2  (0.2%)   Classical Civilization 
  1  (0.1%)   Classical Languages 
  16  (1.3%)   Cognitive Science 
  4  (0.3%)   Comparative Literature 
  25  (2.1%)   Computer Science 
  11  (0.9%)   Conservation & Resource Studies 
  1  (0.1%)   Dance and Performance Studies 
  14  (1.2%)   Development Studies 
  1  (0.1%)   Earth & Planetary Science 
  74  (6.2%)   Economics 
  39  (3.3%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) 
  98  (8.2%)   English 
  7  (0.6%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  2  (0.2%)   Environmental Engineering 
  7  (0.6%)   Environmental Sciences 
  3  (0.3%)   Ethnic Studies 
  7  (0.6%)   Film 
  3  (0.3%)   Forestry 
  4  (0.3%)   French 
  6  (0.5%)   Genetics & Plant Biology 
  3  (0.3%)   Geography 
  3  (0.3%)   German 
  36  (3.0%)   History 
  4  (0.3%)   Industrial Engineering 
  14  (1.2%)   Integrative Biology 
  21  (1.8%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  5  (0.4%)   Japanese Language 
  2  (0.2%)   Landscape Architecture 
  4  (0.3%)   Latin American Studies 
  17  (1.4%)   Legal Studies 
  10  (0.8%)   Linguistics 
  49  (4.1%)   Mass Communications 
  1  (0.1%)   Materials Science and Engineering 
  23  (1.9%)   Mathematics 
  12  (1.0%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  19  (1.6%)   Mechanical Engineering 
  7  (0.6%)   Microbial Biology 
  1  (0.1%)   Middle Eastern Studies 
  66  (5.5%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  8  (0.7%)   Molecular Environmental Biology 
  7  (0.6%)   Music 
  2  (0.2%)   Native American Studies 
  2  (0.2%)   Near Eastern Studies 
  3  (0.3%)   Nuclear Engineering 
  10  (0.8%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  14  (1.2%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  35  (2.9%)   Philosophy 
  3  (0.3%)   Physical Sciences Field Major 
  11  (0.9%)   Physics 
  12  (1.0%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  62  (5.2%)   Political Science 
  56  (4.7%)   Psychology 
  2  (0.2%)   Religious Studies 
  9  (0.8%)   Rhetoric 
  2  (0.2%)   Scandinavian 
  2  (0.2%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures 
  10  (0.8%)   Social Welfare 
  38  (3.2%)   Sociology 
  2  (0.2%)   South & Southeast Asian Studies 
  10  (0.8%)   Spanish 
  4  (0.3%)   Statistics 
  7  (0.6%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 
  5  (0.4%)   Women Studies 
  7  (0.6%)   I have no idea 
  [47 missing]     Select your major here

32a. FOR INTENDED DOUBLE MAJORS ONLY

  2  (0.8%)   African American Studies 
  7  (2.7%)   Anthropology 
  7  (2.7%)   Art/Art History 
  3  (1.2%)   Asian Studies 
  1  (0.4%)   Asian American Studies 
  13  (5.1%)   Business Administration 
  1  (0.4%)   Chemical Engineering 
  2  (0.8%)   Chemistry 
  1  (0.4%)   Chicano Studies 
  2  (0.8%)   Chinese Language 
  2  (0.8%)   Classical Civilization 
  2  (0.8%)   Comparative Literature 
  7  (2.7%)   Computer Science 
  3  (1.2%)   Conservation & Resource Studies 
  1  (0.4%)   Dance and Performance Studies 
  2  (0.8%)   Development Studies 
  2  (0.8%)   Earth & Planetary Science 
  15  (5.8%)   Economics 
  2  (0.8%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Sicence (EECS) 
  2  (0.8%)   Engineering and Engineering Science 
  4  (1.6%)   English 
  1  (0.4%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  1  (0.4%)   Ethnic Studies 
  5  (1.9%)   Film 
  5  (1.9%)   French 
  3  (1.2%)   Geography 
  5  (1.9%)   German 
  6  (2.3%)   History 
  4  (1.6%)   Integrative Biology 
  3  (1.2%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  5  (1.9%)   Japanese Language 
  6  (2.3%)   Landscape Architecture 
  2  (0.8%)   Latin American Studies 
  6  (2.3%)   Legal Studies 
  4  (1.6%)   Linguistics 
  2  (0.8%)   Mass Communications 
  3  (1.2%)   Materials Science 
  11  (4.3%)   Mathematics 
  6  (2.3%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  1  (0.4%)   Middle Eastern Studies 
  6  (2.3%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  4  (1.6%)   Music 
  3  (1.2%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  5  (1.9%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  6  (2.3%)   Philosophy 
  1  (0.4%)   Physical Sciences Field Major 
  5  (1.9%)   Physics 
  3  (1.2%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  19  (7.4%)   Political Science 
  3  (1.2%)   Psychology 
  2  (0.8%)   Religious Studies 
  11  (4.3%)   Rhetoric 
  2  (0.8%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures 
  1  (0.4%)   Social Welfare 
  8  (3.1%)   Sociology 
  1  (0.4%)   South & Southeast Asian Studies 
  9  (3.5%)   Spanish 
  3  (1.2%)   Statistics 
  5  (1.9%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 
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32b. Is this the major you really want? Or in the case of double majors, are these the majors you really want?

  966  (85.4%)   Yes 19  (1.7%)   No 146  (12.9%)   Not sure

33. Where did you receive advising about the major or majors you might be interested in?

 No advising about majorsSome advising about majorsA great deal of advising about majors
Pre-Berkeley 476  (40.0%)   482  (40.5%)   231  (19.4%)  
CalSO 455  (38.3%)   526  (44.3%)   206  (17.4%)  
Advisors here at Berkeley 718  (60.9%)   317  (26.9%)   144  (12.2%)  

34. When do you think you will complete your undergraduate degree here at Berkeley?

736  (61.0%)   Spring 2008 (2 years)
182  (15.1%)   Summer 2008 (2 years + summer)
227  (18.8%)   Fall 2008 (2 years + 1 semester)
61  (5.1%)   Spring 2009 or later (3 or more years)

35. What is the highest degree that you plan to obtain?

168  (14.0%)   Bachelor's (BA, BS)
292  (24.3%)   Academic Master's (MA, MS)
44  (3.7%)   Professional Master's (MSW, MLW)
89  (7.4%)   Business (MBA)
93  (7.7%)   Medical (MD, OD, DDS)
122  (10.1%)   Law (LLB, JD)
332  (27.6%)   Doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D.)
63  (5.2%)   Doctorate plus other professional degree

36. How likely is it that you will attend one or more summer session classes while at Berkeley? (Please select the likelihood for each summer.)

 Very likelyLikelyUnlikelyVery unlikely
The summer after my first year 491  (42.0%)   398  (34.1%)   203  (17.4%)   76  (6.5%)  
The summer after my second year or later 236  (20.1%)   369  (31.5%)   392  (33.4%)   176  (15.0%)  

37. What career do you aspire to? If you are not sure, please make your best guess. Choose "I have no idea" (at the bottom of the list) only if you really have no idea whatsoever.

  9  (0.8%)   Accountant 
  7  (0.6%)   Actor/Actress/Entertainer 
  8  (0.7%)   Actuary 
  8  (0.7%)   Ambassador 
  18  (1.5%)   Anthropologist 
  4  (0.3%)   Archaeologist 
  33  (2.8%)   Architect 
  19  (1.6%)   Artist/Designer 
  2  (0.2%)   Astronaut 
  2  (0.2%)   Athlete 
  19  (1.6%)   Banker/Investment Banker 
  13  (1.1%)   Biochemist/Bioengineer 
  8  (0.7%)   Biologist (All other types) 
  35  (3.0%)   Business Exec/CEO 
  31  (2.6%)   Business Owner/Proprietor 
  5  (0.4%)   Business Sales/Buyer 
  2  (0.2%)   Chef 
  14  (1.2%)   Chemist/Chemical Engineer 
  1  (0.1%)   Cinematographer/Filmmaker 
  13  (1.1%)   Civil Engineer 
  1  (0.1%)   College Administrator 
  58  (4.9%)   College Professor/Instructor 
  8  (0.7%)   Computer Engineer 
  1  (0.1%)   Computer Graphic Artist/Designer 
  22  (1.9%)   Computer Programmer/Analyst 
  8  (0.7%)   Consultant (General) 
  13  (1.1%)   Dentist 
  1  (0.1%)   Dietitian 
  15  (1.3%)   Diplomat 
  55  (4.7%)   Doctor 
  6  (0.5%)   Educational Administrator 
  39  (3.3%)   Engineer (All Other) 
  7  (0.6%)   Environmental Sci/Engineer 
  22  (1.9%)   Foreign Service/Diplomat 
  2  (0.2%)   Forensic Scientist 
  2  (0.2%)   Genetic Engineer 
  13  (1.1%)   Government Official/Politician 
  5  (0.4%)   Human Resource Specialist 
  1  (0.1%)   Interior Designer 
  23  (2.0%)   Journalist 
  4  (0.3%)   Law Enforcement/Criminolgist 
  115  (9.8%)   Lawyer/Judge 
  15  (1.3%)   Marketing Rep/Advertising 
  1  (0.1%)   Marine Biologist 
  2  (0.2%)   Media Specialist/Broadcasting 
  2  (0.2%)   Medical Technician 
  8  (0.7%)   Medical Researcher 
  2  (0.2%)   Military Service (Career) 
  5  (0.4%)   Musician/Performer 
  1  (0.1%)   Mom (child rearing) 
  4  (0.3%)   Neurologist/Neurosurgeon 
  4  (0.3%)   Nutritionist 
  1  (0.1%)   OBGYN 
  2  (0.2%)   Opthalmologist 
  2  (0.2%)   Pastor/Missionary 
  7  (0.6%)   Pediatrician 
  14  (1.2%)   Pharmacist 
  1  (0.1%)   Physical Therapist 
  10  (0.9%)   Physicist 
  2  (0.2%)   Politician 
  3  (0.3%)   Producer/Filmmaker/Director 
  6  (0.5%)   Psychiatrist 
  33  (2.8%)   Psychologist 
  3  (0.3%)   Public Health Administrator 
  8  (0.7%)   Public Relations Specialist 
  8  (0.7%)   Research Analyst 
  26  (2.2%)   Scientific Researcher 
  20  (1.7%)   Social/Welfare Worker 
  9  (0.8%)   Software Developer/Engineer 
  10  (0.9%)   Stockbroker/Financial Analyst 
  3  (0.3%)   Structural Engineer 
  7  (0.6%)   Surgeon 
  50  (4.3%)   Teacher (Elementary/Secondary) 
  4  (0.3%)   Veterinarian 
  1  (0.1%)   Web Developer 
  51  (4.3%)   Writer/Journalist 
  73  (6.2%)   Other (Write in Below) 
  106  (9.0%)   I have no idea 
  [62 missing]     Select your career here

37a. Please use a category above if you can. For example, for a career involving research you can select a specific discipline such as "Biologist", "Scientific Researcher" or "Research Analyst". If your intended career isn't listed, write in here.

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37b. How sure are you that this is the career that you will still want by the time you graduate?

377  (32.2%)   Very sure
421  (35.9%)   Sure
284  (24.2%)   Not that sure
90  (7.7%)   Not at all sure

38. About how many hours per week do you expect to work (paid employment) in an "on- campus" job?

 Fall SemesterExpect for Spring Semester
None 769  (64.6%)   511  (44.5%)  
1-10 200  (16.8%)   313  (27.2%)  
11-15 158  (13.3%)   221  (19.2%)  
16-20 51  (4.3%)   85  (7.4%)  
21 or more 12  (1.0%)   19  (1.7%)  

39. About how many hours per week do you expect to work (paid employment) in an "off- campus" job?

 Fall SemesterExpect for Spring Semester
None 737  (62.5%)   576  (50.1%)  
1-10 156  (13.2%)   218  (19.0%)  
11-15 129  (10.9%)   176  (15.3%)  
16-20 98  (8.3%)   117  (10.2%)  
21 or more 60  (5.1%)   63  (5.5%)  

40. Do you have, or do you expect to have, a work-study position this year? (Please select all that apply.)

765  (61.8%)   No
283  (22.9%)   Yes, expect to have this fall semester on-campus
300  (24.2%)   Yes, expect to have spring semester on-campus
56  (4.5%)   Yes, expect to have this fall semester off-campus
66  (5.3%)   Yes, expect to have spring semester off-campus

41. While at Berkeley, do you expect to contribute money to help pay bills and provide for other family members? Family is defined in multiple ways. Please choose the column appropriate to your situation.

 Spouse or partner onlyChildren onlySpouse or partner and childrenExtended Family (e.g., parents, grandparents, siblings)
Yes, a substantial amount 169  (39.2%)   36  (8.4%)   42  (9.7%)   184  (42.7%)  
Yes, a small amount 185  (34.3%)   34  (6.3%)   43  (8.0%)   277  (51.4%)  
No 356  (35.9%)   96  (9.7%)   101  (10.2%)   439  (44.3%)  
Not sure 189  (40.0%)   44  (9.3%)   28  (5.9%)   211  (44.7%)  

42. By the time you finish your undergraduate education, what is the estimated total amount of loans that you, or you and your parents (if applicable) will have to repay?

 Not applicableNoneLess than $5,000$5,000-9,999$10,000-14,999$15,000-19,999$20,000 or more
You 152  (13.6%)   200  (17.9%)   114  (10.2%)   189  (16.9%)   180  (16.1%)   117  (10.4%)   168  (15.0%)  
Your parents 274  (28.8%)   317  (33.3%)   69  (7.2%)   77  (8.1%)   68  (7.1%)   46  (4.8%)   102  (10.7%)  

43. Do you feel that you need more information on financial aid options?

514  (43.0%)   Yes, definitely
415  (34.8%)   Yes, probably
265  (22.2%)   No

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