2006 SONS Transfers: Results and Summary: Part 6

Demographic Information

To provide the best advising and services possible, it is important for campus administrators and planners to be well informed about the backgrounds of all Berkeley students. The information you provide is confidential.

48. What is your dependent status? The official definition of dependent and independent can be paraphrased as follows:

Dependent
living with and receiving at least half of your support from parents/guardians and possibly siblings
Independent
born before 1982, and/or married, and/or supporting children of your own.

Please answer accordingly.

765  (63.8%)   Dependent on a parent or other guardian

If you are DEPENDENT, to the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) or other guardian?

  130  (18.0%)   Less than $20,000 
  116  (16.1%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  85  (11.8%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  72  (10.0%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  69  (9.6%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  89  (12.3%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  81  (11.2%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  17  (2.4%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  24  (3.3%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  39  (5.4%)   $200,000 or more 
  [516 missing]     Parent or guardian income

How confident are you that your estimate is reasonably correct?

245  (32.7%)   Very confident
356  (47.5%)   Confident
149  (19.9%)   Not confident at all

434  (36.2%)   Independent

If you are INDEPENDENT, which category includes the total annual combined income of your household before coming to Berkeley (1st pull-down menu) and while at Berkeley (2nd pull-down menu)?

  266  (64.4%)   Less than $20,000 
  69  (16.7%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  27  (6.5%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  14  (3.4%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  11  (2.7%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  12  (2.9%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  9  (2.2%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  1  (0.2%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  2  (0.5%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  2  (0.5%)   $200,000 or more 
  [824 missing]     Before Berkeley

  324  (80.6%)   Less than $20,000 
  33  (8.2%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  13  (3.2%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  8  (2.0%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  4  (1.0%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  11  (2.7%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  4  (1.0%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  2  (0.5%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  1  (0.2%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  2  (0.5%)   $200,000 or more 
  [835 missing]     While at Berkeley

What is your marital status?

336  (78.0%)   Not married
95  (22.0%)   Married

49. Do you have dependents?

1117  (93.6%)   No

28  (2.3%)   Yes, and they are all 18 or older

What are the ages of your adult dependent(s)? If you don't have a particular type of dependent, please leave the field blank.

 Age
Spouse or partner 21   1  (12.5%) 
26   2  (25.0%) 
50   1  (12.5%) 
54   2  (25.0%) 
59   1  (12.5%) 
60   1  (12.5%)
Parent or grandparent #1 47   1  (7.7%) 
49   1  (7.7%) 
51   2  (15.4%) 
53   1  (7.7%) 
54   2  (15.4%) 
59   1  (7.7%) 
64   1  (7.7%) 
65   1  (7.7%) 
71   1  (7.7%) 
74   1  (7.7%) 
85   1  (7.7%)
Parent or grandparent #2 1   1  (9.1%) 
42   1  (9.1%) 
45   1  (9.1%) 
47   1  (9.1%) 
52   1  (9.1%) 
53   1  (9.1%) 
54   1  (9.1%) 
55   1  (9.1%) 
60   1  (9.1%) 
62   1  (9.1%) 
63   1  (9.1%)
Other adult dependent #1 [Open-ended text field]
Other adult dependent #2 19   1  (14.3%) 
21   3  (42.9%) 
25   1  (14.3%) 
28   1  (14.3%) 
67   1  (14.3%)

48  (4.0%)   Yes, and at least one dependent is under 18

What are the ages of your adult dependent(s)? If you don't have a particular type of dependent, please leave the field blank.

 Age
Spouse or partner 21   2  (10.0%) 
22   1  (5.0%) 
23   2  (10.0%) 
26   1  (5.0%) 
30   1  (5.0%) 
32   1  (5.0%) 
33   2  (10.0%) 
35   1  (5.0%) 
36   1  (5.0%) 
39   1  (5.0%) 
41   1  (5.0%) 
42   2  (10.0%) 
43   1  (5.0%) 
45   1  (5.0%) 
50   2  (10.0%)
Parent or grandparent #1 40   1  (14.3%) 
50   1  (14.3%) 
61   1  (14.3%) 
66   1  (14.3%) 
70   1  (14.3%) 
74   1  (14.3%) 
75   1  (14.3%)
Parent or grandparent #2 56   1  (50.0%) 
62   1  (50.0%)
Other adult dependent #1 3   1  (25.0%) 
18   2  (50.0%) 
20   1  (25.0%)
Other adult dependent #2 18   1  (100.0%)

What are the ages of your dependent children?

Age of 1st childAge of 2nd child (if any)Age of 3rd child (if any)Age of 4th child (if any)Age of 5th child (if any)
2  (4.1%)   Less than one year 
  1  (2.0%)   1 
  1  (2.0%)   2 
  8  (16.3%)   3 
  3  (6.1%)   4 
  4  (8.2%)   5 
  3  (6.1%)   6 
  1  (2.0%)   7 
  1  (2.0%)   8 
  4  (8.2%)   9 
  4  (8.2%)   10 
  1  (2.0%)   11 
  2  (4.1%)   12 
  2  (4.1%)   13 
  4  (8.2%)   14 
  4  (8.2%)   15 
  2  (4.1%)   16 
  2  (4.1%)   17 
  [1188 missing]     (Select one)
1  (4.0%)   Less than one year 
  2  (8.0%)   2 
  4  (16.0%)   3 
  1  (4.0%)   4 
  1  (4.0%)   5 
  2  (8.0%)   6 
  2  (8.0%)   7 
  4  (16.0%)   8 
  2  (8.0%)   9 
  2  (8.0%)   10 
  1  (4.0%)   12 
  1  (4.0%)   14 
  1  (4.0%)   15 
  1  (4.0%)   16 
  [1212 missing]     None
3  (30.0%)   2 
  1  (10.0%)   4 
  1  (10.0%)   5 
  1  (10.0%)   6 
  1  (10.0%)   7 
  2  (20.0%)   9 
  1  (10.0%)   15 
  [1227 missing]     None
1  (25.0%)   2 
  3  (75.0%)   4 
  [1233 missing]     None
1  (100.0%)   2 
  [1236 missing]     None

The following section is designed specifically for students with children, also called student parents, in order to help university administrators better understand their needs and concerns. Your candid responses on this section are especially appreciated and will be used to shape programs and policies for student parents at UC Berkeley.

When you applied to UC Berkeley, had you heard of its support services for student parents?

35 (71.4%)   No     14 (28.6%)   Yes

How important were these support services in your decision to attend UC Berkeley?

5  (33.3%)   Essential
4  (26.7%)   Very important
3  (20.0%)   Somewhat important
3  (20.0%)   Not important at all

While you were enrolled at your community college, how often did you use these campus services?

 NeverOccasionallySomewhat frequentlyOftenWas not available to me
Financial aid 15  (30.6%)   12  (24.5%)   4  (8.2%)   15  (30.6%)   3  (6.1%)  
On-campus child care 36  (73.5%)   6  (12.2%)   4  (8.2%)   3  (6.1%)  
EOPS 33  (67.3%)   2  (4.1%)   1  (2.0%)   8  (16.3%)   5  (10.2%)  
CARE 39  (81.2%)   2  (4.2%)   2  (4.2%)   5  (10.4%)  
CalWORKs 35  (71.4%)   3  (6.1%)   7  (14.3%)   4  (8.2%)  
Counseling or advising 7  (14.3%)   18  (36.7%)   8  (16.3%)   16  (32.7%)  
Transfer Center 10  (20.4%)   16  (32.7%)   8  (16.3%)   15  (30.6%)  
Tutoring Center 23  (46.9%)   11  (22.4%)   2  (4.1%)   13  (26.5%)  
Career Center 31  (63.3%)   11  (22.4%)   2  (4.1%)   5  (10.2%)  

Over the last 12 months, which of these CalWORKs benefits have you received? Please select all that apply.

5  (0.4%)   Cash aid
8  (0.6%)   Food stamps
11  (0.9%)   Medi-Cal
5  (0.4%)   Support services (such as child care, transportation allowance, 
reimbursement for school-related expenses)
34  (2.7%)   None of the above

Which of these CalWORKs benefits do you expect to receive during the next 12 months? Please select all that apply.

 For myself & my childrenFor my children onlyNot at all
Cash aid 5  (12.2%)   3  (7.3%)   33  (80.5%)  
Food stamps 5  (12.5%)   4  (10.0%)   31  (77.5%)  
Medi-Cal 10  (24.4%)   4  (9.8%)   27  (65.9%)  
Support services (such as child care, transportation allowance, 
reimbursement for school-related expenses)
6  (15.4%)   1  (2.6%)   32  (82.1%)  

Did you attend the CalSO orientation for new transfer students?

46 (93.9%)   Yes    3 (6.1%)   No

Why not? Please select all that apply.

1  (0.1%)   It was too expensive to attend
1  (0.1%)   It was too difficult to get there
2  (0.2%)   I had to work during that time
1  (0.1%)   I had to care for my child(ren) during that time
1  (0.1%)   I was unable to find housing accommodations for my family
Other, please specify:

I haven't heard of this

Did you attend the Head Start Workshop for student parents?

10 (20.8%)   Yes    18 (37.5%)   No

Why not? Please select all that apply.

It was too expensive to attend
3  (0.2%)   It was too difficult to get there
6  (0.5%)   I had to work during that time
7  (0.6%)   I had to care for my child(ren) during that time
I was unable to find housing accommodations for my family
6  (0.5%)   Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

20  (41.7%)   I haven't heard of this

Have you ever communicated, in person, by telephone, or by email, with a UC Berkeley college or departmental advisor to discuss your first semester courses?

17 (34.7%)   No     28 (57.1%)   Yes

Did the advisor tell you that student parents in the College of Letters & Science may have the option of taking a reduced course load?

6  (20.7%)   I am not in the College of Letters & Science
10  (34.5%)   No
10  (34.5%)   Yes
3  (10.3%)   Don't remember
4  (8.2%)   Don't remember/Don't know

Thinking ahead to the 2006-7 academic year, how concerned are you about your ability to do the following?

 Not at all concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Support my family financially 12  (24.5%)   21  (42.9%)   16  (32.7%)  
Secure adequate child care 18  (36.7%)   17  (34.7%)   14  (28.6%)  
Find adequate and affordable housing 27  (55.1%)   13  (26.5%)   9  (18.4%)  
Enroll school-age children in area schools 29  (59.2%)   10  (20.4%)   10  (20.4%)  
Leave behind support system of family & friends who help with parenting repsonsibilities 22  (45.8%)   14  (29.2%)   12  (25.0%)  
Balance academic and parenting/household responsibilities 7  (14.3%)   19  (38.8%)   23  (46.9%)  
Spend quality time with child(ren) 7  (14.3%)   17  (34.7%)   25  (51.0%)  
Spend quality time with spouse/partner 16  (33.3%)   17  (35.4%)   15  (31.2%)  
Find adequate study time 7  (14.3%)   20  (40.8%)   22  (44.9%)  
Be involved in campus activities outside of classes 15  (30.6%)   19  (38.8%)   15  (30.6%)  
Other, please specify : 11  (91.7%)   1  (8.3%)  

Which of these are you most concerned about your ability to do?

  8  (17.0%)   Support my family financially 
  3  (6.4%)   Secure adequate child care 
  1  (2.1%)   Find adequate and affordable housing 
  3  (6.4%)   Leave behind support system of family & friends who help with parenting repsonsibilities 
  15  (31.9%)   Balance academic and parenting/household responsibilities 
  6  (12.8%)   Spend quality time with child(ren) 
  1  (2.1%)   Spend quality time with spouse/partner 
  6  (12.8%)   Find adequate study time 
  4  (8.5%)   Be involved in campus activities outside of classes 
  [1190 missing]     (Select one)

Did you relocate your family from another city in order to attend UC Berkeley?

23  (48.9%)   No
1  (2.1%)   No, but I am planning to
23  (48.9%)   Yes

Did you apply for UC Child Care (Early Childhood Education Program)?

13 (27.1%)   Yes

Were your child or children accepted into the program?

7  (50.0%)   Yes
2  (14.3%)   No
3  (21.4%)   Don't know yet
2  (14.3%)   My child(ren) are on the waiting list
Other, please specify:

25 (52.1%)   No

Why not? Please check all that apply.

1  (0.1%)   I did not know how to apply
It is too expensive
2  (0.2%)   The waiting list is too long
2  (0.2%)   I was not sure if my child(ren) would be accepted before the start of classes
6  (0.5%)   I prefer my current child care situation
13  (1.1%)   My child(ren) are too old for the program
4  (0.3%)   Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

10  (20.8%)   I have not heard of this

Did you apply for UC Family Housing?

25 (52.1%)   Yes    20 (41.7%)   No

Why not? Please check all that apply.

I did not know how to apply
1  (0.1%)   It is too expensive
The waiting list is too long
I was not sure if I would be able to move in before the start of classes
I had concerns about the location or the size or quality of the units
18  (1.5%)   I prefer my current housing situation
1  (0.1%)   Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

3  (6.2%)   I have not heard of this

Are you enrolled in an Education 198 transition course designed for transfer students (such as Strategies for Success at Cal for Transfer Students or The Adult Learner)?

15  (30.6%)   Yes
8  (16.3%)   No, but I intend to enroll
23  (46.9%)   No
3  (6.1%)   I have not heard of this

Are you enrolled in the Education 198 transition course designed for student parents titled Once Upon a University: An Orientation Course for Student Parents?

7  (14.3%)   Yes
12  (24.5%)   No, but I intend to enroll
24  (49.0%)   No

Why not? Please check all that apply.

5  (0.4%)   I cannot take any more units
5  (0.4%)   It conflicts with another course I am taking
10  (0.8%)   I am not interested
6  (0.5%)   Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

6  (12.2%)   I have not heard of this

50. When did you first come to the US to live?

732  (60.8%)   I was born in the United States
263  (21.9%)   2000 or later
30  (2.5%)   1999
11  (0.9%)   1998
13  (1.1%)   1997
16  (1.3%)   1996
13  (1.1%)   1995
15  (1.2%)   1994
5  (0.4%)   1993
9  (0.7%)   1992
9  (0.7%)   1991
87  (7.2%)   1990 or earlier

51. Were your parents born in the United States?

462  (38.5%)   Both my mother and father were born in the United States
55  (4.6%)   My mother was born in the US, but my father was not
63  (5.2%)   My father was born in the US, but my mother was not
614  (51.2%)   Neither my mother nor my father were born in the US
6  (0.5%)   I'm not really sure

52. When did you learn to speak English?

575  (47.9%)   English was the first and only language I learned as a child
239  (19.9%)   I learned both another language and English by the time I was 5 years old
147  (12.2%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 5 and 10
141  (11.7%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 11 and 15
99  (8.2%)   I learned another language, but didn't learn English until after I was 15 years old

53. What was the primary language other than English, if any, that was spoken in your house while you were in high school?

  5  (0.6%)   Amharic 
  7  (0.9%)   Arabic 
  15  (1.9%)   Armenian 
  2  (0.3%)   Assyrian 
  2  (0.3%)   Bahasa (Indonesia) 
  4  (0.5%)   Bengali 
  2  (0.3%)   Bosnian 
  1  (0.1%)   Bulgarian 
  4  (0.5%)   Burmese 
  3  (0.4%)   Cambodian 
  73  (9.2%)   Cantonese 
  1  (0.1%)   Catalan 
  1  (0.1%)   Cherokee (Native American) 
  65  (8.2%)   Chinese 
  1  (0.1%)   Creole 
  2  (0.3%)   Czech 
  3  (0.4%)   Dari (Afghanistan) 
  1  (0.1%)   Dutch 
  160  (20.1%)   English only 
  33  (4.2%)   Farsi (Persian) 
  8  (1.0%)   French 
  1  (0.1%)   Gaelic (Irish) 
  7  (0.9%)   German 
  1  (0.1%)   Greek 
  6  (0.8%)   Gujarati 
  4  (0.5%)   Hebrew 
  7  (0.9%)   Hindi 
  1  (0.1%)   Hmong 
  2  (0.3%)   Ibo 
  12  (1.5%)   Indonesian 
  1  (0.1%)   Irish 
  3  (0.4%)   Italian 
  24  (3.0%)   Japanese 
  1  (0.1%)   Khmer 
  51  (6.4%)   Korean 
  1  (0.1%)   Malaysian 
  29  (3.6%)   Mandarin (Chinese) 
  5  (0.6%)   Polish 
  3  (0.4%)   Portugese (Brazil) 
  3  (0.4%)   Portugese (Portugal) 
  7  (0.9%)   Punjabi 
  20  (2.5%)   Russian 
  1  (0.1%)   Serbian 
  2  (0.3%)   Shanghainese 
  116  (14.6%)   Spanish (Latin and South America) 
  6  (0.8%)   Spanish (Spain) 
  1  (0.1%)   Swedish 
  20  (2.5%)   Tagalog 
  1  (0.1%)   Taiwanese 
  2  (0.3%)   Teochew (Chao Chow) 
  2  (0.3%)   Thai 
  3  (0.4%)   Tigrinya 
  1  (0.1%)   Turkish 
  2  (0.3%)   Ukrainian 
  8  (1.0%)   Urdu 
  43  (5.4%)   Vietnamese 
  1  (0.1%)   Yoruba 
  4  (0.5%)   Other

  [443 missing]     Select the primary language here 

53a. Other primary language not on list: Please be sure to see if primary language other than English is on the list above before entering it here.

[Open-ended text field]

54. During your last year in high school, what proportion of the time did you live with:

 AllMostSomeNone
Mother 902  (76.1%)   79  (6.7%)   78  (6.6%)   126  (10.6%)  
Father 712  (62.9%)   61  (5.4%)   112  (9.9%)   247  (21.8%)  
Stepmother 23  (3.1%)   6  (0.8%)   20  (2.7%)   701  (93.5%)  
Stepfather 41  (5.4%)   9  (1.2%)   18  (2.4%)   687  (91.0%)  
Grandparent 52  (6.7%)   23  (2.9%)   68  (8.7%)   638  (81.7%)  
Legal guardian 26  (3.5%)   10  (1.4%)   6  (0.8%)   693  (94.3%)  
Other adult(s) 48  (6.4%)   19  (2.5%)   52  (7.0%)   629  (84.1%)  

55. Are your parents:

687  (57.2%)   Both alive and living with each other
344  (28.6%)   Both alive and divorced or living apart
31  (2.6%)   Mother deceased
72  (6.0%)   Father deceased
22  (1.8%)   Both deceased
41  (3.4%)   Mother alive, but don't know about my father
5  (0.4%)   Father alive, but don't know about my mother

56. Select the category from the pull-down menu that best describes your race or ethnicity. If multi-racial, use additional pull-down menus, selecting one category per menu.

  38  (3.2%)   1 I'm an International student 
  5  (0.4%)   2 American Indian 
  34  (2.9%)   3 African American - United States 
  12  (1.0%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  105  (8.8%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (0.1%)   7 Columbian 
  2  (0.2%)   8 Cuban 
  5  (0.4%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  2  (0.2%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  6  (0.5%)   11 Salvadoran 
  13  (1.1%)   12 Other Latin American 
  19  (1.6%)   13 South American 
  3  (0.3%)   14 Cambodian 
  174  (14.6%)   15 Chinese 
  25  (2.1%)   16 Filipino 
  24  (2.0%)   17 Japanese 
  53  (4.5%)   18 Korean 
  1  (0.1%)   19 Laotian 
  7  (0.6%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  25  (2.1%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  45  (3.8%)   22 Vietnamese 
  12  (1.0%)   24 Other Southeast Asian 
  12  (1.0%)   25 Other Asian 
  424  (35.7%)   26 White/Caucasian - United States 
  52  (4.4%)   27 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  49  (4.1%)   28 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  40  (3.4%)   29 Other 
  [50 missing]     Select your ethnicity here

  5  (2.1%)   1 I'm an International student 
  11  (4.6%)   2 American Indian 
  3  (1.2%)   3 African American - United States 
  1  (0.4%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  24  (10.0%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (0.4%)   7 Columbian 
  1  (0.4%)   8 Cuban 
  1  (0.4%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  2  (0.8%)   11 Salvadoran 
  8  (3.3%)   12 Other Latin American 
  4  (1.7%)   13 South American 
  1  (0.4%)   14 Cambodian 
  29  (12.1%)   15 Chinese 
  5  (2.1%)   16 Filipino 
  13  (5.4%)   17 Japanese 
  5  (2.1%)   18 Korean 
  2  (0.8%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  3  (1.2%)   22 Vietnamese 
  1  (0.4%)   23 Hmong 
  3  (1.2%)   24 Other Southeast Asian 
  2  (0.8%)   25 Other Asian 
  53  (22.1%)   26 White/Caucasian - United States 
  23  (9.6%)   27 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  14  (5.8%)   28 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  25  (10.4%)   29 Other 
  [998 missing]     Second ethnicity (if needed)

  2  (2.8%)   1 I'm an International student 
  7  (9.9%)   2 American Indian 
  1  (1.4%)   3 African American - United States 
  1  (1.4%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  3  (4.2%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (1.4%)   7 Columbian 
  1  (1.4%)   8 Cuban 
  1  (1.4%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  4  (5.6%)   12 Other Latin American 
  4  (5.6%)   15 Chinese 
  4  (5.6%)   16 Filipino 
  2  (2.8%)   18 Korean 
  1  (1.4%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  7  (9.9%)   26 White/Caucasian - United States 
  5  (7.0%)   27 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  3  (4.2%)   28 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  24  (33.8%)   29 Other 
  [1167 missing]     Third ethnicity (if needed)

59. How would you characterize your political views?

66  (5.6%)   Far left
544  (45.9%)   Liberal
456  (38.5%)   Middle-of-the-road
107  (9.0%)   Conservative
11  (0.9%)   Far right

60. Finally, is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your impending transfer to Berkeley?

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61. When you submit your completed survey you are eligible for a prize drawing of $500 cash, or $500 credit to your Cal 1 card which is the same as your student identification card (odds approximately 1 in 300) or one of ten $100 credits to your Cal 1 card (odds approximately 1 in 60). Which prize would you prefer to be considered for?

12  (1.0%)   Neither – I don't want to be entered in either drawing
208  (17.3%)   Either--no preference (this option does not increase your odds of winning)
305  (25.3%)   $500 credit to my Cal 1 card
355  (29.5%)   $500 cash (which takes a bit longer)
325  (27.0%)   $100 credit to my Cal 1 card

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