2007 SONS Transfers: Results and Summary: Part 1

Part 1: Your Matriculation to Berkeley

We hope that you will have a smooth transition to Berkeley. Many things can affect this matriculation process. Below are six questions related to this process. Please answer candidly.

1. Which of the following best describes your "primary activity(ies)" before transferring to Berkeley?

 YesNo
Attending a community college full time 1201  (91.3%)   114  (8.7%)  
Attending a community college part time 149  (19.9%)   599  (80.1%)  
Attending a 4-year college 188  (24.8%)   570  (75.2%)  
Working full-time 309  (37.3%)   519  (62.7%)  
Family responsibilities 425  (53.0%)   377  (47.0%)  
Other (Please explain below.) 213  (34.8%)   399  (65.2%)  

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1b. If you were working full-time, please describe the nature of your work.

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2. What was the last year that you were in college before transferring to Berkeley?

1335  (94.0%)   2007
70  (4.9%)   2006
8  (0.6%)   2005
6  (0.4%)   2004
1  (0.1%)   2003
1998-2002
1997 or earlier

3. How did your participation in the following high school and community college outreach programs affect your decision to come to Berkeley?

 Did not participateIntroduced me to the possibility of attending UC BerkeleyMade me more certain that I wanted to transfer to BerkeleyMade me less certain that I wanted to transfer to BerkeleyHad no influence
UC Early Academic Outreach 1179  (85.7%)  49  (3.6%)   34  (2.5%)   6  (0.4%)   107  (7.8%)  
MESA 1185  (86.1%)  32  (2.3%)   38  (2.8%)   2  (0.1%)   119  (8.6%)  
Puente 1227  (90.0%)  16  (1.2%)   12  (0.9%)   2  (0.1%)   106  (7.8%)  
Upward Bound 1200  (89.0%)  16  (1.2%)   13  (1.0%)   1  (0.1%)   118  (8.8%)  
Community College Transfer Center 474  (34.1%)  366  (26.4%)   306  (22.0%)   13  (0.9%)   229  (16.5%) 
Transfer Alliance Project 1090  (79.7%)  43  (3.1%)   110  (8.0%)   4  (0.3%)   121  (8.8%)  
Starting Point Mentoring 1169  (86.0%)  25  (1.8%)   46  (3.4%)   3  (0.2%)   116  (8.5%)  
Other program (please rate here and describe below) 968  (81.1%)  33  (2.8%)   79  (6.6%)   2  (0.2%)   111  (9.3%)  

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4. Using the scales below, please indicate how much of an influence the following services, people, beliefs, or opportunities had on both your decision to APPLY to UC Berkeley as well as your decision to ATTEND UC Berkeley. If you are a reentry student who previously attended UCB, please answer according to your most recent experience.

 

 Decision to APPLY to UC BerkeleyDecision to ATTEND UC Berkeley
Encouragement from family members
No influence 373  (26.3%)   271  (19.4%)  
A small influence 353  (24.9%)   304  (21.8%)  
A substantial influence 391  (27.6%)   472  (33.8%)  
The major influence 300  (21.2%)   349  (25.0%)  
A childhood dream
No influence 518  (36.5%)   480  (34.4%)  
A small influence 247 (17.4%) 245  (17.5%)  
A substantial influence 302  (21.3%)   285  (20.4%)  
The major influence 351  (24.8%)   387  (27.7%)  
Visit(s) to the UCB campus
No influence 543  (38.3%)   373  (26.7%)  
A small influence 360  (25.4%)   371  (26.6%)  
A substantial influence 359  (25.3%)   426  (30.5%)  
The major influence 155  (10.9%)   227  (16.2%)  
Financial reason (scholarships, tuition cost, financial aid offer, etc)
No influence 707  (50.0%)   582  (41.8%)  
A small influence 310  (21.9%)   301  (21.6%)  
A substantial influence 268  (19.0%)   315  (22.6%)  
The major influence 128  (9.1%)   193  (13.9%)  
UCB's prestigious reputation
No influence 48  (3.4%)   40  (2.9%)  
A small influence 133  (9.4%)   99  (7.1%)  
A substantial influence 485  (34.3%)   462  (33.1%)  
The major influence 748  (52.9%)   795  (56.9%)  
Encouragement from a community college counselor
No influence 774  (54.7%)   816  (58.5%)  
A small influence 322  (22.8%)   282  (20.2%)  
A substantial influence 207  (14.6%)   190  (13.6%)  
The major influence 112  (7.9%)   106  (7.6%)  
Encouragement from a community college professor
No influence 681  (48.2%)   630  (45.2%)  
A small influence 320  (22.7%)   321  (23.0%)  
A substantial influence 269  (19.1%)   286  (20.5%)  
The major influence 142  (10.1%)   157  (11.3%)  
Encouragement from a UCB representative
No influence 991  (70.4%)   963  (69.4%)  
A small influence 221  (15.7%)   233  (16.8%)  
A substantial influence 134  (9.5%)   131  (9.4%)  
The major influence 62  (4.4%)   61  (4.4%)  
Encouragement from a current or previous Cal student(s)
No influence 587  (41.5%)   499  (35.7%)  
A small influence 378  (26.7%)   380  (27.2%)  
A substantial influence 285  (20.2%)   342  (24.5%)  
The major influence 164  (11.6%)   175  (12.5%)  
Participation in a program for community college students interested in attending UCB
No influence 1092  (77.6%)   1089  (78.5%)  
A small influence 155  (11.0%)   138  (9.9%)  
A substantial influence 117  (8.3%)   113  (8.1%)  
The major influence 44  (3.1%)   47  (3.4%)  
Belief that UCB would increase career opportunities
No influence 119  (8.5%)   86  (6.2%)  
A small influence 263  (18.7%)   232  (16.7%)  
A substantial influence 534  (37.9%)   512  (36.8%)  
The major influence 492  (34.9%)   563  (40.4%)  
Belief that UCB would increase graduate/professional school opportunities
No influence 166  (11.8%)   117  (8.4%)  
A small influence 256  (18.2%)   220  (15.8%)  
A substantial influence 482  (34.2%)   491  (35.2%)  
The major influence 505  (35.8%)   567  (40.6%)  
Housing opportunities/availability at UCB (dorms, family housing, etc)
No influence 1103  (78.3%)   1002  (72.2%)  
A small influence 185  (13.1%)   214  (15.4%)  
A substantial influence 83  (5.9%)   117  (8.4%)  
The major influence 38  (2.7%)   55  (4.0%)  
UCB's research opportunities
No influence 560  (39.7%)   479  (34.5%)  
A small influence 352  (24.9%)   343  (24.7%)  
A substantial influence 319  (22.6%)   348  (25.1%)  
The major influence 181  (12.8%)   218  (15.7%)  
Current or previous Cal student(s)
No influence 605  (43.1%)   535  (38.7%)  
A small influence 409  (29.1%)   416  (30.1%)  
A substantial influence 247  (17.6%)   273  (19.7%)  
The major influence 143  (10.2%)   160  (11.6%)  
Being a role model for family or friends
No influence 474  (33.6%)   397  (28.6%)  
A small influence 343  (24.3%)   366  (26.3%)  
A substantial influence 315  (22.3%)   315  (22.7%)  
The major influence 278  (19.7%)   312  (22.4%)  

5. Do you agree with the following statements regarding your transfer to UCB? ('CC' refers to Community College throughout the survey.)

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
When I applied to UCB, I did not believe I would be admitted. 161  (11.4%)   308  (21.8%)   429  (30.4%)   339  (24.0%)   174  (12.3%)  
I was given inconsistent information from different sources at my CC. 185  (13.3%)   335  (24.0%)   443  (31.8%)   290  (20.8%)   141  (10.1%)  
It was difficult finding information about transferring to UCB. 278  (19.9%)   625  (44.7%)   298  (21.3%)   159  (11.4%)   38  (2.7%)  
Meeting with CC counselors significantly helped me in my transfer process. 221  (15.8%)   263  (18.8%)   375  (26.9%)   351  (25.1%)   186  (13.3%)  
Planning my schedule with a CC counselor was beneficial overall. 193  (13.9%)   247  (17.8%)   450  (32.4%)   328  (23.6%)   169  (12.2%)  
It was more helpful to plan my schedule independent of a CC counselor. 101  (7.3%)   221  (15.9%)   420  (30.2%)   361  (25.9%)   289  (20.8%)  
I often left counseling sessions confused and/or with unanswered questions. 166  (11.9%)   389  (28.0%)   448  (32.2%)   273  (19.6%)   114  (8.2%)  
I frequently visited the transfer center at my CC. 212  (15.3%)   325  (23.4%)   368  (26.5%)   332  (23.9%)   151  (10.9%)  
I obtained a majority of transfer information from the UCB website. 74  (5.3%)   297  (21.2%)   325  (23.2%)   467  (33.4%)   235  (16.8%)  
I obtained a majority of transfer information from my CC. 180  (12.9%)   332  (23.9%)   394  (28.3%)   378  (27.2%)   106  (7.6%)  
I independently consulted IGETC in planning my course schedule. 115  (8.3%)   158  (11.4%)   250  (18.1%)   400  (29.0%)   458  (33.2%)  
I independently consulted www.assist.org in planning my course schedule. 70  (5.0%)   105  (7.5%)   180  (12.9%)   454  (32.4%)   591  (42.2%)  
I am aware of which lower division classes were required to transfer directly into my selected UCB major 53  (3.8%)   89  (6.3%)   159  (11.3%)   533  (38.0%)   568  (40.5%)  
Professors at my CC were encouraging of my transferring. 63  (4.5%)   73  (5.3%)   384  (27.6%)   409  (29.4%)   460  (33.1%)  
I feel joining student organizations was beneficial to my admission to UCB. 150  (10.7%)   197  (14.1%)   493  (35.2%)   340  (24.3%)   219  (15.7%)  
I feel volunteer work was beneficial to my admission to UCB. 107  (7.6%)   149  (10.7%)   460  (32.9%)   431  (30.8%)   252  (18.0%)  
My family was supportive of my decision to complete my first two years at a CC. 53  (3.8%)   58  (4.2%)   299  (21.5%)   370  (26.6%)   609  (43.8%)  

6. Was attending a 4-year institution directly after high school an option for you?

761  (54.0%)   Yes
649  (46.0%)   No

7. Did you plan to attend a community college after high school and then transfer to a 4-year college?

786  (56.0%)   Yes
617  (44.0%)   No

8. Did you plan to attend a community college after high school and then work?

148  (10.5%)   Yes
1257  (89.5%)   No

9. While attending community college, were you at any point discouraged from applying to UCB?

317  (22.8%)   Yes
1074  (77.2%)   No

9a. If Yes, please explain.

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10. Did you ever consider dropping out of community college prior to transferring?

168  (12.1%)   Yes
1222  (87.9%)   No

10a. If yes, for what reason(s), and what or who changed your mind?

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11. Please list the campus activities, clubs, or organizations that you were involved in at your community college.

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12. Did you take any courses at Berkeley before transferring? (Please select all that apply.)

No 1306  (100.0%)  
Yes, while in high school 29  (100.0%)  
Yes, while in community college 85  (100.0%)  
Yes, while enrolled at another university or college 23  (100.0%)  

13. Did you use www.assist.org to select your courses and/or plan your path to graduation?

1194  (85.0%)   Yes
210  (15.0%)   No

14. How would you describe your knowledge/understanding of which requirements you have satisfied in each UC category listed below?

 I know preciselyI can identify "some" requirements I have satisfiedI am unsure
Overall UC requirements 767  (54.9%)   554  (39.7%)   76  (5.4%)  
Selected college requirements, e.g., College of Letters & Science, College of Engineering 660  (47.2%)   618  (44.2%)   121  (8.6%)  
Major requirements 886  (63.5%)   432  (31.0%)   77  (5.5%)  

14a. Do you know if you've satisfied all the lower division prerequisite courses of your intended college and/or major?

1043  (74.6%)   Yes
148  (10.6%)   No
207  (14.8%)   Not sure

15. Did you have difficulty getting your transcripts to Berkeley by the deadline?

414  (29.5%)   Yes 989  (70.5%)   No

15a. If you had difficulty, please explain below.

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