2008 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Your Background and Personal Characteristics

1. When did you come to the United States to live?

 560  (60.5%)   I was born in the U.S.
  51  (5.5%)   1991 or earlier
  6  (0.6%)   1992
  5  (0.5%)   1993
  9  (1.0%)   1994
  7  (0.8%)   1995
  8  (0.9%)   1996
  12  (1.3%)   1997
  9  (1.0%)   1998
  10  (1.1%)   1999
  13  (1.4%)   2000
  11  (1.2%)   2001
  27  (2.9%)   2002
  36  (3.9%)   2003
  51  (5.5%)   2004
  52  (5.6%)   2005
  57  (6.2%)   2006
  1  (0.1%)   2007
  [26 missing]     (Select one)

2. When did you learn to speak English?

 487  (52.6%)   English is my native language
  141  (15.2%)   Before I was 5 years old
  112  (12.1%)   When I was 6 to 10 years old
  103  (11.1%)   When I was 11 to 15 years old
  82  (8.9%)   After turning 16 years old
  [26 missing]     (Select one)

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

 350  (39.4%)   None-only English
  1  (0.1%)   Afrikaans
  2  (0.2%)   American Sign Language
  5  (0.6%)   Arabic
  12  (1.3%)   Armenian
  1  (0.1%)   Azerbaijani
  1  (0.1%)   Bahasa (Indonesia)
  2  (0.2%)   Bengali
  1  (0.1%)   Berber
  1  (0.1%)   Bosnian
  4  (0.4%)   Bulgarian
  2  (0.2%)   Burmese
  1  (0.1%)   Cambodian
  25  (2.8%)   Cantonese
  43  (4.8%)   Chinese - Cantonese
  60  (6.7%)   Chinese - Mandarin
  5  (0.6%)   Chinese - Taiwanese
  4  (0.4%)   Chinese - Teochew (chao Chow)
  4  (0.4%)   Chinese - Other or not sure about the dialect
  1  (0.1%)   Danish
  1  (0.1%)   Dari (Afghanistan)
  13  (1.5%)   English only
  16  (1.8%)   Farsi (Persian)
  7  (0.8%)   French
  3  (0.3%)   German
  3  (0.3%)   Gujarati
  4  (0.4%)   Hebrew
  10  (1.1%)   Hindi
  1  (0.1%)   Hungarian
  2  (0.2%)   Ibo
  2  (0.2%)   Ilocano, Iloko
  13  (1.5%)   Indonesian
  2  (0.2%)   Italian
  16  (1.8%)   Japanese
  1  (0.1%)   Kannada
  1  (0.1%)   Khmer
  1  (0.1%)   Konkani
  48  (5.4%)   Korean
  1  (0.1%)   Lithuanian
  1  (0.1%)   Luganda
  1  (0.1%)   Malayalam
  7  (0.8%)   Mandarin (Chinese)
  1  (0.1%)   Pampango (Filipino)
  2  (0.2%)   Polish
  3  (0.3%)   Portugese (Brazil)
  3  (0.3%)   Punjabi
  4  (0.4%)   Romanian
  17  (1.9%)   Russian
  2  (0.2%)   Serbian
  1  (0.1%)   Sinhala
  1  (0.1%)   Somali
  99  (11.1%)   Spanish (Latin and South America)
  4  (0.4%)   Spanish (Spain)
  1  (0.1%)   Swahili
  2  (0.2%)   Swedish
  18  (2.0%)   Tagalog
  1  (0.1%)   Taiwanese
  1  (0.1%)   Telugu
  1  (0.1%)   Thai
  1  (0.1%)   Turkish
  4  (0.4%)   Ukrainian
  12  (1.3%)   Urdu
  27  (3.0%)   Vietnamese
  5  (0.6%)   Other
  [62 missing]     Select the Primary Language
 

3a. Other primary language not on list: Please verify that the language is NOT on the list before writing it here.

[Open-ended text field]

4. To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

Outside U.S.In U.S.
My mother 536  (58.1%)   387  (41.9%)  
My father 527  (57.0%)   397  (43.0%)  
My mother's mother 575  (63.5%)   331  (36.5%)  
My father's mother 568  (62.8%)   336  (37.2%)  
My mother's father 579  (64.2%)   323  (35.8%)  
My father's father 574  (63.6%)   328  (36.4%)  

5a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in a foreign country?

 55  (10.4%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country)
  111  (21.0%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S.
  152  (28.8%)   U.S. high school equivalent
  61  (11.6%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate
  110  (20.8%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's
  24  (4.5%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's
  6  (1.1%)   A professional degree
  9  (1.7%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate
  [423 missing]     (Select one)
 

5b. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in the U.S.?

 337  (65.9%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.)
  26  (5.1%)   Less than high school
  8  (1.6%)   GED
  27  (5.3%)   High school degree
  44  (8.6%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate
  39  (7.6%)   Bachelor's degree
  6  (1.2%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate)
  16  (3.1%)   Master's
  5  (1.0%)   Professional degree
  3  (0.6%)   Doctorate
  [440 missing]     (Select one)
 

5. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

 22  (5.7%)   Less than high school
  13  (3.3%)   GED
  125  (32.1%)   High school degree
  59  (15.2%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate
  81  (20.8%)   Bachelor's degree
  22  (5.7%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate)
  54  (13.9%)   Master's
  7  (1.8%)   Professional degree
  6  (1.5%)   Doctorate
  [562 missing]     (Select one)
 

6a. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in a foreign country?

 33  (6.4%)   None (did not receive any education in a foreign country)
  96  (18.8%)   Less than the equivalent of high school in the U.S.
  163  (31.8%)   U.S. high school equivalent
  39  (7.6%)   Equivalent of a U.S. associate's or postsecondary certificate
  107  (20.9%)   Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's
  3  (0.6%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate
  39  (7.6%)   Equivalent of a U.S. master's
  20  (3.9%)   A professional degree
  12  (2.3%)   Equivalent of a U.S. doctorate
  [439 missing]     (Select one)
 

6b. What is the highest level of education reached by your father in the U.S.?

 345  (69.4%)   None (did not receive any education in U.S.)
  18  (3.6%)   Less than high school
  8  (1.6%)   GED
  19  (3.8%)   High school degree
  22  (4.4%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate
  33  (6.6%)   Bachelor's degree
  2  (0.4%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate)
  27  (5.4%)   Master's
  11  (2.2%)   Professional degree
  12  (2.4%)   Doctorate
  [454 missing]     (Select one)
 

6. What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

 22  (5.6%)   Less than high school
  7  (1.8%)   GED
  125  (31.6%)   High school degree
  41  (10.4%)   Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate
  98  (24.7%)   Bachelor's degree
  6  (1.5%)   Post-baccalaureate certificate (e.g., teaching certificate)
  56  (14.1%)   Master's
  16  (4.0%)   Professional degree
  25  (6.3%)   Doctorate
  [555 missing]     (Select one)
 

7. To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

 201  (21.8%)   I don't know
  437  (47.4%)   None
  218  (23.6%)   One or two
  66  (7.2%)   Three or four
  [29 missing]     (Select one)
 

8. Please list the household members of your primary residence during your last year of community college. For example, "Biological mother, stepfather and one brother" or "My husband and our two children."

[Open-ended text field]

9. Which of the following best describes your social class when you were growing up?

16  (1.7%)   Wealthy
154  (16.7%)   Upper-middle or professional-middle
368  (39.9%)   Middle-class
241  (26.1%)   Working-class
143  (15.5%)   Low-income or poor

10. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2007?

91  (10.4%)   Less than $10,000
102  (11.6%)   $10,000 to $19,999
138  (15.7%)   $20,000 to $34,999
98  (11.2%)   $35,000 to $49,999
78  (8.9%)   $50,000 to $64,999
88  (10.0%)   $65,000 to $79,999
86  (9.8%)   $80,000 to $99,999
89  (10.1%)   $100,000 to $124,999
36  (4.1%)   $125,000 to $149,999
32  (3.6%)   $150,000 to $199,999
40  (4.6%)   $200,000 or more

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

  29  (3.2%)   I'm an International student
  8  (0.9%)   African American - African immigrant
  1  (0.1%)   African American - Caribbean immigrant
  13  (1.4%)   African American - United States
  7  (0.8%)   American Indian/Alaskan Native
  82  (8.9%)   Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican
  2  (0.2%)   Columbian
  1  (0.1%)   Cuban
  3  (0.3%)   Nicaraguan
  5  (0.5%)   Puerto Rican
  6  (0.7%)   Salvadoran
  16  (1.7%)   South American
  12  (1.3%)   Other Latin American/Latino/Other Spanish
  2  (0.2%)   Fijian
  27  (2.9%)   Filipino
  2  (0.2%)   Guamanian/Chamorro
  1  (0.1%)   Hawaiian
  1  (0.1%)   Tongan
  1  (0.1%)   Samoan
  119  (12.9%)   Chinese (except Taiwanese)
  18  (2.0%)   Japanese
  47  (5.1%)   Korean
  28  (3.0%)   Taiwanese
  3  (0.3%)   Cambodian
  1  (0.1%)   Hmong
  5  (0.5%)   Indonesian
  1  (0.1%)   Malaysian
  1  (0.1%)   Thai
  27  (2.9%)   Vietnamese
  1  (0.1%)   Other Southeast Asian
  19  (2.1%)   Asian Indian
  2  (0.2%)   Bangladeshi
  12  (1.3%)   Pakistani
  1  (0.1%)   Sri Lankan
  2  (0.2%)   Other Asian
  22  (2.4%)   Middle Eastern
  61  (6.6%)   White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant
  281  (30.5%)   White/Caucasian - United States
  20  (2.2%)   Other
  30  (3.3%)   No Response
  [31 missing]    

  6  (3.2%)   I'm an International student
  4  (2.1%)   African American - African immigrant
  4  (2.1%)   African American - United States
  6  (3.2%)   American Indian/Alaskan Native
  9  (4.8%)   Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican
  2  (1.1%)   Columbian
  1  (0.5%)   Puerto Rican
  3  (1.6%)   Salvadoran
  4  (2.1%)   South American
  9  (4.8%)   Other Latin American/Latino/Other Spanish
  5  (2.6%)   Filipino
  1  (0.5%)   Guamanian/Chamorro
  18  (9.5%)   Chinese (except Taiwanese)
  7  (3.7%)   Japanese
  11  (5.8%)   Korean
  1  (0.5%)   Taiwanese
  4  (2.1%)   Indonesian
  1  (0.5%)   Malaysian
  5  (2.6%)   Vietnamese
  1  (0.5%)   Other Southeast Asian
  3  (1.6%)   Asian Indian
  10  (5.3%)   Middle Eastern
  12  (6.3%)   White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant
  28  (14.8%)   White/Caucasian - United States
  16  (8.5%)   Other
  18  (9.5%)   No Response
  [762 missing]    
 

12. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

133  (14.7%)   Spiritual but not associated with a major religion
  191  (21.1%)   No religion or spiritual orientation
  87  (9.6%)   Atheist
  85  (9.4%)   Agnostic
  1  (0.1%)   AME (African Methodist Episcopal)
  2  (0.2%)   Assemblies of God
  2  (0.2%)   Baha'i
  11  (1.2%)   Baptist
  2  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Shin (Japanese)
  3  (0.3%)   Buddhist-Thai
  2  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Tibetan
  8  (0.9%)   Buddhist-Vietnamese
  3  (0.3%)   Buddhist-Zen (Korean)
  24  (2.7%)   Buddhist-Zen/Chan (Chinese)
  62  (6.9%)   Christian Church (Disciples)
  12  (1.3%)   Christian Reformed
  2  (0.2%)   Christian Science
  2  (0.2%)   Church of God (Indonesian)
  1  (0.1%)   COGIC (Church of God in Christ)
  1  (0.1%)   Congregational/UCC
  4  (0.4%)   Episcopalian (Anglican)
  2  (0.2%)   Evangelical Free
  1  (0.1%)   Friends (Quaker)
  10  (1.1%)   Hindu
  2  (0.2%)   Jehovah's Witness
  17  (1.9%)   Jewish
  3  (0.3%)   Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
  2  (0.2%)   Lutheran
  5  (0.6%)   Methodist
  29  (3.2%)   Muslim
  12  (1.3%)   Non-Denominational
  11  (1.2%)   Eastern Orthodox
  1  (0.1%)   Pentecostal
  14  (1.5%)   Presbyterian
  88  (9.7%)   Roman Catholic
  4  (0.4%)   Seventh Day Adventist
  3  (0.3%)   Sikh
  5  (0.6%)   Taoist
  2  (0.2%)   Unitarian-Universalist
  39  (4.3%)   Other Christian
  16  (1.8%)   Other Religion
  [47 missing]     (Select one)
 

13. How religious are you and your parents?

 Not applicableNot religiousA little religiousReligiousVery religious
Yourself 83  (9.0%)   389  (42.2%)   257  (27.9%)   138  (15.0%)   55  (6.0%)  
Your father 105  (11.5%)   290  (31.6%)   228  (24.9%)   180  (19.6%)   114  (12.4%)  
Your mother 64  (7.0%)   176  (19.3%)   222  (24.3%)   242  (26.5%)   208  (22.8%)  
Your stepfather 613  (79.6%)   65  (8.4%)   38  (4.9%)   32  (4.2%)   22  (2.9%)  
Your stepmother 625  (81.2%)   49  (6.4%)   35  (4.5%)   35  (4.5%)   26  (3.4%)  

14. What is your sexual orientation?

[Contact OPA for more information]

15. With which gender do you identify?

[Contact OPA for more information]

16. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberalLiberalSlightly liberalModerate or middle of the roadSlightly conservativeConservativeVery conservative
109 (12.0%) 282 (31.1%) 152 (16.8%) 262 (28.9%) 63 (7.0%) 31 (3.4%) 7 (0.8%)

For university purposes, dependent transfer students are under 24, are unmarried, and have no dependents.

Independent transfer students have at least one of the following characteristics:

  • are 24 or older;
  • are married;
  • have dependents;
  • are veterans; or
  • are orphans or Wards of the Court.

17. Which type best describes you?

605  (65.4%)   Dependent transfer student
320  (34.6%)   Independent transfer student

17a. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your household (if married) or yourself (if single) before taxes in 2007?

137  (43.4%)   Less than $10,000
71  (22.5%)   $10,000 to $19,999
51  (16.1%)   $20,000 to $34,999
20  (6.3%)   $35,000 to $49,999
18  (5.7%)   $50,000 to $64,999
9  (2.8%)   $65,000 to $79,999
1  (0.3%)   $80,000 to $99,999
4  (1.3%)   $100,000 to $124,999
3  (0.9%)   $125,000 to $149,999
1  (0.3%)   $150,000 to $199,999
1  (0.3%)   $200,000 or more

17b. What is your current marital status?

237  (74.8%)   Single (never married, separated, divorced, or widowed)
80  (25.2%)   Married or living with domestic partner

17b1. Which of these best describes your spouse or partner?

8  (9.9%)   UC Berkeley student
14  (17.3%)   Full-time student at another college or university
59  (72.8%)   Not a full-time student

17c. How many dependents under the age of 18 (your children or your spouse's or partner's children) do you have?

273  (86.7%)   None
30  (9.5%)   One
12  (3.8%)   Two or more

17d. How many adult dependents (parents, grandparents, disabled spouse or partner) are you caring for?

292  (91.5%)   None
18  (5.6%)   One
9  (2.8%)   Two or more

Your current living situation

18. Which of the following best describes your current living situation?

139  (15.0%)   Apartment by myself or room in house with a family
342  (36.9%)   Apartment or house with roommates
68  (7.3%)   Apartment or house with spouse and/or children
80  (8.6%)   At home with parents (or living with other relatives)
13  (1.4%)   Co-operative housing (co-ops)
3  (0.3%)   Fraternity/sorority
8  (0.9%)   International House
72  (7.8%)   University-owned apartment, family housing
201  (21.7%)   University-owned residence hall

18a. Is this the same place you lived before enrolling at Cal or did you relocate?

182  (19.7%)   Same residence
742  (80.3%)   I relocated (moved)

19. How far is your residence from central campus?

248  (26.8%)   Less than 0.5 mile
296  (32.0%)   0.5 - 1.5 miles
155  (16.7%)   1.6 - 4.9 miles
53  (5.7%)   5.0 - 9.9 miles
174  (18.8%)   10 miles or more

Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of submitted materials. All achievements, both academic and non-academic, are considered in the context of the opportunities an applicant has had, and the assessment is based on how fully the applicant has taken advantages of those opportunities.

How do you think each of the following affected your admission? Note that the essay is an integral part of the review because it can provide evidence in these areas.

 Probably the deciding factorMade my application stronger than mostNeutral, had no real effectWeakened my application; was a problem area
Community college courses taken 202  (21.9%)  519  (56.2%)   198  (21.4%)  5  (0.5%)  
Grades in community college coursework 355  (38.5%)  470  (51.0%)   66  (7.2%)   30  (3.3%)  
Personal qualities (e.g., leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity) 312  (33.8%)  477  (51.7%)   127  (13.8%)  7  (0.8%)  
My likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus 194  (21.1%)  445  (48.4%)   255  (27.7%)  26  (2.8%)  
Achievement in academic enrichment programs offered by Univ. of California 76  (8.5%)   161  (17.9%)   582  (64.9%)  78  (8.7%)  
Other evidence of achievement. (This criterion recognizes exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in the performing arts and athletics; employment; leadership in school or community organizations or activities; and community service.) 257  (28.8%)  365  (40.9%)   248  (27.8%)  22  (2.5%)  
Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field] 52  (31.1%)   39  (23.4%)   65  (38.9%)  11  (6.6%)  

19. How confident were you that you would be admitted to Cal?

134  (14.5%)   I was fairly certain that I would be admitted
383  (41.4%)   I was reasonably confident that I would be admitted but anything can happen
274  (29.6%)   I thought that either outcome was equally likely
51  (5.5%)   I was reasonably confident that I would NOT be admitted
83  (9.0%)   It was a complete surprise

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