2008 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 4

Personal Concerns

8. How concerned are you now about each of the following?

 Not concernedA little concernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 63  (6.8%)   130  (14.1%)   122  (13.3%)   204  (22.2%)   401  (43.6%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 145  (15.8%)   102  (11.1%)   137  (14.9%)   195  (21.2%)   340  (37.0%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 408  (44.4%)   96  (10.4%)   103  (11.2%)   126  (13.7%)   186  (20.2%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 28  (3.0%)   89  (9.7%)   133  (14.5%)   211  (22.9%)   459  (49.9%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 103  (11.2%)   127  (13.8%)   196  (21.3%)   241  (26.2%)   252  (27.4%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 86  (9.4%)   129  (14.1%)   167  (18.3%)   251  (27.5%)   281  (30.7%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 197  (21.5%)   157  (17.1%)   178  (19.4%)   197  (21.5%)   187  (20.4%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s) 437  (47.9%)   130  (14.3%)   144  (15.8%)   104  (11.4%)   97  (10.6%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 97  (10.6%)   165  (18.0%)   218  (23.8%)   218  (23.8%)   218  (23.8%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 162  (17.6%)   130  (14.2%)   192  (20.9%)   229  (24.9%)   205  (22.3%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 370  (40.3%)   180  (19.6%)   140  (15.3%)   110  (12.0%)   118  (12.9%)  
Being able to maintain good health 145  (15.8%)   170  (18.5%)   215  (23.4%)   211  (23.0%)   178  (19.4%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 319  (34.7%)   150  (16.3%)   182  (19.8%)   143  (15.6%)   124  (13.5%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 221  (24.0%)   185  (20.1%)   192  (20.9%)   159  (17.3%)   162  (17.6%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 68  (7.4%)   103  (11.2%)   180  (19.7%)   251  (27.4%)   314  (34.3%)  
Whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 431  (46.9%)   134  (14.6%)   123  (13.4%)   116  (12.6%)   114  (12.4%)  

9. As you start your first semester at Cal, what is your biggest concerns from these five general areas?

570  (61.9%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
107  (11.6%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
83  (9.0%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
125  (13.6%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
36  (3.9%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

10. What is your SECOND BIGGEST concern?

231  (25.2%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
200  (21.8%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
184  (20.0%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
228  (24.8%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
75  (8.2%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

11. And last, what is your THIRD BIGGEST concern?

80  (8.7%)   Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)
177  (19.3%)   Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)
218  (23.8%)   Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)
246  (26.8%)   Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)
196  (21.4%)   Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

12. When do you expect you will graduate from Cal?

617  (67.1%)   Spring 2010 or sooner (2 years)
112  (12.2%)   Summer 2010 (2 years + summer)
160  (17.4%)   Fall 2010 (2 years + semester)
30  (3.3%)   Spring 2011 or later (3 or more years)

13. At Berkeley students have many types of interests or "college identities." Which of the following do you think will apply to you. That is, who do you see yourself as being or identifying with while at Cal? [CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]

 I will strongly identify with these studentsNot me
Advocates for social causes 426  (47.2%)   476  (52.8%)  
Artsy (artistic, creative) students 380  (42.0%)   524  (58.0%)  
Athletes/jocks 164  (18.2%)   738  (81.8%)  
Campus leaders (student government) 247  (27.4%)   655  (72.6%)  
Community service students 516  (57.0%)   390  (43.0%)  
Conservative students 137  (15.2%)   763  (84.8%)  
Feminists 232  (26.0%)   661  (74.0%)  
First in family to go to college 378  (41.9%)   524  (58.1%)  
Fraternity/sorority members 97  (10.8%)   798  (89.2%)  
From very poor families 268  (30.0%)   625  (70.0%)  
From very well-to-do families 137  (15.3%)   760  (84.7%)  
From your geographical origin ( SoCal, International, etc.) 500  (55.4%)   402  (44.6%)  
Immigrants 334  (37.3%)   562  (62.7%)  
In your campus organization or club 474  (53.1%)   418  (46.9%)  
In your major or field of study 812  (89.3%)   97  (10.7%)  
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students 139  (15.6%)   754  (84.4%)  
Liberal students 430  (48.2%)   463  (51.8%)  
Of same racial or ethnic background 418  (46.6%)   479  (53.4%)  
Partiers 164  (18.3%)   733  (81.7%)  
Politically engaged students (national, state, local politics) 319  (35.5%)   579  (64.5%)  
Religious or spiritual students 208  (23.2%)   687  (76.8%)  
Serious about getting good grades 753  (83.0%)   154  (17.0%)  
Slackers 105  (11.7%)   794  (88.3%)  
With family history of attending Cal 112  (12.5%)   786  (87.5%)  

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