2010 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Background and Personal Characteristics

1. How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education?

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.) 59 58 101 215 235 400
6% 5% 9% 20% 22% 37%

2.  Which of the following have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses?

Applied for financial aid 839 80%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 214 20%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 642 61%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 378 36%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 86 8%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 100 9%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 526 50%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 80 8%
Worked for pay to save for college 529 50%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 372 35%
Requested a triple to save money 101 10%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 143 14%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 120 11%
Other 81 8%

3a.  Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for students from families making less than $70,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 430 41%
No 610 59%

3b.  To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

Strongly disagree 66 6%
Disagree 79 7%
Somewhat disagree 151 14%
Somewhat agree 367 35%
Agree 266 25%
Strongly agree 127 12%

4.  Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at Cal? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible because answers may not exceed 1,000 characters in length.)

[Contact OPA for more information] (N=498)

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

I was born in the U.S. 609 58%
1991 or earlier 48 5%
1992 7 1%
1993 5 0%
1994 8 1%
1995 12 1%
1996 6 1%
1997 11 1%
1998 3 0%
1999 10 1%
2000 13 1%
2001 14 1%
2002 11 1%
2003 15 1%
2004 15 1%
2005 24 2%
2006 55 5%
2007 95 9%
2008 94 9%
2009 or later 4 0%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 556 53%
Before I was 5 years old 144 14%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 134 13%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 105 10%
After turning 16 years old 117 11%

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

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 444 621
42% 58%
My father 446 620
42% 58%
My mother's mother 381 674
36% 64%
My father's mother 368 688
35% 65%
My mother's father 381 673
36% 64%
My father's father 363 688
35% 65%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

None (did not receive formal education) 1 0%
Less than high school diploma 27 6%
High school diploma 144 33%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 55 12%
Bachelor's degree 117 27%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 10 2%
Master's degree 56 13%
A professional degree 11 2%
Doctoral degree 20 5%

7a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 221 73 8 41 36 33 1 20 4 2
50% 17% 2% 9% 8% 8% 0% 5% 1% 0%
In Foreign Country 32 28 92 191 60 132 2 29 8 8
5% 5% 16% 33% 10% 23% 0% 5% 1% 1%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father?

None (did not receive formal education) 5 1%
Less than high school diploma 30 7%
High school diploma 145 33%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 37 9%
Bachelor's degree 119 27%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 5 1%
Master's degree 52 12%
A professional degree 22 5%
Doctoral degree 19 4%

7b. What was the highest level of education reached by your father?

 Not applicableNone (did not receive formal education)Less than high school diploma or equivalentHigh school diploma or equivalentAssociate's or postsecondary certificateBachelor's degree or equivalentPost-baccalaureate certificate or equivalentMaster's degree or equivalentProfessional degree or equivalentDoctorate or equivalent
In United States 226 69 9 32 24 34 1 26 8 14
51% 16% 2% 7% 5% 8% 0% 6% 2% 3%
In Foreign Country 42 24 88 163 42 138 1 47 13 24
7% 4% 15% 28% 7% 24% 0% 8% 2% 4%

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

I don't know 228 21%
None 504 47%
One 121 11%
Two 128 12%
Three 50 5%
Four 35 3%

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

Wealthy 12 1%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 177 17%
Middle-class 427 40%
Working-class 316 30%
Low-income or poor 132 12%

10.  Are you a financially independent student?  Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

Yes 364 34%
No 696 66%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 58 9%
$10,000 to $19,999 60 9%
$20,000 to $34,999 87 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 75 11%
$50,000 to $64,999 70 11%
$65,000 to $79,999 81 12%
$80,000 to $99,999 62 9%
$100,000 to $124,999 67 10%
$125,000 to $149,999 32 5%
$150,000 to $199,999 35 5%
$200,000 or more 36 5%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2009?

Less than $10,000 135 38%
$10,000 to $19,999 79 22%
$20,000 to $34,999 64 18%
$35,000 to $49,999 29 8%
$50,000 to $64,999 13 4%
$65,000 to $79,999 11 3%
$80,000 to $99,999 8 2%
$100,000 to $124,999 5 1%
$125,000 to $149,999 2 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 5 1%
$200,000 or more 2 1%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 159 15%
Not particularly spiritual 132 13%
No preference 132 13%
Agnostic 82 8%
Atheist 112 11%
Baptist 17 2%
Buddhist 56 5%
Christian Church (Disciples) 83 8%
Eastern Orthodox 4 0%
Episcopalian 0 0%
Hindu 10 1%
Jewish 17 2%
Lutheran 5 0%
Methodist 2 0%
Mormon 3 0%
Muslim 24 2%
Presbyterian 14 1%
Quaker 0 0%
Roman Catholic 99 10%
Seventh Day Adventist 0 0%
Sikh 6 1%
Taoist 3 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 2 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 1 0%
Other Christian 54 5%
Other Religion 18 2%

How religious are you and your parents?

 Not applicableNot religiousA little religiousReligiousVery religious
You 99 460 275 170 51
9% 44% 26% 16% 5%
Your father 128 338 260 195 132
12% 32% 25% 19% 13%
Your mother 77 214 279 282 199
7% 20% 27% 27% 19%
Your stepfather 744 91 41 29 18
81% 10% 4% 3% 2%
Your stepmother 748 80 48 34 21
80% 9% 5% 4% 2%
Your parent's partner 758 74 35 41 18
82% 8% 4% 4% 2%

14.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 50 5%
Gay/Lesbian 38 4%
Heterosexual 832 78%
Questioning/Unsure 16 2%
Self-identified Queer 19 2%
Decline to state 72 7%
Other 34 3%

15.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 509 48%
Man (Male) 524 49%
Transgender 2 0%
Genderqueer 5 0%
Decline to state 23 2%
Other 2 0%

16.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 142 13%
Liberal 364 35%
Slightly liberal 168 16%
Moderate or middle of the road 268 25%
Slightly conservative 65 6%
Conservative 40 4%
Very conservative 7 1%

17.  Please indicate the highest level of organized sports in which you plan to participate?

Professional sports 7 1%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 3 0%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 11 1%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 34 3%
Campus club sports team 96 9%
Intramural sports 108 10%
Personal recreation 482 46%
Does not apply to me 318 30%

17a.On average, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on this one activity? (Must be numeric)  (N=717)

[Contact OPA for more information]

18. Do you have a roommate who differs from you in the following ways?

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 209 753 54
21% 74% 5%
Sexual orientation 103 746 166
10% 73% 16%
Race/ethnicity 469 483 62
46% 48% 6%
Social or economic class 307 443 267
30% 44% 26%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 234 646 138
23% 63% 14%
Political party affiliation 127 453 436
13% 45% 43%
Religious preference 274 413 329
27% 41% 32%

19. 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
Grades in college coursework 334 534 142 47
32% 51% 13% 4%
Personal qualities (e.g., leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity) 336 557 147 12
32% 53% 14% 1%
My likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus 189 530 297 31
18% 51% 28% 3%
Performance on standardized tests (e.g., SAT, SAT Subject Tests) 26 95 818 91
3% 9% 79% 9%
Participation in transfer program offered by Univ. of California 117 266 594 41
11% 26% 58% 4%
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.) 294 488 236 21
28% 47% 23% 2%
Other 123 138 412 41
17% 19% 58% 6%

  Please elaborate:  (N=347)

20. How confident were you that you would be admitted to UC Berkeley?

I was fairly certain that I would be admitted 136 13%
I was reasonably confident that I would be admitted but anything can happen 374 35%
I thought that either outcome was equally likely 312 29%
I was reasonably confident that I would NOT be admitted 118 11%
It was a BIG surprise 121 11%

Your current living situation

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 21 2%
Foothill 15 1%
Bowles 1 0%
Stern 19 2%
Unit 1 21 2%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 83 8%
Unit 3 44 4%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 41 4%
Smyth Fernwald (family housing) 2 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 19 2%
Wada Apartments 44 4%
Living with family 55 5%
Sorority or fraternity 6 1%
COOP Housing 20 2%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 629 59%
Other 38 4%

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 483 46%
1 mile to 2 miles 259 24%
3 miles to 10 miles 141 13%
11 to 20 miles 75 7%
21 miles or more 100 9%

23. Who do you live with?

No one. I live alone 126 12%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 572 54%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 107 10%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner 96 9%
I live with at least one parent 73 7%
Other 78 7%

24. What is the composition of your dorm room or household while attending Berkeley this term?

 0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 49 183 324 213 139 122
5% 18% 31% 21% 13% 12%
Teenagers 13-17 716 40 14 2 2 4
92% 5% 2% 0% 0% 1%
Children 6-12 736 26 11 0 0 0
95% 3% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 724 28 13 0 1 0
95% 4% 2% 0% 0% 0%

25. In general, I consider myself:

not a very happy person  a very happy person
9 26 52 160 307 383 126
1% 2% 5% 15% 29% 36% 12%

26. In the past 3 months, compared to most of my peers, I consider myself:

less happy more happy
24 43 104 204 290 269 127
2% 4% 10% 19% 27% 25% 12%

 27. Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset?

parents, guardians 687 66%
friends nearby 734 71%
teachers, coaches 116 11%
siblings 394 38%
online friends 157 15%
clergy 23 2%
other family 194 19%
counselors, therapists 89 9%
other 248 24%

  28. In general, how satisfied are you with how available these people are to you?

very dissatisfied 60 6%
fairly dissatisfied 69 7%
a little dissatisfied 92 9%
a little satisfied 98 9%
fairly satisfied 373 35%
very satisfied 359 34%

29. Overall, how satisfied are you with the support that you have?

very dissatisfied 53 5%
fairly dissatisfied 72 7%
a little dissatisfied 68 7%
a little satisfied 108 10%
fairly satisfied 352 34%
very satisfied 392 38%

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