2010 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 3

Academic Experience

1. We would like to hear more about your perception of being an undergraduate at a research university. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 2 4 6 42 131 161
1% 1% 2% 12% 38% 47%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 3 2 12 62 104 160
1% 1% 3% 18% 30% 47%
It wouldn't really matter where I got my undergraduate education (UC, regional college, community college) since they are all similar in quality 146 96 44 30 17 9
43% 28% 13% 9% 5% 3%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 45 87 89 68 34 16
13% 26% 26% 20% 10% 5%

2. How important to you are the following aspects of being an undergraduate at a research university like the UC Berkeley?

 Not importantNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
Learning about faculty research 4 20 61 111 93 54
1% 6% 18% 32% 27% 16%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 6 25 80 117 77 39
2% 7% 23% 34% 22% 11%
Learning research methods 2 9 39 113 90 89
1% 3% 11% 33% 26% 26%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 3 26 59 99 83 73
1% 8% 17% 29% 24% 21%
Pursuing your own research 5 36 68 88 75 71
1% 10% 20% 26% 22% 21%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 2 10 26 68 105 132
1% 3% 8% 20% 31% 38%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 1 11 26 60 96 148
0% 3% 8% 18% 28% 43%
Having access to a world-class library collection 2 10 25 76 90 137
1% 3% 7% 22% 26% 40%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 7 19 53 95 89 74
2% 6% 16% 28% 26% 22%

3. While attending Berkeley, how frequently do you expect to engage in the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Interact with students from outside the U.S. in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects) 3 13 55 84 118 71
1% 4% 16% 24% 34% 21%
Interact with students from outside the U.S. in social settings (e.g., in clubs or student organizations, or in informal settings) 4 20 72 81 110 57
1% 6% 21% 24% 32% 17%
Develop a friendship with a student from outside the U.S. 3 18 74 81 112 53
1% 5% 22% 24% 33% 16%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 16 57 86 85 62 37
5% 17% 25% 25% 18% 11%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 40 90 76 66 43 25
12% 26% 22% 19% 13% 7%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 11 32 94 86 70 46
3% 9% 28% 25% 21% 14%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 12 37 100 90 56 44
4% 11% 29% 27% 17% 13%

4. During your first year at Berkeley, how often do you expect each of the following to be obstacles to your school work or academic success?

 Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Competing job responsibilities (i.e., paid employment) 107 58 90 61 24
31% 17% 26% 18% 7%
Competing family responsibilities 85 107 93 39 15
25% 32% 27% 12% 4%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 56 107 114 54 10
16% 31% 33% 16% 3%
Weak English skills 202 54 46 26 13
59% 16% 13% 8% 4%
Weak math skills 169 79 70 17 7
49% 23% 20% 5% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 95 117 89 31 9
28% 34% 26% 9% 3%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 73 98 94 54 21
21% 29% 28% 16% 6%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 84 116 103 31 7
25% 34% 30% 9% 2%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 59 93 123 54 12
17% 27% 36% 16% 4%
Physical illness or condition 114 144 51 26 7
33% 42% 15% 8% 2%

5.  How important is it to you to graduate from Berkeley in two years?

Not important 6 2%
Not very important 24 7%
Somewhat important 49 14%
Important 49 14%
Very important 100 29%
Essential 114 33%
Not applicable 1 0%

6. Regarding choice of a major, what advice have you received?

 Decide on a major as soon as possibleTake your time; explore optionsNo advice given
From my family 68 160 112
20% 47% 33%
From Cal advisors 80 107 148
24% 32% 44%
From friends 59 161 119
17% 47% 35%
From fellow Cal students 55 105 173
17% 32% 52%
From transfer college teachers or counselors 88 151 97
26% 45% 29%

7. What do you plan to do about a major?

I have declared a major 185 54%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 149 43%
I plan to take my time and explore options 10 3%

 8. Did you have an AP of 4 or 5 in Math, Chemistry, Biology or Physics?

Yes 32 10%
No 294 90%

 9. Using your best judgment, in how many years will you earn a bachelor's degree?

Less than 4 years 190 55%
In 4 years 75 22%
In 5 years (more than 4 years to 5 years) 62 18%
In 6 years (more than 5 years to 6 years) 8 2%
More than 6 years 8 2%

Regarding use of AP eligibility, what advice have you received?

 Don't AP out; take the entry course at BerkeleyAP out; take a more advanced courseNo advice given
From my family 1 10 20
3% 32% 65%
From Cal advisors 4 5 22
13% 16% 71%
From friends 4 10 17
13% 32% 55%
From fellow Cal students 2 6 23
6% 19% 74%
From transfer college teachers or counselors 5 5 21
16% 16% 68%

11. If you could have used your AP scores for course credits, what did you do?

Not applicable 8 25%
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 20 63%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 3 9%
I am taking the entry courses at Berkeley instead of the credit 1 3%
Other 0 0%

Community and Civic Engagement Activities

1.  During your previous year of college attendance were you involved in any of the following activities or organizations?

 Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Academic (e.g., math club, philosophy club) 114 42 178
34% 13% 53%
Advocacy (e.g., Amnesty International, Living Wage Advocacy, Sierra Club) 35 12 282
11% 4% 86%
Campus sports club (e.g., rugby club, Kendo club) 29 5 296
9% 2% 90%
Campus varsity team (e.g., basketball, softball, soccer) 16 8 306
5% 2% 93%
Governing bodies (e.g., student government, IFC, panhellenic, residence hall association) 22 27 280
7% 8% 85%
Greek fraternity or sorority 9 7 309
3% 2% 95%
Honor society 126 25 182
38% 8% 55%
Media (e.g., campus newspaper, radio station) 17 11 299
5% 3% 91%
Performing group (e.g., school band, dance team) 35 7 286
11% 2% 87%
Political (e.g., Young Republicans, College Democrats) 19 10 302
6% 3% 91%
Recreational (e.g., chess club, bike club, rock climbing club) 49 7 273
15% 2% 83%
Religious (e.g., Korean Campus Ministry, World Peace Buddhist Club) 26 7 295
8% 2% 90%
Service (e.g., Special Olympics volunteers Club, Jewish Social Action Committee) 49 18 263
15% 5% 80%
Other campus-based club or organization 47 28 226
16% 9% 75%
 Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Off-campus club or organization 121 40 174
36% 12% 52%

2. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Opportunities for community service while at Berkeley are important to me 14 25 26 104 100 70
4% 7% 8% 31% 29% 21%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 8 10 10 76 113 116
2% 3% 3% 23% 34% 35%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 10 8 18 57 111 130
3% 2% 5% 17% 33% 39%

Community Service & Leadership

3. DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR OF COLLEGE ATTENDANCE, did you perform community service?

No 103 31%
Yes 234 69%

3a. How did you get involved in community service? If you have been involved in more than one form of community service, please answer for the one that has been the largest time commitment.

 YesNo
Through a related class 72 149
33% 67%
Through a program where I receive course credit (e.g., field studies credit for tutoring) 28 193
13% 87%
Through a formal service program (AmeriCorps, VISTA, etc.) where I receive pay or a stipend 18 200
8% 92%
Through another student organization on campus 91 128
42% 58%
Through a department or program at my college 48 165
23% 77%
Through my religious organization or church 56 161
26% 74%
Through an internship 34 184
16% 84%
I found the work on my own 142 84
63% 37%
Other 18 123
13% 87%

If other, please elaborate (N=16)

3b.  What was the focus of the organization where you did this community service? (Select all that apply.)

Access and success in higher education 44 19%
Agriculture/nutrition 10 4%
Animal welfare 15 7%
Arts education 11 5%
Arts, community/public arts (all disciplines) 20 9%
Child care 32 14%
Civil rights/human rights 22 10%
Conflict resolution 7 3%
Crime/criminal justice 5 2%
Disability issues 16 7%
Disaster preparedness 3 1%
Diversity/multiculturalism 13 6%
Economic development 17 8%
Education, pre-K to community college 44 19%
Environment/sustainability issues 41 18%
Global citizenship 15 7%
Health 44 19%
HIV/AIDS 8 4%
Housing/homelessness 26 12%
Hunger 51 23%
Immigrants/migrant worker rights 21 9%
International issues 17 8%
Legal aid 8 4%
Mental health 9 4%
Mentoring 36 16%
Parenting 5 2%
Poverty 53 23%
Reading/writing 19 8%
Senior/elder services 17 8%
Sexual assault 4 2%
Substance abuse 6 3%
Tax form preparation 1 0%
Technology 6 3%
Transportation 3 1%
Tutoring 58 26%
Voting 13 6%
Women's issues 14 6%
Other 26 12%

3c. Please name up to three organizations and their location (for example, “United Way, Oakland, CA”) where you participated in community engagement during college:

Organization name and location (N=194)  

Organization name and location (N=110)  

Organization name and location (N=60) 

3d. Thinking about your participation in all forms of community service, which includes service through clubs, courses, and one-time events, please estimate how many total hours of service you completed in college:

One to ten hours 49 22%
Eleven to twenty hours 33 15%
Twenty-one to fifty hours 44 20%
Fifty-one to one hundred hours 41 18%
More than one hundred hours 58 26%

3e. Which of the following were significant reasons for getting involved in community service?

 A significant reasonNot a significant reason
Required as part of my academic program 46 172
21% 79%
Unique or interesting opportunity arose to participate 164 57
74% 26%
Encouragement from friends or family 98 122
45% 55%
Belief in the particular cause 162 59
73% 27%
Location of where the work was to be conducted 98 122
45% 55%
Opportunity to learn new things 162 57
74% 26%
Opportunity to enhance my academic achievement 129 90
59% 41%
Opportunities to develop leadership skills 147 71
67% 33%
Become a better citizen and community participant 172 50
77% 23%
Change conditions in the community 141 80
64% 36%
Strengthen my resume for college or employment 131 89
60% 40%
Other 10 116
8% 92%

If other, please elaborate (N=9) 

3f.  To what extent will participation in community-focused activities in high school influence your desire to continue community-focused activities at Berkeley?

Not at all 52 23%
To some extent 116 52%
To a great extent 57 25%

National and Global Engagement

4.  Do you consider yourself to be a

Democrat 136 42%
Republican 21 6%
Independent 118 36%
Other 49 15%

4a.  Do you consider yourself to be a strong Democrat?

Yes 44 34%
No 85 66%

4a.  Do you consider yourself to be a strong Republican?

Yes 5 24%
No 16 76%

4a.  Do you lean more toward the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

Democratic 104 76%
Republican 32 24%

5.  Do you think this country is moving in the right direction or wrong direction?

Right direction 79 24%
Wrong direction 104 32%
Don't know 143 44%

6. During your prior year of college attendance, how frequently did you follow news about the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
The United States 3 21 63 78 85 77
1% 6% 19% 24% 26% 24%
Countries outside the United States 4 27 80 76 76 63
1% 8% 25% 23% 23% 19%
Global politics and diplomacy 10 43 86 68 64 56
3% 13% 26% 21% 20% 17%
Global climate and environmental issues 7 31 92 80 63 51
2% 10% 28% 25% 19% 16%
International business and economics 19 56 91 77 44 37
6% 17% 28% 24% 14% 11%
Global health issues 6 37 93 99 52 40
2% 11% 28% 30% 16% 12%
International conflicts and peace issues 5 35 85 72 70 60
2% 11% 26% 22% 21% 18%

7. As a beginning Berkeley student, how would you rate your competencies below?

 PoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 21 73 110 81 41
6% 22% 34% 25% 13%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 14 83 102 89 35
4% 26% 32% 28% 11%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 54 71 85 54 62
17% 22% 26% 17% 19%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 1 26 71 115 113
0% 8% 22% 35% 35%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 2 21 57 106 138
1% 6% 18% 33% 43%

8. In the college classroom, how often have you been asked to

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 31 43 56 89 67 37
10% 13% 17% 28% 21% 11%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 15 19 48 89 99 53
5% 6% 15% 28% 31% 16%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 10 8 42 74 119 66
3% 3% 13% 23% 37% 21%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 9 18 47 83 106 60
3% 6% 15% 26% 33% 19%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 9 16 58 88 102 48
3% 5% 18% 27% 32% 15%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 13 39 68 91 73 39
4% 12% 21% 28% 23% 12%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 9 19 59 100 91 43
3% 6% 18% 31% 28% 13%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 11 23 60 91 92 43
3% 7% 19% 28% 29% 13%
Reflect on your responsibility for community or social issues 10 34 52 93 81 45
3% 11% 17% 30% 26% 14%
Act on community or social issues 30 56 67 76 53 36
9% 18% 21% 24% 17% 11%

9. Outside the college classroom, how often did you

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 7 16 44 66 114 74
2% 5% 14% 21% 36% 23%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 5 12 43 58 118 83
2% 4% 13% 18% 37% 26%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 3 14 38 62 104 98
1% 4% 12% 19% 33% 31%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 6 14 51 82 100 67
2% 4% 16% 26% 31% 21%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 8 22 51 84 96 57
3% 7% 16% 26% 30% 18%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 13 33 57 98 73 45
4% 10% 18% 31% 23% 14%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 8 24 55 78 97 58
3% 8% 17% 24% 30% 18%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 9 31 55 72 93 57
3% 10% 17% 23% 29% 18%
Reflect on your individual responsibility for community or social issues 8 30 53 75 91 60
3% 9% 17% 24% 29% 19%
Act on community or social issues 21 50 63 74 71 40
7% 16% 20% 23% 22% 13%

Student Life and Development

Goals & Aspirations

1. Indicate how important each of the following college goals is to you.

 Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Be in a position to give something back to my community after finishing my education 11 109 239
3% 30% 67%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 6 80 273
2% 22% 76%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 22 72 266
6% 20% 74%
Achieve a high GPA 21 136 203
6% 38% 56%
Form romantic relationships 150 125 84
42% 35% 23%
Establish meaningful friendships 9 126 223
3% 35% 62%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 17 100 243
5% 28% 68%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 7 56 294
2% 16% 82%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 66 152 140
18% 42% 39%
Explore new ideas 4 91 263
1% 25% 73%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 87 128 142
24% 36% 40%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 40 127 192
11% 35% 53%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 6 75 278
2% 21% 77%
Integrate spirituality into my life 137 117 104
38% 33% 29%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 22 131 206
6% 36% 57%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 46 127 186
13% 35% 52%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 11 20 23 86 101 118
3% 6% 6% 24% 28% 33%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 25 27 39 67 100 102
7% 8% 11% 19% 28% 28%
Getting into my first choice of major 83 54 43 55 50 73
23% 15% 12% 15% 14% 20%
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 4 9 22 86 88 150
1% 3% 6% 24% 25% 42%
Getting the academic advising I need 10 21 52 93 91 92
3% 6% 14% 26% 25% 26%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 9 20 35 98 98 97
3% 6% 10% 27% 27% 27%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 69 66 68 76 44 35
19% 18% 19% 21% 12% 10%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 82 68 51 61 63 32
23% 19% 14% 17% 18% 9%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 14 18 51 105 100 72
4% 5% 14% 29% 28% 20%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 17 31 42 100 89 80
5% 9% 12% 28% 25% 22%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 90 54 50 73 51 42
25% 15% 14% 20% 14% 12%
Being able to maintain good health 20 34 37 94 90 85
6% 9% 10% 26% 25% 24%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 72 51 47 85 57 46
20% 14% 13% 24% 16% 13%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 18 20 30 101 97 91
5% 6% 8% 28% 27% 25%
Second guessing whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 124 52 56 56 44 27
35% 14% 16% 16% 12% 8%

Perceptions and Campus Climate

3. Based on your experience and observation, rate the general climate for students at your transfer college along the following dimensions:

College was:

Friendly Hostile
83 147 84 36 6 3
23% 41% 23% 10% 2% 1%
Caring Impersonal
53 118 106 44 29 9
15% 33% 30% 12% 8% 3%
Intellectual Not Intellectual
69 88 95 69 26 12
19% 25% 26% 19% 7% 3%
Tolerant of diversity  Intolerant of diversity
133 128 56 31 9 2
37% 36% 16% 9% 3% 1%
Safe Dangerous
106 135 70 37 11 0
30% 38% 19% 10% 3% 0%
Too hard academically Too easy academically
22 53 113 85 61 25
6% 15% 31% 24% 17% 7%
Affordable Not affordable
161 84 33 44 21 16
45% 23% 9% 12% 6% 4%

4. Please indicate the extent to which you agree with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeNot applicable
Students of my race/ethnicity were respected at my college 6 3 12 55 136 132 15
2% 1% 3% 15% 38% 37% 4%
Students of my socio-economic status were respected at my college 3 8 14 50 139 131 13
1% 2% 4% 14% 39% 37% 4%
Students of my gender were respected at my college 2 2 7 45 151 137 13
1% 1% 2% 13% 42% 38% 4%
Students of my religious beliefs were respected at my college 7 3 12 56 114 99 67
2% 1% 3% 16% 32% 28% 19%
Students of my political beliefs were respected at my college 5 6 15 60 134 105 33
1% 2% 4% 17% 37% 29% 9%
Students of my sexual orientation were respected at my college 3 3 11 45 117 138 38
1% 1% 3% 13% 33% 39% 11%
Students of my immigration background were respected at my college 2 4 8 56 109 97 82
1% 1% 2% 16% 30% 27% 23%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine  were respected at my college 2 3 8 50 98 69 124
1% 1% 2% 14% 28% 19% 35%

5. As you start your first semester at Cal, please rank your concerns in these five general areas. One (1) is first or the area of most concern.

 12345
Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want) 182 98 46 21 11
51% 27% 13% 6% 3%
Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing) 71 58 51 70 108
20% 16% 14% 19% 30%
Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice) 31 73 71 95 87
9% 20% 20% 26% 24%
Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed) 55 86 113 67 36
15% 24% 31% 19% 10%
Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship) 20 42 76 104 113
6% 12% 21% 29% 31%

6. Please rate your awareness and understanding of the following issues.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
My own racial and ethnic identity 3 6 31 110 110 95
1% 2% 9% 31% 31% 27%
Social class and economic differences/issues 1 4 46 104 131 70
0% 1% 13% 29% 37% 20%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues 1 3 46 113 126 64
0% 1% 13% 32% 36% 18%
Gender differences/issues 1 8 32 119 118 78
0% 2% 9% 33% 33% 22%
Sexual orientation differences/issues 2 9 46 114 106 79
1% 3% 13% 32% 30% 22%
Physical or other observable disabilities 2 11 65 129 91 56
1% 3% 18% 36% 26% 16%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 3 21 64 130 79 59
1% 6% 18% 37% 22% 17%

7. As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the following:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 5 25 35 143 116 34
1% 7% 10% 40% 32% 9%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 1 22 30 142 130 33
0% 6% 8% 40% 36% 9%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 1 2 8 50 108 189
0% 1% 2% 14% 30% 53%
Most students are proud to attend this school 1 1 4 32 131 190
0% 0% 1% 9% 36% 53%
This institution values students' opinions 1 6 15 85 153 100
0% 2% 4% 24% 43% 28%
Academic cheating is a problem on this campus 30 99 100 53 33 32
9% 29% 29% 15% 10% 9%
Alcohol use is a problem on this campus 20 67 111 79 42 28
6% 19% 32% 23% 12% 8%
Drug use is a problem on this campus 22 71 93 83 38 39
6% 21% 27% 24% 11% 11%
Diversity is important on this campus 5 8 20 56 136 134
1% 2% 6% 16% 38% 37%
Diversity is important to me 2 6 14 61 125 149
1% 2% 4% 17% 35% 42%

 back to top

back to Transfer SONS 2010 Results