2011 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Your 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 2012 and Spring 2013.) 57 41 95 184 209 326
6% 4% 10% 20% 23% 36%

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 700 78%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 180 20%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 562 63%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 312 35%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 68 8%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 92 10%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 458 51%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 72 8%
Worked for pay to save for college 427 47%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 287 32%
Requested a triple to save money 76 8%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 129 14%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 90 10%
Other 81 9%

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 $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 544 60%
No 360 40%

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 41 5%
Disagree 78 9%
Somewhat disagree 120 13%
Somewhat agree 312 35%
Agree 233 26%
Strongly agree 118 13%

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.)

  (N=438)    [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 541 60%
1991 or earlier 32 4%
1992 5 1%
1993 7 1%
1994 9 1%
1995 4 0%
1996 6 1%
1997 9 1%
1998 12 1%
1999 11 1%
2000 12 1%
2001 7 1%
2002 5 1%
2003 7 1%
2004 15 2%
2005 18 2%
2006 19 2%
2007 38 4%
2008 74 8%
2009 72 8%
2010 or later 4 0%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 480 53%
Before I was 5 years old 143 16%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 118 13%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 98 11%
After turning 16 years old 64 7%

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

 In U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 393 521
43% 57%
My father 397 515
44% 56%
My mother's mother 329 571
37% 63%
My father's mother 338 564
37% 63%
My mother's father 330 575
36% 64%
My father's father 331 567
37% 63%

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 16 4%
High school diploma 122 31%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 53 14%
Bachelor's degree 114 29%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 9 2%
Master's degree 49 13%
A professional degree 20 5%
Doctoral degree 7 2%

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 204 57 12 25 38 28 1 14 5 2
53% 15% 3% 6% 10% 7% 0% 4% 1% 1%
In Foreign Country 32 18 89 154 48 102 6 24 6 5
7% 4% 18% 32% 10% 21% 1% 5% 1% 1%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 1 0%
Less than high school diploma 22 6%
High school diploma 128 32%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 47 12%
Bachelor's degree 102 26%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 5 1%
Master's degree 51 13%
A professional degree 23 6%
Doctoral degree 18 5%

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 201 47 14 19 22 27 3 23 12 14
53% 12% 4% 5% 6% 7% 1% 6% 3% 4%
In Foreign Country 45 19 57 142 27 100 3 47 17 23
9% 4% 12% 30% 6% 21% 1% 10% 4% 5%

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

I don't know 179 20%
None 410 45%
One 118 13%
Two 106 12%
Three 54 6%
Four 44 5%

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

Wealthy 13 1%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 151 17%
Middle-class 365 40%
Working-class 246 27%
Low-income or poor 130 14%

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 320 35%
No 582 65%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2010?

Less than $10,000 41 7%
$10,000 to $19,999 49 9%
$20,000 to $34,999 72 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 58 11%
$50,000 to $64,999 58 11%
$65,000 to $79,999 63 11%
$80,000 to $99,999 59 11%
$100,000 to $124,999 70 13%
$125,000 to $149,999 23 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 20 4%
$200,000 or more 39 7%


11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2010?

Less than $10,000 115 37%
$10,000 to $19,999 79 25%
$20,000 to $34,999 54 17%
$35,000 to $49,999 21 7%
$50,000 to $64,999 12 4%
$65,000 to $79,999 11 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 10 3%
$100,000 to $124,999 4 1%
$125,000 to $149,999 2 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 1 0%
$200,000 or more 1 0%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 137 15%
Not particularly spiritual 119 13%
No preference 111 13%
Agnostic 74 8%
Atheist 106 12%
Baptist 14 2%
Buddhist 47 5%
Christian Church (Disciples) 57 6%
Eastern Orthodox 2 0%
Episcopalian 1 0%
Hindu 5 1%
Jewish 26 3%
Lutheran 3 0%
Methodist 5 1%
Mormon 0 0%
Muslim 24 3%
Presbyterian 16 2%
Quaker 1 0%
Roman Catholic 69 8%
Seventh Day Adventist 3 0%
Sikh 4 0%
Taoist 5 1%
Unitarian/Universalist 1 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 1 0%
Other Christian 41 5%
Other Religion 13 1%

13. How religious are you and your parents?

 Not applicableNot religiousA little religiousReligiousVery religious
You 91 400 235 128 44
10% 45% 26% 14% 5%
Your father 114 301 223 172 91
13% 33% 25% 19% 10%
Your mother 78 208 231 231 151
9% 23% 26% 26% 17%
Your stepfather 631 83 34 25 12
80% 11% 4% 3% 2%
Your stepmother 619 70 48 21 19
80% 9% 6% 3% 2%
Your parent's partner 628 69 29 35 15
81% 9% 4% 5% 2%

14.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 46 5%
Gay/Lesbian 43 5%
Heterosexual 701 78%
Questioning/Unsure 14 2%
Self-identified Queer 5 1%
Decline to state 65 7%
Other 25 3%

15.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman (Female) 499 55%
Man (Male) 393 43%
Transgender 3 0%
Genderqueer 2 0%
Decline to state 8 1%
Other 2 0%

16.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 127 14%
Liberal 305 34%
Slightly liberal 150 17%
Moderate or middle of the road 240 27%
Slightly conservative 53 6%
Conservative 14 2%
Very conservative 6 1%

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

Professional sports 3 0%
NCAA with athletic scholarship 2 0%
NCAA without athletic scholarship 3 0%
Competitive personal (e.g., 5K races) 39 4%
Campus club sports team 76 8%
Intramural sports 83 9%
Personal recreation 364 40%
Does not apply to me 332 37%

17a.  On average, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on this one activity? (Must be numeric) (N=549; Mean = 5.28 hours; Max = 30 hours)

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

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 184 637 53
21% 73% 6%
Sexual orientation 72 647 153
8% 74% 18%
Race/ethnicity 397 414 60
46% 48% 7%
Social or economic class 270 382 215
31% 44% 25%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 195 537 138
22% 62% 16%
Political party affiliation 99 398 374
11% 46% 43%
Religious preference 225 354 291
26% 41% 33%

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
College courses taken 195 487 212 4
22% 54% 24% 0%
Grades in college coursework 329 434 92 41
37% 48% 10% 5%
Personal qualities (e.g., leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity) 330 432 128 4
37% 48% 14% 0%
My likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus 176 406 287 22
20% 46% 32% 2%
Performance on standardized tests (e.g., SAT, SAT Subject Tests) 27 100 671 75
3% 11% 77% 9%
Participation in transfer program offered by Univ. of California 94 224 524 41
11% 25% 59% 5%
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... 274 398 192 23
31% 45% 22% 3%
Other 97 111 364 34
16% 18% 60% 6%

 Please elaborate: (N=287)    [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was fairly certain that I would be admitted 86 10%
I was reasonably confident that I would be admitted but anything can happen 332 37%
I thought that either outcome was equally likely 269 30%
I was reasonably confident that I would NOT be admitted 91 10%
It was a BIG surprise 125 14%

Your current living situation

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 16 2%
Foothill 31 3%
Bowles 0 0%
Stern 17 2%
Unit 1 20 2%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 61 7%
Unit 3 25 3%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 30 3%
Smyth Fernwald (family housing) 4 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 22 2%
Wada Apartments 30 3%
Living with family 48 5%
Sorority or fraternity 3 0%
Co-op Housing 12 1%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 560 62%
Other 25 3%

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 408 45%
1 mile to 2 miles 210 23%
3 miles to 10 miles 142 16%
11 to 20 miles 65 7%
21 miles or more 79 9%

 23. With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 111 12%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 455 51%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 78 9%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 106 12%
I live with at least one parent 54 6%
Other 92 10%

23a. 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) 45 157 272 175 117 110
5% 18% 31% 20% 13% 13%
Teenagers 13-17 580 34 15 4 2 1
91% 5% 2% 1% 0% 0%
Children 6-12 595 19 15 4 1 0
94% 3% 2% 1% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 588 27 12 4 1 0
93% 4% 2% 1% 0% 0%

24. In general, I consider myself:  

Not a very happy personA very happy person
10 21 53 159 411 473 147
1% 2% 4% 12% 32% 37% 12%

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

Less happyMore happy
28 52 108 267 370 321 130
2% 4% 8% 21% 29% 25% 10%

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

parents, guardians 580 65%
friends nearby 614 69%
teachers, coaches 77 9%
siblings 376 42%
online friends 162 18%
clergy 17 2%
other family 182 20%
counselors, therapists 83 9%
other 201 23%

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

very dissatisfied 61 7%
fairly dissatisfied 41 5%
a little dissatisfied 85 10%
a little satisfied 98 11%
fairly satisfied 310 35%
very satisfied 297 33%

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

very dissatisfied 57 6%
fairly dissatisfied 46 5%
a little dissatisfied 53 6%
a little satisfied 77 9%
fairly satisfied 305 34%
very satisfied 347 39%

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