2011 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 5 2 9 52 122 114
2% 1% 3% 17% 40% 38%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 4 1 14 64 78 142
1% 0% 5% 21% 26% 47%
It wouldn't really matter where I got my undergraduate education (UC, regional college, community college) since they are all similar in quality 112 88 61 30 9 4
37% 29% 20% 10% 3% 1%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 42 87 82 62 22 7
14% 29% 27% 21% 7% 2%

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

 Not importantNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
Learning about faculty research 6 20 60 101 76 40
2% 7% 20% 33% 25% 13%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 8 26 78 84 72 33
3% 9% 26% 28% 24% 11%
Learning research methods 3 15 42 81 96 65
1% 5% 14% 27% 32% 22%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 4 21 49 90 82 55
1% 7% 16% 30% 27% 18%
Pursuing your own research 9 30 59 82 73 47
3% 10% 20% 27% 24% 16%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 1 8 28 58 92 115
0% 3% 9% 19% 30% 38%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 0 3 18 66 82 134
0% 1% 6% 22% 27% 44%
Having access to a world-class library collection 3 6 24 78 93 98
1% 2% 8% 26% 31% 32%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 10 17 56 88 74 59
3% 6% 18% 29% 24% 19%

3. While attending UC 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 9 48 67 97 79
1% 3% 16% 22% 32% 26%
Interact with students from outside the U.S. in social settings (e.g., in clubs or student organizations, or in informal settings) 3 17 66 70 89 58
1% 6% 22% 23% 29% 19%
Develop a friendship with a student from outside the U.S. 4 17 57 71 87 64
1% 6% 19% 24% 29% 21%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 18 43 79 69 62 27
6% 14% 27% 23% 21% 9%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 39 92 75 44 35 14
13% 31% 25% 15% 12% 5%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 13 32 84 69 69 33
4% 11% 28% 23% 23% 11%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 13 35 93 75 48 37
4% 12% 31% 25% 16% 12%

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) 95 62 89 38 19
31% 20% 29% 13% 6%
Competing family responsibilities 77 80 83 43 21
25% 26% 27% 14% 7%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 57 79 110 42 15
19% 26% 36% 14% 5%
Weak English skills 209 43 30 11 9
69% 14% 10% 4% 3%
Weak math skills 152 75 59 13 4
50% 25% 19% 4% 1%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 106 102 64 24 6
35% 34% 21% 8% 2%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 91 82 87 33 11
30% 27% 29% 11% 4%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 84 107 83 19 9
28% 35% 27% 6% 3%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 41 104 114 30 13
14% 34% 38% 10% 4%
Physical illness or condition 106 133 53 6 3
35% 44% 18% 2% 1%

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

Not important93%
Not very important 19 6%
Somewhat important 43 14%
Important 42 14%
Very important 75 25%
Essential 114 37%
Not applicable 3 1%

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 81 112 110
27% 37% 36%
From Cal advisors 71 103 127
24% 34% 42%
From friends 47 133 120
16% 44% 40%
From fellow Cal students 47 95 158
16% 32% 53%
From transfer college teachers or counselors 87 123 88
29% 41% 30%

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

I have declared a major15952%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 140 46%
I plan to take my time and explore options 6 2%

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

Yes 63 21%
No 234 79%

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

Less than 4 years 171 56%
In 4 years 70 23%
In 5 years (more than 4 years to 5 years) 50 16%
In 6 years (more than 5 years to 6 years) 11 4%
More than 6 years 4 1%

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 4 14 43
7% 23% 70%
From Cal advisors 4 6 51
7% 10% 84%
From friends 0 18 43
0% 30% 70%
From fellow Cal students 3 9 49
5% 15% 80%
From transfer college teachers or counselors 1 15 45
2% 25% 74%

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

Not applicable 13 21%
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 35 57%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 9 15%
I am taking the entry courses at Berkeley instead of the credit 3 5%
Other 1 2%

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) 56 43 197
19% 15% 67%
Advocacy (e.g., Amnesty International, Living Wage Advocacy, Sierra Club) 28 13 255
9% 4% 86%
Campus sports club (e.g., rugby club, Kendo club) 13 5 277
4% 2% 94%
Campus varsity team (e.g., basketball, softball, soccer) 8 4 279
3% 1% 96%
Governing bodies (e.g., student government, IFC, panhellenic, residence hall association) 19 26 249
6% 9% 85%
Greek fraternity or sorority 8 3 283
3% 1% 96%
Honor society 115 27 154
39% 9% 52%
Media (e.g., campus newspaper, radio station) 19 5 271
6% 2% 92%
Performing group (e.g., school band, dance team) 19 5 270
6% 2% 92%
Political (e.g., Young Republicans, College Democrats) 20 5 269
7% 2% 91%
Recreational (e.g., chess club, bike club, rock climbing club) 35 4 255
12% 1% 87%
Religious (e.g., Korean Campus Ministry, World Peace Buddhist Club) 19 4 268
7% 1% 92%
Service (e.g., Special Olympics volunteers Club, Jewish Social Action Committee) 34 11 239
12% 4% 84%
Other campus-based club or organization 39 28 195
15% 11% 74%



Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Off-campus club or organization 113 31 145
39% 11% 50%

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 8 11 14 105 96 66
3% 4% 5% 35% 32% 22%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 6 7 11 49 99 125
2% 2% 4% 16% 33% 42%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 6 4 10 56 107 115
2% 1% 3% 19% 36% 39%

Community Service and Leadership

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

No 85 29%
Yes 213 71%

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 59 138
30% 70%
Through a program where I receive course credit (e.g., field studies credit for tutoring) 24 171
12% 88%
Through a formal service program (AmeriCorps, VISTA, etc.) where I receive pay or a stipend 15 178
8% 92%
Through another student organization on campus 91 108
46% 54%
Through a department or program at my college 48 149
24% 76%
Through my religious organization or church 43 154
22% 78%
Through an internship 26 167
13% 87%
I found the work on my own 120 77
61% 39%
Other 18 117
13% 87%

 If other, please elaborate. (N=17)  

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

Access and success in higher education 31 15%
Agriculture/nutrition 13 6%
Animal welfare 18 9%
Arts education 13 6%
Arts, community/public arts (all disciplines) 15 7%
Child care 24 12%
Civil rights/human rights 11 5%
Conflict resolution 12 6%
Crime/criminal justice 3 1%
Disability issues 14 7%
Disaster preparedness 4 2%
Diversity/multiculturalism 14 7%
Economic development 8 4%
Education, pre-K to community college 48 23%
Environment/sustainability issues 35 17%
Global citizenship 4 2%
Health 22 11%
HIV/AIDS 9 4%
Housing/homelessness 36 18%
Hunger 38 19%
Immigrants/migrant worker rights 14 7%
International issues 13 6%
Legal aid 8 4%
Mental health 7 3%
Mentoring 41 20%
Parenting 2 1%
Poverty 27 13%
Reading/writing 16 8%
Senior/elder services 14 7%
Sexual assault 6 3%
Substance abuse 7 3%
Tax form preparation 1 0%
Technology 1 0%
Transportation 5 2%
Tutoring 43 21%
Voting 11 5%
Women's issues 14 7%
Other 21 10%

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=162)

Organization name and location (N=90)  

Organization name and location (N=61)    

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 38 18%
Eleven to twenty hours 38 18%
Twenty-one to fifty hours 42 20%
Fifty-one to one hundred hours 36 17%
More than one hundred hours 52 25%

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

 A significant reasonNot a significant reason
Required as part of my academic program 37 165
18% 82%
Unique or interesting opportunity arose to participate 163 42
80% 20%
Encouragement from friends or family 90 111
45% 55%
Belief in the particular cause 153 50
75% 25%
Location of where the work was to be conducted 82 119
41% 59%
Opportunity to learn new things 148 56
73% 27%
Opportunity to enhance my academic achievement 127 75
63% 37%
Opportunities to develop leadership skills 137 66
67% 33%
Become a better citizen and community participant 156 47
77% 23%
Change conditions in the community 143 60
70% 30%
Strengthen my resume for college or employment 140 62
69% 31%
Other 6 123
5% 95%

If other, please elaborate   (N=3)    

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

Not at all 20 10%
To some extent 109 52%
To a great extent 80 38%

National and Global Engagement

4.  Do you consider yourself to be a:

Democrat 136 47%
Republican 18 6%
Independent 98 34%
Other 39 13%

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

Yes 45 35%
No 84 65%

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

Yes 5 28%
No 13 72%

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

Democratic 85 78%
Republican 24 22%

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

Right direction 41 14%
Wrong direction 133 46%
Don't know 115 40%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
The United States 5 11 66 59 67 83
2% 4% 23% 20% 23% 29%
Countries outside the United States 8 16 61 77 68 61
3% 5% 21% 26% 23% 21%
Global politics and diplomacy 13 34 74 69 49 50
4% 12% 26% 24% 17% 17%
Global climate and environmental issues 9 25 75 74 63 45
3% 9% 26% 25% 22% 15%
International business and economics 12 51 91 50 43 44
4% 18% 31% 17% 15% 15%
Global health issues 10 35 92 76 42 33
3% 12% 32% 26% 15% 11%
International conflicts and peace issues 7 24 76 68 62 53
2% 8% 26% 23% 21% 18%

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

 PoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 26 67 100 68 30
9% 23% 34% 23% 10%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 23 67 92 77 30
8% 23% 32% 27% 10%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 70 68 61 50 37
24% 24% 21% 17% 13%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 3 21 67 106 93
1% 7% 23% 37% 32%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 1 18 53 102 117
0% 6% 18% 35% 40%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 12 47 61 74 66 25
4% 16% 21% 26% 23% 9%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 4 18 49 76 95 43
1% 6% 17% 27% 33% 15%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 0 11 38 64 120 50
0% 4% 13% 23% 42% 18%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 3 16 49 83 96 38
1% 6% 17% 29% 34% 13%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 3 17 45 84 107 29
1% 6% 16% 29% 38% 10%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 13 34 49 82 83 20
5% 12% 17% 29% 30% 7%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 5 25 52 81 96 23
2% 9% 18% 29% 34% 8%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 12 28 50 82 87 25
4% 10% 18% 29% 31% 9%
Reflect on your responsibility for community or social issues 8 38 52 69 86 29
3% 13% 18% 24% 30% 10%
Act on community or social issues 27 57 65 66 44 22
10% 20% 23% 23% 16% 8%

9. Outside the college classroom, how often did you:

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 4 20 33 59 111 59
1% 7% 12% 21% 39% 21%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 2 11 29 64 114 66
1% 4% 10% 22% 40% 23%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 1 9 34 60 99 81
0% 3% 12% 21% 35% 29%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 4 16 47 91 68 58
1% 6% 17% 32% 24% 20%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 5 15 52 84 81 47
2% 5% 18% 30% 29% 17%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 11 29 58 83 61 44
4% 10% 20% 29% 21% 15%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 7 14 56 80 78 50
2% 5% 20% 28% 27% 18%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 8 17 51 76 83 50
3% 6% 18% 27% 29% 18%
Reflect on your individual responsibility for community or social issues 4 22 53 68 82 54
1% 8% 19% 24% 29% 19%
Act on community or social issues 15 45 76 66 44 29
5% 16% 28% 24% 16% 11%

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 12 101 169
4% 36% 60%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 7 80 193
3% 29% 69%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 15 67 200
5% 24% 71%
Achieve a high GPA 13 88 180
5% 31% 64%
Form romantic relationships 132 107 41
47% 38% 15%
Establish meaningful friendships 17 91 174
6% 32% 62%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 6 72 204
2% 26% 72%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 7 32 242
2% 11% 86%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 59 129 94
21% 46% 33%
Explore new ideas 6 86 189
2% 31% 67%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 69 88 121
25% 32% 44%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 37 102 141
13% 36% 50%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 8 67 204
3% 24% 73%
Integrate spirituality into my life 110 88 82
39% 31% 29%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 14 105 162
5% 37% 58%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 41 99 140
15% 35% 50%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 14 18 25 62 69 92
5% 6% 9% 22% 25% 33%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 22 24 33 63 70 67
8% 9% 12% 23% 25% 24%
Getting into my first choice of major 53 44 29 49 51 54
19% 16% 10% 18% 18% 19%
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 2 3 16 55 89 115
1% 1% 6% 20% 32% 41%
Getting the academic advising I need 13 24 30 72 86 55
5% 9% 11% 26% 31% 20%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 10 23 37 66 81 61
4% 8% 13% 24% 29% 22%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 41 54 61 65 42 18
15% 19% 22% 23% 15% 6%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 66 47 47 62 34 22
24% 17% 17% 22% 12% 8%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 11 17 41 81 73 58
4% 6% 15% 29% 26% 21%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 16 23 34 74 84 48
6% 8% 12% 27% 30% 17%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 55 45 44 58 45 33
20% 16% 16% 21% 16% 12%
Being able to maintain good health 14 27 38 73 73 54
5% 10% 14% 26% 26% 19%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 43 42 45 73 45 32
15% 15% 16% 26% 16% 11%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 11 14 23 72 86 75
4% 5% 8% 26% 31% 27%
Second guessing whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 92 48 38 53 33 17
33% 17% 14% 19% 12% 6%

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
66 115 59 34 7 0
23% 41% 21% 12% 2% 0%
Caring   Impersonal
40 88 82 48 18 5
14% 31% 29% 17% 6% 2%
Intellectual Not Intellectual
63 86 71 42 16 2
23% 31% 25% 15% 6% 1%
Tolerant of diversity  Intolerant of diversity
111 104 41 19 4 0
40% 37% 15% 7% 1% 0%
Safe  Dangerous
73 104 53 37 11 2
26% 37% 19% 13% 4% 1%
Too hard academically Too easy academically
19 62 106 61 26 7
7% 22% 38% 22% 9% 2%
Affordable Not affordable
98 71 48 27 24 11
35% 25% 17% 10% 9% 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 9 4 10 42 99 110 5
3% 1% 4% 15% 35% 39% 2%
Students of my socio-economic status were respected at my college 8 8 5 36 109 105 7
3% 3% 2% 13% 39% 38% 3%
Students of my gender were respected at my college 8 3 4 30 107 123 4
3% 1% 1% 11% 38% 44% 1%
Students of my religious beliefs were respected at my college 8 5 5 32 90 80 59
3% 2% 2% 11% 32% 29% 21%
Students of my political beliefs were respected at my college 8 3 9 34 102 92 30
3% 1% 3% 12% 37% 33% 11%
Students of my sexual orientation were respected at my college 9 2 6 27 91 118 22
3% 1% 2% 10% 33% 43% 8%
Students of my immigration background were respected at my college 7 3 9 32 93 84 50
3% 1% 3% 12% 33% 30% 18%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine were respected at my college 6 1 10 27 71 62 99
2% 0% 4% 10% 26% 22% 36%

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) 151 80 32 14 2
54% 29% 11% 5% 1%
Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing) 44 51 44 46 92
16% 18% 16% 16% 33%
Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice) 25 44 63 84 62
9% 16% 23% 30% 22%
Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed) 50 66 81 46 34
18% 24% 29% 16% 12%
Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship) 10 37 57 87 87
4% 13% 20% 31% 31%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
My own racial and ethnic identity 4 3 26 63 91 92
1% 1% 9% 23% 33% 33%
Social class and economic differences/issues 3 3 19 77 109 67
1% 1% 7% 28% 39% 24%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues 2 2 33 72 97 69
1% 1% 12% 26% 35% 25%
Gender differences/issues 1 4 33 65 96 78
0% 1% 12% 23% 35% 28%
Sexual orientation differences/issues 1 5 38 74 86 72
0% 2% 14% 27% 31% 26%
Physical or other observable disabilities 2 15 43 73 87 57
1% 5% 16% 26% 31% 21%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 2 17 53 74 76 55
1% 6% 19% 27% 27% 20%

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 9 26 106 93 40
2% 3% 9% 38% 33% 14%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 1 12 34 93 108 30
0% 4% 12% 33% 39% 11%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 2 6 4 24 71 172
1% 2% 1% 9% 25% 62%
Most students are proud to attend this school 2 1 3 24 87 162
1% 0% 1% 9% 31% 58%
This institution values students' opinions 3 2 12 56 118 84
1% 1% 4% 20% 43% 31%
Academic cheating is a problem on this campus 28 81 80 27 25 33
10% 30% 29% 10% 9% 12%
Alcohol use is a problem on this campus 18 66 87 53 26 22
7% 24% 32% 19% 10% 8%
Drug use is a problem on this campus 16 76 79 50 25 27
6% 28% 29% 18% 9% 10%
Diversity is important on this campus 3 2 16 53 84 120
1% 1% 6% 19% 30% 43%
Diversity is important to me 3 4 10 48 85 126
1% 1% 4% 17% 31% 46%

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