2012 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 1

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Berkeley Experience
Transition to UC Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
Your Berkeley Plans and Aspirations
Future Plans
Prior College Experience

Early Berkeley Experiences

1. Please rate the start of your Berkeley experience by completing the following statement. Overall, I am off to ...

a really fantastic start! 289 25%
a very good start. 437 38%
a good start. 283 25%
just an OK start. 105 9%
not a good start. 23 2%

2. What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected? (Please be as brief as reasonably possible.)

  (N=1, 132)    [Contact OPA for more information]

3. What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?  (Please be as brief as reasonably possible because answers may not exceed 500 characters in length.)

  (N=1, 132)    [Contact OPA for more information]

4. As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below. Click here if you would like to review definitions of diversity and academic dishonesty.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 19 33 71 303 475 231
3% 3% 6% 27% 42% 20%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 15 31 66 272 541 205
1% 3% 6% 24% 48% 18%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 12 2 6 50 259 802
1% 0% 1% 4% 23% 71%
Most students are proud to attend this school 11 0 4 37 355 722
1% 0% 0% 3% 31% 64%
This institution values students' opinions 15 16 32 206 493 368
1% 1% 3% 18% 44% 33%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 127 433 289 117 65 87
11% 39% 26% 11% 6% 8%
I feel that I belong at this campus 12 23 43 309 417 323
1% 2% 4% 27% 37% 29%
Diversity is important on this campus 16 9 35 141 434 498
1% 1% 3% 12% 38% 44%
Diversity is important to me 15 10 21 138 379 568
1% 1% 3% 12% 34% 50%

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Your Transition into UC Berkeley

5. To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agreeNA; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICE
CalSO 26 52 38 181 311 302 180
3% 5% 4% 17% 29% 28% 17%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 4 8 25 75 93 41 835
0% 1% 2% 7% 9% 4% 77%
Convocation for new students 10 21 35 141 131 71 685
1% 2% 3% 13% 12% 7% 63%
Welcome week activities 11 18 42 250 286 140 324
1% 2% 4% 23% 27% 13% 30%
Freshmen Edge (Summer Sessions) 1 4 8 20 25 12 1023
0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 1% 94%
Transfer Edge (Summer Sessions) 2 11 8 37 51 85 897
0% 1% 1% 4% 5% 8% 82%
Summer Bridge 3 4 9 24 22 17 1008
0% 0% 1% 3% 2% 2% 93%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 2 3 8 25 18 15 1016
0% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 94%
Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center (Also includes Cal Independent Scholars Network and Veteran Students Program) 6 4 27 141 233 215 467
1% 0% 3% 13% 21% 20% 43%
Berkeley International Office 3 5 12 59 91 37 884
0% 1% 1% 5% 8% 3% 81%
Academic Achievement Program (Includes Miller & SSS Scholars Programs) 6 6 9 41 59 52 923
1% 1% 1% 4% 5% 5% 84%
Athletic Study Center 2 6 7 34 27 13 1005
0% 1% 1% 3% 3% 1% 92%
Disabled Students' Program 2 6 11 22 37 30 983
0% 1% 1% 2% 3% 3% 90%
Gender Equity Resource Center 2 4 7 41 43 22 971
0% 0% 1% 4% 4% 2% 89%
Multicultural Student Development 3 7 6 31 38 24 984
0% 1% 1% 3% 4% 2% 90%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center,  Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 3 4 13 32 39 37 965
0% 0% 1% 3% 4% 3% 88%
Student Life Advising Services /Educational Opportunity Program (SLAS/EOP) Office 3 8 18 60 103 55 814
0% 1% 2% 6% 10% 5% 77%
Student Learning Center 2 2 12 77 121 71 774
0% 0% 1% 7% 11% 7% 73%
Residence Hall Staff 8 7 21 101 147 74 695
1% 1% 2% 10% 14% 7% 66%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 5 5 8 62 77 38 864
1% 1% 1% 6% 7% 4% 82%
New Student Services website 7 8 12 127 166 59 678
1% 1% 1% 12% 16% 6% 64%
My Years at Cal website 5 3 17 83 90 36 821
1% 0% 2% 8% 9% 3% 78%
My Berkeley Application website 9 12 29 143 376 413 76
1% 1% 3% 14% 36% 39% 7%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 6 9 41 182 238 111 470
1% 1% 4% 17% 23% 11% 45%
Another Berkeley student 3 3 23 172 335 377 149
0% 0% 2% 16% 32% 36% 14%
A family member 13 22 35 155 177 161 492
1% 2% 3% 15% 17% 15% 47%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 21 9 40 208 294 292 196
2% 1% 4% 20% 28% 28% 19%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 17 18 32 163 213 188 424
2% 2% 3% 16% 20% 18% 40%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 4 3 13 78 140 142 677
0% 0% 1% 7% 13% 13% 64%

5a. Please list up to 3 additional resources, individuals, or programs that helped with your transition into Berkeley (Note, if you list individuals by name, please also indicate their office or departmental affiliation if they work on campus):

1. (N=724) [Contact OPA for more information]
2. (N=562) [Contact OPA for more information]
3. (N=368) [Contact OPA for more information]

5b. Please share with us any additional information regarding your transition into UC Berkeley, and the resources you found helpful, particularly those not asked about above:

(N=997) [Contact OPA for more information]

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Academic and Personal Development

1. Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 1 9 90 274 391 188
0% 1% 9% 29% 41% 20%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 1 27 121 309 332 161
0% 3% 13% 33% 35% 17%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 0 12 102 312 360 160
0% 1% 11% 33% 38% 17%
Foreign language skills 48 156 192 208 183 166
5% 16% 20% 22% 19% 17%
Understanding of a specific field of study 0 15 99 332 362 139
0% 2% 11% 35% 38% 15%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 16 68 221 307 238 99
2% 7% 23% 32% 25% 10%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 2 16 97 182 259 390
0% 2% 10% 19% 27% 41%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 1 16 119 257 338 222
0% 2% 13% 27% 36% 23%
Leadership skills 8 38 162 283 288 173
1% 4% 17% 30% 30% 18%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 2 25 102 249 333 241
0% 3% 11% 26% 35% 25%

Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Computer skills 2 24 152 326 275 174
0% 3% 16% 34% 29% 18%
Internet research skills 2 9 88 275 333 245
0% 1% 9% 29% 35% 26%
Library research skills 4 64 224 350 211 100
0% 7% 24% 37% 22% 11%
Other research skills 5 31 219 383 208 107
1% 3% 23% 40% 22% 11%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 3 31 161 324 275 158
0% 3% 17% 34% 29% 17%
Interpersonal (social) skills 6 45 130 267 291 211
1% 5% 14% 28% 31% 22%

2. Similarly, please rate your abilities on the following dimensions.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity 1 2 29 156 329 419
0% 0% 3% 17% 35% 45%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance) 3 27 77 217 261 351
0% 3% 8% 23% 28% 38%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity 2 3 40 166 323 401
0% 0% 4% 18% 35% 43%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility 1 2 33 157 318 421
0% 0% 4% 17% 34% 45%
Self awareness and understanding 0 2 36 168 342 388
0% 0% 4% 18% 37% 42%
Ability to rebound from adversity (i.e., resiliency) 0 11 66 205 340 305
0% 1% 7% 22% 37% 33%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3. Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Students are respected here regardless of their economic or social class 12 14 26 140 420 286
1% 2% 3% 16% 47% 32%
Students are respected here regardless of their gender 4 7 13 96 424 350
0% 1% 2% 11% 47% 39%
Students are respected here regardless of their race or ethnicity 7 4 30 125 404 324
1% 0% 3% 14% 45% 36%
Students are respected here regardless of their religious beliefs 7 7 31 157 402 292
1% 1% 4% 18% 45% 33%
Students are respected here regardless of their political beliefs 11 30 50 196 380 231
1% 3% 6% 22% 42% 26%
Students are respected here regardless of their sexual orientation 3 3 17 103 406 364
0% 0% 2% 12% 45% 41%
Students are respected here regardless of their disabilities 3 5 17 106 415 349
0% 1% 2% 12% 46% 39%

4. Now Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 10 15 50 167 370 273
1% 2% 6% 19% 42% 31%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 5 14 47 173 369 261
1% 2% 5% 20% 43% 30%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 5 7 25 121 405 325
1% 1% 3% 14% 46% 37%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 5 7 37 132 419 292
1% 1% 4% 15% 47% 33%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 0 5 10 81 433 362
0% 1% 1% 9% 49% 41%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 2 11 27 132 418 276
0% 1% 3% 15% 48% 32%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 4 11 36 135 386 303
1% 1% 4% 15% 44% 35%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 1 3 4 69 384 413
0% 0% 1% 8% 44% 47%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 4 10 22 108 385 315
1% 1% 3% 13% 46% 37%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 4 9 23 101 364 282
1% 1% 3% 13% 47% 36%

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Your Berkeley Plans and Aspirations

1. If you were assured admittance to any major, what major would you choose?

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 7 1%
AMERICAN STUDIES 3 0%
ANTHROPOLOGY 20 2%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 6 1%
ARCHITECTURE 16 2%
ART PRACTICE 11 1%
ASIAN AMERICAN AND ASIAN DIASPORA STUDIES 1 0%
ASTROPHYSICS 5 1%
BIOENGINEERING 13 1%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 80 9%
CELTIC STUDIES 1 0%
CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 12 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 15 2%
CHEMISTRY (College of Chemistry) 3 0%
CHEMISTRY (College of L & S) 1 0%
CHICANO STUDIES 2 0%
CHINESE LANGUAGE 1 0%
CIVIL ENGINEERING 10 1%
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES 1 0%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 10 1%
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 2 0%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 18 2%
CONSERVATION & RESOURCE STUDIES 15 2%
DANCE AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES 1 0%
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 5 1%
ECONOMICS 68 8%
ELECTRICAL ENGR & COMPUTER SCI 39 4%
ENGINEERING MATH & STATISTICS 1 0%
ENGINEERING PHYSICS 1 0%
ENGLISH 58 7%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Natural Resources) 6 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Letters & Science) 1 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCI 1 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 6 1%
EPS - ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE 1 0%
EPS - GEOLOGY 4 0%
EPS – GEOPHYSICS 1 0%
EPS – MARINE SCIENCE 2 0%
FILM 8 1%
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES 1 0%
FRENCH 3 0%
GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES 1 0%
GENETICS AND PLANT BIOLOGY 2 0%
GEOGRAPHY 4 0%
HISTORY 11 1%
HISTORY OF ART 12 1%
INDUST ENGR & OPERATIONS RES 5 1%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 11 1%
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 6 1%
JAPANESE LANGUAGE 2 0%
JOINT BIOENGINEERING/MATERIALS SCI & ENG 1 0%
JOINT CHEMICAL ENG/NUCLEAR ENG 1 0%
JOINT ELECT ENG & COMPUTER SCI/MATERIALS SCI & ENG 3 0%
JOINT ELECT ENG & COMPUTER SCI/NUCLEAR ENG 1 0%
JOINT MATERIALS SCI & ENG/MECHANICAL ENG 2 0%
JOINT MECHANICAL ENG/NUCLEAR ENG 2 0%
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE 1 0%
LATIN 1 0%
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 2 0%
LEGAL STUDIES 13 1%
LINGUISTICS 7 1%
MASS COMMUNICATIONS 1 0%
MATHEMATICS 16 2%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 1: BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLEC BIOLOGY 10 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 2 0%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 3: IMMUNOLOGY 6 1%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 2: CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 5 1%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 3: NEUROBIOLOGY 4 0%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 23 3%
MEDIA STUDIES 23 3%
MICROBIAL BIOLOGY 2 0%
MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 3 0%
MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 3 0%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 7 1%
MUSIC 8 1%
NEAR EASTERN STUDIES – NEAR EASTERN LANG & LIT 2 0%
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING 4 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE – DIETETICS 1 0%
NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE – PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM 3 0%
OPERATIONS RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 2 0%
PEACE & CONFLICT STUDIES 6 1%
PHILOSOPHY 17 2%
PHYSICS 10 1%
POL ECON OF INDUSTRIAL SOC 1 0%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 8 1%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 41 5%
PSYCHOLOGY 52 6%
PUBLIC HEALTH 8 1%
RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3 0%
RHETORIC 11 1%
SOCIAL WELFARE 5 1%
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT 11 1%
SOCIOLOGY 16 2%
SPANISH - OPTION B: LUSO-BRAZILIAN LANG & LIT 1 0%
SPANISH - OPTION D: HISP LANG & BILINGUAL ISSUES 3 0%
SPANISH – SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 3 0%
STATISTICS 6 1%
THEATER AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES 3 0%
UNDECLARED COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE 2 0%
URBAN STUDIES 4 0%

2. Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

Yes 712 82%
No 153 18%

IF NO: In which major do you expect to graduate?

NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 2 1%
AMERICAN STUDIES 2 1%
ANTHROPOLOGY 2 1%
ARCHITECTURE 2 1%
ART PRACTICE 1 1%
ASIAN STUDIES – AREA 1: CHINA 2 1%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 1 1%
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 2 1%
CHEMISTRY (COLLEGE OF CHEMISTRY) 3 2%
CHINESE LANGUAGE 1 1%
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES 1 1%
COGNITIVE SCIENCE 1 1%
CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES STUDIES 1 1%
DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES 3 2%
ECONOMICS 11 7%
ENGINEERING PHYSICS 1 1%
ENGLISH 8 5%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Natural Resources) 4 2%
ENVIRONMENTAL ECON & POLICY (College of Letters & Science) 1 1%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 1 1%
FILM 4 2%
GEOGRAPHY 3 2%
HISTORY 1 1%
HISTORY OF ART 1 1%
INDUSTRIAL ENG & OP RESEARCH 1 1%
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 7 4%
JAPANESE LANGUAGE 1 1%
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 1 1%
LEGAL STUDIES 3 2%
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGR 1 1%
MATHEMATICS 2 1%
MASS COMMUNICATIONS 1 1%
MCB, PLAN I, EMPHASIS 2: GENETICS 2 1%
MCB, PLAN II, EMPHASIS 2: CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 1 1%
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 3 2%
MEDIA STUDIES 7 4%
MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 1 1%
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY 4 2%
NEAR EASTERN STUDIES 1 1%
PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES 3 2%
PHILOSOPHY 4 2%
PHYSICS 1 1%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 6 4%
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES 1 1%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 12 8%
PSYCHOLOGY 10 6%
PUBLIC HEALTH 2 1%
RHETORIC 3 2%
SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 1 1%
SOCIAL WELFARE 3 2%
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT 4 2%
SOCIOLOGY 9 6%
SPANISH – SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1 1%
STATISTICS 1 2%

3. What factors have been or do you expect will be very important to you in deciding on your major?

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 841 22
98% 3%
Leads to a high paying job 467 387
55% 45%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 802 60
93% 7%
Complements desire to study abroad 449 404
53% 47%
Parental desires 178 669
21% 79%
Easy requirements 128 720
15% 85%
Allows time for other activities 301 550
35% 65%
Provides international opportunities 592 264
69% 31%
Prestige 472 371
56% 44%
Interest in subject area 840 21
98% 2%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 721 133
84% 16%
Other 96 262
27% 73%

Please describe: (N=87)

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Future Plans

4. What do you anticipate you will be doing within a year after you graduate?

Enroll in graduate or professional school 414 48%
Work full-time 234 27%
Work part-time 11 1%
Be self-employed 6 1%
Study or work abroad 54 6%
Join armed forces 6 1%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 38 4%
Take a year off 14 2%
Do something else 4 0%
Other 16 2%
I have no idea at this point 68 8%

If other, please elaborate: (N=29)

5. In what career field do you hope to eventually work after you've completed your education?

Architecture 15 2%
Business 141 16%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 58 7%
Education/Teaching 89 10%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 46 5%
Engineering 59 7%
Environmental/Natural Resources 37 4%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 73 8%
Law 73 8%
Medicine 61 7%
Other Health-Related Field 29 3%
Research 65 8%
Other 54 6%
I have no idea whatsoever 64 7%

If other, please elaborate: (N=66)

6. What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to eventually earn?

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 55 6%
Teaching credential 6 1%
Business master's (MBA) 94 11%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 55 6%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 128 15%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 72 8%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 4 0%
Medical doctor (MD) 38 4%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 236 27%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 41 5%
I don't know yet 135 2%

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Your Prior College Experience

1. Thinking back over your transfer college coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 3 11 49 131 336 327
0% 1% 6% 15% 39% 38%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 4 24 49 168 330 282
1% 3% 6% 20% 39% 33%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 6 55 93 199 288 214
1% 6% 11% 23% 34% 25%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 10 35 88 183 295 242
1% 4% 10% 22% 35% 28%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 25 79 120 202 272 156
3% 8% 14% 24% 32% 18%

2. Thinking back on your transfer college experience, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 2 8 26 96 292 433
0% 1% 3% 11% 34% 51%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 7 32 59 155 303 300
1% 4% 7% 18% 35% 35%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 14 55 93 209 296 189
1% 8% 15% 21% 34% 21%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 15 26 106 177 307 224
2% 3% 12% 21% 36% 26%

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