2012 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Background and Personal Characteristics

Concern about Cost

1. How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.)

Not at all concerned 55 7%
Unconcerned 58 7%
Somewhat unconcerned 73 9%
Somewhat concerned 195 23%
Concerned 186 22%
Very concerned  280 33%

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 658 77%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 127 15%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 512 60%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 303 35%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 78 9%
Will accepted AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 104 12%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 450 53%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 66 8%
Worked for pay to save for college 416 49%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 243 28%
Requested a triple to save money 83 10%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 107 13%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 73 9%
Other 68 8%

Please Specify: (N=68)

3a. Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for U.S. students from families making less than $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 547 65%
No 296 35%

3b. Have you heard about the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP), a new financial aid program available to families in the $80,000 - $140,000 annual income range?

Yes 304 36%
No 540 64%

3c. 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 65 8%
Disagree 94 11%
Somewhat disagree 104 12%
Somewhat agree 246 29%
Agree 216 26%
Strongly agree 123 15%

3d. Since you have come to UC Berkeley, have you encountered a situation where lack of financial resources kept you from having basic student necessities (housing, food, books, healthcare, etc)?

Yes 224 27%
No 622 74%

Please elaborate: (N=223)

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.)

  (N=854)    [Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 491 60%
1992 or earlier 21 3%
1993 8 1%
1994 7 1%
1995 5 1%
1996 7 1%
1997 7 1%
1998 7 1%
1999 6 1%
2000 11 1%
2001 7 1%
2002 6 1%
2003 6 1%
2004 14 2%
2005 18 2%
2006 20 2%
2007 25 3%
2008 45 6%
2009 53 7%
2010 73 9%
2011 or later 5 1%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 432 51%
Before I was 5 years old 123 15%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 117 14%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 90 11%
After turning 16 years old 80 10%

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

 In the U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 340 502
40% 60%
My father 342 501
41% 59%
My mother's mother 296 545
35% 65%
My father's mother 297 539
36% 65%
My mother's father 277 559
33% 67%
My father's father 297 538
36% 64%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 2 1%
Less than high school diploma 20 6%
High school diploma 121 36%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 44 13%
Bachelor's degree 74 22%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 9 3%
Master's degree 37 11%
Professional degree 16 5%
Doctorate 13 4%

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 274 68 11 22 20 24 4 8 3 5
62% 15% 3% 5% 5% 5% 1% 2% 1% 1%
Outside the U.S. 28 16 86 155 49 119 3 11 7 12
6% 3% 18% 32% 10% 24% 1% 2% 1% 2%

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

None (did not receive formal education) 6 2%
Less than high school diploma 16 5%
High school diploma 109 32%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 34 10%
Bachelor's degree 85 25%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 3 1%
Master's degree 38 11%
Professional degree 21 6%
Doctorate 24 7%

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 260 62 9 14 18 32 2 23 7 12
59% 14% 2% 3% 4% 7% 0% 5% 2% 3%
Outside the U.S. 42 18 79 138 32 104 4 31 10 21
9% 4% 16% 29% 7% 22% 1% 6% 2% 4%

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

I don't know 158 19%
None 413 49%
One 99 12%
Two 108 13%
Three 34 4%
Four 28 3%

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

Wealthy 11 1%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 94 11%
Middle-class 333 40%
Working-class 254 30%
Low-income or poor 148 18%

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 294 35%
No 544 65%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2011?

Less than $10,000 36 7%
$10,000 to $19,999 72 14%
$20,000 to $34,999 62 12%
$35,000 to $49,999 64 12%
$50,000 to $64,999 53 10%
$65,000 to $79,999 53 10%
$80,000 to $99,999 51 10%
$100,000 to $124,999 63 12%
$125,000 to $149,999 18 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 18 4%
$200,000 or more 23 4%

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2011?

Less than $10,000 105 37%
$10,000 to $19,999 77 27%
$20,000 to $34,999 37 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 18 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 17 6%
$65,000 to $79,999 8 3%
$80,000 to $99,999 7 2%
$100,000 to $124,999 12 1%
$125,000 to $149,999 1 0%
$150,000 to $199,999 2 1%
$200,000 or more 1 0%

12. What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 134 17%
Not particularly spiritual 91 12%
No preference 109 14%
Agnostic 67 9%
Atheist 100 13%
Baptist 10 1%
Buddhist 29 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 50 6%
Eastern Orthodox 13 2%
Episcopalian 2 0%
Hindu 5 1%
Jewish 12 2%
Lutheran 6 1%
Methodist 2 0%
Mormon 3 0%
Muslim 17 2%
Presbyterian 10 1%
Quaker 1 0%
Roman Catholic 74 9%
Seventh Day Adventist 1 0%
Sikh 2 0%
Taoist 4 1%
Unitarian/Universalist 0 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 0 0%
Other Christian 38 5%
Other Religion 12 2%

13.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 51 6%
Gay/Lesbian 22 3%
Heterosexual 658 80%
Questioning/Unsure 16 2%
Self-identified Queer 5 1%
Decline to state 58 7%
Other 14 2%

Please specify: (N=14)

14.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman 411 50%
Man 401 48%
Decline to state 17 2%
Other 1 0%

Do you identify as transgender?

No 824 100%
Yes 1 0%

15. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 101 12%
Liberal 255 31%
Slightly liberal 152 18%
Moderate or middle of the road 217 26%
Slightly conservative 64 8%
Conservative 28 3%
Very conservative 7 1%

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

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 178 573 51
22% 71% 6%
Sexual orientation 85 581 133
11% 73% 17%
Race/ethnicity 378 370 54
47% 46% 7%
Social or economic class 297 317 187
37% 40% 23%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 195 477 129
24% 60% 16%
Political party affiliation 103 375 322
13% 47% 40%
Religious preference 218 342 241
27% 43% 30%

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 9 1%
Foothill 16 2%
Bowles 1 0%
Stern 9 1%
Unit 1 26 3%
Unit 2  (excluding Wada Apartments) 51 6%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 37 4%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 32 4%
Martinez Commons 22 3%
University Village Albany (family housing) 16 2%
Wada Apartments 41 5%
Living with family 37 4%
Sorority or fraternity 4 1%
Co-op Housing 14 2%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 502 60%
Other 17 2%

Please specify (N=18)

22. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or < 1 mile 389 47%
1 mile to 2 miles 156 19%
3 miles to 10 miles 150 18%
11 to 20 miles 68 8%
21 miles or more 72 9%

 23. With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 94 11%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 435 53%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 80 10%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 80 10%
I live with at least one parent 52 6%
Other 88 11%

23a. What is the composition of your residence hall or household while attending Berkeley this term?

 0 (Zero)12345 or more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 31 95 172 155 105 229
4% 12% 22% 20% 13% 29%
Teenagers 13-17 383 32 14 5 2 21
84% 7% 3% 1% 0% 5%
Children 6-12 422 20 7 4 2 4
92% 4% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Children 5 and younger 416 28 6 3 3 5
90% 6% 1% 1% 1% 1%

23b. Please indicate whether or not you are a Theme Program resident and, if so, which program you are a part of (choose one):

I am not a Theme Program resident 122 93%
African American Theme Program (AATP) 0 0%
Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) 5 4%
Casa Magdalena Mora (CASA) 3 2%
Global Environment Theme Program (GETH) 0 0%
Native American Theme Program 0 0%
Unity House 1 1%
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 0 0%

24. In general, I consider myself:  

1 (not a very happy person) 13 2%
2 17 2%
3 39 5%
4 115 14%
5 206 25%
6 303 36%
7 (a very happy person) 141 17%

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

1 (less happy) 31 4%
2 38 5%
3 75 9%
4 165 20%
5 185 22%
6 206 25%
7 (more happy) 133 16%

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

parents, guardians 505 60%
friends nearby 586 70%
teachers, coaches 82 10%
siblings 270 32%
online friends 119 14%
clergy 18 2%
other family 144 17%
counselors, therapists 72 9%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 70 8%
other 174 21%

Please specify (N=178)

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

very dissatisfied 51 6%
fairly dissatisfied 41 5%
a little dissatisfied 58 7%
a little satisfied 101 12%
fairly satisfied 319 39%
very satisfied 252 31%

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

very dissatisfied 54 7%
fairly dissatisfied 44 5%
a little dissatisfied 52 6%
a little satisfied 91 11%
fairly satisfied 301 36%
very satisfied 287 35%

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