2012 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 3

A randomly assigned module emphasizing academic experience, civic engagement, personal development, or items of special interest to the campus

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 1 10 30 104 112
1% 0% 4% 12% 40% 43%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 3 4 8 38 78 128
1% 2% 3% 15% 30% 49%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 33 54 50 53 41 27
13% 21% 19% 21% 16% 11%

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 5 11 37 79 79 47
2% 4% 14% 31% 31% 18%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 4 22 51 67 73 42
2% 9% 20% 26% 28% 16%
Learning research methods 3 6 23 73 81 71
1% 2% 9% 28% 32% 28%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 7 12 27 68 85 60
3% 5% 10% 26% 33% 23%
Pursuing your own research 7 25 34 74 65 53
3% 10% 13% 29% 25% 21%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 3 12 13 49 94 87
1% 5% 5% 19% 36% 34%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 4 5 13 53 86 98
2% 2% 5% 21% 33% 38%
Having access to a world-class library collection 3 7 20 54 76 99
1% 3% 8% 21% 29% 38%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 4 22 33 67 65 68
2% 9% 13% 26% 25% 26%

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

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Interact with students from a country or state outside of your own in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects) 1 6 26 54 86 84
0% 2% 10% 21% 34% 33%
Interact with students from a country or state outside your own in social settings (e.g, in clubs or student organizations, or in informal settings) 1 12 29 57 92 65
0% 5% 11% 22% 36% 25%
Develop a friendship with a student from a country or state outside of your own 2 10 39 50 85 72
1% 4% 15% 19% 33% 28%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 16 33 59 55 63 30
6% 13% 23% 22% 25% 12%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 36 63 64 43 38 11
14% 25% 25% 17% 15% 4%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 12 15 68 60 67 36
5% 6% 26% 23% 26% 14%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 15 21 69 58 60 35
6% 8% 27% 23% 23% 14%

3b. What are your values and hopes with regards to your interaction with other students while attending UC Berkeley? Please tell us your level of agreement with the following statements:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
It is important to have exposure to students from other states and countries 2 1 4 41 88 122
1% 0% 2% 16% 34% 47%
I hope that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 2 0 4 34 91 127
1% 0% 2% 13% 35% 49%
I hope that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me be more open to and tolerant of different opinions and points of view 3 0 2 34 90 128
1% 0% 1% 13% 35% 50%

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) 73 46 64 49 25
28% 18% 25% 19% 10%
Competing family responsibilities 60 60 84 37 14
24% 24% 33% 15% 6%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 33 61 93 58 12
13% 24% 36% 23% 5%
Weak spoken English skills 166 34 32 17 7
65% 13% 13% 7% 3%
Weak writing skills 116 59 47 25 9
45% 23% 18% 10% 4%
Weak math skills 125 60 47 18 6
49% 23% 18% 7% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 58 86 77 30 5
23% 34% 30% 12% 2%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 49 62 90 44 11
19% 24% 35% 17% 4%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 51 91 78 33 4
20% 35% 30% 13% 2%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 36 59 95 52 15
14% 23% 37% 20% 6%
Physical illness or condition 73 116 49 13 6
28% 45% 19% 5% 2%

5. How important is it to you to graduate in four years or, if you are a transfer student, in two years?

Not important 9 4%
Not very important 14 5%
Somewhat important 33 13%
Important 36 14%
Very important 69 27%
Essential 97 38%
Not applicable 0 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 61 109 84
24% 43% 33%
From Cal advisors 66 92 98
26% 36% 38%
From friends 51 113 92
20% 44% 36%
From fellow Cal students 44 89 121
17% 35% 48%
High school teachers or counselors 31 98 123
12% 39% 49%

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

I have declared a major 129 50%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 121 47%
I plan to take my time and explore options 7 3%

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 14 69 202
5% 24% 71%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 2 53 229
1% 19% 81%
Explore and discover my personal identity 13 65 206
5% 23% 73%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 17 61 207
6% 21% 73%
Achieve a high GPA 8 69 207
3% 24% 73%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 108 99 78
38% 35% 27%
Establish meaningful friendships 8 62 215
3% 22% 75%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 17 67 200
6% 24% 70%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 4 32 246
1% 11% 87%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 41 114 129
14% 40% 45%
Explore new ideas 3 54 228
1% 19% 80%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 60 84 140
21% 30% 49%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 32 83 170
11% 29% 60%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 7 48 230
3% 17% 81%
Integrate spirituality into my life 113 73 97
40% 26% 34%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 13 74 198
5% 26% 70%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 31 77 177
11% 27% 62%

1b. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree that the following factors influenced your decision to choose UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley would...

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Challenge and/or change my perspective 5 7 14 67 94 95
2% 3% 5% 24% 33% 34%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 1 1 0 30 76 175
0% 0% 0% 11% 27% 62%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 0 1 5 28 87 163
0% 0% 2% 10% 31% 57%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 6 10 11 57 95 104
2% 4% 4% 20% 34% 37%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 2 3 10 49 74 144
1% 1% 4% 17% 26% 51%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 16 20 45 74 60 67
6% 7% 16% 26% 21% 24%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 0 2 5 36 82 156
0% 1% 2% 13% 29% 56%
Help increase my social consciousness (e.g., be more aware of people and issues regardless of background, ethnicity; doing things for the public good) 6 9 18 47 90 111
2% 3% 6% 17% 32% 40%
Help me to be more open to and tolerant of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 4 7 23 58 92 98
1% 3% 8% 21% 33% 35%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 7 16 17 69 78 96
3% 6% 6% 24% 28% 34%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 20 24 20 54 73 93
7% 9% 7% 19% 26% 33%
Getting into my first choice of major 62 42 27 51 43 59
22% 15% 10% 18% 15% 21%
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 4 9 17 50 78 126
1% 3% 6% 18% 28% 44%
Getting the academic advising I need 9 23 36 80 66 68
3% 8% 13% 28% 23% 24%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 10 24 34 63 71 80
4% 9% 12% 22% 25% 28%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 51 59 48 52 42 31
18% 21% 17% 18% 15% 11%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 76 51 29 61 44 21
27% 18% 10% 22% 16% 7%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 13 19 31 73 75 73
5% 7% 11% 26% 26% 26%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 27 28 28 65 72 64
10% 10% 10% 23% 25% 23%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 68 43 40 66 37 30
24% 15% 14% 23% 13% 11%
Being able to maintain good health 25 20 31 69 71 68
9% 7% 11% 24% 25% 24%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 61 40 33 47 59 44
22% 14% 12% 17% 21% 16%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 9 14 26 65 79 91
3% 5% 9% 23% 28% 32%
Second guessing whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 92 49 37 42 36 27
33% 17% 13% 15% 13% 10%

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

Campus climate is...

6 (friendly) 87 31%
5 117 42%
4 52 19%
3 23 8%
2 2 1%
1 (hostile) 0 0%
6 (Caring) 56 20%
5 91 32%
4 83 29%
3 40 14%
2 9 3%
1 (impersonal) 3 1%
6 (intellectual) 156 55%
5 87 31%
4 27 10%
3 10 4%
2 2 1%
1 (not intellectual) 0 0%
6 (Appreciative of diversity) 132 47%
5 96 34%
4 37 13%
3 14 5%
2 2 1%
1 (Unappreciative of diversity) 1 0%
6 (Safe) 54 19%
5 91 32%
4 71 25%
3 43 15%
2 20 7%
1 (Dangerous) 2 1%
6 (Too hard academically) 38 14%
5 99 35%
4 116 41%
3 26 9%
2 2 1%
1 (Too easy academically) 0 0%
6 (Affordable) 9 3%
5 52 19%
4 78 28%
3 74 26%
2 37 13%
1 (Not affordable) 31 11%

4. 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) 167 55 30 15 16
59% 19% 11% 5% 6%
Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing) 51 76 33 37 86
18% 27% 12% 13% 30%
Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice) 26 51 72 91 41
9% 18% 26% 32% 15%
Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed) 25 62 94 70 31
9% 22% 33% 25% 11%
Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship) 17 38 54 67 106
6% 14% 19% 24% 38%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
My own racial and ethnic identity 1 10 25 64 85 95
0% 4% 9% 23% 30% 34%
Social class and economic differences/issues 1 4 24 79 99 73
0% 1% 9% 28% 35% 26%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues 0 6 33 79 102 59
0% 2% 12% 28% 37% 21%
Gender differences/issues 0 4 33 71 108 63
0% 1% 12% 25% 39% 23%
Sexual orientation differences/issues 0 10 42 78 91 59
0% 4% 15% 28% 33% 21%
Physical or other observable disabilities 0 16 44 88 78 54
0% 6% 16% 31% 28% 19%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 3 20 47 87 71 49
1% 7% 17% 31% 26% 18%

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

 Very PoorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 0 15 58 103 72 31
0% 5% 21% 37% 26% 11%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 0 11 52 110 72 34
0% 4% 19% 39% 26% 12%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 22 40 48 55 57 57
8% 14% 17% 20% 20% 20%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 0 4 21 65 106 83
0% 1% 8% 23% 38% 30%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 4 20 50 104 100
0% 1% 7% 18% 37% 36%

7. 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 7 9 26 79 97 63
3% 3% 9% 28% 35% 22%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 2 4 14 66 90 104
1% 1% 5% 24% 32% 37%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 4 1 11 60 97 108
1% 0% 4% 21% 35% 38%

Items of Special Interest

Your Advising and Course Selection Experiences

1. What type of advising do you expect and hope to receive from an advisor? Please rank from 1 to 7, in order of what is personally important to you, assigning a 1 to the option you feel is most important.

 1234567
Career and Professional advising 84 45 49 44 21 13 29
30% 16% 17% 15% 7% 5% 10%
Choosing classes 59 67 42 32 33 36 17
21% 23% 15% 11% 12% 13% 6%
Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research) 30 45 53 45 35 46 30
11% 16% 19% 16% 12% 16% 11%
Financial aid and scholarships 38 48 55 49 38 29 28
13% 17% 19% 17% 13% 10% 10%
Understanding Campus Resources 11 16 31 48 74 64 41
4% 6% 11% 17% 26% 23% 14%
Selecting a major 33 15 20 20 33 46 116
12% 5% 7% 7% 12% 16% 41%
Academic Support 32 46 37 44 52 51 23
11% 16% 13% 15% 18% 18% 8%

2a. Whom did you consult with when selecting courses for your first semester? Please select all that apply.

CalSO counselor (student CalSO counselor) 142 49%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 92 32%
Major advisor 182 63%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff (e.g., advising staff working in offices such as the Student Life Advising Services, Bridge, the Berkeley International Office, the Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Center) 18 6%
Faculty member 21 7%
Another student 103 36%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 43 15%
other 31 11%

Please specify (N=31)

2b. Who provided the most useful guidance in the selection of your courses for the current term?

CalSO counselor 27 10%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 29 10%
Major advisor 129 46%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 8 3%
Faculty member 10 4%
Another student 44 16%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 4 1%
Other 30 11%

Please specify (N=28)

2c. How satisfied are you with the amount of individualized guidance you received from the people you consulted with in selecting your courses?

Very dissatisfied 20 7%
Dissatisfied 10 4%
Somewhat dissatisfied 22 8%
Somewhat satisfied 82 29%
Satisfied 104 37%
Very satisfied 42 15%

3. Since being admitted, have you ever received advice from two different offices or staff members at Cal that was contradictory or in conflict?

Yes 31 11%
No 253 89%

Please explain what happened (when you received advice from two different offices or staff members at Cal that was contradictory or in conflict)

(N=31)

Please describe how you decided which advice to follow

(N=31)

4. What factors most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester?

  Yes No
I was Intellectually curious about the topic 242 38
86% 14%
I found the subject generally interesting 245 33
88% 12%
Parental desires 23 251
8% 92%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 98 177
36% 64%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 63 210
23% 77%
College advisor 117 163
42% 58%
Major advisor 196 84
70% 30%
Co-curricular Advisor/ Student Services Support Staff 45 228
17% 84%
I thought/ had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 31 241
11% 89%
Reputation of professor 116 160
42% 58%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 159 118
57% 43%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 268 13
95% 5%
The course fit my schedule 241 40
86% 14%
Prepares me for my major 244 32
88% 12%
Other 12 57
17% 83%

Please describe: (N=8)

4b. How much parental pressure did you feel in your choice of first semester courses?

No pressure at all 4 17%
Very little pressure 4 17%
Some pressure 8 35%
Significant pressure 7 30%

5. What was your main strategy for selecting courses for the current semester?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I focused mainly on pre-requisites to declare my first choice major 30 15 10 38 72 113
11% 5% 4% 14% 26% 41%
I selected pre-requisite courses which could be used to declare more than one major 62 58 37 45 40 34
23% 21% 13% 16% 15% 12%
I was unsure about my major choice so I focused on variety and exploration 124 74 32 17 21 6
45% 27% 12% 6% 8% 2%
I was primarily concerned with enrolling in required courses (e.g., Reading and Composition American Cultures) 58 44 22 65 45 45
21% 16% 8% 23% 16% 16%

6. What other factors did you consider when setting up your course schedule for the current term?

(N=287)

7. How satisfied are you with each of the following, based on your experiences with accessing courses for the current semester?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 5 9 19 87 107 44
2% 3% 7% 32% 40% 16%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite  requirements 8 12 19 77 100 55
3% 4% 7% 28% 37% 20%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 12 22 26 57 98 63
4% 8% 9% 21% 35% 23%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 11 21 36 69 92 48
4% 8% 13% 25% 33% 17%
Variety of courses available 5 14 24 73 102 59
2% 5% 9% 26% 37% 21%
Access to small classes 15 23 35 78 84 40
6% 8% 13% 28% 31% 15%

8. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I encountered difficulty in creating a course schedule for my first semester due to the lack of information about how my previous coursework articulates to UCB. 51 61 54 52 41 22
18% 22% 19% 19% 15% 9%
I have had trouble finding out what UCB degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 57 62 52 58 33 18
20% 22% 19% 21% 12% 6%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UCB degree. 52 54 42 57 44 32
19% 19% 15% 20% 16% 11%

9. Have you completed all of the prerequisite courses for your desired UCB major(s)?

Yes 118 42%
No 127 45%
I am not sure 36 13%

9a. How many additional prerequisite courses for your desired major do you need to complete?

1 71 44%
2 0 0%
3 34 21%
4 4 3%
5 or more 11 7%
I am not sure 43 26%

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