2013 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 3

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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 4 5 30 114 121
1% 1% 2% 11% 41% 44%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 5 3 7 31 86 144
2% 1% 3% 11% 31% 52%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 26 61 41 66 48 32
10% 22% 15% 24% 18% 12%

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

 Not
important
Not very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
Learning about faculty research 4 16 36 75 78 66
2% 6% 13% 27% 28% 24%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 11 27 37 74 71 53
4% 10% 14% 27% 26% 19%
Learning research methods 3 10 24 57 78 101
1% 4% 9% 21% 29% 37%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 3 14 30 72 57 99
1% 5% 11% 26% 21% 36%
Pursuing your own research 10 18 44 59 65 78
4% 7% 16% 22% 24% 29%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 3 5 18 45 86 116
1% 2% 7% 17% 32% 43%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 1 1 12 44 82 132
0% 0% 4% 16% 30% 49%
Having access to a world-class library collection 2 6 17 48 86 113
1% 2% 6% 18% 32% 42%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 9 13 31 60 82 78
3% 5% 11% 22% 30% 29%

3a.  How do you expect to use the library and library staff while you are at Berkeley? (Check all that apply)

To find data and statistical information 186
67%
As a quiet place to study 195
70%
For help in learning to do academic research 186
67%
To find scholarly articles 190
68%
For help in organizing my research 181
65%
As a place to work on group projects 166
60%
For printing, copying and scanning 186
67%
To find books 173
62%
Other 5
2%

Please specify: (N=4) 

3b.  If you were seeking help in doing library research, which ways would you prefer to communicate? Rank the following from 1 to 6 or from 1 to 7 if 'Other' is specified 

Individual help at a library reference desk

1 95 35%
2 56 21%
3 31 12%
4 29 11%
5 21 8%
6 26 10%
7 10 4%

Individual help by appointment

1 40 15%
2 85 32%
3 45 17%
4 37 14%
5 42 16%
6 15 6%
7 3 1%

Take an hour-long class in library research methods

1 30 11%
2 27 10%
3 44 17%
4 29 11%
5 50 19%
6 81 31%
7 5 2%

Use a virtual chat widget

1 24 9%
2 28 11%
3 46 17%
4 53 20%
5 49 19%
6 62 24%
7 2 1%

Email

1 46 17%
2 41 15%
3 56 21%
4 60 22%
5 31 12%
6 28 10%
7 6 2%

Phone

1 23 9%
2 27 10%
3 45 17%
4 52 20%
5 71 27%
6 45 17%
7 4 2%

Other

1 8 14%
2 3 5%
3 2 3%
4 4 7%
5 4 7%
6 6 10%
7 32 54%

Please specify: (N=11) 

4.  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) 2 5 23 34 109 99
1% 2% 9% 13% 40% 36%
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) 2 6 27 53 91 94
1% 2% 10% 19% 33% 34%
Develop a friendship with a student from a country or state outside of your own 1 9 35 36 101 90
0% 3% 13% 13% 37% 33%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 7 39 55 43 74 54
3% 14% 20% 16% 27% 20%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 32 68 36 60 49 25
12% 25% 13% 22% 18% 9%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 4 29 53 49 90 48
2% 11% 19% 18% 33% 18%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 6 31 49 61 75 47
2% 12% 18% 23% 28% 18%

4b.  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 disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
It is important to have exposure to students from other states and countries 1 2 5 28 88 148
0% 1% 2% 10% 32% 54%
I hope that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 1 2 4 27 84 154
0% 1% 2% 10% 31% 57%
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 2 4 3 32 84 148
1% 2% 1% 12% 31% 54%

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

Not important 7 3%
Not very important 20 7%
Somewhat important 34 12%
Important 37 13%
Very important 69 25%
Essential 110 40%
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 79 107 90
29% 39% 33%
From Cal advisors 81 96 97
30% 35% 35%
From friends 62 116 93
23% 43% 34%
From fellow Cal students 65 94 115
24% 34% 42%
High school teachers or counselors 40 105 125
15% 39% 46%

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

I have declared a major 146 53%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 122 45%
I plan to take my time and explore options 6 2%

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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 6 82 195
2% 29% 69%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 9 52 222
3% 18% 78%
Explore and discover my personal identity 13 75 195
5% 27% 69%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 15 58 206
5% 21% 74%
Achieve a high GPA 12 78 193
4% 28% 68%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 120 95 67
43% 34% 24%
Establish meaningful friendships 13 78 192
5% 28% 68%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 14 68 200
5% 24% 71%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 7 29 247
3% 10% 87%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 50 110 122
18% 39% 43%
Explore new ideas 5 54 222
2% 19% 79%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 65 78 139
23% 28% 49%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 34 86 163
12% 30% 58%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 6 50 226
2% 18% 80%
Integrate spirituality into my life 103 80 99
37% 28% 35%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 14 76 192
5% 27% 68%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 32 87 163
11% 31% 58%

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

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Challenge and/or change my perspective 6 9 22 50 111 83
2% 3% 8% 18% 40% 30%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 2 2 5 24 86 161
1% 1% 2% 9% 31% 58%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 3 3 3 34 92 145
1% 1% 1% 12% 33% 52%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 10 10 17 55 85 104
4% 4% 6% 20% 30% 37%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 6 4 6 49 82 131
2% 1% 2% 18% 30% 47%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 17 29 24 73 71 67
6% 10% 9% 26% 25% 24%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 5 2 7 42 80 144
2% 1% 3% 15% 29% 51%
Help increase my social consciousness (e.g., be more aware of people and issues regardless of background, ethnicity; doing things for the public good) 8 12 16 55 94 95
3% 4% 6% 20% 34% 34%
Help me to be more open to and tolerant of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 10 11 20 63 94 82
4% 4% 7% 23% 34% 29%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 13 12 22 77 77 80
5% 4% 8% 27% 27% 29%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 26 17 23 73 72 68
9% 6% 8% 26% 26% 24%
Getting into my first choice of major 72 34 30 54 40 51
26% 12% 11% 19% 14% 18%
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 7 3 15 54 92 108
3% 1% 5% 19% 33% 39%
Getting the academic advising I need 10 19 47 59 79 64
4% 7% 17% 21% 28% 23%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 9 21 31 70 80 69
3% 8% 11% 25% 29% 25%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 39 60 58 54 44 24
14% 22% 21% 19% 16% 9%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 85 41 43 51 37 23
30% 15% 15% 18% 13% 8%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 19 17 25 84 78 56
7% 6% 9% 30% 28% 20%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 19 20 25 80 82 54
7% 7% 9% 29% 29% 19%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 66 37 46 59 43 30
24% 13% 16% 21% 15% 11%
Being able to maintain good health 22 35 31 72 62 58
8% 13% 11% 26% 22% 21%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 58 39 49 55 43 35
21% 14% 18% 20% 15% 13%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 9 12 19 78 84 79
3% 4% 7% 28% 30% 28%
Second guessing whether Berkeley was the right choice for me 89 47 39 35 37 33
32% 17% 14% 13% 13% 12%

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

6 (friendly) 80 29%
5 117 42%
4 62 22%
3 20 7%
2 1 0%
1 (hostile) 1 0%

6 (caring) 47 17%
5 95 34%
4 82 29%
3 40 14%
2 10 4%
1 (impersonal) 6 2%

6 (intellectual) 158 57%
5 81 29%
4 28 10%
3 8 3%
2 3 1%
1 (not intellectual) 1 0%

6 (appreciative of diversity) 106 38%
5 112 40%
4 47 17%
3 10 4%
2 3 1%
1 (unappreciateive of diversity) 1 0%

6 (safe) 50 18%
5 93 34%
4 76 28%
3 37 14%
2 11 4%
1 (dangerous) 7 3%

6 (too hard academically) 34 12%
5 104 37%
4 116 41%
3 23 8%
2 2 1%
1 (too easy academically) 1 0%

6 (affordable) 16 6%
5 50 18%
4 72 26%
3 68 24%
2 46 16%
1 (not affordable) 28 10%

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. (Rank the following from 1 to 5) 

Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)

1 137 50%
2 74 27%
3 30 11%
4 23 8%
5 13 5%

Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)

1 56 20%
2 52 19%
3 48 17%
4 49 18%
5 72 26%

Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)

1 29 11%
2 48 17%
3 64 23%
4 72 26%
5 63 23%

Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)

1 37 13%
2 68 25%
3 79 29%
4 59 21%
5 34 12%

Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

1 19 7%
2 33 12%
3 63 23%
4 73 26%
5 89 32%

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

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
My own racial and ethnic identity 4 8 26 66 97 79
1% 3% 9% 24% 35% 28%
Social class and economic differences/issues 1 2 24 84 109 59
0% 1% 9% 30% 39% 21%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues 1 3 30 89 98 59
0% 1% 11% 32% 35% 21%
Gender differences/issues 1 5 31 81 97 64
0% 2% 11% 29% 35% 23%
Sexual orientation differences/issues 1 7 40 87 85 61
0% 3% 14% 31% 30% 22%
Physical or other observable disabilities 2 14 49 84 78 52
1% 5% 18% 30% 28% 19%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 5 15 54 83 67 52
2% 5% 20% 30% 24% 19%

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

 Very 
poor
PoorFairGoodVery 
good
Excellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 2 17 54 101 71 35
1% 6% 19% 36% 25% 13%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 2 19 52 95 80 32
1% 7% 19% 34% 29% 11%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 25 33 60 56 59 46
9% 12% 22% 20% 21% 17%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 0 1 31 77 99 73
0% 0% 11% 27% 35% 26%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 3 25 66 96 88
0% 1% 9% 24% 35% 32%

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 5 7 27 83 98 60
2% 3% 10% 30% 35% 21%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 4 5 17 60 108 85
1% 2% 6% 22% 39% 31%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 2 6 14 54 107 94
1% 2% 5% 20% 39% 34%

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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. 

Career and Professional advising

1 58 20%
2 58 20%
3 37 13%
4 47 16%
5 34 11%
6 41 14%
7 22 7%

Choosing classes

1 76 26%
2 52 17%
3 51 17%
4 40 13%
5 35 12%
6 31 10%
7 13 4%

Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research)

1 34 11%
2 39 13%
3 48 16%
4 50 17%
5 38 13%
6 62 21%
7 26 9%

Financial aid and scholarships

1 35 12%
2 57 19%
3 48 16%
4 39 13%
5 46 15%
6 38 13%
7 35 12%

Understanding Campus Resources

1 14 5%
2 24 8%
3 46 16%
4 56 19%
5 62 21%
6 58 20%
7 37 13%

Selecting a major

1 33 11%
2 27 9%
3 18 6%
4 16 5%
5 22 7%
6 34 11%
7 147 50%

Academic Support

1 51 17%
2 39 13%
3 50 17%
4 52 18%
5 59 20%
6 32 11%
7 14 5%

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

CalSO leader (i.e., student CalSO staff) 88
29%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 80
27%
Major advisor 182
61%
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) 34
11%
Faculty member 26
9%
Another student 105
35%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 54
18%
Online (e.g., departmental website, forum, catalog review) 154
51%
Friend(s) 96
32%
No one 19
6%
Other 4
1%

Please specify: (N=4) 

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

CalSO leader 15 5%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 27 9%
Major advisor 106 36%
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) 6 2%
Faculty member 4 1%
Another student 23 8%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 8 3%
Online (e.g., departmental website, forum, catalog review) 63 21%
Friend(s) 17 6%
No one 24 8%
Other 3 1%

Please specify: (N=3) 

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 10 3%
Dissatisfied 14 5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 35 12%
Somewhat satisfied 82 28%
Satisfied 104 35%
Very satisfied 49 17%

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 39 13%
No 259 87%

3a.  Please explain what happened (when you received advice from two different offices or staff members at Cal that was contradictory or in conflict). 

(N=28)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

3b.  Please describe how you decided which advice to follow. 

(N=27)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

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

 YesNo
I found the subject generally interesting 266 30
90% 10%
Parental desires 27 263
9% 91%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 117 175
40% 60%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 75 213
26% 74%
Academic Advisor 198 97
67% 33%
Co-curricular Advisor/ Student Services Support Staff 59 230
20% 80%
I thought/ had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 53 238
18% 82%
Reputation of professor 138 153
47% 53%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 178 116
61% 40%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 282 14
95% 5%
The course fit my schedule 264 28
90% 10%
Prepares me for my major 254 39
87% 13%
Other 10 49
17% 83%

Please specify: (N=4) 

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

No pressure at all 5 19%
Very little pressure 7 26%
Some pressure 10 37%
Significant pressure 5 19%

5.  Select the top three factors that most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester.

I found the subject generally interesting 157
52%
Parental desires 3
1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 34
11%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 9
3%
Academic Advisor 90
30%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 9
3%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 10
3%
Reputation of professor 47
16%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading & Comprehension, Foreign Languages, etc.) 90
30%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 229
76%
The course fit my schedule 114
38%
Prepares me for my major 68
23%

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

(N=144)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

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 4 6 23 91 125 37
1% 2% 8% 32% 44% 13%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 4 7 24 82 122 48
1% 2% 8% 29% 43% 17%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 4 15 34 66 114 62
1% 5% 12% 22% 39% 21%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 6 14 30 68 123 53
2% 5% 10% 23% 42% 18%
Variety of courses available 3 14 35 68 116 57
1% 5% 12% 23% 40% 20%
Access to small classes 12 20 46 94 88 33
4% 7% 16% 32% 30% 11%

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

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly 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. 40 72 55 68 45 16
14% 24% 19% 23% 15% 5%
I have had trouble finding out what UCB degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 41 78 63 58 35 18
14% 27% 22% 20% 12% 6%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UCB degree. 40 66 53 64 42 31
14% 22% 18% 22% 14% 11%

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

Yes 135 46%
No 119 40%
I am not sure 42 14%

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

1 50 31%
2 45 28%
3 14 9%
4 6 4%
5 or more 11 7%
I am not sure 35 22%

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