2013 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Your 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 2014 and Spring 2015.)

Not at all concerned 71 8%
Unconcerned 50 6%
Somewhat unconcerned 102 12%
Somewhat concerned 210 24%
Concerned 182 21%
Very concerned 254 29%

2.  Which of the following expenses have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses?

Applied for financial aid 675
77%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 177
20%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 524
60%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 280
32%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 77
9%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 121
14%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 438
50%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 65
7%
Worked for pay to save for college 411
47%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 244
28%
Requested a triple to save money 73
8%
Will live at home to reduce expeneses 107
12%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 73
8%
Other 52
6%

Please Specify (N=61) 

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 477 55%
No 392 45%

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 299 35%
No 568 66%

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 70 8%
Disagree 73 8%
Somewhat disagree 112 13%
Somewhat agree 289 33%
Agree 208 24%
Strongly agree 114 13%

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 222 26%
No 646 74%

Please elaborate (N=193) 

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? 

(N=128)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

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

I was born in the U.S. 483 56%
1993 or earlier 37 4%
1994 2 0%
1995 5 1%
1996 7 1%
1997 6 1%
1998 1 0%
1999 9 1%
2000 14 2%
2001 10 1%
2002 4 1%
2003 5 1%
2004 7 1%
2005 12 1%
2006 9 1%
2007 23 3%
2008 26 3%
2009 35 4%
2010 82 10%
2011 82 10%
2012 or later 5 1%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 423 49%
Before I was 5 years old 112 13%
When I was 5 years old 62 7%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 94 11%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 83 10%
After turning 16 years old 86 10%

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

 In the U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 328 539
38% 62%
My father 332 534
38% 62%
My mother's mother 277 585
32% 68%
My father's mother 276 584
32% 68%
My mother's father 271 589
32% 69%
My father's father 274 586
32% 68%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother? (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born in U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 1 0%
Less than high school diploma 21 6%
High school diploma 107 33%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 50 15%
Bachelor's degree 79 24%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 9 3%
Master's degree 47 14%
Professional degree 7 2%
Doctorate 6 2%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in the U.S.?  (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 73 38%
Less than high school diploma 11 6%
High school diploma or equivalent 27 14%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 23 12%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 25 13%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 4 2%
Master's degree or equivalent 22 12%
Professional degree or equivalent 1 1%
Doctorate or equivalent 5 3%

What is the highest level of education reached by your mother outside the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 26 6%
Less than high school diploma 92 19%
High school diploma 159 34%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 47 10%
Bachelor's degree 114 24%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 3 1%
Master's degree 19 4%
Professional degree 8 2%
Doctorate 4 1%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born in U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 1 0%
Less than high school diploma 25 8%
High school diploma 111 34%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 30 9%
Bachelor's degree 82 24%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 2 1%
Master's degree 44 13%
Professional degree 21 6%
Doctorate 12 4%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father in the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 61 34%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 8 4%
High school diploma or equivalent 23 13%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 14 8%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 20 11%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 4 2%
Master's degree or equivalent 33 18%
Professional degree or equivalent 6 3%
Doctorate or equivalent 12 7%

What is the highest level of education reached by your father outside the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 33 4%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 88 10%
High school diploma or equivalent 139 16%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 24 3%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 120 14%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 4 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 32 4%
Professional degree or equivalent 5 1%
Doctorate or equivalent 13 2%

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

I don't know 151 17%
None 449 52%
One 115 13%
Two 94 11%
Three 29 3%
Four 28 3%

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

Wealthy 4 1%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 120 14%
Middle-class 319 37%
Working-class 260 30%
Low-income or poor 162 19%

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 298 35%
No 558 65%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2012? (seen by those who respond “No” to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 49 9%
$10,000 to $19,999 55 10%
$20,000 to $34,999 68 13%
$35,000 to $49,999 51 10%
$50,000 to $64,999 53 10%
$65,000 to $79,999 66 13%
$80,000 to $99,999 50 9%
$100,000 to $124,999 58 11%
$125,000 to $149,999 27 5%
$150,000 to $199,999 30 6%
$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 2012? (seen by those who respond “Yes” to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 120 41%
$10,000 to $19,999 76 26%
$20,000 to $34,999 45 15%
$35,000 to $49,999 14 5%
$50,000 to $64,999 10 3%
$65,000 to $79,999 12 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 6 2%
$100,000 to $124,999 4 1%
$125,000 to $149,999 4 1%
$150,000 to $199,999 2 1%
$200,000 or more 3 1%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 122 15%
Not particularly spiritual 90 11%
No preference 122 15%
Agnostic 75 9%
Atheist 94 11%
Baptist 15 2%
Buddhist 42 5%
Christian Church (Disciples) 64 8%
Eastern Orthodox 6 1%
Episcopalian 1 0%
Hindu 8 1%
Jewish 7 1%
Lutheran 5 1%
Methodist 2 0%
Mormon 1 0%
Muslim 23 3%
Presbyterian 9 1%
Roman Catholic 71 9%
Seventh Day Adventist 3 0%
Sikh 3 0%
Taoist 2 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 3 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 2 0%
Other Christian 48 6%
Other Religion 13 2%

13.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 55 7%
Gay/Lesbian 42 5%
Heterosexual 640 76%
Questioning/Unsure 21 3%
Self-identified Queer 12 1%
Decline to state 56 7%
Other 18 2%

Please specify: (N=16) 

14.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman 459 53%
Man 380 44%
Decline to state 19 2%
Other 6 1%

Please specify: (N=6) 

Do you identify as transgender?

Yes 4 1%
No 845 100%

15.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 103 12%
Liberal 273 32%
Slightly liberal 147 17%
Moderate or middle of the road 232 27%
Slightly conservative 60 7%
Conservative 30 4%
Very conservative 2 0%

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

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 157 628 40
19% 76% 5%
Sexual orientation 101 598 126
12% 73% 15%
Race/ethnicity 375 399 50
46% 48% 6%
Social or economic class 294 367 163
36% 45% 20%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 195 512 117
24% 62% 14%
Political party affiliation 102 411 311
12% 50% 38%
Religious preference 247 361 215
30% 44% 26%

21.  Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 19 2%
Foothill 24 3%
Bowles 1 0%
Stern 21 2%
Unit 1 37 4%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 31 4%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 24 3%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 11 1%
Martnez Commons 28 3%
University Village Albany (family housing) 38 4%
Wada Apartments 29 3%
Living with family 31 4%
Sorority or fraternity 2 0%
Co-op Housing 19 2%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 530 62%
Other 16 2%

Please specify: (N=16) 

22.  How far from campus do you live?

On campus or less than 1 mile 397 46%
1 mile to 2 miles 186 22%
3 miles to 10 miles 149 17%
11 to 20 miles 67 8%
21 miles or more 60 7%

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 478 56%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 75 9%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 98 11%
I live with at least one parent 44 5%
Other 70 8%

Please specify: (N=69) 

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) 33 110 212 137 110 218
4% 13% 26% 17% 13% 27%
Teenagers 13-17 411 25 9 8 6 13
87% 5% 2% 2% 1% 3%
Children 6-12 427 21 6 4 1 3
92% 5% 1% 1% 0% 1%
Children 5 and younger 429 23 3 6 1 3
92% 5% 1% 1% 0% 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 129 96%
African American Theme Program (AATP) 2 2%
Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) 2 2%
Casa Magdalena Mora (CASA) 0 0%
Global Environment Theme Program (GETH) 0 0%
Native American Theme Program 1 1%
Unity House 0 0%
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 0 0%

24.  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) 251 143 245 138 78
29% 17% 29% 16% 9%
Competing family responsibilities 197 212 250 120 71
23% 25% 29% 14% 8%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 163 173 294 177 46
19% 20% 35% 21% 5%
Weak spoken English skills 547 116 107 54 32
64% 14% 13% 6% 4%
Weak writing skills 419 179 166 60 31
49% 21% 19% 7% 4%
Weak math skills 409 216 170 36 16
48% 26% 20% 4% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 226 267 240 91 30
27% 31% 28% 11% 4%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 202 218 269 116 49
24% 26% 32% 14% 6%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 247 269 236 79 25
29% 31% 28% 9% 3%
Poor library research skills 266 277 221 69 21
31% 32% 26% 8% 3%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 132 220 300 146 56
16% 26% 35% 17% 7%
Physical illness or condition 290 334 177 36 16
34% 39% 21% 4% 2%

25.  In general, I consider myself:

1 (not a very happy person) 15 2%
2 26 3%
3 57 7%
4 124 14%
5 244 28%
6 281 33%
7 (a very happy person) 113 13%

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

1 (less happy) 24 3%
2 46 5%
3 96 11%
4 172 20%
5 229 27%
6 193 22%
7 (more happy) 101 12%

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

parents, guardians 528
61%
friends nearby 601
69%
teachers, coaches 98
11%
siblings 332
38%
online friends 121
14%
clergy 25
3%
other family 143
17%
counselors, therapists 85
10%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 70
8%
other 163
19%

Please specify: (N=166) 

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

Very dissatisfied 51 6%
Fairly dissatisfied 68 8%
A little dissatisfied 70 8%
A little satisfied 97 11%
Fairly satisfied 298 35%
Very satisfied 267 31%

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

Very dissatisfied 59 7%
Fairly dissatisfied 58 7%
A little dissatisfied 67 8%
A little satisfied 98 12%
Fairly satisfied 279 33%
Very satisfied 291 34%

30.  Do you know that all Berkeley students are eligible for up to 5 free counseling visits at Tang Center-University Health Services regardless of whether they have Berkeley SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan)?

Yes 444 52%
No 411 48%

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