2014 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 2

Background

Concern About Cost

1. How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.)

Not concerned 122 16%
Somewhat concerned 223 30%
Concerned 186 25%
Very concerned 226 30%

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 554
73%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 154
20%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 426
56%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 236
31%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 73
10%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 84
11%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 317
42%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 40
5%
Worked for pay to save for college 340
45%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 236
31%
Requested a triple to save money 71
9%
Will live at home to reduce expenses 112
15%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 112
15%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
62
8%

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 444 59%
No 308 41%

3b. Have you heard about the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP), a new financial aid program available to families in the $80,000 - $150,000 annual income range?

Yes 330 44%
No 419 56%

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 53 7%
Disagree 73 10%
Somewhat disagree 100 13%
Somewhat agree 204 27%
Agree 196 26%
Strongly agree 122 16%

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 238 32%
No 511 68%

3d. Please select from the following list all basics you have foregone as a result of finances.

Housing 82
35%
Food 145
61%
Books 146
62%
Health care 61
26%
Other (Please explain below)
[Contact OPA for more information]
37
16%

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?

[Contact OPA for more information]

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

I was born in the U.S. 462 62%
1994 or earlier 15 2%
1995 6 1%
1996 5 1%
1997 8 1%
1998 7 1%
1999 9 1%
2000 4 1%
2001 4 1%
2002 6 1%
2003 5 1%
2004 3 0%
2005 4 1%
2006 6 1%
2007 15 2%
2008 19 3%
2009 16 2%
2010 39 5%
2011 53 7%
2012 59 8%
2013 or later 1 0%

6. When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 400 54%
Before I was 5 years old 92 12%
When I was 5 years old 46 6%
When I was 6-10 years old 71 10%
When I was 11-15 years old 71 10%
After turning 16 years old 63 9%

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

 In the U.S.Outside the U.S.Do not know
Your mother 311 432 2
42% 58% 0%
Your father 302 427 10
41% 58% 1%

To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents were born outside of the United States?

Zero 204 28%
One 35 5%
Two 89 12%
Three 30 4%
Four 384 52%

8. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother...

In the United States?

None (did not receive formal education) 64 9%
Less than high school diploma 28 4%
High school diploma 126 18%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 67 10%
Bachelor's degree 99 14%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 12 2%
Master's degree 60 9%
Professional degree 3 0%
Doctorate 7 1%
Do not know 8 1%
Not applicable 228 33%

In a foreign country?

None (did not receive formal education) 21 3%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 92 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 113 18%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 37 6%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 93 15%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 4 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 14 2%
Professional degree or equivalent 6 1%
Doctorate or equivalent 5 1%
Do not know 12 2%
Not applicable 223 36%

9. What is the highest level of education reached by your father...

In the United States?

None (did not receive formal education) 54 8%
Less than high school diploma 30 4%
High school diploma 140 20%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 44 6%
Bachelor's degree 82 12%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 5 1%
Master's degree 59 8%
Professional degree 13 2%
Doctorate 23 3%
Do not know 26 4%
Not applicable 223 32%

In a foreign country?

None (did not receive formal education) 30 5%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 67 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 92 15%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 37 6%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 89 14%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 6 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 30 5%
Professional degree or equivalent 6 1%
Doctorate or equivalent 6 1%
Do not know 31 5%
Not applicable 223 36%

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

Wealthy 8 1%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 88 12%
Middle-class 252 34%
Working-class 223 30%
Low-income or poor 171 23%

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 277 37%
No 466 63%

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2013? (seen by those who respond "No" to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 41 6%
$10,000 to $19,999 53 7%
$20,000 to $34,999 57 8%
$35,000 to $49,999 42 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 44 6%
$65,000 to $79,999 42 6%
$80,000 to $99,999 43 6%
$100,000 to $124,999 42 6%
$125,000 to $149,999 26 4%
$150,000 to $199,999 32 4%
$200,000 or more 18 3%
Not applicable - independent student 277 38%
Skipped branch-determining question about independent status 8 1%

11. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2013? (seen by those who respond "Yes" to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 108 14%
$10,000 to $19,999 58 8%
$20,000 to $34,999 48 6%
$35,000 to $49,999 17 2%
$50,000 to $64,999 15 2%
$65,000 to $79,999 4 1%
$80,000 to $99,999 10 1%
$100,000 to $124,999 8 1%
$125,000 to $149,999 3 0%
$150,000 to $199,999 5 1%
$200,000 or more 0 0%
Not applicable - dependent student 466 62%
Skipped branch-determining question about independent status 8 1%

12. What is your religious preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 107 15%
Not particularly spiritual 85 12%
No preference 96 13%
Agnostic 64 9%
Athiest 79 11%
Baptist 6 1%
Buddhist 26 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 65 9%
Eastern Orthodox 6 1%
Episcopalian 0 0%
HIndu 5 1%
Jewish 10 1%
Lutheran 5 1%
Methodist 3 0%
Mormon 0 0%
Muslim 16 2%
Presbyterian 13 2%
Quaker 0 0%
Roman Catholic 71 10%
Seventh Day Adventist 2 0%
Sikh 1 0%
Taoist 0 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 1 0%
United Church of Christ/Congreational 1 0%
Other Christian 38 5%
Other Religion 14 2%

13. What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 54 7%
Gay/Lesbian 31 4%
Heterosexual 560 77%
Questioning/Unsure 8 1%
Self-identified Queer 13 2%
Decline to state 50 7%
Other (Please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
15 2%

14. With which gender do you identify?

Woman 388 52%
Man 332 45%
Decline to state 12 2%
Other (Please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
8 1%

15. Do you identify as transgender?

Yes 5 1%
No 732 99%

16. How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 103 14%
Liberal 214 29%
Slightly liberal 123 17%
Moderate or middle of the road 215 30%
Slightly conservative 39 5%
Conservative 26 4%
Very conservative 7 1%

21. Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 11 2%
Foothill 13 2%
Bowles 0 0%
Stern 9 1%
Unit 1 28 4%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 58 8%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 33 5%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 8 1%
Martinez Commons 25 3%
University Village Albany (family housing) 33 5%
Wada Apartments 29 4%
Living with family 44 6%
Sorority or fraternity 0 0%
Co-op Housing 18 3%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 411 56%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
14 2%

18. How far from campus do you live?

On campus or less than 1 mile 341 46%
1 mile to 2 miles 138 19%
3 miles to 10 miles 99 14%
11 to 20 miles 78 11%
21 miles or more 80 11%

19. With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 54 7%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 400 55%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 68 9%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 84 12%
I live with at least one parent 60 8%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
66 9%

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

 12345 or
more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 100 179 156 95 167
14% 26% 22% 14% 24%

 0 (Zero)12345 or
more
Children or teenagers under the age of 18 (do NOT count yourself as 1) 555 54 27 10 4 5
85% 8% 4% 2% 1% 1%

21. Are you a legal guardian or parent?

No 644 88%
Yes 87 12%

21b. How many children or dependents do you care for?

1 32 64%
2 12 24%
3 5 10%
4 1 2%
5 or more 0 0%

21c. How many of your dependents are under the age of 18?

None 6 12%
1 30 61%
2 9 18%
3 3 6%
4 1 2%
5 or more 0 0%

22. 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 683 98%
African American Theme Program (AATP) 1 0%
Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) 6 1%
Casa Magdalena Mora (CASA) 2 0%
Global Environment Theme Program (GETH) 2 0%
Native American Theme Program (NATP) 1 0%
Unity House 3 0%
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 0 0%

23. 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) 239 114 202 107 62
33% 16% 28% 15% 9%
Competing family responsibilities 187 179 211 104 49
26% 25% 29% 14% 7%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 156 165 236 131 36
22% 23% 33% 18% 5%
Weak spoken English skills 513 71 81 42 20
71% 10% 11% 6% 3%
Weak writing skills 374 152 126 46 27
52% 21% 17% 6% 4%
Weak math skills 357 195 123 40 11
49% 27% 17% 6% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 201 220 218 69 21
28% 30% 30% 10% 3%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 162 171 239 114 43
22% 24% 33% 16% 6%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 189 212 206 95 27
26% 29% 28% 13% 4%
Poor library research skills 223 231 194 63 19
31% 32% 27% 9% 3%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 105 155 258 145 64
14% 21% 36% 20% 9%
Physical illness or condition 254 269 128 56 18
35% 37% 18% 8% 3%

24. In general, I consider myself:

1 - Not a very happy person 15 2%
2 21 3%
3 52 7%
4 124 17%
5 200 28%
6 216 30%
7 - A very happy person 97 13%

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

1 - Less happy 41 6%
2 48 7%
3 95 13%
4 148 20%
5 157 22%
6 163 23%
7 - More happy 73 10%

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

parents, guardians 523
71%
friends nearby 523
71%
teachers, coaches 67
9%
siblings 264
36%
online friends 121
17%
clergy 17
2%
other family 126
17%
counselors, therapists 67
9%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 75
10%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
118
16%

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

Very dissatisfied 44 6%
Fairly dissatisfied 68 9%
A little dissatisfied 64 9%
A little satisfied 80 11%
Fairly satisfied 248 34%
Very satisfied 216 30%

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

Very dissatisfied 56 8%
Fairly dissatisfied 59 8%
A little dissatisfied 56 8%
A little satisfied 90 13%
Fairly satisfied 249 35%
Very satisfied 211 29%

29. 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 426 59%
No 300 41%

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