2014 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 3

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Items of Special Interest

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 1 4 7 39 98 100
0% 2% 3% 16% 39% 40%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 1 2 7 39 77 124
0% 1% 3% 16% 31% 50%
The emphasis on research at Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 24 50 57 58 33 27
10% 20% 23% 23% 13% 11%

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 3 11 50 84 56 46
1% 4% 20% 34% 22% 18%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 3 36 45 71 57 37
1% 15% 18% 29% 23% 15%
Learning research methods 3 4 32 72 65 73
1% 2% 13% 29% 26% 29%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 4 13 35 67 63 68
2% 5% 14% 27% 25% 27%
Pursuing your own research 7 22 43 66 52 58
3% 9% 17% 27% 21% 23%
The prestige of this campus/faculty when you apply to grad school 3 4 16 66 65 96
1% 2% 6% 26% 26% 38%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 1 2 12 53 69 113
0% 1% 5% 21% 28% 45%
Having access to a world-class library collection 4 14 17 56 71 86
2% 6% 7% 23% 29% 35%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 6 14 45 54 72 58
2% 6% 18% 22% 29% 23%

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 139
55%
As a quiet place to study 156
61%
For help in learning to do academic research 142
56%
To find scholarly articles 150
59%
For help in organizing my research 154
60%
As a place to work on group projects 138
54%
For printing, copying and scanning 149
58%
To find books 148
58%
Other (please specify)
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5
2%

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

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Individual help at a library reference desk 103 46 48 17 16 7 5
43% 19% 20% 7% 7% 3% 2%
Individual help by appointment 39 71 31 46 25 22 2
17% 30% 13% 20% 11% 9% 1%
Take an hour-long clas in library research methods 27 22 35 21 37 86 7
12% 9% 15% 9% 16% 37% 3%
Use a virtual chat widget 24 35 35 34 50 53 2
10% 15% 15% 15% 22% 23% 1%
Email 37 43 51 52 35 18 2
16% 18% 21% 22% 15% 8% 1%
Phone 12 24 37 60 60 38 4
5% 10% 16% 26% 26% 16% 2%
Other
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2 1 0 4 6 6 24
5% 2% 0% 9% 14% 14% 56%

4. While attending UC Berkeley, how often would you like to...

 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) 0 4 32 40 98 76
0% 2% 13% 16% 39% 30%
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 4 28 53 93 68
0% 2% 11% 22% 38% 28%
Develop a friendship with a student from a country or state outside of your own 0 2 28 38 94 86
0% 1% 11% 15% 38% 35%
Work with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 5 12 39 46 72 74
2% 5% 16% 19% 29% 30%
Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international / global topics 15 40 59 43 50 40
6% 16% 24% 17% 20% 16%
Attend lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 3 14 52 53 65 60
1% 6% 21% 22% 26% 24%
Attend a performance with an international/global focus 8 15 52 54 61 58
3% 6% 21% 22% 25% 23%

4b. What are your values and beliefs 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
I believe that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 0 0 7 30 65 148
0% 0% 3% 12% 26% 59%
I believe that exposure to students from other states and countries will help me be more open to and understanding of different opinions and points of view 0 0 7 25 65 152
0% 0% 3% 10% 26% 61%

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

Not important 11 4%
Not very important 19 8%
Somewhat important 21 8%
Important 41 16%
Very important 77 31%
Essential 82 33%
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 your family 57 95 95
23% 39% 39%
From Cal advisors 67 96 84
27% 39% 34%
From friends 40 115 90
16% 47% 37%
From fellow Cal students 41 95 110
17% 39% 45%
High school teachers or counselors 35 74 135
14% 30% 55%

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

I have declared a major 131 53%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 102 41%
I plan to take my time and explore options 14 6%

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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 back to my community after finishing my education 9 68 156
4% 29% 67%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 5 51 178
2% 22% 76%
Explore and discover my personal identity 13 58 163
6% 25% 70%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 13 50 170
6% 22% 73%
Achieve a high GPA 16 60 158
7% 26% 68%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 100 73 58
43% 32% 25%
Establish meaningful friendships 8 74 150
3% 32% 65%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 12 58 163
5% 25% 70%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 2 33 197
1% 14% 85%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 38 93 102
16% 40% 44%
Explore new ideas 7 54 172
3% 23% 74%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 53 76 104
23% 33% 45%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 20 84 129
9% 36% 55%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 2 41 190
1% 18% 82%
Integrate spirituality into my life 82 66 82
36% 29% 36%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 13 66 154
6% 28% 66%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 25 88 119
11% 38% 51%

2. 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 7 10 15 51 78 70
3% 4% 7% 22% 34% 30%
Prepare me to succeed in a career 0 1 3 18 79 131
0% 0% 1% 8% 34% 57%
Prepare me to build a better life for myself and/or my family 2 0 6 30 58 135
1% 0% 3% 13% 25% 58%
Teach me to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures 7 4 18 49 72 82
3% 2% 8% 21% 31% 35%
Prepare me to make a difference in this world 2 1 14 40 76 99
1% 0% 6% 17% 33% 43%
Allow me to create own field of study (combine disciplines, create own major, etc.) 15 21 24 69 54 48
7% 9% 10% 30% 23% 21%
Prepare me to get the job I desire 0 2 9 33 70 117
0% 1% 4% 14% 30% 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) 3 7 22 44 71 85
1% 3% 10% 19% 31% 37%
Help me to be more open to and understanding of different opinions and points of view (e.g., openness, freedom) 4 6 17 44 76 85
2% 3% 7% 19% 33% 37%

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

 Not at all concernedUnconcernedSomewhat unconcernedSomewhat concernedConcernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 15 6 14 59 67 73
6% 3% 6% 25% 29% 31%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 12 14 15 63 62 68
5% 6% 6% 27% 27% 29%
Getting into my first choice of major 74 37 20 20 31 51
32% 16% 9% 9% 13% 22%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 0 3 11 44 64 112
0% 1% 5% 19% 27% 48%
Getting the academic advising I need 5 16 36 56 72 48
2% 7% 16% 24% 31% 21%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 6 13 25 53 68 68
3% 6% 11% 23% 29% 29%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 41 39 52 49 27 24
18% 17% 22% 21% 12% 10%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 68 41 34 42 29 19
29% 18% 15% 18% 12% 8%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 10 15 26 62 63 55
4% 7% 11% 27% 27% 24%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 18 12 27 63 58 55
8% 5% 12% 27% 25% 24%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 58 36 37 43 35 24
25% 16% 16% 19% 15% 10%
Being able to maintain good health 21 21 29 55 64 43
9% 9% 12% 24% 28% 19%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 56 34 33 52 26 32
24% 15% 14% 22% 11% 14%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 10 8 17 57 57 81
4% 4% 7% 25% 25% 35%
Regretting my decision to attend Berkeley 102 34 31 35 20 11
44% 15% 13% 15% 9% 5%

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

6 - Friendly 67 29%
5 76 33%
4 58 25%
3 22 10%
2 9 4%
1 - Hostile 0 0%

6 - Caring 43 19%
5 65 28%
4 66 28%
3 45 19%
2 8 3%
1 - Impersonal 5 2%

6 - Intellectual 118 51%
5 75 32%
4 35 15%
3 4 2%
2 0 0%
1 - Not intellectual 0 0%

1 - Appreciative of diversity 93 40%
5 80 35%
4 32 14%
3 17 7%
2 6 3%
1 - Unappreciative of diversity 3 1%

6 - Safe 48 21%
5 75 33%
4 68 29%
3 26 11%
2 13 6%
1 - Dangerous 1 0%

6 - Too hard academically 34 15%
5 91 39%
4 83 36%
3 20 9%
2 2 1%
1 - Too easy academically 1 0%

6 - Affordable 14 6%
5 38 17%
4 59 26%
3 65 28%
2 32 14%
1 - Not affordable 23 10%

5. 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)

 12345
Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want) 117 61 25 12 16
51% 26% 11% 5% 7%
Financing my education at Cal (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing) 36 45 45 42 63
16% 20% 20% 18% 27%
Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice) 19 33 57 73 48
8% 14% 25% 32% 21%
Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed) 38 61 66 47 19
17% 26% 29% 20% 8%
Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship) 20 30 41 56 83
9% 13% 18% 24% 36%

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

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 6 34 58 63 50 22
3% 15% 25% 27% 22% 9%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 5 29 51 79 48 20
2% 13% 22% 34% 21% 9%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own 25 29 48 49 37 45
11% 12% 21% 21% 16% 19%
Ability to work with people from other cultures 0 3 22 69 76 63
0% 1% 9% 30% 33% 27%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 1 23 64 61 84
0% 0% 10% 28% 26% 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 5 11 19 77 81 36
2% 5% 8% 34% 35% 16%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at Berkeley are important to me 4 6 7 55 87 69
2% 3% 3% 24% 38% 30%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience at Cal are important to me 3 4 9 50 82 80
1% 2% 4% 22% 36% 35%

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Items of Special Interest

Advising and Course Selection

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.

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Career and Professional advising 42 41 44 44 21 32 16
18% 17% 18% 18% 9% 13% 7%
Choosing classes 57 34 39 24 38 32 15
24% 14% 16% 10% 16% 13% 6%
Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research) 19 47 36 38 35 37 25
8% 20% 15% 16% 15% 16% 11%
Financial aid and scholarships 40 42 27 39 32 27 31
17% 18% 11% 16% 13% 11% 13%
Understanding Campus Resources 9 20 32 40 49 57 30
4% 8% 14% 17% 21% 24% 13%
Selecting a major 25 16 16 15 21 31 113
11% 7% 7% 6% 9% 13% 48%
Academic Support 41 33 46 36 40 24 18
17% 14% 19% 15% 17% 10% 8%

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

CalSO leader (i.e., student CalSO staff) 32
13%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 64
26%
Major advisor 146
60%
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) 19
8%
Faculty member 33
14%
Another student 69
28%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 39
16%
Online (e.g., departmental website, forum, catalog review) 94
39%
Friend(s) 64
26%
No one 21
9%
Other (please specify)
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4
2%

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

CalSO leader 6 3%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 31 13%
Major advisor 93 38%
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 3%
Faculty member 6 3%
Another student 16 7%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 9 4%
Online (e.g., departmental website, forum, catalog review) 32 13%
Friend(s) 13 5%
No one 27 11%
Other (please specify)
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3 1%

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 12 5%
Dissatisfied 8 3%
Somewhat dissatisfied 26 11%
Somewhat satisfied 68 29%
Satisfied 88 37%
Very satisfied 36 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 35 15%
No 206 86%

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

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

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

First:

Academic Advisor 82 35%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 3 1%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 52 22%
I found the subject generally interesting 73 31%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 1 0%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 1 0%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 10 4%
Reputation of professor 11 5%
The personality of the teachers 1 0%

Second:

Academic Advisor 52 22%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 5 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 43 19%
I found the subject generally interesting 68 29%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 6 3%
Parental desires 4 2%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 6 3%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 20 9%
Reputation of professor 28 12%

Third:

Academic Advisor 30 14%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 11 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 43 20%
I found the subject generally interesting 43 20%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 19 9%
Parental desires 3 1%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 10 5%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 25 12%
Reputation of professor 29 14%

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

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6. 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 17 67 109 29
2% 4% 7% 28% 46% 12%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 9 7 16 67 103 35
4% 3% 7% 28% 44% 15%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 10 12 24 52 98 44
4% 5% 10% 22% 41% 18%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 8 12 27 51 96 44
3% 5% 11% 21% 40% 19%
Variety of courses available 4 9 29 51 96 50
2% 4% 12% 21% 40% 21%
Access to small classes 11 21 41 67 73 25
5% 9% 17% 28% 31% 11%

7. 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. 26 61 45 50 35 22
11% 26% 19% 21% 15% 9%
I have had trouble finding out what UCB degree requirements I have already satisfied through my past coursework. 34 68 48 38 36 14
14% 29% 20% 16% 15% 6%
I have had trouble finding out how many transferable units have been accepted and will count toward my UCB degree. 34 58 39 43 38 27
14% 24% 16% 18% 16% 11%

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

Yes 110 46%
No 89 37%
I am not sure 40 17%

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

1 40 31%
2 25 19%
3 8 6%
4 4 3%
5 or more 10 8%
I am not sure 42 33%

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