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The ABCs of new-student surveys: how they're conducted

"New freshman" refers to students coming directly from high school; most of them are 18. "New transfer students" are those beginning at Berkeley for the first time after attending another college or university, typically with two years (60 units) of college credit transferable to UC.

The campus had 2,994 new freshmen and 1,429 new transfer students in fall 2007; the response rate for both groups was robust (69% and 67% respectively). Surveyed in the summer prior to their first semester, "they have lots of time and they're eager," explains Debbie Ellis, who manages new-student surveys for the Office of Student Research.

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