2017 Cal Alumni Survey: The Cal Experience

Alumni were asked to provide their impressions regarding various aspects of their experience at UC Berkeley, as well as their current feelings about Cal. The findings are consistent with survey response data gathered over the past six years.

pie chart: How would you describe your overall feelings about UC Berkeley today? 60.8% Very positive, 27.6% Somewhat positive, 6.9% Neutral/mixed, 3.1% Somewhat negative, 0.6% Very negative. 2017.

pie chart: How much do you feel pride in your UC Berkeley degree(s)? 80.5% A great deal,  15.9% A fair bit, 3.1% Only a little, 0.5% Not at all. Pie chart: How much do you feel an emotional connection to UC Berkeley? 48.0% A great deal, 36.8% A fair bit, 14.7% Only a little, 0.5% Not at all. 2017.

Alumni feel very positive about UC Berkeley.

80% feel great pride in UC Berkeley.

48% feel a great deal of emotional connection to UC Berkeley.

Respondents most commonly said they identify with the university as a whole, then with the school, college, or department from which they received their degree.


pie chart: With which part of the university do you identify most closely: 34% The university as a whole, 18% My graduate-degree school, department, or college, 17% My undergraduate-degree school, department, or college, 10% A student organization or activity, 7% None, Other, The Cal Alumni Association, My graduating class, My Alumni Chapter.

Cal Pride

Cal Pride graphic

Alumni want to stay connected to UC Berkeley.

71% of alumni stay connected to Cal because they want to connect with alumni living in the same area.

53% of alumni stay connected to Cal because they want to connect with alumni who share common interests.