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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1985 College-Going Rates to Public Colleges and Universities

This table provides college-going rates for counties in California. College-going rates were calculated by dividing the number of entering students from public schools in the county by the total number of graduates from public schools in the county. All categories of public schools are covered including comprehensive schools, continuation schools, and other categories of schools. Students with unknown genders and ethnicities and those from unknown schools were excluded from the data.

Data regarding high school graduates were obtained from the California Department of Education. Data for higher education enrollment were obtained from each of the segments and includes all students -- full-time, part-time, credit, and non-credit.

Note that the calculation of these rates is based on totals for each category such as year, county, and ethnicity. Rates do not entail longitudinal tracking of individual students.

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Important note: The data for first-time students have changed. See Changes to First-Time Freshmen and College-Going Data for more details.

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  High School
Graduates
First-Time Students College-Going Rate
High School County Public UC CSU CCC Total UC CSU CCC Total
Alameda 10,106 697 924 3,539 5,160 6.9% 9.1% 35.0% 51.1%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 199 14 12 60 86 7.0% 6.0% 30.2% 43.2%
Butte 1,422 52 212 312 576 3.7% 14.9% 21.9% 40.5%
Calaveras 293 8 27 44 79 2.7% 9.2% 15.0% 27.0%
Colusa 162 11 14 36 61 6.8% 8.6% 22.2% 37.7%
Contra Costa 7,184 747 673 2,735 4,155 10.4% 9.4% 38.1% 57.8%
Del Norte 186 1 13 42 56 0.5% 7.0% 22.6% 30.1%
El Dorado 1,043 37 101 329 467 3.5% 9.7% 31.5% 44.8%
Fresno 5,589 163 687 1,904 2,754 2.9% 12.3% 34.1% 49.3%
Glenn 253 3 34 69 106 1.2% 13.4% 27.3% 41.9%
Humboldt 941 33 112 310 455 3.5% 11.9% 32.9% 48.4%
Imperial 1,305 33 42 153 228 2.5% 3.2% 11.7% 17.5%
Inyo 201 8 23 55 86 4.0% 11.4% 27.4% 42.8%
Kern 3,904 107 336 1,395 1,838 2.7% 8.6% 35.7% 47.1%
Kings 833 14 43 309 366 1.7% 5.2% 37.1% 43.9%
Lake 408 10 26 95 131 2.5% 6.4% 23.3% 32.1%
Lassen 256 5 10 96 111 2.0% 3.9% 37.5% 43.4%
Los Angeles 62,621 4,570 6,218 18,788 29,576 7.3% 9.9% 30.0% 47.2%
Madera 676 15 64 216 295 2.2% 9.5% 32.0% 43.6%
Marin 2,187 339 219 628 1,186 15.5% 10.0% 28.7% 54.2%
Mariposa 162 8 12 44 64 4.9% 7.4% 27.2% 39.5%
Mendocino 804 29 74 223 326 3.6% 9.2% 27.7% 40.5%
Merced 1,785 36 133 573 742 2.0% 7.5% 32.1% 41.6%
Modoc 115 3 11 26 40 2.6% 9.6% 22.6% 34.8%
Mono 59 6 5 13 24 10.2% 8.5% 22.0% 40.7%
Monterey 2,320 100 94 853 1,047 4.3% 4.1% 36.8% 45.1%
Napa 761 58 61 244 363 7.6% 8.0% 32.1% 47.7%
Nevada 612 31 48 178 257 5.1% 7.8% 29.1% 42.0%
Orange 22,275 1,911 2,394 8,277 12,582 8.6% 10.7% 37.2% 56.5%
Placer 1,747 68 116 601 785 3.9% 6.6% 34.4% 44.9%
Plumas 220 8 15 96 119 3.6% 6.8% 43.6% 54.1%
Riverside 6,478 337 333 1,646 2,316 5.2% 5.1% 25.4% 35.8%
Sacramento 7,689 398 684 2,812 3,894 5.2% 8.9% 36.6% 50.6%
San Benito 306 6 16 50 72 2.0% 5.2% 16.3% 23.5%
San Bernardino 9,114 358 574 2,724 3,656 3.9% 6.3% 29.9% 40.1%
San Diego 17,823 1,389 1,463 6,228 9,080 7.8% 8.2% 34.9% 50.9%
San Francisco 3,943 343 538 1,114 1,995 8.7% 13.6% 28.3% 50.6%
San Joaquin 3,264 114 139 1,204 1,457 3.5% 4.3% 36.9% 44.6%
San Luis Obispo 1,290 66 139 444 649 5.1% 10.8% 34.4% 50.3%
San Mateo 5,050 401 396 2,235 3,032 7.9% 7.8% 44.3% 60.0%
Santa Barbara 2,654 224 144 1,033 1,401 8.4% 5.4% 38.9% 52.8%
Santa Clara 13,680 1,243 1,660 3,409 6,312 9.1% 12.1% 24.9% 46.1%
Santa Cruz 1,664 169 104 625 898 10.2% 6.3% 37.6% 54.0%
Shasta 1,522 33 75 564 672 2.2% 4.9% 37.1% 44.2%
Sierra 54 2 6 4 12 3.7% 11.1% 7.4% 22.2%
Siskiyou 469 12 33 199 244 2.6% 7.0% 42.4% 52.0%
Solano 2,491 136 125 533 794 5.5% 5.0% 21.4% 31.9%
Sonoma 2,851 129 169 902 1,200 4.5% 5.9% 31.6% 42.1%
Stanislaus 2,572 76 167 890 1,133 3.0% 6.5% 34.6% 44.1%
Sutter 607 29 44 189 262 4.8% 7.2% 31.1% 43.2%
Tehama 436 8 27 160 195 1.8% 6.2% 36.7% 44.7%
Trinity 168 6 12 33 51 3.6% 7.1% 19.6% 30.4%
Tulare 2,694 55 115 1,130 1,300 2.0% 4.3% 41.9% 48.3%
Tuolumne 377 15 33 96 144 4.0% 8.8% 25.5% 38.2%
Ventura 6,059 395 425 2,164 2,984 6.5% 7.0% 35.7% 49.2%
Yolo 1,121 137 102 266 505 12.2% 9.1% 23.7% 45.0%
Yuba 443 12 21 139 172 2.7% 4.7% 31.4% 38.8%
Statewide Total 225,448 15,218 20,297 73,036 108,551 6.8% 9.0% 32.4% 48.1%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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