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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1986 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 10,821 698 1,018 3,617 5,333 6.5% 9.4% 33.4% 49.3%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 275 13 11 42 66 4.7% 4.0% 15.3% 24.0%
Butte 1,340 41 180 431 652 3.1% 13.4% 32.2% 48.7%
Calaveras 351 12 27 52 91 3.4% 7.7% 14.8% 25.9%
Colusa 168 2 14 65 81 1.2% 8.3% 38.7% 48.2%
Contra Costa 7,421 736 614 3,414 4,764 9.9% 8.3% 46.0% 64.2%
Del Norte 164 0 10 57 67 0.0% 6.1% 34.8% 40.9%
El Dorado 1,125 36 118 382 536 3.2% 10.5% 34.0% 47.6%
Fresno 5,540 174 719 1,896 2,789 3.1% 13.0% 34.2% 50.3%
Glenn 236 10 35 77 122 4.2% 14.8% 32.6% 51.7%
Humboldt 930 26 124 301 451 2.8% 13.3% 32.4% 48.5%
Imperial 1,275 38 43 592 673 3.0% 3.4% 46.4% 52.8%
Inyo 215 18 15 71 104 8.4% 7.0% 33.0% 48.4%
Kern 3,984 124 299 1,590 2,013 3.1% 7.5% 39.9% 50.5%
Kings 813 16 50 286 352 2.0% 6.2% 35.2% 43.3%
Lake 374 13 24 112 149 3.5% 6.4% 29.9% 39.8%
Lassen 271 4 12 127 143 1.5% 4.4% 46.9% 52.8%
Los Angeles 63,207 4,678 6,193 21,208 32,079 7.4% 9.8% 33.6% 50.8%
Madera 773 10 72 193 275 1.3% 9.3% 25.0% 35.6%
Marin 2,138 327 232 629 1,188 15.3% 10.9% 29.4% 55.6%
Mariposa 135 4 10 29 43 3.0% 7.4% 21.5% 31.9%
Mendocino 882 41 71 251 363 4.6% 8.0% 28.5% 41.2%
Merced 1,828 29 116 582 727 1.6% 6.3% 31.8% 39.8%
Modoc 113 1 15 12 28 0.9% 13.3% 10.6% 24.8%
Mono 84 10 12 13 35 11.9% 14.3% 15.5% 41.7%
Monterey 2,360 127 135 711 973 5.4% 5.7% 30.1% 41.2%
Napa 802 51 73 267 391 6.4% 9.1% 33.3% 48.8%
Nevada 611 22 55 186 263 3.6% 9.0% 30.4% 43.0%
Orange 21,722 1,945 2,395 8,264 12,604 9.0% 11.0% 38.0% 58.0%
Placer 1,842 77 129 576 782 4.2% 7.0% 31.3% 42.5%
Plumas 217 8 20 108 136 3.7% 9.2% 49.8% 62.7%
Riverside 6,718 331 376 2,149 2,856 4.9% 5.6% 32.0% 42.5%
Sacramento 8,426 434 611 3,137 4,182 5.2% 7.3% 37.2% 49.6%
San Benito 298 10 13 77 100 3.4% 4.4% 25.8% 33.6%
San Bernardino 9,102 373 714 2,687 3,774 4.1% 7.8% 29.5% 41.5%
San Diego 18,240 1,452 1,534 6,968 9,954 8.0% 8.4% 38.2% 54.6%
San Francisco 3,951 278 603 1,075 1,956 7.0% 15.3% 27.2% 49.5%
San Joaquin 3,566 126 162 550 838 3.5% 4.5% 15.4% 23.5%
San Luis Obispo 1,415 74 144 489 707 5.2% 10.2% 34.6% 50.0%
San Mateo 5,009 384 433 2,216 3,033 7.7% 8.6% 44.2% 60.6%
Santa Barbara 2,785 222 117 1,187 1,526 8.0% 4.2% 42.6% 54.8%
Santa Clara 13,634 1,173 1,618 4,670 7,461 8.6% 11.9% 34.3% 54.7%
Santa Cruz 1,712 150 137 755 1,042 8.8% 8.0% 44.1% 60.9%
Shasta 1,414 38 60 554 652 2.7% 4.2% 39.2% 46.1%
Sierra 45 2 4 7 13 4.4% 8.9% 15.6% 28.9%
Siskiyou 450 13 30 196 239 2.9% 6.7% 43.6% 53.1%
Solano 2,454 143 158 590 891 5.8% 6.4% 24.0% 36.3%
Sonoma 2,961 137 186 739 1,062 4.6% 6.3% 25.0% 35.9%
Stanislaus 2,751 74 205 804 1,083 2.7% 7.5% 29.2% 39.4%
Sutter 612 26 27 238 291 4.2% 4.4% 38.9% 47.5%
Tehama 446 8 37 157 202 1.8% 8.3% 35.2% 45.3%
Trinity 217 1 14 25 40 0.5% 6.5% 11.5% 18.4%
Tulare 2,795 75 111 1,041 1,227 2.7% 4.0% 37.2% 43.9%
Tuolumne 427 11 44 119 174 2.6% 10.3% 27.9% 40.7%
Ventura 6,142 413 436 2,362 3,211 6.7% 7.1% 38.5% 52.3%
Yolo 1,066 148 115 313 576 13.9% 10.8% 29.4% 54.0%
Yuba 373 7 30 156 193 1.9% 8.0% 41.8% 51.7%
Statewide Total 229,026 15,394 20,760 79,402 115,556 6.7% 9.1% 34.7% 50.5%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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