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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1987 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 10,421 744 1,075 3,898 5,717 7.1% 10.3% 37.4% 54.9%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 241 5 14 25 44 2.1% 5.8% 10.4% 18.3%
Butte 1,443 64 250 323 637 4.4% 17.3% 22.4% 44.1%
Calaveras 346 5 34 62 101 1.4% 9.8% 17.9% 29.2%
Colusa 190 9 19 43 71 4.7% 10.0% 22.6% 37.4%
Contra Costa 8,084 770 752 2,581 4,103 9.5% 9.3% 31.9% 50.8%
Del Norte 176 2 16 43 61 1.1% 9.1% 24.4% 34.7%
El Dorado 1,020 46 105 332 483 4.5% 10.3% 32.5% 47.4%
Fresno 5,665 236 746 1,975 2,957 4.2% 13.2% 34.9% 52.2%
Glenn 242 2 42 48 92 0.8% 17.4% 19.8% 38.0%
Humboldt 1,000 49 95 345 489 4.9% 9.5% 34.5% 48.9%
Imperial 1,256 42 36 521 599 3.3% 2.9% 41.5% 47.7%
Inyo 232 8 16 67 91 3.4% 6.9% 28.9% 39.2%
Kern 4,426 137 366 1,271 1,774 3.1% 8.3% 28.7% 40.1%
Kings 809 10 54 273 337 1.2% 6.7% 33.7% 41.7%
Lake 410 14 36 71 121 3.4% 8.8% 17.3% 29.5%
Lassen 293 6 25 88 119 2.0% 8.5% 30.0% 40.6%
Los Angeles 65,035 4,792 6,940 19,561 31,293 7.4% 10.7% 30.1% 48.1%
Madera 888 16 74 210 300 1.8% 8.3% 23.6% 33.8%
Marin 2,137 300 244 628 1,172 14.0% 11.4% 29.4% 54.8%
Mariposa 117 4 8 30 42 3.4% 6.8% 25.6% 35.9%
Mendocino 933 48 69 183 300 5.1% 7.4% 19.6% 32.2%
Merced 1,929 48 163 570 781 2.5% 8.4% 29.5% 40.5%
Modoc 109 0 9 23 32 0.0% 8.3% 21.1% 29.4%
Mono 78 3 14 38 55 3.8% 17.9% 48.7% 70.5%
Monterey 2,376 115 132 825 1,072 4.8% 5.6% 34.7% 45.1%
Napa 818 45 71 284 400 5.5% 8.7% 34.7% 48.9%
Nevada 680 38 45 226 309 5.6% 6.6% 33.2% 45.4%
Orange 22,869 2,009 2,663 8,025 12,697 8.8% 11.6% 35.1% 55.5%
Placer 1,802 66 152 638 856 3.7% 8.4% 35.4% 47.5%
Plumas 251 10 29 91 130 4.0% 11.6% 36.3% 51.8%
Riverside 7,047 350 405 1,909 2,664 5.0% 5.7% 27.1% 37.8%
Sacramento 8,039 449 631 3,174 4,254 5.6% 7.8% 39.5% 52.9%
San Benito 337 17 33 61 111 5.0% 9.8% 18.1% 32.9%
San Bernardino 9,561 425 718 3,275 4,418 4.4% 7.5% 34.3% 46.2%
San Diego 18,919 1,552 1,806 5,867 9,225 8.2% 9.5% 31.0% 48.8%
San Francisco 4,370 338 588 1,084 2,010 7.7% 13.5% 24.8% 46.0%
San Joaquin 3,661 121 157 845 1,123 3.3% 4.3% 23.1% 30.7%
San Luis Obispo 1,568 57 151 499 707 3.6% 9.6% 31.8% 45.1%
San Mateo 4,971 423 473 2,121 3,017 8.5% 9.5% 42.7% 60.7%
Santa Barbara 2,934 198 171 1,075 1,444 6.7% 5.8% 36.6% 49.2%
Santa Clara 14,019 1,342 1,812 4,749 7,903 9.6% 12.9% 33.9% 56.4%
Santa Cruz 1,810 178 144 750 1,072 9.8% 8.0% 41.4% 59.2%
Shasta 1,560 54 70 515 639 3.5% 4.5% 33.0% 41.0%
Sierra 41 1 7 4 12 2.4% 17.1% 9.8% 29.3%
Siskiyou 472 18 32 150 200 3.8% 6.8% 31.8% 42.4%
Solano 2,688 151 145 623 919 5.6% 5.4% 23.2% 34.2%
Sonoma 3,216 174 186 626 986 5.4% 5.8% 19.5% 30.7%
Stanislaus 2,997 85 223 726 1,034 2.8% 7.4% 24.2% 34.5%
Sutter 662 29 54 262 345 4.4% 8.2% 39.6% 52.1%
Tehama 473 13 46 131 190 2.7% 9.7% 27.7% 40.2%
Trinity 147 3 17 31 51 2.0% 11.6% 21.1% 34.7%
Tulare 3,009 82 141 1,026 1,249 2.7% 4.7% 34.1% 41.5%
Tuolumne 403 11 29 115 155 2.7% 7.2% 28.5% 38.5%
Ventura 6,626 397 437 1,947 2,781 6.0% 6.6% 29.4% 42.0%
Yolo 1,143 155 116 318 589 13.6% 10.1% 27.8% 51.5%
Yuba 465 10 30 179 219 2.2% 6.5% 38.5% 47.1%
Statewide Total 237,414 16,276 22,916 75,360 114,552 6.9% 9.7% 31.7% 48.2%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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