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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1988 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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  High School
Graduates
First-Time Students College-Going Rate
High School County Public UC CSU CCC Total UC CSU CCC Total
Alameda 11,171 850 1,163 4,055 6,068 7.6% 10.4% 36.3% 54.3%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 268 20 18 45 83 7.5% 6.7% 16.8% 31.0%
Butte 1,421 50 209 428 687 3.5% 14.7% 30.1% 48.3%
Calaveras 377 10 23 64 97 2.7% 6.1% 17.0% 25.7%
Colusa 184 7 17 57 81 3.8% 9.2% 31.0% 44.0%
Contra Costa 8,375 880 722 2,946 4,548 10.5% 8.6% 35.2% 54.3%
Del Norte 188 7 11 41 59 3.7% 5.9% 21.8% 31.4%
El Dorado 1,207 41 126 419 586 3.4% 10.4% 34.7% 48.6%
Fresno 6,157 254 717 2,239 3,210 4.1% 11.6% 36.4% 52.1%
Glenn 289 5 38 81 124 1.7% 13.1% 28.0% 42.9%
Humboldt 1,059 40 143 305 488 3.8% 13.5% 28.8% 46.1%
Imperial 1,324 35 48 221 304 2.6% 3.6% 16.7% 23.0%
Inyo 249 12 25 68 105 4.8% 10.0% 27.3% 42.2%
Kern 4,870 126 373 1,632 2,131 2.6% 7.7% 33.5% 43.8%
Kings 888 20 65 296 381 2.3% 7.3% 33.3% 42.9%
Lake 474 13 34 104 151 2.7% 7.2% 21.9% 31.9%
Lassen 302 4 6 119 129 1.3% 2.0% 39.4% 42.7%
Los Angeles 67,128 4,714 6,898 21,744 33,356 7.0% 10.3% 32.4% 49.7%
Madera 885 19 85 269 373 2.1% 9.6% 30.4% 42.1%
Marin 2,159 269 268 669 1,206 12.5% 12.4% 31.0% 55.9%
Mariposa 135 5 7 40 52 3.7% 5.2% 29.6% 38.5%
Mendocino 1,003 48 78 206 332 4.8% 7.8% 20.5% 33.1%
Merced 1,852 40 133 550 723 2.2% 7.2% 29.7% 39.0%
Modoc 94 2 11 77 90 2.1% 11.7% 81.9% 95.7%
Mono 81 7 11 19 37 8.6% 13.6% 23.5% 45.7%
Monterey 2,639 139 147 733 1,019 5.3% 5.6% 27.8% 38.6%
Napa 884 60 69 300 429 6.8% 7.8% 33.9% 48.5%
Nevada 727 40 46 212 298 5.5% 6.3% 29.2% 41.0%
Orange 24,183 2,141 2,677 8,806 13,624 8.9% 11.1% 36.4% 56.3%
Placer 1,851 93 160 665 918 5.0% 8.6% 35.9% 49.6%
Plumas 240 8 12 80 100 3.3% 5.0% 33.3% 41.7%
Riverside 7,809 407 416 1,779 2,602 5.2% 5.3% 22.8% 33.3%
Sacramento 8,665 441 655 3,061 4,157 5.1% 7.6% 35.3% 48.0%
San Benito 349 21 36 83 140 6.0% 10.3% 23.8% 40.1%
San Bernardino 10,451 419 801 3,452 4,672 4.0% 7.7% 33.0% 44.7%
San Diego 20,575 1,514 1,753 6,531 9,798 7.4% 8.5% 31.7% 47.6%
San Francisco 4,045 366 691 1,070 2,127 9.0% 17.1% 26.5% 52.6%
San Joaquin 4,033 158 243 1,059 1,460 3.9% 6.0% 26.3% 36.2%
San Luis Obispo 1,524 56 169 627 852 3.7% 11.1% 41.1% 55.9%
San Mateo 5,132 411 510 2,475 3,396 8.0% 9.9% 48.2% 66.2%
Santa Barbara 3,116 232 146 1,195 1,573 7.4% 4.7% 38.4% 50.5%
Santa Clara 14,168 1,315 1,801 4,481 7,597 9.3% 12.7% 31.6% 53.6%
Santa Cruz 1,992 192 155 808 1,155 9.6% 7.8% 40.6% 58.0%
Shasta 1,605 50 85 552 687 3.1% 5.3% 34.4% 42.8%
Sierra 53 2 8 13 23 3.8% 15.1% 24.5% 43.4%
Siskiyou 482 18 31 165 214 3.7% 6.4% 34.2% 44.4%
Solano 2,928 151 170 939 1,260 5.2% 5.8% 32.1% 43.0%
Sonoma 3,261 170 235 1,075 1,480 5.2% 7.2% 33.0% 45.4%
Stanislaus 3,068 94 205 985 1,284 3.1% 6.7% 32.1% 41.9%
Sutter 669 29 61 211 301 4.3% 9.1% 31.5% 45.0%
Tehama 469 6 47 113 166 1.3% 10.0% 24.1% 35.4%
Trinity 173 2 12 28 42 1.2% 6.9% 16.2% 24.3%
Tulare 3,173 91 140 1,175 1,406 2.9% 4.4% 37.0% 44.3%
Tuolumne 461 10 34 124 168 2.2% 7.4% 26.9% 36.4%
Ventura 7,090 411 561 1,835 2,807 5.8% 7.9% 25.9% 39.6%
Yolo 1,115 145 114 279 538 13.0% 10.2% 25.0% 48.3%
Yuba 448 12 24 159 195 2.7% 5.4% 35.5% 43.5%
Statewide Total 249,518 16,682 23,443 81,764 121,889 6.7% 9.4% 32.8% 48.8%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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