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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1989 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 10,472 729 1,213 3,587 5,529 7.0% 11.6% 34.3% 52.8%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 270 11 14 36 61 4.1% 5.2% 13.3% 22.6%
Butte 1,492 51 175 468 694 3.4% 11.7% 31.4% 46.5%
Calaveras 379 9 34 71 114 2.4% 9.0% 18.7% 30.1%
Colusa 215 9 34 45 88 4.2% 15.8% 20.9% 40.9%
Contra Costa 7,926 711 746 3,027 4,484 9.0% 9.4% 38.2% 56.6%
Del Norte 201 3 15 44 62 1.5% 7.5% 21.9% 30.8%
El Dorado 1,134 41 113 391 545 3.6% 10.0% 34.5% 48.1%
Fresno 6,181 249 702 2,313 3,264 4.0% 11.4% 37.4% 52.8%
Glenn 257 4 40 74 118 1.6% 15.6% 28.8% 45.9%
Humboldt 1,035 43 136 341 520 4.2% 13.1% 32.9% 50.2%
Imperial 1,494 52 53 582 687 3.5% 3.5% 39.0% 46.0%
Inyo 230 3 16 37 56 1.3% 7.0% 16.1% 24.3%
Kern 5,241 111 371 1,897 2,379 2.1% 7.1% 36.2% 45.4%
Kings 902 20 49 320 389 2.2% 5.4% 35.5% 43.1%
Lake 422 16 47 62 125 3.8% 11.1% 14.7% 29.6%
Lassen 257 5 4 61 70 1.9% 1.6% 23.7% 27.2%
Los Angeles 64,425 4,597 7,199 21,208 33,004 7.1% 11.2% 32.9% 51.2%
Madera 964 23 85 256 364 2.4% 8.8% 26.6% 37.8%
Marin 1,992 237 238 618 1,093 11.9% 11.9% 31.0% 54.9%
Mariposa 143 6 17 36 59 4.2% 11.9% 25.2% 41.3%
Mendocino 903 34 76 286 396 3.8% 8.4% 31.7% 43.9%
Merced 1,965 42 127 595 764 2.1% 6.5% 30.3% 38.9%
Modoc 95 1 6 19 26 1.1% 6.3% 20.0% 27.4%
Mono 80 4 9 20 33 5.0% 11.3% 25.0% 41.3%
Monterey 2,518 116 156 799 1,071 4.6% 6.2% 31.7% 42.5%
Napa 920 49 58 342 449 5.3% 6.3% 37.2% 48.8%
Nevada 667 20 55 246 321 3.0% 8.2% 36.9% 48.1%
Orange 23,119 1,940 2,380 8,398 12,718 8.4% 10.3% 36.3% 55.0%
Placer 1,885 71 99 742 912 3.8% 5.3% 39.4% 48.4%
Plumas 248 6 25 66 97 2.4% 10.1% 26.6% 39.1%
Riverside 8,189 410 450 1,767 2,627 5.0% 5.5% 21.6% 32.1%
Sacramento 8,501 472 578 3,198 4,248 5.6% 6.8% 37.6% 50.0%
San Benito 365 14 22 122 158 3.8% 6.0% 33.4% 43.3%
San Bernardino 11,131 462 880 3,202 4,544 4.2% 7.9% 28.8% 40.8%
San Diego 20,158 1,417 1,736 7,080 10,233 7.0% 8.6% 35.1% 50.8%
San Francisco 3,602 359 725 1,001 2,085 10.0% 20.1% 27.8% 57.9%
San Joaquin 4,252 144 217 1,925 2,286 3.4% 5.1% 45.3% 53.8%
San Luis Obispo 1,622 56 121 589 766 3.5% 7.5% 36.3% 47.2%
San Mateo 4,800 390 473 2,146 3,009 8.1% 9.9% 44.7% 62.7%
Santa Barbara 2,917 201 139 794 1,134 6.9% 4.8% 27.2% 38.9%
Santa Clara 13,727 1,162 1,765 3,839 6,766 8.5% 12.9% 28.0% 49.3%
Santa Cruz 1,850 161 154 728 1,043 8.7% 8.3% 39.4% 56.4%
Shasta 1,538 60 86 507 653 3.9% 5.6% 33.0% 42.5%
Sierra 39 4 3 4 11 10.3% 7.7% 10.3% 28.2%
Siskiyou 486 9 30 158 197 1.9% 6.2% 32.5% 40.5%
Solano 2,986 134 188 990 1,312 4.5% 6.3% 33.2% 43.9%
Sonoma 3,265 168 270 1,524 1,962 5.1% 8.3% 46.7% 60.1%
Stanislaus 3,597 106 280 1,196 1,582 2.9% 7.8% 33.2% 44.0%
Sutter 687 21 34 191 246 3.1% 4.9% 27.8% 35.8%
Tehama 452 9 39 139 187 2.0% 8.6% 30.8% 41.4%
Trinity 147 2 15 31 48 1.4% 10.2% 21.1% 32.7%
Tulare 3,243 96 146 1,265 1,507 3.0% 4.5% 39.0% 46.5%
Tuolumne 474 12 34 147 193 2.5% 7.2% 31.0% 40.7%
Ventura 6,975 395 461 2,519 3,375 5.7% 6.6% 36.1% 48.4%
Yolo 1,078 131 100 316 547 12.2% 9.3% 29.3% 50.7%
Yuba 511 13 28 138 179 2.5% 5.5% 27.0% 35.0%
Statewide Total 244,624 15,621 23,266 82,503 121,390 6.4% 9.5% 33.7% 49.6%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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