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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1990 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 9,724 748 1,066 3,445 5,259 7.7% 11.0% 35.4% 54.1%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 241 7 15 39 61 2.9% 6.2% 16.2% 25.3%
Butte 1,452 43 187 410 640 3.0% 12.9% 28.2% 44.1%
Calaveras 372 7 20 83 110 1.9% 5.4% 22.3% 29.6%
Colusa 214 5 32 16 53 2.3% 15.0% 7.5% 24.8%
Contra Costa 7,476 749 629 2,760 4,138 10.0% 8.4% 36.9% 55.4%
Del Norte 200 2 12 32 46 1.0% 6.0% 16.0% 23.0%
El Dorado 1,113 33 112 388 533 3.0% 10.1% 34.9% 47.9%
Fresno 6,036 231 695 2,165 3,091 3.8% 11.5% 35.9% 51.2%
Glenn 267 3 46 50 99 1.1% 17.2% 18.7% 37.1%
Humboldt 886 28 106 269 403 3.2% 12.0% 30.4% 45.5%
Imperial 1,569 48 60 136 244 3.1% 3.8% 8.7% 15.6%
Inyo 209 4 13 42 59 1.9% 6.2% 20.1% 28.2%
Kern 5,132 118 348 2,106 2,572 2.3% 6.8% 41.0% 50.1%
Kings 935 18 53 219 290 1.9% 5.7% 23.4% 31.0%
Lake 448 10 32 63 105 2.2% 7.1% 14.1% 23.4%
Lassen 266 4 15 88 107 1.5% 5.6% 33.1% 40.2%
Los Angeles 63,442 4,428 6,853 19,676 30,957 7.0% 10.8% 31.0% 48.8%
Madera 988 23 73 258 354 2.3% 7.4% 26.1% 35.8%
Marin 1,695 220 182 193 595 13.0% 10.7% 11.4% 35.1%
Mariposa 122 5 9 36 50 4.1% 7.4% 29.5% 41.0%
Mendocino 921 46 70 268 384 5.0% 7.6% 29.1% 41.7%
Merced 2,027 57 115 648 820 2.8% 5.7% 32.0% 40.5%
Modoc 102 2 6 15 23 2.0% 5.9% 14.7% 22.5%
Mono 60 3 8 16 27 5.0% 13.3% 26.7% 45.0%
Monterey 2,563 124 174 857 1,155 4.8% 6.8% 33.4% 45.1%
Napa 802 49 69 193 311 6.1% 8.6% 24.1% 38.8%
Nevada 681 28 69 205 302 4.1% 10.1% 30.1% 44.3%
Orange 21,552 1,915 2,176 7,828 11,919 8.9% 10.1% 36.3% 55.3%
Placer 1,780 79 128 708 915 4.4% 7.2% 39.8% 51.4%
Plumas 214 4 18 61 83 1.9% 8.4% 28.5% 38.8%
Riverside 8,265 418 446 2,424 3,288 5.1% 5.4% 29.3% 39.8%
Sacramento 8,138 444 590 3,292 4,326 5.5% 7.2% 40.5% 53.2%
San Benito 295 13 27 113 153 4.4% 9.2% 38.3% 51.9%
San Bernardino 11,235 408 882 3,144 4,434 3.6% 7.9% 28.0% 39.5%
San Diego 19,660 1,305 1,678 6,639 9,622 6.6% 8.5% 33.8% 48.9%
San Francisco 4,757 342 679 987 2,008 7.2% 14.3% 20.7% 42.2%
San Joaquin 3,988 129 203 1,613 1,945 3.2% 5.1% 40.4% 48.8%
San Luis Obispo 1,453 62 79 557 698 4.3% 5.4% 38.3% 48.0%
San Mateo 4,345 360 458 1,706 2,524 8.3% 10.5% 39.3% 58.1%
Santa Barbara 2,663 164 118 602 884 6.2% 4.4% 22.6% 33.2%
Santa Clara 12,702 1,118 1,546 4,678 7,342 8.8% 12.2% 36.8% 57.8%
Santa Cruz 1,820 149 129 738 1,016 8.2% 7.1% 40.5% 55.8%
Shasta 1,435 33 60 186 279 2.3% 4.2% 13.0% 19.4%
Sierra 41 3 0 11 14 7.3% 0.0% 26.8% 34.1%
Siskiyou 399 11 24 132 167 2.8% 6.0% 33.1% 41.9%
Solano 2,880 106 202 959 1,267 3.7% 7.0% 33.3% 44.0%
Sonoma 2,961 189 222 1,187 1,598 6.4% 7.5% 40.1% 54.0%
Stanislaus 3,366 91 217 766 1,074 2.7% 6.4% 22.8% 31.9%
Sutter 664 15 45 18 78 2.3% 6.8% 2.7% 11.7%
Tehama 451 6 42 62 110 1.3% 9.3% 13.7% 24.4%
Trinity 184 3 14 17 34 1.6% 7.6% 9.2% 18.5%
Tulare 3,022 93 165 1,083 1,341 3.1% 5.5% 35.8% 44.4%
Tuolumne 435 8 29 96 133 1.8% 6.7% 22.1% 30.6%
Ventura 6,361 407 367 2,063 2,837 6.4% 5.8% 32.4% 44.6%
Yolo 1,088 132 104 226 462 12.1% 9.6% 20.8% 42.5%
Yuba 465 9 17 12 38 1.9% 3.7% 2.6% 8.2%
Statewide Total 236,562 15,059 21,734 76,584 113,377 6.4% 9.2% 32.4% 47.9%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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