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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1991 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 9,666 688 1,021 3,483 5,192 7.1% 10.6% 36.0% 53.7%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 221 7 11 34 52 3.2% 5.0% 15.4% 23.5%
Butte 1,388 61 164 479 704 4.4% 11.8% 34.5% 50.7%
Calaveras 327 5 26 81 112 1.5% 8.0% 24.8% 34.3%
Colusa 203 13 18 61 92 6.4% 8.9% 30.0% 45.3%
Contra Costa 6,925 612 567 2,881 4,060 8.8% 8.2% 41.6% 58.6%
Del Norte 228 2 14 41 57 0.9% 6.1% 18.0% 25.0%
El Dorado 1,163 40 73 436 549 3.4% 6.3% 37.5% 47.2%
Fresno 6,439 253 752 2,118 3,123 3.9% 11.7% 32.9% 48.5%
Glenn 263 5 26 71 102 1.9% 9.9% 27.0% 38.8%
Humboldt 981 35 124 285 444 3.6% 12.6% 29.1% 45.3%
Imperial 1,650 43 55 88 186 2.6% 3.3% 5.3% 11.3%
Inyo 189 8 14 40 62 4.2% 7.4% 21.2% 32.8%
Kern 5,345 105 416 1,544 2,065 2.0% 7.8% 28.9% 38.6%
Kings 899 34 73 224 331 3.8% 8.1% 24.9% 36.8%
Lake 385 9 30 133 172 2.3% 7.8% 34.5% 44.7%
Lassen 290 2 14 61 77 0.7% 4.8% 21.0% 26.6%
Los Angeles 62,425 4,296 6,416 20,689 31,401 6.9% 10.3% 33.1% 50.3%
Madera 807 12 78 262 352 1.5% 9.7% 32.5% 43.6%
Marin 1,532 158 185 524 867 10.3% 12.1% 34.2% 56.6%
Mariposa 125 9 9 47 65 7.2% 7.2% 37.6% 52.0%
Mendocino 837 48 74 256 378 5.7% 8.8% 30.6% 45.2%
Merced 1,968 44 155 708 907 2.2% 7.9% 36.0% 46.1%
Modoc 112 3 13 13 29 2.7% 11.6% 11.6% 25.9%
Mono 64 3 11 12 26 4.7% 17.2% 18.8% 40.6%
Monterey 2,417 117 194 832 1,143 4.8% 8.0% 34.4% 47.3%
Napa 821 46 63 312 421 5.6% 7.7% 38.0% 51.3%
Nevada 715 14 61 248 323 2.0% 8.5% 34.7% 45.2%
Orange 21,121 1,886 1,826 8,299 12,011 8.9% 8.6% 39.3% 56.9%
Placer 1,798 54 101 762 917 3.0% 5.6% 42.4% 51.0%
Plumas 216 8 17 67 92 3.7% 7.9% 31.0% 42.6%
Riverside 8,933 364 434 2,697 3,495 4.1% 4.9% 30.2% 39.1%
Sacramento 8,134 401 506 3,199 4,106 4.9% 6.2% 39.3% 50.5%
San Benito 364 24 24 98 146 6.6% 6.6% 26.9% 40.1%
San Bernardino 11,916 423 855 3,323 4,601 3.5% 7.2% 27.9% 38.6%
San Diego 19,366 1,356 1,379 6,206 8,941 7.0% 7.1% 32.0% 46.2%
San Francisco 3,697 353 607 862 1,822 9.5% 16.4% 23.3% 49.3%
San Joaquin 3,893 147 203 1,764 2,114 3.8% 5.2% 45.3% 54.3%
San Luis Obispo 1,471 57 135 597 789 3.9% 9.2% 40.6% 53.6%
San Mateo 4,210 351 339 1,662 2,352 8.3% 8.1% 39.5% 55.9%
Santa Barbara 2,579 174 93 1,025 1,292 6.7% 3.6% 39.7% 50.1%
Santa Clara 12,217 1,129 1,303 4,640 7,072 9.2% 10.7% 38.0% 57.9%
Santa Cruz 1,849 135 111 714 960 7.3% 6.0% 38.6% 51.9%
Shasta 1,423 37 61 466 564 2.6% 4.3% 32.7% 39.6%
Sierra 42 3 3 7 13 7.1% 7.1% 16.7% 31.0%
Siskiyou 405 7 24 77 108 1.7% 5.9% 19.0% 26.7%
Solano 2,968 123 189 1,047 1,359 4.1% 6.4% 35.3% 45.8%
Sonoma 2,937 168 206 1,378 1,752 5.7% 7.0% 46.9% 59.7%
Stanislaus 3,629 97 220 849 1,166 2.7% 6.1% 23.4% 32.1%
Sutter 649 15 25 271 311 2.3% 3.9% 41.8% 47.9%
Tehama 462 8 30 133 171 1.7% 6.5% 28.8% 37.0%
Trinity 157 5 8 20 33 3.2% 5.1% 12.7% 21.0%
Tulare 3,174 113 188 1,165 1,466 3.6% 5.9% 36.7% 46.2%
Tuolumne 410 10 30 118 158 2.4% 7.3% 28.8% 38.5%
Ventura 6,156 427 368 2,012 2,807 6.9% 6.0% 32.7% 45.6%
Yolo 1,160 144 94 330 568 12.4% 8.1% 28.4% 49.0%
Yuba 443 9 15 162 186 2.0% 3.4% 36.6% 42.0%
Statewide Total 234,164 14,700 20,051 79,913 114,664 6.3% 8.6% 34.1% 49.0%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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