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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1994 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 9,732 793 867 3,706 5,366 8.1% 8.9% 38.1% 55.1%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 269 5 14 45 64 1.9% 5.2% 16.7% 23.8%
Butte 1,545 48 140 495 683 3.1% 9.1% 32.0% 44.2%
Calaveras 381 10 18 108 136 2.6% 4.7% 28.3% 35.7%
Colusa 215 5 20 37 62 2.3% 9.3% 17.2% 28.8%
Contra Costa 7,215 629 532 2,569 3,730 8.7% 7.4% 35.6% 51.7%
Del Norte 202 2 7 48 57 1.0% 3.5% 23.8% 28.2%
El Dorado 1,318 46 69 510 625 3.5% 5.2% 38.7% 47.4%
Fresno 7,444 229 794 2,783 3,806 3.1% 10.7% 37.4% 51.1%
Glenn 305 7 46 64 117 2.3% 15.1% 21.0% 38.4%
Humboldt 1,081 40 91 349 480 3.7% 8.4% 32.3% 44.4%
Imperial 1,622 33 65 167 265 2.0% 4.0% 10.3% 16.3%
Inyo 176 7 9 43 59 4.0% 5.1% 24.4% 33.5%
Kern 5,938 116 372 1,629 2,117 2.0% 6.3% 27.4% 35.7%
Kings 989 22 66 333 421 2.2% 6.7% 33.7% 42.6%
Lake 454 15 18 113 146 3.3% 4.0% 24.9% 32.2%
Lassen 287 1 8 69 78 0.3% 2.8% 24.0% 27.2%
Los Angeles 68,172 5,124 5,606 20,386 31,116 7.5% 8.2% 29.9% 45.6%
Madera 930 28 67 323 418 3.0% 7.2% 34.7% 44.9%
Marin 1,431 191 121 259 571 13.3% 8.5% 18.1% 39.9%
Mariposa 117 11 4 35 50 9.4% 3.4% 29.9% 42.7%
Mendocino 915 35 52 310 397 3.8% 5.7% 33.9% 43.4%
Merced 2,191 68 143 834 1,045 3.1% 6.5% 38.1% 47.7%
Modoc 129 0 2 13 15 0.0% 1.6% 10.1% 11.6%
Mono 60 4 12 10 26 6.7% 20.0% 16.7% 43.3%
Monterey 2,517 113 174 769 1,056 4.5% 6.9% 30.6% 42.0%
Napa 874 55 59 189 303 6.3% 6.8% 21.6% 34.7%
Nevada 717 23 61 246 330 3.2% 8.5% 34.3% 46.0%
Orange 22,429 1,923 1,546 8,158 11,627 8.6% 6.9% 36.4% 51.8%
Placer 1,947 77 165 788 1,030 4.0% 8.5% 40.5% 52.9%
Plumas 201 1 13 57 71 0.5% 6.5% 28.4% 35.3%
Riverside 11,028 609 452 1,821 2,882 5.5% 4.1% 16.5% 26.1%
Sacramento 8,525 442 656 3,546 4,644 5.2% 7.7% 41.6% 54.5%
San Benito 410 19 39 125 183 4.6% 9.5% 30.5% 44.6%
San Bernardino 13,897 503 863 3,568 4,934 3.6% 6.2% 25.7% 35.5%
San Diego 20,380 1,420 1,505 7,143 10,068 7.0% 7.4% 35.0% 49.4%
San Francisco 3,639 493 699 976 2,168 13.5% 19.2% 26.8% 59.6%
San Joaquin 4,302 141 231 1,671 2,043 3.3% 5.4% 38.8% 47.5%
San Luis Obispo 1,590 73 123 663 859 4.6% 7.7% 41.7% 54.0%
San Mateo 4,509 346 324 1,775 2,445 7.7% 7.2% 39.4% 54.2%
Santa Barbara 2,686 161 112 1,033 1,306 6.0% 4.2% 38.5% 48.6%
Santa Clara 12,765 1,205 1,009 4,918 7,132 9.4% 7.9% 38.5% 55.9%
Santa Cruz 1,679 142 140 731 1,013 8.5% 8.3% 43.5% 60.3%
Shasta 1,414 39 48 448 535 2.8% 3.4% 31.7% 37.8%
Sierra 46 1 1 8 10 2.2% 2.2% 17.4% 21.7%
Siskiyou 425 11 23 87 121 2.6% 5.4% 20.5% 28.5%
Solano 3,229 146 207 842 1,195 4.5% 6.4% 26.1% 37.0%
Sonoma 3,108 182 236 1,375 1,793 5.9% 7.6% 44.2% 57.7%
Stanislaus 4,046 115 272 1,482 1,869 2.8% 6.7% 36.6% 46.2%
Sutter 809 13 42 249 304 1.6% 5.2% 30.8% 37.6%
Tehama 474 6 33 146 185 1.3% 7.0% 30.8% 39.0%
Trinity 147 4 2 39 45 2.7% 1.4% 26.5% 30.6%
Tulare 3,401 103 146 1,322 1,571 3.0% 4.3% 38.9% 46.2%
Tuolumne 431 15 32 152 199 3.5% 7.4% 35.3% 46.2%
Ventura 6,578 456 271 2,447 3,174 6.9% 4.1% 37.2% 48.3%
Yolo 1,288 121 101 404 626 9.4% 7.8% 31.4% 48.6%
Yuba 474 10 19 123 152 2.1% 4.0% 25.9% 32.1%
Statewide Total 253,083 16,437 18,747 82,539 117,723 6.5% 7.4% 32.6% 46.5%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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