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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1995 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 9,564 790 900 3,466 5,156 8.3% 9.4% 36.2% 53.9%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 245 7 14 57 78 2.9% 5.7% 23.3% 31.8%
Butte 1,677 53 175 478 706 3.2% 10.4% 28.5% 42.1%
Calaveras 439 19 16 108 143 4.3% 3.6% 24.6% 32.6%
Colusa 228 4 29 60 93 1.8% 12.7% 26.3% 40.8%
Contra Costa 7,402 705 556 2,705 3,966 9.5% 7.5% 36.5% 53.6%
Del Norte 227 3 17 51 71 1.3% 7.5% 22.5% 31.3%
El Dorado 1,392 51 107 483 641 3.7% 7.7% 34.7% 46.0%
Fresno 7,517 275 831 3,080 4,186 3.7% 11.1% 41.0% 55.7%
Glenn 291 4 35 64 103 1.4% 12.0% 22.0% 35.4%
Humboldt 1,140 56 113 348 517 4.9% 9.9% 30.5% 45.4%
Imperial 1,477 47 60 763 870 3.2% 4.1% 51.7% 58.9%
Inyo 211 8 5 41 54 3.8% 2.4% 19.4% 25.6%
Kern 6,404 119 427 1,568 2,114 1.9% 6.7% 24.5% 33.0%
Kings 1,089 24 54 398 476 2.2% 5.0% 36.5% 43.7%
Lake 459 7 24 116 147 1.5% 5.2% 25.3% 32.0%
Lassen 279 4 10 65 79 1.4% 3.6% 23.3% 28.3%
Los Angeles 67,091 5,059 5,958 22,000 33,017 7.5% 8.9% 32.8% 49.2%
Madera 1,059 14 92 327 433 1.3% 8.7% 30.9% 40.9%
Marin 1,540 192 126 365 683 12.5% 8.2% 23.7% 44.4%
Mariposa 139 5 7 47 59 3.6% 5.0% 33.8% 42.4%
Mendocino 910 36 72 253 361 4.0% 7.9% 27.8% 39.7%
Merced 2,236 56 128 849 1,033 2.5% 5.7% 38.0% 46.2%
Modoc 127 2 6 23 31 1.6% 4.7% 18.1% 24.4%
Mono 85 6 7 17 30 7.1% 8.2% 20.0% 35.3%
Monterey 2,643 133 179 1,019 1,331 5.0% 6.8% 38.6% 50.4%
Napa 921 54 51 391 496 5.9% 5.5% 42.5% 53.9%
Nevada 755 32 66 257 355 4.2% 8.7% 34.0% 47.0%
Orange 22,080 2,081 1,594 8,302 11,977 9.4% 7.2% 37.6% 54.2%
Placer 2,231 103 156 862 1,121 4.6% 7.0% 38.6% 50.2%
Plumas 238 8 15 52 75 3.4% 6.3% 21.8% 31.5%
Riverside 11,564 663 608 2,164 3,435 5.7% 5.3% 18.7% 29.7%
Sacramento 8,464 449 689 3,486 4,624 5.3% 8.1% 41.2% 54.6%
San Benito 405 18 50 148 216 4.4% 12.3% 36.5% 53.3%
San Bernardino 14,525 589 1,011 2,981 4,581 4.1% 7.0% 20.5% 31.5%
San Diego 20,464 1,535 1,912 7,595 11,042 7.5% 9.3% 37.1% 54.0%
San Francisco 3,423 462 624 1,082 2,168 13.5% 18.2% 31.6% 63.3%
San Joaquin 4,386 150 264 1,638 2,052 3.4% 6.0% 37.3% 46.8%
San Luis Obispo 1,683 81 149 692 922 4.8% 8.9% 41.1% 54.8%
San Mateo 4,798 352 343 2,105 2,800 7.3% 7.1% 43.9% 58.4%
Santa Barbara 2,655 170 95 1,248 1,513 6.4% 3.6% 47.0% 57.0%
Santa Clara 12,541 1,205 1,169 4,851 7,225 9.6% 9.3% 38.7% 57.6%
Santa Cruz 1,770 137 151 734 1,022 7.7% 8.5% 41.5% 57.7%
Shasta 1,516 39 60 535 634 2.6% 4.0% 35.3% 41.8%
Sierra 47 4 2 12 18 8.5% 4.3% 25.5% 38.3%
Siskiyou 472 12 30 92 134 2.5% 6.4% 19.5% 28.4%
Solano 3,220 147 231 998 1,376 4.6% 7.2% 31.0% 42.7%
Sonoma 3,201 182 207 1,589 1,978 5.7% 6.5% 49.6% 61.8%
Stanislaus 4,207 113 321 1,523 1,957 2.7% 7.6% 36.2% 46.5%
Sutter 720 23 50 195 268 3.2% 6.9% 27.1% 37.2%
Tehama 548 11 33 166 210 2.0% 6.0% 30.3% 38.3%
Trinity 158 6 15 30 51 3.8% 9.5% 19.0% 32.3%
Tulare 3,627 107 172 1,429 1,708 3.0% 4.7% 39.4% 47.1%
Tuolumne 478 17 39 186 242 3.6% 8.2% 38.9% 50.6%
Ventura 6,469 400 305 2,563 3,268 6.2% 4.7% 39.6% 50.5%
Yolo 1,277 134 105 385 624 10.5% 8.2% 30.1% 48.9%
Yuba 486 5 13 109 127 1.0% 2.7% 22.4% 26.1%
Statewide Total 255,200 16,968 20,478 87,151 124,597 6.6% 8.0% 34.2% 48.8%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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