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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1996 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 9,710 888 1,005 3,338 5,231 9.1% 10.4% 34.4% 53.9%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 271 11 20 49 80 4.1% 7.4% 18.1% 29.5%
Butte 1,695 67 181 630 878 4.0% 10.7% 37.2% 51.8%
Calaveras 415 12 32 127 171 2.9% 7.7% 30.6% 41.2%
Colusa 254 3 28 55 86 1.2% 11.0% 21.7% 33.9%
Contra Costa 7,661 753 620 2,542 3,915 9.8% 8.1% 33.2% 51.1%
Del Norte 271 5 21 43 69 1.8% 7.7% 15.9% 25.5%
El Dorado 1,427 71 122 575 768 5.0% 8.5% 40.3% 53.8%
Fresno 7,395 249 867 3,064 4,180 3.4% 11.7% 41.4% 56.5%
Glenn 313 12 49 107 168 3.8% 15.7% 34.2% 53.7%
Humboldt 1,195 64 118 382 564 5.4% 9.9% 32.0% 47.2%
Imperial 1,720 62 84 351 497 3.6% 4.9% 20.4% 28.9%
Inyo 230 5 12 59 76 2.2% 5.2% 25.7% 33.0%
Kern 6,706 165 465 1,371 2,001 2.5% 6.9% 20.4% 29.8%
Kings 1,094 27 85 416 528 2.5% 7.8% 38.0% 48.3%
Lake 481 16 20 124 160 3.3% 4.2% 25.8% 33.3%
Lassen 291 4 4 89 97 1.4% 1.4% 30.6% 33.3%
Los Angeles 67,289 5,068 6,324 22,108 33,500 7.5% 9.4% 32.9% 49.8%
Madera 1,028 24 81 350 455 2.3% 7.9% 34.0% 44.3%
Marin 1,522 182 144 337 663 12.0% 9.5% 22.1% 43.6%
Mariposa 152 6 10 52 68 3.9% 6.6% 34.2% 44.7%
Mendocino 949 38 51 317 406 4.0% 5.4% 33.4% 42.8%
Merced 2,230 83 149 766 998 3.7% 6.7% 34.3% 44.8%
Modoc 118 0 3 21 24 0.0% 2.5% 17.8% 20.3%
Mono 82 8 6 13 27 9.8% 7.3% 15.9% 32.9%
Monterey 2,606 125 200 923 1,248 4.8% 7.7% 35.4% 47.9%
Napa 957 64 79 322 465 6.7% 8.3% 33.6% 48.6%
Nevada 786 38 60 323 421 4.8% 7.6% 41.1% 53.6%
Orange 22,297 2,071 1,801 7,518 11,390 9.3% 8.1% 33.7% 51.1%
Placer 2,420 119 182 923 1,224 4.9% 7.5% 38.1% 50.6%
Plumas 238 10 16 80 106 4.2% 6.7% 33.6% 44.5%
Riverside 11,894 654 768 2,655 4,077 5.5% 6.5% 22.3% 34.3%
Sacramento 8,508 474 716 3,701 4,891 5.6% 8.4% 43.5% 57.5%
San Benito 415 18 56 257 331 4.3% 13.5% 61.9% 79.8%
San Bernardino 15,034 576 1,048 3,232 4,856 3.8% 7.0% 21.5% 32.3%
San Diego 20,957 1,509 1,925 7,697 11,131 7.2% 9.2% 36.7% 53.1%
San Francisco 3,572 502 574 946 2,022 14.1% 16.1% 26.5% 56.6%
San Joaquin 4,460 154 278 1,667 2,099 3.5% 6.2% 37.4% 47.1%
San Luis Obispo 1,828 89 190 785 1,064 4.9% 10.4% 42.9% 58.2%
San Mateo 4,497 443 404 1,511 2,358 9.9% 9.0% 33.6% 52.4%
Santa Barbara 2,828 181 99 1,297 1,577 6.4% 3.5% 45.9% 55.8%
Santa Clara 12,325 1,210 1,139 4,531 6,880 9.8% 9.2% 36.8% 55.8%
Santa Cruz 1,899 133 148 691 972 7.0% 7.8% 36.4% 51.2%
Shasta 1,574 38 61 543 642 2.4% 3.9% 34.5% 40.8%
Sierra 37 1 8 8 17 2.7% 21.6% 21.6% 45.9%
Siskiyou 460 8 30 69 107 1.7% 6.5% 15.0% 23.3%
Solano 3,235 151 253 1,030 1,434 4.7% 7.8% 31.8% 44.3%
Sonoma 3,228 207 204 1,439 1,850 6.4% 6.3% 44.6% 57.3%
Stanislaus 4,331 151 327 1,585 2,063 3.5% 7.6% 36.6% 47.6%
Sutter 801 20 58 197 275 2.5% 7.2% 24.6% 34.3%
Tehama 561 15 44 185 244 2.7% 7.8% 33.0% 43.5%
Trinity 126 6 9 34 49 4.8% 7.1% 27.0% 38.9%
Tulare 3,749 94 195 1,466 1,755 2.5% 5.2% 39.1% 46.8%
Tuolumne 478 12 30 202 244 2.5% 6.3% 42.3% 51.0%
Ventura 6,733 469 358 2,684 3,511 7.0% 5.3% 39.9% 52.1%
Yolo 1,284 151 126 371 648 11.8% 9.8% 28.9% 50.5%
Yuba 454 8 19 115 142 1.8% 4.2% 25.3% 31.3%
Statewide Total 259,071 17,524 21,906 86,273 125,703 6.8% 8.5% 33.3% 48.5%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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