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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1997 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 10,094 897 1,093 3,441 5,431 8.9% 10.8% 34.1% 53.8%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 319 11 24 55 90 3.4% 7.5% 17.2% 28.2%
Butte 1,717 66 187 663 916 3.8% 10.9% 38.6% 53.3%
Calaveras 465 17 27 118 162 3.7% 5.8% 25.4% 34.8%
Colusa 281 3 38 41 82 1.1% 13.5% 14.6% 29.2%
Contra Costa 8,113 749 589 2,747 4,085 9.2% 7.3% 33.9% 50.4%
Del Norte 266 4 21 72 97 1.5% 7.9% 27.1% 36.5%
El Dorado 1,543 77 94 568 739 5.0% 6.1% 36.8% 47.9%
Fresno 7,745 306 857 3,149 4,312 4.0% 11.1% 40.7% 55.7%
Glenn 363 7 40 138 185 1.9% 11.0% 38.0% 51.0%
Humboldt 1,183 57 106 397 560 4.8% 9.0% 33.6% 47.3%
Imperial 1,634 47 78 647 772 2.9% 4.8% 39.6% 47.2%
Inyo 228 5 14 65 84 2.2% 6.1% 28.5% 36.8%
Kern 7,119 177 547 1,553 2,277 2.5% 7.7% 21.8% 32.0%
Kings 1,099 42 77 443 562 3.8% 7.0% 40.3% 51.1%
Lake 501 13 28 123 164 2.6% 5.6% 24.6% 32.7%
Lassen 310 3 12 87 102 1.0% 3.9% 28.1% 32.9%
Los Angeles 69,714 4,993 6,300 21,436 32,729 7.2% 9.0% 30.7% 46.9%
Madera 1,162 39 84 361 484 3.4% 7.2% 31.1% 41.7%
Marin 1,708 219 144 350 713 12.8% 8.4% 20.5% 41.7%
Mariposa 159 7 6 45 58 4.4% 3.8% 28.3% 36.5%
Mendocino 951 43 49 281 373 4.5% 5.2% 29.5% 39.2%
Merced 2,356 68 152 768 988 2.9% 6.5% 32.6% 41.9%
Modoc 129 0 7 18 25 0.0% 5.4% 14.0% 19.4%
Mono 91 9 2 16 27 9.9% 2.2% 17.6% 29.7%
Monterey 2,753 112 207 952 1,271 4.1% 7.5% 34.6% 46.2%
Napa 966 80 71 157 308 8.3% 7.3% 16.3% 31.9%
Nevada 856 47 83 280 410 5.5% 9.7% 32.7% 47.9%
Orange 22,508 2,026 1,793 9,808 13,627 9.0% 8.0% 43.6% 60.5%
Placer 2,655 121 194 900 1,215 4.6% 7.3% 33.9% 45.8%
Plumas 259 7 8 89 104 2.7% 3.1% 34.4% 40.2%
Riverside 13,011 715 746 2,686 4,147 5.5% 5.7% 20.6% 31.9%
Sacramento 9,288 525 749 3,747 5,021 5.7% 8.1% 40.3% 54.1%
San Benito 451 17 48 145 210 3.8% 10.6% 32.2% 46.6%
San Bernardino 15,415 614 1,094 3,155 4,863 4.0% 7.1% 20.5% 31.5%
San Diego 21,818 1,620 2,026 7,212 10,858 7.4% 9.3% 33.1% 49.8%
San Francisco 3,380 479 586 988 2,053 14.2% 17.3% 29.2% 60.7%
San Joaquin 4,940 175 268 1,798 2,241 3.5% 5.4% 36.4% 45.4%
San Luis Obispo 1,953 113 193 815 1,121 5.8% 9.9% 41.7% 57.4%
San Mateo 4,472 418 433 1,578 2,429 9.3% 9.7% 35.3% 54.3%
Santa Barbara 2,863 208 116 1,043 1,367 7.3% 4.1% 36.4% 47.7%
Santa Clara 12,393 1,279 1,214 3,543 6,036 10.3% 9.8% 28.6% 48.7%
Santa Cruz 1,909 167 171 773 1,111 8.7% 9.0% 40.5% 58.2%
Shasta 1,688 46 66 505 617 2.7% 3.9% 29.9% 36.6%
Sierra 59 2 10 7 19 3.4% 16.9% 11.9% 32.2%
Siskiyou 525 13 29 94 136 2.5% 5.5% 17.9% 25.9%
Solano 3,585 168 240 908 1,316 4.7% 6.7% 25.3% 36.7%
Sonoma 3,169 204 183 1,527 1,914 6.4% 5.8% 48.2% 60.4%
Stanislaus 4,470 158 338 1,673 2,169 3.5% 7.6% 37.4% 48.5%
Sutter 780 14 36 143 193 1.8% 4.6% 18.3% 24.7%
Tehama 575 9 56 155 220 1.6% 9.7% 27.0% 38.3%
Trinity 170 7 9 54 70 4.1% 5.3% 31.8% 41.2%
Tulare 3,891 110 209 1,625 1,944 2.8% 5.4% 41.8% 50.0%
Tuolumne 473 21 42 203 266 4.4% 8.9% 42.9% 56.2%
Ventura 6,620 479 325 2,518 3,322 7.2% 4.9% 38.0% 50.2%
Yolo 1,459 150 106 385 641 10.3% 7.3% 26.4% 43.9%
Yuba 467 13 34 105 152 2.8% 7.3% 22.5% 32.5%
Statewide Total 269,071 17,976 22,259 87,153 127,388 6.7% 8.3% 32.4% 47.3%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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