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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1998 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 10,315 936 1,043 3,365 5,344 9.1% 10.1% 32.6% 51.8%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 336 13 26 89 128 3.9% 7.7% 26.5% 38.1%
Butte 1,750 58 216 701 975 3.3% 12.3% 40.1% 55.7%
Calaveras 444 16 31 112 159 3.6% 7.0% 25.2% 35.8%
Colusa 309 7 22 39 68 2.3% 7.1% 12.6% 22.0%
Contra Costa 8,334 751 655 2,745 4,151 9.0% 7.9% 32.9% 49.8%
Del Norte 264 11 13 64 88 4.2% 4.9% 24.2% 33.3%
El Dorado 1,720 66 110 642 818 3.8% 6.4% 37.3% 47.6%
Fresno 8,226 260 853 448 1,561 3.2% 10.4% 5.4% 19.0%
Glenn 325 2 35 98 135 0.6% 10.8% 30.2% 41.5%
Humboldt 1,280 48 157 403 608 3.8% 12.3% 31.5% 47.5%
Imperial 1,563 43 75 525 643 2.8% 4.8% 33.6% 41.1%
Inyo 240 6 10 46 62 2.5% 4.2% 19.2% 25.8%
Kern 7,196 180 529 1,805 2,514 2.5% 7.4% 25.1% 34.9%
Kings 1,111 42 68 445 555 3.8% 6.1% 40.1% 50.0%
Lake 515 9 37 125 171 1.7% 7.2% 24.3% 33.2%
Lassen 288 5 9 88 102 1.7% 3.1% 30.6% 35.4%
Los Angeles 72,122 4,814 5,971 21,672 32,457 6.7% 8.3% 30.0% 45.0%
Madera 1,128 23 82 109 214 2.0% 7.3% 9.7% 19.0%
Marin 1,574 211 141 294 646 13.4% 9.0% 18.7% 41.0%
Mariposa 157 4 8 43 55 2.5% 5.1% 27.4% 35.0%
Mendocino 947 49 46 291 386 5.2% 4.9% 30.7% 40.8%
Merced 2,632 82 186 785 1,053 3.1% 7.1% 29.8% 40.0%
Modoc 139 2 11 21 34 1.4% 7.9% 15.1% 24.5%
Mono 88 6 5 13 24 6.8% 5.7% 14.8% 27.3%
Monterey 3,122 133 222 1,061 1,416 4.3% 7.1% 34.0% 45.4%
Napa 1,098 59 92 139 290 5.4% 8.4% 12.7% 26.4%
Nevada 869 40 80 308 428 4.6% 9.2% 35.4% 49.3%
Orange 23,933 1,887 1,978 9,390 13,255 7.9% 8.3% 39.2% 55.4%
Placer 2,851 162 254 883 1,299 5.7% 8.9% 31.0% 45.6%
Plumas 229 1 17 69 87 0.4% 7.4% 30.1% 38.0%
Riverside 13,980 672 896 1,805 3,373 4.8% 6.4% 12.9% 24.1%
Sacramento 9,936 570 825 3,718 5,113 5.7% 8.3% 37.4% 51.5%
San Benito 574 21 56 180 257 3.7% 9.8% 31.4% 44.8%
San Bernardino 16,483 633 1,212 3,692 5,537 3.8% 7.4% 22.4% 33.6%
San Diego 23,068 1,480 2,208 7,791 11,479 6.4% 9.6% 33.8% 49.8%
San Francisco 3,743 468 590 975 2,033 12.5% 15.8% 26.0% 54.3%
San Joaquin 5,384 194 293 1,734 2,221 3.6% 5.4% 32.2% 41.3%
San Luis Obispo 2,128 91 191 912 1,194 4.3% 9.0% 42.9% 56.1%
San Mateo 4,722 427 472 1,660 2,559 9.0% 10.0% 35.2% 54.2%
Santa Barbara 2,965 174 139 1,180 1,493 5.9% 4.7% 39.8% 50.4%
Santa Clara 12,739 1,184 1,239 4,146 6,569 9.3% 9.7% 32.5% 51.6%
Santa Cruz 2,044 167 150 866 1,183 8.2% 7.3% 42.4% 57.9%
Shasta 1,720 45 81 657 783 2.6% 4.7% 38.2% 45.5%
Sierra 77 2 9 8 19 2.6% 11.7% 10.4% 24.7%
Siskiyou 492 11 29 87 127 2.2% 5.9% 17.7% 25.8%
Solano 3,719 160 291 936 1,387 4.3% 7.8% 25.2% 37.3%
Sonoma 3,402 192 218 1,630 2,040 5.6% 6.4% 47.9% 60.0%
Stanislaus 4,961 149 355 1,820 2,324 3.0% 7.2% 36.7% 46.8%
Sutter 855 22 52 152 226 2.6% 6.1% 17.8% 26.4%
Tehama 585 7 58 184 249 1.2% 9.9% 31.5% 42.6%
Trinity 155 2 10 41 53 1.3% 6.5% 26.5% 34.2%
Tulare 4,116 104 223 1,522 1,849 2.5% 5.4% 37.0% 44.9%
Tuolumne 497 15 38 198 251 3.0% 7.6% 39.8% 50.5%
Ventura 7,074 373 366 3,163 3,902 5.3% 5.2% 44.7% 55.2%
Yolo 1,499 154 122 395 671 10.3% 8.1% 26.4% 44.8%
Yuba 513 8 29 83 120 1.6% 5.7% 16.2% 23.4%
Statewide Total 282,536 17,251 23,134 86,353 126,738 6.1% 8.2% 30.6% 44.9%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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