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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

1999 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 10,982 1,058 1,157 3,664 5,879 9.6% 10.5% 33.4% 53.5%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 393 15 34 62 111 3.8% 8.7% 15.8% 28.2%
Butte 1,859 70 219 700 989 3.8% 11.8% 37.7% 53.2%
Calaveras 399 20 22 114 156 5.0% 5.5% 28.6% 39.1%
Colusa 332 8 27 45 80 2.4% 8.1% 13.6% 24.1%
Contra Costa 8,746 782 715 323 1,820 8.9% 8.2% 3.7% 20.8%
Del Norte 248 8 22 48 78 3.2% 8.9% 19.4% 31.5%
El Dorado 1,780 88 141 607 836 4.9% 7.9% 34.1% 47.0%
Fresno 8,882 340 989 443 1,772 3.8% 11.1% 5.0% 20.0%
Glenn 349 4 55 135 194 1.1% 15.8% 38.7% 55.6%
Humboldt 1,352 76 145 404 625 5.6% 10.7% 29.9% 46.2%
Imperial 1,709 52 81 738 871 3.0% 4.7% 43.2% 51.0%
Inyo 243 6 8 37 51 2.5% 3.3% 15.2% 21.0%
Kern 7,760 208 589 2,401 3,198 2.7% 7.6% 30.9% 41.2%
Kings 1,157 29 84 473 586 2.5% 7.3% 40.9% 50.6%
Lake 539 17 30 108 155 3.2% 5.6% 20.0% 28.8%
Lassen 329 9 18 70 97 2.7% 5.5% 21.3% 29.5%
Los Angeles 75,266 5,308 6,568 21,268 33,144 7.1% 8.7% 28.3% 44.0%
Madera 1,153 24 91 76 191 2.1% 7.9% 6.6% 16.6%
Marin 1,753 198 168 233 599 11.3% 9.6% 13.3% 34.2%
Mariposa 154 1 4 45 50 0.6% 2.6% 29.2% 32.5%
Mendocino 1,008 44 78 288 410 4.4% 7.7% 28.6% 40.7%
Merced 2,895 83 211 783 1,077 2.9% 7.3% 27.0% 37.2%
Modoc 121 4 7 11 22 3.3% 5.8% 9.1% 18.2%
Mono 128 3 6 12 21 2.3% 4.7% 9.4% 16.4%
Monterey 3,203 159 223 1,170 1,552 5.0% 7.0% 36.5% 48.5%
Napa 1,091 70 86 170 326 6.4% 7.9% 15.6% 29.9%
Nevada 1,053 55 81 339 475 5.2% 7.7% 32.2% 45.1%
Orange 25,947 2,192 2,124 10,646 14,962 8.4% 8.2% 41.0% 57.7%
Placer 3,161 158 275 1,035 1,468 5.0% 8.7% 32.7% 46.4%
Plumas 246 4 13 59 76 1.6% 5.3% 24.0% 30.9%
Riverside 14,849 830 917 3,333 5,080 5.6% 6.2% 22.4% 34.2%
Sacramento 10,601 562 898 4,166 5,626 5.3% 8.5% 39.3% 53.1%
San Benito 593 18 44 163 225 3.0% 7.4% 27.5% 37.9%
San Bernardino 17,639 750 1,272 4,245 6,267 4.3% 7.2% 24.1% 35.5%
San Diego 24,315 1,704 2,280 6,427 10,411 7.0% 9.4% 26.4% 42.8%
San Francisco 3,565 523 576 944 2,043 14.7% 16.2% 26.5% 57.3%
San Joaquin 5,621 191 361 1,972 2,524 3.4% 6.4% 35.1% 44.9%
San Luis Obispo 2,224 116 205 948 1,269 5.2% 9.2% 42.6% 57.1%
San Mateo 4,766 462 491 1,338 2,291 9.7% 10.3% 28.1% 48.1%
Santa Barbara 3,272 199 146 1,289 1,634 6.1% 4.5% 39.4% 49.9%
Santa Clara 13,420 1,334 1,265 3,510 6,109 9.9% 9.4% 26.2% 45.5%
Santa Cruz 2,192 182 162 752 1,096 8.3% 7.4% 34.3% 50.0%
Shasta 1,673 37 76 566 679 2.2% 4.5% 33.8% 40.6%
Sierra 98 0 7 11 18 0.0% 7.1% 11.2% 18.4%
Siskiyou 511 22 43 94 159 4.3% 8.4% 18.4% 31.1%
Solano 3,890 185 311 964 1,460 4.8% 8.0% 24.8% 37.5%
Sonoma 3,726 231 257 1,656 2,144 6.2% 6.9% 44.4% 57.5%
Stanislaus 5,187 134 397 1,765 2,296 2.6% 7.7% 34.0% 44.3%
Sutter 970 29 60 269 358 3.0% 6.2% 27.7% 36.9%
Tehama 562 9 43 182 234 1.6% 7.7% 32.4% 41.6%
Trinity 152 5 13 45 63 3.3% 8.6% 29.6% 41.4%
Tulare 4,371 133 245 1,727 2,105 3.0% 5.6% 39.5% 48.2%
Tuolumne 511 20 40 198 258 3.9% 7.8% 38.7% 50.5%
Ventura 7,402 457 352 1,646 2,455 6.2% 4.8% 22.2% 33.2%
Yolo 1,500 175 107 437 719 11.7% 7.1% 29.1% 47.9%
Yuba 578 3 43 154 200 0.5% 7.4% 26.6% 34.6%
Statewide Total 298,426 19,404 24,882 85,308 129,594 6.5% 8.3% 28.6% 43.4%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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