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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

2002 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 11,679 1,317 1,416 4,537 7,270 11.3% 12.1% 38.8% 62.2%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 398 19 35 90 144 4.8% 8.8% 22.6% 36.2%
Butte 2,200 75 324 933 1,332 3.4% 14.7% 42.4% 60.5%
Calaveras 495 23 46 118 187 4.6% 9.3% 23.8% 37.8%
Colusa 272 10 35 54 99 3.7% 12.9% 19.9% 36.4%
Contra Costa 9,597 993 855 1,947 3,795 10.3% 8.9% 20.3% 39.5%
Del Norte 427 10 32 59 101 2.3% 7.5% 13.8% 23.7%
El Dorado 2,012 93 193 471 757 4.6% 9.6% 23.4% 37.6%
Fresno 9,792 339 968 868 2,175 3.5% 9.9% 8.9% 22.2%
Glenn 375 4 69 144 217 1.1% 18.4% 38.4% 57.9%
Humboldt 1,399 60 159 408 627 4.3% 11.4% 29.2% 44.8%
Imperial 1,867 98 109 1,054 1,261 5.2% 5.8% 56.5% 67.5%
Inyo 238 8 14 60 82 3.4% 5.9% 25.2% 34.5%
Kern 8,370 241 709 2,828 3,778 2.9% 8.5% 33.8% 45.1%
Kings 1,149 28 65 464 557 2.4% 5.7% 40.4% 48.5%
Lake 647 17 55 151 223 2.6% 8.5% 23.3% 34.5%
Lassen 332 6 20 105 131 1.8% 6.0% 31.6% 39.5%
Los Angeles 79,299 6,430 7,424 25,596 39,450 8.1% 9.4% 32.3% 49.7%
Madera 1,293 31 99 80 210 2.4% 7.7% 6.2% 16.2%
Marin 1,836 240 193 389 822 13.1% 10.5% 21.2% 44.8%
Mariposa 202 6 13 25 44 3.0% 6.4% 12.4% 21.8%
Mendocino 1,076 44 87 384 515 4.1% 8.1% 35.7% 47.9%
Merced 3,309 92 245 140 477 2.8% 7.4% 4.2% 14.4%
Modoc 173 4 6 18 28 2.3% 3.5% 10.4% 16.2%
Mono 134 5 8 15 28 3.7% 6.0% 11.2% 20.9%
Monterey 3,472 164 302 1,011 1,477 4.7% 8.7% 29.1% 42.5%
Napa 1,164 64 109 265 438 5.5% 9.4% 22.8% 37.6%
Nevada 946 52 84 295 431 5.5% 8.9% 31.2% 45.6%
Orange 29,038 2,565 2,510 11,402 16,477 8.8% 8.6% 39.3% 56.7%
Placer 3,882 184 405 1,193 1,782 4.7% 10.4% 30.7% 45.9%
Plumas 264 8 12 84 104 3.0% 4.5% 31.8% 39.4%
Riverside 16,931 1,075 1,097 3,935 6,107 6.3% 6.5% 23.2% 36.1%
Sacramento 11,996 745 1,134 3,454 5,333 6.2% 9.5% 28.8% 44.5%
San Benito 678 21 60 249 330 3.1% 8.8% 36.7% 48.7%
San Bernardino 19,797 975 1,494 5,729 8,198 4.9% 7.5% 28.9% 41.4%
San Diego 27,114 2,007 2,486 7,652 12,145 7.4% 9.2% 28.2% 44.8%
San Francisco 3,567 633 513 824 1,970 17.7% 14.4% 23.1% 55.2%
San Joaquin 6,017 226 433 1,851 2,510 3.8% 7.2% 30.8% 41.7%
San Luis Obispo 2,389 119 232 1,173 1,524 5.0% 9.7% 49.1% 63.8%
San Mateo 4,996 504 544 1,642 2,690 10.1% 10.9% 32.9% 53.8%
Santa Barbara 3,516 215 197 1,454 1,866 6.1% 5.6% 41.4% 53.1%
Santa Clara 14,259 1,705 1,629 3,028 6,362 12.0% 11.4% 21.2% 44.6%
Santa Cruz 2,423 281 188 754 1,223 11.6% 7.8% 31.1% 50.5%
Shasta 1,934 63 95 691 849 3.3% 4.9% 35.7% 43.9%
Sierra 73 6 7 11 24 8.2% 9.6% 15.1% 32.9%
Siskiyou 481 16 35 130 181 3.3% 7.3% 27.0% 37.6%
Solano 4,098 241 348 1,271 1,860 5.9% 8.5% 31.0% 45.4%
Sonoma 4,141 295 372 1,621 2,288 7.1% 9.0% 39.1% 55.3%
Stanislaus 5,524 191 413 2,196 2,800 3.5% 7.5% 39.8% 50.7%
Sutter 1,009 48 61 360 469 4.8% 6.0% 35.7% 46.5%
Tehama 664 12 55 209 276 1.8% 8.3% 31.5% 41.6%
Trinity 162 12 16 35 63 7.4% 9.9% 21.6% 38.9%
Tulare 4,384 153 274 1,823 2,250 3.5% 6.3% 41.6% 51.3%
Tuolumne 520 26 42 182 250 5.0% 8.1% 35.0% 48.1%
Ventura 7,855 540 500 3,672 4,712 6.9% 6.4% 46.7% 60.0%
Yolo 1,620 281 145 376 802 17.3% 9.0% 23.2% 49.5%
Yuba 662 8 41 238 287 1.2% 6.2% 36.0% 43.4%
Statewide Total 324,147 23,628 29,012 99,748 152,388 7.3% 9.0% 30.8% 47.0%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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