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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

2003 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 11,866 1,354 1,385 4,381 7,120 11.4% 11.7% 36.9% 60.0%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 389 10 38 91 139 2.6% 9.8% 23.4% 35.7%
Butte 2,283 68 286 456 810 3.0% 12.5% 20.0% 35.5%
Calaveras 501 29 34 125 188 5.8% 6.8% 25.0% 37.5%
Colusa 315 10 23 100 133 3.2% 7.3% 31.7% 42.2%
Contra Costa 9,928 980 938 1,695 3,613 9.9% 9.4% 17.1% 36.4%
Del Norte 519 15 32 23 70 2.9% 6.2% 4.4% 13.5%
El Dorado 1,938 103 173 678 954 5.3% 8.9% 35.0% 49.2%
Fresno 10,268 365 1,078 699 2,142 3.6% 10.5% 6.8% 20.9%
Glenn 392 5 52 56 113 1.3% 13.3% 14.3% 28.8%
Humboldt 1,622 61 179 125 365 3.8% 11.0% 7.7% 22.5%
Imperial 1,982 101 120 1,293 1,514 5.1% 6.1% 65.2% 76.4%
Inyo 245 8 12 55 75 3.3% 4.9% 22.4% 30.6%
Kern 8,605 246 740 2,272 3,258 2.9% 8.6% 26.4% 37.9%
Kings 1,379 23 75 298 396 1.7% 5.4% 21.6% 28.7%
Lake 528 9 30 147 186 1.7% 5.7% 27.8% 35.2%
Lassen 354 3 14 76 93 0.8% 4.0% 21.5% 26.3%
Los Angeles 82,026 6,638 7,203 23,266 37,107 8.1% 8.8% 28.4% 45.2%
Madera 1,380 25 120 59 204 1.8% 8.7% 4.3% 14.8%
Marin 1,877 235 206 322 763 12.5% 11.0% 17.2% 40.6%
Mariposa 204 6 13 17 36 2.9% 6.4% 8.3% 17.6%
Mendocino 1,082 44 89 314 447 4.1% 8.2% 29.0% 41.3%
Merced 3,343 84 270 153 507 2.5% 8.1% 4.6% 15.2%
Modoc 200 4 9 25 38 2.0% 4.5% 12.5% 19.0%
Mono 180 9 8 15 32 5.0% 4.4% 8.3% 17.8%
Monterey 3,628 191 376 865 1,432 5.3% 10.4% 23.8% 39.5%
Napa 1,280 78 101 201 380 6.1% 7.9% 15.7% 29.7%
Nevada 850 57 71 274 402 6.7% 8.4% 32.2% 47.3%
Orange 29,925 2,590 2,526 10,483 15,599 8.7% 8.4% 35.0% 52.1%
Placer 4,251 236 411 1,214 1,861 5.6% 9.7% 28.6% 43.8%
Plumas 276 12 13 53 78 4.3% 4.7% 19.2% 28.3%
Riverside 18,505 1,019 1,312 3,672 6,003 5.5% 7.1% 19.8% 32.4%
Sacramento 12,600 712 1,172 4,085 5,969 5.7% 9.3% 32.4% 47.4%
San Benito 682 33 49 233 315 4.8% 7.2% 34.2% 46.2%
San Bernardino 20,754 962 1,618 5,809 8,389 4.6% 7.8% 28.0% 40.4%
San Diego 28,409 2,042 2,592 5,397 10,031 7.2% 9.1% 19.0% 35.3%
San Francisco 3,802 684 443 1,180 2,307 18.0% 11.7% 31.0% 60.7%
San Joaquin 6,332 214 495 2,081 2,790 3.4% 7.8% 32.9% 44.1%
San Luis Obispo 2,424 120 276 980 1,376 5.0% 11.4% 40.4% 56.8%
San Mateo 5,133 513 501 1,565 2,579 10.0% 9.8% 30.5% 50.2%
Santa Barbara 3,760 284 201 1,488 1,973 7.6% 5.3% 39.6% 52.5%
Santa Clara 14,845 1,877 1,530 3,049 6,456 12.6% 10.3% 20.5% 43.5%
Santa Cruz 2,486 267 211 825 1,303 10.7% 8.5% 33.2% 52.4%
Shasta 2,007 64 113 192 369 3.2% 5.6% 9.6% 18.4%
Sierra 56 1 7 8 16 1.8% 12.5% 14.3% 28.6%
Siskiyou 483 17 34 179 230 3.5% 7.0% 37.1% 47.6%
Solano 4,348 212 410 1,344 1,966 4.9% 9.4% 30.9% 45.2%
Sonoma 4,394 290 345 1,686 2,321 6.6% 7.9% 38.4% 52.8%
Stanislaus 5,866 160 442 2,010 2,612 2.7% 7.5% 34.3% 44.5%
Sutter 1,006 27 60 368 455 2.7% 6.0% 36.6% 45.2%
Tehama 674 9 54 66 129 1.3% 8.0% 9.8% 19.1%
Trinity 173 6 19 13 38 3.5% 11.0% 7.5% 22.0%
Tulare 4,671 129 305 1,711 2,145 2.8% 6.5% 36.6% 45.9%
Tuolumne 550 25 31 240 296 4.5% 5.6% 43.6% 53.8%
Ventura 8,046 551 561 3,595 4,707 6.8% 7.0% 44.7% 58.5%
Yolo 1,730 249 149 522 920 14.4% 8.6% 30.2% 53.2%
Yuba 714 10 35 228 273 1.4% 4.9% 31.9% 38.2%
Statewide Total 338,066 24,076 29,590 92,357 146,023 7.1% 8.8% 27.3% 43.2%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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