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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

2004 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 12,013 1,335 1,516 4,724 7,575 11.1% 12.6% 39.3% 63.1%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 402 13 40 82 135 3.2% 10.0% 20.4% 33.6%
Butte 2,251 68 217 775 1,060 3.0% 9.6% 34.4% 47.1%
Calaveras 492 16 49 60 125 3.3% 10.0% 12.2% 25.4%
Colusa 301 6 35 69 110 2.0% 11.6% 22.9% 36.5%
Contra Costa 9,903 904 995 1,903 3,802 9.1% 10.0% 19.2% 38.4%
Del Norte 621 9 20 48 77 1.4% 3.2% 7.7% 12.4%
El Dorado 1,909 126 189 560 875 6.6% 9.9% 29.3% 45.8%
Fresno 10,210 298 1,159 1,012 2,469 2.9% 11.4% 9.9% 24.2%
Glenn 395 3 53 119 175 0.8% 13.4% 30.1% 44.3%
Humboldt 1,450 56 138 371 565 3.9% 9.5% 25.6% 39.0%
Imperial 1,911 79 126 1,566 1,771 4.1% 6.6% 81.9% 92.7%
Inyo 233 13 15 57 85 5.6% 6.4% 24.5% 36.5%
Kern 8,840 244 816 2,329 3,389 2.8% 9.2% 26.3% 38.3%
Kings 1,451 35 80 244 359 2.4% 5.5% 16.8% 24.7%
Lake 623 12 46 179 237 1.9% 7.4% 28.7% 38.0%
Lassen 407 6 15 96 117 1.5% 3.7% 23.6% 28.7%
Los Angeles 84,190 5,963 8,015 25,081 39,059 7.1% 9.5% 29.8% 46.4%
Madera 1,287 24 114 47 185 1.9% 8.9% 3.7% 14.4%
Marin 1,852 230 240 288 758 12.4% 13.0% 15.6% 40.9%
Mariposa 172 4 6 18 28 2.3% 3.5% 10.5% 16.3%
Mendocino 1,044 32 94 363 489 3.1% 9.0% 34.8% 46.8%
Merced 3,437 81 272 141 494 2.4% 7.9% 4.1% 14.4%
Modoc 196 4 6 25 35 2.0% 3.1% 12.8% 17.9%
Mono 176 4 13 35 52 2.3% 7.4% 19.9% 29.5%
Monterey 3,508 177 347 1,086 1,610 5.0% 9.9% 31.0% 45.9%
Napa 1,297 66 98 167 331 5.1% 7.6% 12.9% 25.5%
Nevada 1,316 45 88 295 428 3.4% 6.7% 22.4% 32.5%
Orange 29,764 2,367 2,632 11,482 16,481 8.0% 8.8% 38.6% 55.4%
Placer 4,105 212 395 1,246 1,853 5.2% 9.6% 30.4% 45.1%
Plumas 237 6 10 58 74 2.5% 4.2% 24.5% 31.2%
Riverside 18,936 988 1,315 4,260 6,563 5.2% 6.9% 22.5% 34.7%
Sacramento 12,875 711 1,091 4,509 6,311 5.5% 8.5% 35.0% 49.0%
San Benito 651 24 53 221 298 3.7% 8.1% 33.9% 45.8%
San Bernardino 20,282 907 1,629 5,361 7,897 4.5% 8.0% 26.4% 38.9%
San Diego 28,103 1,951 2,693 8,243 12,887 6.9% 9.6% 29.3% 45.9%
San Francisco 3,773 770 557 1,084 2,411 20.4% 14.8% 28.7% 63.9%
San Joaquin 6,275 191 440 1,783 2,414 3.0% 7.0% 28.4% 38.5%
San Luis Obispo 2,546 127 274 1,008 1,409 5.0% 10.8% 39.6% 55.3%
San Mateo 5,262 499 643 1,535 2,677 9.5% 12.2% 29.2% 50.9%
Santa Barbara 3,832 267 216 1,514 1,997 7.0% 5.6% 39.5% 52.1%
Santa Clara 14,475 1,791 1,731 3,674 7,196 12.4% 12.0% 25.4% 49.7%
Santa Cruz 2,435 198 244 856 1,298 8.1% 10.0% 35.2% 53.3%
Shasta 1,957 41 142 76 259 2.1% 7.3% 3.9% 13.2%
Sierra 69 2 6 9 17 2.9% 8.7% 13.0% 24.6%
Siskiyou 397 12 25 226 263 3.0% 6.3% 56.9% 66.2%
Solano 4,261 215 384 1,285 1,884 5.0% 9.0% 30.2% 44.2%
Sonoma 4,354 292 394 1,811 2,497 6.7% 9.0% 41.6% 57.3%
Stanislaus 6,133 169 490 1,477 2,136 2.8% 8.0% 24.1% 34.8%
Sutter 1,027 39 89 461 589 3.8% 8.7% 44.9% 57.4%
Tehama 683 11 42 35 88 1.6% 6.1% 5.1% 12.9%
Trinity 171 7 5 20 32 4.1% 2.9% 11.7% 18.7%
Tulare 4,534 127 367 1,440 1,934 2.8% 8.1% 31.8% 42.7%
Tuolumne 484 10 31 128 169 2.1% 6.4% 26.4% 34.9%
Ventura 8,089 522 568 3,648 4,738 6.5% 7.0% 45.1% 58.6%
Yolo 1,726 189 177 530 896 11.0% 10.3% 30.7% 51.9%
Yuba 744 5 43 253 301 0.7% 5.8% 34.0% 40.5%
Statewide Total 340,067 22,503 31,488 99,973 153,964 6.6% 9.3% 29.4% 45.3%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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