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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

2005 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 12,209 1,438 1,620 4,439 7,497 11.8% 13.3% 36.4% 61.4%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 362 11 33 119 163 3.0% 9.1% 32.9% 45.0%
Butte 2,266 63 224 714 1,001 2.8% 9.9% 31.5% 44.2%
Calaveras 494 16 50 48 114 3.2% 10.1% 9.7% 23.1%
Colusa 277 1 30 52 83 0.4% 10.8% 18.8% 30.0%
Contra Costa 10,091 942 1,077 1,266 3,285 9.3% 10.7% 12.5% 32.6%
Del Norte 530 14 25 55 94 2.6% 4.7% 10.4% 17.7%
El Dorado 1,991 121 181 583 885 6.1% 9.1% 29.3% 44.5%
Fresno 10,580 357 1,310 281 1,948 3.4% 12.4% 2.7% 18.4%
Glenn 383 9 48 86 143 2.3% 12.5% 22.5% 37.3%
Humboldt 1,343 47 124 434 605 3.5% 9.2% 32.3% 45.0%
Imperial 1,982 75 143 803 1,021 3.8% 7.2% 40.5% 51.5%
Inyo 263 10 16 54 80 3.8% 6.1% 20.5% 30.4%
Kern 9,013 250 849 2,375 3,474 2.8% 9.4% 26.4% 38.5%
Kings 1,322 40 89 329 458 3.0% 6.7% 24.9% 34.6%
Lake 597 22 42 156 220 3.7% 7.0% 26.1% 36.9%
Lassen 430 2 11 96 109 0.5% 2.6% 22.3% 25.3%
Los Angeles 86,855 6,608 9,071 27,007 42,686 7.6% 10.4% 31.1% 49.1%
Madera 1,494 29 101 61 191 1.9% 6.8% 4.1% 12.8%
Marin 1,843 248 230 324 802 13.5% 12.5% 17.6% 43.5%
Mariposa 175 4 8 51 63 2.3% 4.6% 29.1% 36.0%
Mendocino 1,035 54 63 361 478 5.2% 6.1% 34.9% 46.2%
Merced 3,483 122 302 1,058 1,482 3.5% 8.7% 30.4% 42.5%
Modoc 200 1 10 26 37 0.5% 5.0% 13.0% 18.5%
Mono 152 5 8 29 42 3.3% 5.3% 19.1% 27.6%
Monterey 3,638 233 363 971 1,567 6.4% 10.0% 26.7% 43.1%
Napa 1,278 81 110 199 390 6.3% 8.6% 15.6% 30.5%
Nevada 1,464 52 70 275 397 3.6% 4.8% 18.8% 27.1%
Orange 30,600 2,742 2,999 11,209 16,950 9.0% 9.8% 36.6% 55.4%
Placer 4,095 201 414 1,302 1,917 4.9% 10.1% 31.8% 46.8%
Plumas 242 20 5 80 105 8.3% 2.1% 33.1% 43.4%
Riverside 20,078 1,001 1,690 3,416 6,107 5.0% 8.4% 17.0% 30.4%
Sacramento 13,443 699 1,319 4,876 6,894 5.2% 9.8% 36.3% 51.3%
San Benito 699 33 78 245 356 4.7% 11.2% 35.1% 50.9%
San Bernardino 21,645 968 1,948 4,594 7,510 4.5% 9.0% 21.2% 34.7%
San Diego 28,758 1,921 3,103 6,195 11,219 6.7% 10.8% 21.5% 39.0%
San Francisco 3,779 772 528 1,208 2,508 20.4% 14.0% 32.0% 66.4%
San Joaquin 6,890 223 485 1,947 2,655 3.2% 7.0% 28.3% 38.5%
San Luis Obispo 2,561 123 292 942 1,357 4.8% 11.4% 36.8% 53.0%
San Mateo 5,243 572 614 1,586 2,772 10.9% 11.7% 30.2% 52.9%
Santa Barbara 3,741 247 237 1,464 1,948 6.6% 6.3% 39.1% 52.1%
Santa Clara 14,868 1,993 1,805 2,744 6,542 13.4% 12.1% 18.5% 44.0%
Santa Cruz 2,635 199 280 622 1,101 7.6% 10.6% 23.6% 41.8%
Shasta 1,887 50 86 45 181 2.6% 4.6% 2.4% 9.6%
Sierra 49 0 4 7 11 0.0% 8.2% 14.3% 22.4%
Siskiyou 489 17 27 280 324 3.5% 5.5% 57.3% 66.3%
Solano 4,293 215 421 1,230 1,866 5.0% 9.8% 28.7% 43.5%
Sonoma 4,498 309 415 1,867 2,591 6.9% 9.2% 41.5% 57.6%
Stanislaus 6,120 187 555 1,271 2,013 3.1% 9.1% 20.8% 32.9%
Sutter 1,052 39 83 351 473 3.7% 7.9% 33.4% 45.0%
Tehama 653 14 44 47 105 2.1% 6.7% 7.2% 16.1%
Trinity 146 9 8 11 28 6.2% 5.5% 7.5% 19.2%
Tulare 4,822 149 420 1,555 2,124 3.1% 8.7% 32.2% 44.0%
Tuolumne 461 58 27 113 198 12.6% 5.9% 24.5% 43.0%
Ventura 8,401 594 602 4,035 5,231 7.1% 7.2% 48.0% 62.3%
Yolo 1,783 186 158 538 882 10.4% 8.9% 30.2% 49.5%
Yuba 768 21 39 211 271 2.7% 5.1% 27.5% 35.3%
Statewide Total 350,449 24,417 34,894 96,243 155,554 7.0% 10.0% 27.5% 44.4%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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