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College-Going Rates by County from Public Schools

2008 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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Important note: The data for first-time students have changed. See Changes to First-Time Freshmen and College-Going Data for more details.

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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 13,240 1,800 2,036 2,968 6,804 13.6% 15.4% 22.4% 51.4%
Alpine * 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amador 341 10 36 143 189 2.9% 10.6% 41.9% 55.4%
Butte 2,264 68 284 948 1,300 3.0% 12.5% 41.9% 57.4%
Calaveras 596 18 104 41 163 3.0% 17.4% 6.9% 27.3%
Colusa 253 5 32 48 85 2.0% 12.6% 19.0% 33.6%
Contra Costa 10,336 1,070 1,247 842 3,159 10.4% 12.1% 8.1% 30.6%
Del Norte 233 9 25 55 89 3.9% 10.7% 23.6% 38.2%
El Dorado 2,131 105 284 807 1,196 4.9% 13.3% 37.9% 56.1%
Fresno 10,450 387 1,515 1,406 3,308 3.7% 14.5% 13.5% 31.7%
Glenn 353 9 55 121 185 2.5% 15.6% 34.3% 52.4%
Humboldt 1,250 48 166 379 593 3.8% 13.3% 30.3% 47.4%
Imperial 2,226 78 163 408 649 3.5% 7.3% 18.3% 29.2%
Inyo 260 11 20 48 79 4.2% 7.7% 18.5% 30.4%
Kern 9,758 337 853 3,100 4,290 3.5% 8.7% 31.8% 44.0%
Kings 1,306 47 123 176 346 3.6% 9.4% 13.5% 26.5%
Lake 623 25 38 122 185 4.0% 6.1% 19.6% 29.7%
Lassen 367 3 19 38 60 0.8% 5.2% 10.4% 16.3%
Los Angeles 90,751 7,905 10,895 29,840 48,640 8.7% 12.0% 32.9% 53.6%
Madera 1,608 52 145 119 316 3.2% 9.0% 7.4% 19.7%
Marin 1,979 268 285 493 1,046 13.5% 14.4% 24.9% 52.9%
Mariposa 174 6 23 37 66 3.4% 13.2% 21.3% 37.9%
Mendocino 938 50 71 330 451 5.3% 7.6% 35.2% 48.1%
Merced 3,604 150 339 1,349 1,838 4.2% 9.4% 37.4% 51.0%
Modoc 195 2 13 16 31 1.0% 6.7% 8.2% 15.9%
Mono 135 11 18 27 56 8.1% 13.3% 20.0% 41.5%
Monterey 3,599 181 378 624 1,183 5.0% 10.5% 17.3% 32.9%
Napa 1,137 70 111 137 318 6.2% 9.8% 12.0% 28.0%
Nevada 1,485 42 102 275 419 2.8% 6.9% 18.5% 28.2%
Orange 32,443 3,049 3,533 12,283 18,865 9.4% 10.9% 37.9% 58.1%
Placer 4,376 247 505 1,465 2,217 5.6% 11.5% 33.5% 50.7%
Plumas 190 3 8 77 88 1.6% 4.2% 40.5% 46.3%
Riverside 23,276 1,402 2,063 6,875 10,340 6.0% 8.9% 29.5% 44.4%
Sacramento 13,863 831 1,630 5,967 8,428 6.0% 11.8% 43.0% 60.8%
San Benito 719 29 88 81 198 4.0% 12.2% 11.3% 27.5%
San Bernardino 23,174 1,194 2,508 3,066 6,768 5.2% 10.8% 13.2% 29.2%
San Diego 30,749 2,337 4,035 10,130 16,502 7.6% 13.1% 32.9% 53.7%
San Francisco 3,785 784 609 1,546 2,939 20.7% 16.1% 40.8% 77.6%
San Joaquin 7,069 280 599 2,433 3,312 4.0% 8.5% 34.4% 46.9%
San Luis Obispo 2,807 163 310 1,067 1,540 5.8% 11.0% 38.0% 54.9%
San Mateo 5,527 670 681 1,508 2,859 12.1% 12.3% 27.3% 51.7%
Santa Barbara 3,976 317 255 1,598 2,170 8.0% 6.4% 40.2% 54.6%
Santa Clara 15,358 2,285 1,921 1,039 5,245 14.9% 12.5% 6.8% 34.2%
Santa Cruz 2,620 178 279 103 560 6.8% 10.6% 3.9% 21.4%
Shasta 2,048 65 106 966 1,137 3.2% 5.2% 47.2% 55.5%
Sierra 44 2 3 5 10 4.5% 6.8% 11.4% 22.7%
Siskiyou 453 18 34 214 266 4.0% 7.5% 47.2% 58.7%
Solano 3,802 230 416 1,122 1,768 6.0% 10.9% 29.5% 46.5%
Sonoma 4,542 308 426 1,996 2,730 6.8% 9.4% 43.9% 60.1%
Stanislaus 6,274 217 656 314 1,187 3.5% 10.5% 5.0% 18.9%
Sutter 1,233 53 83 136 272 4.3% 6.7% 11.0% 22.1%
Tehama 678 14 56 172 242 2.1% 8.3% 25.4% 35.7%
Trinity 169 9 11 28 48 5.3% 6.5% 16.6% 28.4%
Tulare 4,780 152 432 2,029 2,613 3.2% 9.0% 42.4% 54.7%
Tuolumne 534 29 40 53 122 5.4% 7.5% 9.9% 22.8%
Ventura 9,271 682 775 4,780 6,237 7.4% 8.4% 51.6% 67.3%
Yolo 1,749 237 206 450 893 13.6% 11.8% 25.7% 51.1%
Yuba 788 20 66 69 155 2.5% 8.4% 8.8% 19.7%
Statewide Total 367,889 28,572 41,714 106,469 176,755 7.8% 11.3% 28.9% 48.0%
* The numbers for Alpine County have been suppressed.
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