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College-Going Rate Trend Graph

College-Going Rates of Public High School Students

Students of All Ethnicities From Contra Costa County To Any California Public College or University

This chart provides college-going rates in California from 1985 to 2009 . College-going Rates were calculated by dividing the number of entering students from high schools matching a specific criteria by the total number of graduates from high schools matching the same criteria. 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.

Ethnicity data is collected separately by K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Consequently, college-going rates may be affected by variations in reporting of ethnicity.

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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College-Going Rate for Students of All Ethnicities
From Contra Costa County
To Any California Public College or University
Year Men Women Total
1985 56.41% 59.20% 57.84%
1986 64.54% 63.88% 64.20%
1987 49.01% 52.49% 50.75%
1988 53.43% 55.14% 54.30%
1989 54.40% 58.65% 56.57%
1990 54.28% 56.39% 55.35%
1991 57.61% 59.65% 58.63%
1992 59.07% 60.03% 59.56%
1993 50.20% 51.58% 50.90%
1994 51.30% 52.06% 51.70%
1995 53.74% 53.43% 53.58%
1996 51.10% 51.11% 51.10%
1997 51.39% 49.41% 50.35%
1998 49.70% 49.91% 49.81%
1999 19.38% 22.16% 20.81%
2000 25.46% 30.84% 28.24%
2001 36.32% 40.45% 38.47%
2002 37.44% 41.48% 39.54%
2003 34.97% 37.71% 36.39%
2004 37.19% 39.56% 38.39%
2005 31.30% 33.76% 32.55%
2006 33.08% 34.06% 33.58%
2007 41.04% 42.68% 41.88%
2008 29.11% 31.93% 30.56%
2009 27.04% 29.11% 28.10%

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