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College-Going Rate Trend Graph

College-Going Rates of Public High School Students

Students of All Ethnicities From Orange 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 Orange County
To Any California Public College or University
Year Men Women Total
1985 54.44% 58.52% 56.48%
1986 55.99% 60.02% 58.02%
1987 55.27% 55.76% 55.52%
1988 55.24% 57.40% 56.34%
1989 54.10% 55.94% 55.01%
1990 54.00% 56.58% 55.30%
1991 56.33% 57.41% 56.87%
1992 53.33% 52.31% 52.83%
1993 54.56% 54.40% 54.48%
1994 52.37% 51.32% 51.84%
1995 52.71% 55.75% 54.24%
1996 49.33% 52.81% 51.08%
1997 59.12% 61.91% 60.54%
1998 54.07% 56.63% 55.38%
1999 57.04% 58.26% 57.66%
2000 52.28% 52.84% 52.56%
2001 55.81% 56.89% 56.36%
2002 55.66% 57.77% 56.74%
2003 52.28% 51.98% 52.13%
2004 55.20% 55.54% 55.37%
2005 55.27% 55.51% 55.39%
2006 57.68% 58.98% 58.34%
2007 62.66% 62.19% 62.42%
2008 58.72% 57.60% 58.15%
2009 48.25% 48.27% 48.26%

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