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College-Going Rate Trend Graph

College-Going Rates of Public High School Students

White Students 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.

Data collection for Fall 2009 is in progress. As a result, more recent data than what is displayed may be available for some systems. Visit the Custom Data Reports for the most up-to-date data. Select the year needed from the drop-down list at the top of the options. Visit the Dates Available for availability for each type of data. The Sources and Timing of Data page has an approximate schedule for each type of data the Commission collects.

 
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College-Going Rate for White Students
From Orange County
To Any California Public College or University
Year Men Women Total
1985 53.73% 58.93% 56.34%
1986 55.98% 60.53% 58.29%
1987 54.79% 55.57% 55.19%
1988 54.90% 58.16% 56.57%
1989 51.70% 55.69% 53.68%
1990 53.38% 56.50% 54.98%
1991 53.63% 54.60% 54.12%
1992 50.98% 49.85% 50.42%
1993 53.70% 52.05% 52.86%
1994 49.41% 48.10% 48.74%
1995 47.45% 50.43% 48.95%
1996 42.30% 45.09% 43.70%
1997 54.93% 56.62% 55.78%
1998 49.34% 50.68% 50.02%
1999 54.76% 51.66% 53.17%
2000 45.27% 45.99% 45.64%
2001 51.58% 50.25% 50.91%
2002 50.10% 52.48% 51.30%
2003 48.23% 46.82% 47.52%
2004 50.32% 49.96% 50.14%
2005 50.96% 49.75% 50.35%
2006 52.78% 50.17% 51.47%
2007 54.99% 51.67% 53.31%
2008 51.85% 50.01% 50.93%
2009 46.14% 45.19% 45.67%
 
 

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