Some high schools send almost all graduates to a California two- or four-year college; others barely send half their students. This database lets you see the number of high school graduates at each school between 2005 and 2009, and how many of those graduates wound up at public or private colleges in California. On average, 21 percent of grads go to a four-year California college, while 51 percent go to either a two- or four-year school.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 with 2008 and 2009 data ...
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H.S. Grads: Total number of high school graduates from 2005 to 2009.
C.C.: Number of graduates attending a community college.
UC: Number of graduates attending a University of California campus.
CSU: Number of graduates attending a California State University campus.
Private: Number of graduates attending a private California college.
CC %: Percentage of graduates attending California community college.
UC %: Percentage of graduates attending University of California.
CSU %: Percentage of graduates attending California State University college.
Private %: Percentage of graduates attending private California college.
Total %: Percentage of graduates attending any California college.
Note: Sierra College did not report data for 2006 or 2009; data for those years are imputed based on Sierra College figures from 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Other notes: Figures are for freshman 19 and younger at California colleges. Some high schools, particularly in wealthier areas, send a significant portion of students to colleges outside of California. Be careful with new high schools: Sometimes colleges don't log graduates coming from there until they've been open a year or two. California private college data reporting is voluntary, and sometimes spotty. Only high schools that graduated at least 100 students between 2005 and 2009 are included.
To see this and much more detailed data on college admission and enrollment, visit the California Postsecondary Education Commission's Web site. To see caveats for all this data, go here.
Source: California Postsecondary Education Commission