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ERIC Number: ED624116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Where California High School Students Attend College
Kurlaender, Michal; Reed, Sherrie; Cohen, Kramer; Naven, Matt; Martorell, Paco; Carrell, Scott
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
For as much as we know about the economic benefits of a college degree, California policymakers and educators have little information about the college destinations of high school graduates. To fill this information gap, we assembled a unique data set of three recent cohorts of public high school students matched with college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse. This report, a product of a partnership with the California Department of Education, details where California public high school students attend college and how college attendance and destinations vary by county. Among California public high school students, 63% enroll in college following high school graduation; 26% enroll in a four-year college; and 37% enroll in a two-year college. Among California public high school students who enroll in college: 28% enroll in public four-year campuses in-state (18% at CSU, 10% at UC); 57% enroll in public two-year in-state community colleges; 4% enroll in private in-state colleges, predominately four-year institutions; and 11% enroll in out-of-state institutions. Only 7% of all high school students (or 11% of all students who enroll in college) leave the state to attend college after high school; these students reach every state in the nation. Substantial disparities in college enrollment exist by student subgroups: Female students are more likely to go to college, and more likely to attend four-year colleges, than male students. Students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds enroll in college at lower rates than their more advantaged peers. College enrollment, particularly by higher education sector, varies by race/ethnicity. [For the Appendix, see ED624117.]
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 520 Galvez Mall, CERAS Room 401, Stanford, CA 94305-3001. Tel: 650-724-2832; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Grade 11
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Stanford University, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305E150006