Understanding College Access and Completion for Bay Area Students

Each year, nearly 400,000 young people graduate from California public high schools, and the majority of them seek to further their education. Yet, too many of them do not complete a degree. Although there are numerous state and local efforts that aim to improve the postsecondary outcomes of California youth, the lack of readily available information about students’ postsecondary trajectories makes it difficult to evaluate these efforts and outcomes so education leaders can make informed decisions.

In partnership with Tipping Point Community, California Education Lab at UC-Davis analyzed research on students’ college outcomes, exploring measures of college eligibility, application patterns for admissions to California’s 4-year public universities, and college enrollment and completion across public and private 2-year and 4-year colleges.

For key findings, read the full report here.