California Sees Decline in College Students

The state of California is seeing a decline in students who go to college directly after high school. Students there are not necessarily embracing a college going culture.

''There is no substitute for an educated populace in California's drive for economic and social health,'' said the report by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy, at CSU-Sacramento

The portion of California students going to college immediately after high school dropped from 61 to 52 percent over the last 10 years, said the ''State of Decline'' study.

California ranks 40th among states in the rate of high school graduates going directly to college.

Nancy Shulock, director of the think tank that compiled the report, acknowledges that many students in California do go to college later in life. In fact, the state ranks at the top nationally in overall college participation because older students take classes part-time.

The numbers of students opting year college programs and online programs needs to be taken in to consideration. Not all students are interested in traditional college degree programs. There are many options for students today to get specialized training with associate degree programs and online degree programs.

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
  • Online Courses
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits

About Capella University

An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits

Featured Schools