Use the links below to download complete student registers for the University of California and many private California universities. These records span the late 19th century to 1946. The files are separated by campus and level (undergrad or graduate), with 14 databases and more than 750 thousand records in all (one record per student per year of enrollment). All data are stored in comma-separated files. In addition to our processed databases, you’ll also find links to the universities’ (raw) scanned student registers.
If you want to play with these data without downloading and analyzing them yourself, take a look at this interactive dashboard!
Note: These databases were produced using the formatted optical character recognition (fOCR) protocol developed by UC-CHP, which computationally processes scanned books into computer-readable databases. The resulting output is somewhat error-prone. Please see Bleemer (2018) for details on the construction and quality of these data.
Notes: Where years of data are missing, annual student register is unavailable or was never printed. CalTech was founded as the Throop Institute of Technology, changing its name to the California Institute of Technology in 1920. Codes for the Degree field: Agr – Agriculture, App – Applied Arts, Arch – Architecture, Che – Chemistry, Com – Commerce and Business Administration, Dent – Dentistry, Ed – Education, Eng – Engineering, L – Letters, LS – Letters and Sciences, Law – Law, Med – Medicine, NS – Natural Sciences, Nurs – Nursing, Opt – Optometry, Pha – Pharmacy, Prf – Other Professional School, SS – Social Sciences.Recommended Citation