About OnRamps

OnRamps is an innovative dual enrollment and professional development initiative led by The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 2011 in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Leaders Consortium, and supported by generous funding from the Texas Legislature, OnRamps is dedicated to preparing high school students for postsecondary student success.

Since its inception, OnRamps has also received grants from the Lumina Foundation,, and the National Science Foundation, advancing its effort to broaden the impact of dual enrollment in the state.

Many of the best-prepared high school students—even those who have taken the most rigorous course work offered to them—still struggle in entry-level college courses. Far too many of these high-potential students never complete a postsecondary degree.


OnRamps seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who engage in learning experiences aligned with the expectations of leading research universities.

Texas OnRamps Courses

Facts & Figures

More than 10,000 students on more than 170 campuses engaged in 2017-2018

330+ member teacher professional learning network; UT Austin instructional coaching and materials for Texas teachers

11 UT Austin courses, delivered by UT Austin faculty, which can be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum

More than 70 district partners in 2017-2018

Founded in 2011

Additional Offerings

OnRamps partnered with UT Austin College of Natural Science's High School Research Initiative and UTeach to facilitate a dual enrollment course in Research Methods (NSC 309).

Professional Learning

OnRamps offers yearlong 1:1 training and support to every high school OnRamps Instructor. Our instructors receive best-in-class instructional resources and strategies that improve teaching quality in OnRamps courses and beyond.

How OnRamps Works

OnRamps works through a dual enrollment model. Using a hybrid delivery approach, students meet rigorous university-level college readiness standards and have the opportunity to earn UT Austin credit from a UT faculty member and high school credit from their local teacher. All OnRamps courses can be applied to the Texas Common Core and are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Texas. OnRamps incorporates an organized data and action analytics approach to support students, teachers, and districts in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Strategic Initiatives

OnRamps works on a number of strategic initiatives— OnRamps Academies, Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative and Texas MicroMajors—to grow networks and cross-institutional collaborations and to broaden access to high-quality learning experiences in education. We are looking for partners in each of these initiatives.



In 2016, UT Austin partnered with Texas Tech University to launch an inaugural OnRamps replication site. Courses in Pre-Calculus, Statistics and Physics were offered in the Lubbock area during the 2017-2018 school year. For more information on replication sites, please contact us.


Aubrey ISD
Austin ISD
Blanco ISD
Boyd ISD
Bridge City ISD
Brownwood ISD
Burleson ISD
Cedars International
Celina ISD
Channelview ISD
Chapel Hill ISD
Clint ISD
Comal ISD
Crowley ISD
Deer Park ISD
Del Valle ISD
Donna ISD
Dripping Springs ISD
Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD
Eagle Pass ISD
El Paso ISD
Ft. Sam Houston ISD
Goose Creek CISD
Grace Community Schools
Grand Prairie ISD

Harlandale ISD
Harmony Public Schools
Harmony School of Innovation Ft. Worth
Harmony Science Academy - El Paso
Houston ISD
Hudson ISD
Ingram ISD
Judson ISD
Keller ISD
Krum ISD
Lago Vista ISD
Lamar ISD
Leander ISD
Lexington ISD
Liberty Hill
Little Elm ISD
Lockhart ISD
Lubbock ISD
Lubbock-Cooper ISD
Lyford ISD
McAllen ISD
Newman International Academy
Northside ISD
Northwest ISD

Pflugerville ISD
Point Isabel ISD
Ponder ISD
Randolph Field ISD
Richardson ISD
Rockwall ISD
Roma ISD
Round Rock ISD
San Antonio ISD
San Felipe Del Rio CISD
Sanger ISD
Sheldon ISD
South Texas ISD
Southwest ISD
Spring Branch
Taylor ISD
Tyler Texas ISD
United ISD
Vidor ISD
Weslaco ISD
White Settlement ISD
Whitesboro ISD
Wichita Falls ISD
Wilson ISD

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