The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with OnRamps, launched Texas MicroMajor in 2017. The initiative gives Texas high school students the opportunity to earn an advanced academic recognition from The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).
Texas MicroMajor is founded on three operating principles:
Through academic support, students learn how to plan, pace and participate in high-quality, college-level courses while in high school.
Students identify and engage in an academic area of interest to make an informed decision about their college focus and to demonstrate college readiness.
Firsthand experience with college-level courses gives students the tools and means to access college and succeed in the long term.
Students receive an advanced recognition from UT Austin by completing a selection of college-level courses that are offered through Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, International Baccalaureate, OnRamps and The University of Texas Extended Campus (UT Extended Campus). Experience in these high-quality courses helps students understand and align with college or university expectations; build confidence and academic motivation; and increase their chances of enrolling in, successfully navigating, and completing college or university.
How to Apply
Please complete and submit the online application. We encourage students to meet with their counselors or advisers before or after submitting their application for help planning and registering for Texas MicroMajor courses.
Students may apply for Texas MicroMajor as early as the spring semester of their freshman year of high school. High school sophomores and juniors are also eligible to participate.
Completing a Texas MicroMajor will help students become more competitive for success at UT Austin or other colleges and universities. In addition to standing out in college applications, students may be able to earn up to 12 hours of transferable credit, save in college tuition costs, and develop the skills necessary to excel in the workplace.
Students who complete the Texas MicroMajor will receive an official letter of recognition from UT Austin, as well as a recognition cord that can be worn at high school graduation, school policies permitting.
Students must be currently enrolled in a Texas high school and must successfully complete the necessary pre-requisite high school courses. High school counselors, teachers or administrators may nominate eligible students or eligible students may self-nominate.
Students must complete at least four courses from an approved list of college-level courses. At least two of them must be through UT Austin. Texas MicroMajor cannot be earned with Pass/Fail grades.
Courses counting toward Texas MicroMajor must meet the following criteria:
- Advanced Placement: 3 or above on the AP exam
- Dual Credit: C or above
- OnRamps: C or above in the college course
- UT Extended Campus: C or above
- International Baccalaureate: Please email the Texas MicroMajor team using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
Texas MicroMajor does not guarantee admission to UT Austin or any other university or college. It does, however, give students the opportunity to indicate in college applications their willingness, and ability, to succeed in college-level courses. For more information about the UT Austin admissions process, contact the Admissions Office directly.
To learn more about MicroMajor, contact OnRamps Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Kyle Beasley.