The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with OnRamps, launched the Texas MicroMajorTM in 2017. The pathbreaking initiative helps high-achieving students better prepare to pursue competitive programs of study in college, to earn college credit, and to accelerate progress towards a timely degree.
The MicroMajor initiative builds on UT Austin’s work with Texas colleges, universities, school districts, educators, and students to bridge the gap between traditional high school courses and the expectations of leading colleges and universities.
How to Apply
Please complete and submit the online application to apply for a Texas MicroMajor. We strongly recommend you meet with your counselor, or adviser, before you begin or after you submit the application to plan and register for your MicroMajor courses.
Students may apply for a Texas MicroMajor as early as the spring semester of their freshman year of high school when they meet with their counselors or advisers. High school sophomores and juniors are also eligible to participate.
Texas MicroMajors consist of rigorous courses developed or endorsed by UT Austin faculty that enable high school students to prepare for specific programs of study and earn college credit.
Students will receive advising and ongoing academic support through their high schools.
Completing a MicroMajor will help students become more competitive for success at UT Austin or other selective colleges and universities, as well as strengthen skills that will help them excel when they arrive on a college campus.
High-achieving students who are currently enrolled in a Texas high school, have completed necessary pre-requisite courses, and pledge to complete four approved college-level courses prior to graduation are eligible to apply. 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 UT Austin dual enrollment, dual credit, or online courses, or select Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other college courses. At least two courses must be UT Austin courses. In addition, the Texas MicroMajor cannot be earned with Pass/Fail grades.
Courses counting toward a Texas MicroMajor must meet the following criteria:
- AP: 3 or above on the AP exam
- Dual Credit: C or above
- Texas OnRamps: C or above in the college course
- UT Extended Campus: C or above
- IB: Please email the Texas MicroMajor team at the contact information at the bottom of this page.
UT Austin partnered with Austin Independent School District (AISD) to pilot the MicroMajor program in the 2017-18 academic year, building on OnRamps' district partnerships and other UT Austin programs.
As the state’s flagship university, we are committed to working with Austin ISD and school districts across Texas to increase the number and diversity of well-prepared students. The Texas MicroMajor will provide students the academic preparation needed to succeed at universities like UT Austin. —Gregory L. Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin.
In the pilot year, participating AISD high schools included:
Varying by high school, students are eligible to participate in, and earn, a MicroMajor in two broad subject areas:
These MicroMajor tracks are designed to complement high school endorsement options. Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for the Multidisciplinary Studies MicroMajor track.
In the News
November 10, 2016 – UT offering to help students transition from high school to college
November 9, 2016 – UT introduces MicroMajors to high school students
October 27, 2016 – UT launches new program for high school students
October 26, 2016 – UT teams up with Austin district to offer ‘micromajors’
October 26, 2016 – UT Austin Launches the Texas MicroMajor for High School Students
To learn more, please contact Rachel Martin , OnRamps Replication and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator.