Texas MicroMajor

Recognition and Readiness

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.

Operating Principles

GUIDE: Through academic support, students learn how to plan, pace and participate in high-quality, college-level courses while in high school.

PREVIEW: Students identify and engage in an academic area of interest, helping them make informed decisions about their college focus and demonstrate college readiness.

PREPARE: Firsthand experience with college-level courses gives students the tools and means to access college and succeed in the long term.


Students may take college-level courses 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 expectations; build confidence and academic motivation; and increase their potential for college success.

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How to Apply

Students must submit an online application.

Students may apply as early as the spring semester of their freshman year of high school. High school sophomores and juniors are also eligible.


Completing the Texas MicroMajor gives students the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of transferable credit, save in college tuition costs, and develop the skills necessary to excel in college and 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, high school policies permitting.


Students must be currently enrolled in a Texas high school and must successfully complete the necessary prerequisite 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 college-level courses from an approved list, available on a Texas MicroMajor Course Catalog. At least two of them must be through UT Austin and cannot be earned with Pass/Fail grades.

Courses 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.

To learn more about the initiative, contact OnRamps Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Kyle Beasley.

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