The University of Texas at Austin is launching the Texas MicroMajorTM in fall 2017, a pathbreaking initiative to help high-achieving high school students become better prepared to pursue competitive programs of study in college, earn college credit, and accelerate progress towards a timely degree.
The MicroMajor initiative builds on UT Austin’s leadership working with other colleges and universities, school districts, educators and students across the state to bridge gaps between traditional high school courses and the expectations of leading colleges and universities.
Apply here for a Texas MicroMajor. Please complete and submit the online application. We strongly recommend you meet with your counselor/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. 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, and 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 credit, dual enrollment, or online courses, or select Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), 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 is partnering with Austin Independent School District (AISD) to pilot the MicroMajor program in the 2017-18 academic year, building on established OnRamps dual enrollment 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.
In the pilot year, participating AISD high schools include:
Varying by high school, students will be eligible to participate in and earn a MicroMajor in two broad subject areas:
These MicroMajor tracks are designed to complement high school endorsement options. Additional school district partners are planned for fall 2018.
Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for the Multidisciplinary Studies MicroMajor track.
News about the Texas MicroMajors
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