About OnRamps

OnRamps is an innovative dual-enrollment program coordinated 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 Lumina, Google, and the National Science Foundation furthering the program's efforts 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.


Facts & Figures

Over 10,000 students on more than 135 campuses engaged in 2017-2018

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

10 UT Autin courses that can be applied to the Texas Core

Over 170 district partners in 2017-2018

OnRamps was founded in 2011

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.


Texas Tech University

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

2016 Districts Partners

Austin ISD
Boyd ISD
Bridge City ISD
Channelview ISD
Comal ISD
Crowley ISD
Deer Park ISD
Del Valle ISD
Donna ISD
Dripping Springs ISD
Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD
Eagle Pass ISD
Ft. Sam Houston ISD
Goose Creek ISD
Grand Prairie ISD

Harmony School of Innovation Ft. Worth
Harlandale ISD
Harmony ISD
Hays ISD
Heritage School
Hidalgo ISD
Houston ISD
Hudson ISD
Keller ISD
Krum ISD
Lackland ISD
Lago Vista ISD
Lamar ISD
Leander ISD
Little Elm ISD
Lubbock ISD
Lyford ISD
McAllen ISD

Northwest ISD
Pflugerville ISD
Ponder ISD
Port Isabel ISD
Randolph Field ISD
Richardson ISD
Rockwall ISD
Roma ISD
Round Rock ISD
San Antonio ISD
San Benito ISD
San Felipe Del Rio ISD
San Marcos ISD
Sanger ISD
Sheldon ISD
South Texas ISD
Tyler Texas ISD
United ISD
Vidor ISD
West Oso ISD
Whitesboro ISD
Wichita Falls ISD

Strategic Initiatives

OnRamps to OnRamps

OnRamps to OnRamps offers high quality professional learning experiences for Algebra 2 teachers interested in inquiry-based learning. The program includes expert instructional coaching, curricular materials, and 46 hours of CPE credits. Available to all Texas Algebra 2 instructors. Learn more.

TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative

A new collaborative dedicated to increasing the long-term value of dual credit courses in Texas.

TEXAS MicroMajorsTM

The TEXAS MicroMajor builds intentional academic pathways to help Texas’ high school students become better prepared for college and earn a recognition from the University.

TEXAS OnRamps Replication Sites

Expanding OnRamps' exemplary dual enrollment and professional learning model beyond UT Austin. For more information on our replication initiative, please contact Dr. Julie Schell, Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives.

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