A new “MicroMajor” program from the University of Texas at Austin will help high school students better prepare for the rigor of university life.

The TEXAS MicroMajor program has its roots in UT Austin’s work with school districts, educators and students across the state to bridge gaps between traditional high school courses and the expectations of colleges and universities.

TEXAS MicroMajors will feature courses developed or endorsed by UT Austin faculty members that help high school students prepare for specific programs of study and earn college credit. Students will receive advising and ongoing academic support through their high schools and from the university.

The opportunity also will help students become more competitive for admission and success at UT Austin or other selective colleges and universities, and strengthen skills that will help them excel in college.

UT Austin is partnering with Austin Independent School District (AISD) to pilot the new program in the 2017-18 academic year.

(Next page: How the MicroMajor pilot will be structured)