UT’s ‘OnRamps’ program gives high school students taste of college

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students can get a taste of college life from the comfort of their high school classrooms with the University of Texas Austin’s OnRamps program.

UT leaders invited hundreds of teachers and administrators to a summit Tuesday about the program— meant to ease the transition into college for students by providing an authentic college experience in high school.

The courses are taken entirely on high school campuses and offered at a comparable — if not discounted — rate from traditional dual-credit programs. UT also provides training for high school teachers, so the students get the same quality education.

UT President Greg Fenves says the program is a way to ultimately offer equal access to higher education.

“It has been a tremendous experiment that’s been very successful and we see that in the OnRamps graduates who come to UT and how well they do because they’re prepared for the rigor and the challenges of a college education here at UT,” Fenves said.

Students have to pass with at least a C to get credit. So far, UT Austin has partnered with more than 150 school districts throughout the state.

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