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The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive program of academic competition in the nation. UIL Academics offers more activities than any other UIL division, with 29 contests at the high school level and 20 A+ Academic contests for grades 2-8. More than half a million students participate in UIL academic contests each year.

These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, exhibiting much more than knowledge and comprehension.

Academics News & Updates

January 22, 2020
January Newsletter

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information about deadlines, upcoming events and more.

January 15, 2020
Enter the UIL Essay Competitions Today!

The benefits of the UIL Essay Contests are many! Learn about an extraordinary person in the Texas community while also possibly becoming a UIL state finalist with one essay, becoming eligible for TILF scholarships, and winning your school championship points! Essays are due February 19 and are submitted online here.

September 19, 2019
UIL Essay Contests are Underway!

Submit your essay here! Essays are due February 19. Click here to learn more about these awesome opportunities.

July 15, 2019
2019-20 Orientation Packet

The 2019-20 Orientation Packet, with information for UIL sponsors, advisors, directors and coaches is now available.

June 11, 2019
June 2019 Legislative Council Meeting Results

The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council met Tuesday to make decisions on proposed rule changes in UIL academics, athletics, music and policy.

Latest Academics Articles from The Leaguer

Register as high school
Academic coordinator

(Coordinators for elementary and middle schools register under A+ Academics.)

UIL Essay Competitions

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay and Latino History Essay Competitions