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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 30 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

June 02, 2022
June Newsletter

Check out the latest Academic Newsletter which includes information on Capital Conference, planning for next year and other academic deadlines.

May 12, 2022

Check out the latest Academic Newsletter which includes information on Speech State Meet, Capital Conference, the journalism ILPC Summer Workshop and other academic deadlines.

April 11, 2022
Essay Contest Finalists are Announced!

Congratulations to these finalists and to all who participated in this year's essay contests. 

March 31, 2022
March Academic Newsletter

Check out the latest Academic Newsletter which includes information on region competition, upcoming conferences and other academic deadlines.

February 24, 2022
Good luck to all UIL essay contestants!

Finalists for the essay competitions will be notified, and a list will be posted on the UIL essay webpage in early April. 

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