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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

April 13, 2021
UIL Essay Competition Finalists are Announced!

The list of finalists is available here. Congratulations to these students and to all who entered!

February 18, 2021
UIL Essay Competitions Deadline Extended to February 24

Submit here. 

February 10, 2021
February Academic News

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information on the Spring Academic Contest Plan, contest reminders and other academic deadlines.

January 26, 2021
2020-2021 Spring Academic Contest Plan

Information regarding Spring Academic competitions have been posted, offering a variety of options for hosting district and region meets.   
Spring Academic Meet information, including Speech, is in the Spring Academic Contest Plan
Latest information for all events can be found on the Academics Update page.

  • CX Debate information including a qualifier reduction rubric and temporary rule modifications.
  • One-Act Play rule modifications and waivers.
  • Theatrical Design and Film entry deadlines and virtual awards dates.
  • Student Congress state championship information.
  • Robotics season schedules and event formats.
  • A+ Academics event scheduling options.
January 07, 2021
January Academic News

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information on spring competition and deadlines.

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