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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

September 07, 2023
Meet planning, Student Activities Conferences and contest updates
The UIL academic staff looks forward to working with you in the year ahead. Please check our website for current information and forms, but feel free to contact us when you have questions or need assistance. Click here for information that will help get the year started.
August 14, 2023
2023 Fall Student Activities Conferences

Fall Student Activities Conferences are BACK and FREE to attend! Join us in Odessa, Austin, Prosper or Corpus Christi for a full day of intensive sessions focused on all UIL academic topics - including theatre, STEM as well as speech and debate. Sessions are designed for beginning students, advanced students, coaches and academic coordinators to help prepare for upcoming contests. More Info:

February 17, 2023
UIL Essay Competition

Best of luck to all contestants who have entered the UIL Essay Competition! Finalists will be selected and notified in mid-April. A list of the finalists will also be posted here at that time. 

February 13, 2023
District Entries in Team Events – Six Entry Option

In spring Academic contests with a team component, each school may enter as many as four individuals in the district meet, or a maximum of six individuals with District Executive Committee approval. This applies to high school Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Science, Current Issues and Events, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Social Studies, and Spelling and Vocabulary.

January 19, 2023
January Newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter which includes information on spring competitions, events and other academic 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