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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

January 07, 2021
January Academic News

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

December 17, 2020
UIL Essay Competitions Deadline is Two Months Away!

Enter one or both essay competitions today. You could become a UIL state finalist, become eligible for TILF scholarships, and win your school championship points. Essays are due February 17 and are submitted online here

October 26, 2020
October Academic News

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes an update on fall competition and deadlines.

September 25, 2020
September News Update

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information on the Virtual 2020 UIL Student Activities Conference.

August 13, 2020

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information on all things needed to get the year started.

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