Skip to main content
University of Texas at Austin
University Interscholastic League Logo
University Interscholastic League Logo

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

April 10, 2018
2017-18 Essay Contest Finalists are Announced!
April 05, 2018
Essay Contest Update

Finalists for the essay contests will be announced by Wednesday, April 11. Thank you for your patience as our judges finish up the evaluation process.

Finalists will be contacted via email, and a list of finalists will be posted here.

April 02, 2018
2018-2019 Reading List Released

Click here for the 2018-2019 UIL required reading list for academic contests.

March 06, 2018
Essay Contests

Judging for the essay contests has begun! Finalists will be announced via the UIL website in early April. Finalists will also be notified by email.

Best of luck to all who submitted an essay!

February 08, 2018
Essay Contests’ Deadline is Approaching!

Submit your essay for the Barbara Jordan Historical or Latino History Essay Competition here. The deadline is Wednesday, February 21!

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