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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

May 06, 2021
May Academic News
May Academic News

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information on the Academic and Speech State Meet, Capital Conference and other academic deadlines.

April 29, 2021
Speech State Tournament Information

Please be sure to read ALL the information on the Tournament website so you don't miss any deadlines.

In order to promote safety during the global pandemic, the tournament will be hosted in a virtual format this year rather than a large in-person event that traditionally brings students  together from all areas of the state to the University of Texas campus. All events at the tournament will be virtual in format. Students may compete from their school campus or home, whichever provides the most reliable technology and Internet. All rounds will be synchronous (live). We will be using Speechwire.com as the tournament management system and NSDA Campus/Zoom for video-conferencing.

April 20, 2021
UIL Essay Competition Finalist Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for the UIL Essay Competitions will be virtual and will be posted here on April 30th at noon! Rankings of finalist contestants will be given as well as a celebration of the students' accomplishments. 

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. 

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