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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 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.

June 01, 2020

Check out the newest Academic Newsletter which includes information about the 24th Annual Capital Conference.

April 24, 2020

Join us for the UIL Academics At-Home Experience. Participation is voluntary. This is not an official competition and will not lead to official awards or points. The goal is to provide your students an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in our contest events that are aligned with their courses of study.

April 18, 2020
UIL Essay Contests Finalists Announced!

Click here for a list of the essay competition finalists and congratulations to all who entered!

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