All the Stanford-themed backdrops you need for next Zoom call

Get dressed up for your next virtual meeting – with a Stanford-themed backdrop, of course. Groups from across campus have turned iconic campus scenes and memorable moments into downloadable backgrounds that you can use for your next video conferencing call.

The Stanford Tree, also known as Anaxi Mars, visited the library’s Lane Reading Room for a bit of studying. (Image credit: Linda A. Cicero)

Below are some ideas to brighten up your next get together on the web.


Enjoy your next virtual meeting courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection. Whether you and your meeting guest step inside the Cantor museum lobby with Stephanie Syjuco’s I Am An… or outside with Deborah Kass’ OY/YO, the Cantor Arts Center has curated a set of artistic backdrops that can be found here.

Stanford Athletics

 Show off your Cardinal pride with shots such as the women’s soccer team winning the 2019 NCAA title, the Sunken Diamond lit up at dusk and a spectacularly-colored Stanford Tree at Stanford stadium. See all of their top picks here.

Center of Ocean Solutions

No snorkel needed to enjoy some of Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions underwater and ocean-themed backgrounds, such as a bed of coral in Palau and a kelp forest. View their collection here. (Access requires a SUnet ID login)

Graduate School of Education (GSE)

Images from the GSE include photos of Meyer Green at sunset and several other quintessential shots such as the Clock Tower and Barnum Center. View GSE’s selection here.

Stanford Libraries

Enjoy the Stanford Libraries from afar with one of eight backdrops, such as a shot of Green Library’s classic rotunda, the red fountain at night and even the Stanford Tree browsing books in the reading room. Browse the Libraries’ collection here.

Stanford Medicine

The Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education has created several Stanford Medicine-inspired backgrounds, including images of the newly renovated hospital and Buckyball, the 30-foot sculpture of nesting geodesic domes created by artist Leo Villareal installed at the hospital’s main entrance. See more images here.

Wondering how to change your backdrop? View instructions on how to change backgrounds from the Zoom support center here.

Other helpful Zoom tips from University IT: