The U of L cheer squads support the athletic teams at the University of Louisville by creating an enthusiastic environment. The cheerleaders also represent the University at a variety of alumni, community and charitable events.

A Louisville cheerleader is representative of the University and should display a positive and courteous manner at all times. The cheer program is under the athletic department and is managed by the spirit coordinator and cheer coaches.

Louisville’s small co-ed cheerleading squad has won seven National Cheerleading Association championships (2005-11).

The Cardinals’ large co-ed cheerleading squad has won 15 National Cheerleading Association championships (1985-86, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998-99, 2003-05, 2007-09, 2011).

Louisville’s all-girl cheerleading squad has won nine National Cheerleading Association championships (1998-99, 2001-05, 2009, 2011).

The U of L competitive large co-ed squad consists of a maximum of nine females and 11 males. Louisville’s small co-ed squad consists of a maximum of 16 females and four males, and the competitive all-girl squad consists of a maximum of 20 females.


You are evaluated based on how much POTENTIAL you have to become a collegiate cheerleader and to contribute to the team.

Basic Requirements:

  • Incoming freshman ARE eligible to try out.
  • Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to try out.
  • Current U of L students must be enrolled full-time (12 hours) to be eligible to try out.
  • Try out packet must be submitted at the first round of auditions with a $40 fee.
  • There is NOT a point system. The coach makes the final team selections after advisement from current and/or former captains.