Columbia blue

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Columbia blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #C4D8E2
sRGBB  (rgb) (196, 216, 226)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (13, 4, 0, 11)
HSV       (h, s, v) (200°, 13%, 89%)
Source Columbia University[1][2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Columbia blue, also known as Jordy blue, is a light blue tertiary color named after Columbia University. The color itself derives from the official hue of the Philolexian Society, the university's oldest student organization.[3] The official Columbia color is Columbia blue, defined as Pantone 290 (Hex #C4D8E2). It is often mistaken for the official color of Columbia Athletics, defined as Pantone 292 (Hex #62A8E5), which is slightly darker.[1][2]

Usage, symbolism, colloquial expressions[edit]

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Organizations, fraternities and sororities that use Columbia blue for their colors:

School color[edit]

Columbia blue is used as one of the two or three color symbols for the following colleges, universities and high schools:

Jean Ribault High School (Jacksonville, Florida)



  • The song "Reno Dakota", by the band The Magnetic Fields, makes a play on words with the color in the couplet "You know you enthrall me and yet you don't call me it's making me blue/Pantone 292."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "blue290 – A Practical Guide to Columbia's Standards of Visual Identity" (PDF). Columbia University in the City of New York. May 2011. p. 4 ("1:3"). Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Columbia University Web & Identity Guidelines". Columbia University in the City of New York. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cardozo, Ernest Abraham (1902). A History of the Philolexian Society of Columbia University from 1802- 1902 (in X. Conclusion). New York: Philolexian Society. pp. 149–150. Retrieved 12 December 2011.