Columbia blue

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Columbia 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.[2] Although Columbia blue is often identified with Pantone 292, the Philolexian Society first used it in 1852, before the standardization of colors. Pantone 290, a slightly lighter shade of blue, has also been specified by some Columbia University offices,[3] and is the current official color listed by the Columbia University visual communications office.[4]

Columbia Blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B9D9EB
sRGBB  (rgb)(185, 217, 235)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(23, 0, 1, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(202°, 21%, 92%)
SourceColumbia University[1]
ISCC–NBS descriptorVery light greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Usage, symbolism, colloquial expressionsEdit

Fraternities and sororitiesEdit

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

School colorEdit

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



  • 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Colors | Identity Guidelines". Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Cardozo, Ernest Abraham (1902). A History of the Philolexian Society of Columbia University from 1802- 1902. New York: Philolexian Society. pp. 149–150. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  3. ^ Jing, Elaine (September 20, 2016). "Singing the Columbia Blues". Columbia Spectator.
  4. ^ "Columbia blue". Columbia University Web & Identity Guidelines. Columbia Creative, Columbia University. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
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