Columbia blue

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Columbia Blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #B9D9EB
sRGBB  (rgb) (185, 217, 2235)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (23, 0, 1, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (202°, 21%, 92%)
Source Columbia University[1]
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.[2] There was no official definition of the precise Columbia Blue until 2009, when the university defined it as Pantone 290 (Hex #C4D8E2). The authentic Columbia Blue is often confused with Pantone 292 (Hex #62A8E5), which is a slightly darker shade of blue used by Columbia sports teams.

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:



  • 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."

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