Our Colours

Colour communicates in an immediate and powerful manner. The University of Alberta is instantly recognizable by many of its audiences through its two official colours, green and gold.

These colours have been associated with the university since its inception. Originally suggested by Marion Kirby Alexander, who drew her inspiration from the autumn colours of Edmonton’s river valley, the green represents the wide stretches of prairie land flanked by deep spruce forests and is symbolic of hope and optimism. The gold represents the golden harvest fields and is symbolic of the light of knowledge. William Hardy Alexander, first professor of classics, relayed his wife’s suggestion to the faculty, and the university’s colours were officially adopted by the Senate at its first meeting on October 13, 1908.

Whenever possible we encourage you to use one or both of these colours as a foundational element within your promotional material. Consistent use of our official colours helps us continue to build recognition with our audiences and stakeholders.


University Green

PANTONE COATED / UNCOATED

Pantone 356C / 356U

CMYK

C=95 M=8 Y=93 K=27

RGB

R=0 G=124 B=65

HEXADECIMAL

#007C41

University Gold

PANTONE COATED / UNCOATED

Pantone 7405C / 7404U

CMYK

C=0 M=11 Y=97 K=0

RGB

R=255 G=219 B=5

HEXADECIMAL

#FFDB05


Secondary Palette

The university has developed a secondary palette designed to support and complement our official colours. These colours enable flexibility and variety in design. It is not recommended that these colours be used without the support of University Green or Gold.

PANTONE

5425

CMYK

C=44 M=15 Y=7 K=22

RGB

R=125 G=154 B=170

HEXADECIMAL

#7D9AAA

PANTONE

583

CMYK

C=25 M=3 Y=100 K=14

RGB

R=168 G=180 B=0

HEXADECIMAL

#A8B400

PANTONE

7503

CMYK

C=10 M=15 Y=45 K=28

RGB

R=167 G=158 B=112

HEXADECIMAL

#A79E70

PANTONE

624

CMYK

C=47 M=6 Y=28 K=18

RGB

R=124 G=162 B=149

HEXADECIMAL

#7CA295

PANTONE

610

CMYK

C=3 M=2 Y=62 K=5

RGB

R=224 G=215 B=96

HEXADECIMAL

#E0D760

PANTONE

7492

CMYK

C=17 M=1 Y=45 K=3

RGB

R=199 G=210 B=138

HEXADECIMAL

#C7D28A

PANTONE

631

CMYK

C=73 M=0 Y=11 K=0

RGB

R=60 G=182 B=206

HEXADECIMAL

#3CB6CE

PANTONE

5777

CMYK

C=22 M=7 Y=51 K=22

RGB

R=163 G=168 B=107

HEXADECIMAL

#A3A86B

PANTONE

376

CMYK

C=53 M=0 Y=96 K=0

RGB

R=122 G=184 B=0

HEXADECIMAL

#7AB800

PANTONE

606

CMYK

C=0 M=6 Y=100 K=14

RGB

R=212 G=186 B=0

HEXADECIMAL

#D4BA00

PANTONE

7456

CMYK

C=72 M=50 Y=0 K=0

RGB

R=103 G=115 B=182

HEXADECIMAL

#6773B6

PANTONE

660

CMYK

C=91 M=53 Y=0 K=0

RGB

R=42 G=110 B=187

HEXADECIMAL

#2A6EBB

PANTONE

145

CMYK

C=0 M=58 Y=100 K=8

RGB

R=202 G=119 B=0

HEXADECIMAL

#CA7700

PANTONE

484

CMYK

C=8 M=91 Y=92 K=33

RGB

R=152 G=50 B=34

HEXADECIMAL

#983222

PANTONE

Warm Grey 9

CMYK

C=17 M=25 Y=25 K=49

RGB

R=130 G=120 B=111

HEXADECIMAL

#82786F

PANTONE

Cool Grey 9

CMYK

C=29 M=23 Y=16 K=51

RGB

R=116 G=118 B=120

HEXADECIMAL

#747678

PANTONE

690

CMYK

C=25 M=96 Y=15 K=60

RGB

R=100 G=31 B=69

HEXADECIMAL

#641F45

PANTONE

647

CMYK

C=96 M=53 Y=5 K=24

RGB

R=22 G=87 B=136

HEXADECIMAL

#165788

PANTONE

7526

CMYK

C=10 M=78 Y=100 K=46

RGB

R=69 G=35 B=37

HEXADECIMAL

#8D3C1E

PANTONE

4975

CMYK

C=36 M=84 Y=59 K=83

RGB

R=69 G=35 B=37

HEXADECIMAL

#452325

PANTONE

450

CMYK

C=31 M=31 Y=77 K=74

RGB

R=79 G=76 B=37

HEXADECIMAL

#4F4C25

PANTONE

350

CMYK

C=80 M=24 Y=69 K=70

RGB

R=40 G=78 B=54

HEXADECIMAL

#284E36

PANTONE

446

CMYK

C=52 M=32 Y=30 K=76

RGB

R=64 G=69 B=69

HEXADECIMAL

#404545

PANTONE

548

CMYK

C=100 M=19 Y=25 K=74

RGB

R=0 G=66 B=80

HEXADECIMAL

#004250