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Blue (Pantone 286 C) and Orange (Pantone 172 C) are the official colors of Boise State University. These colors are as important as the university name or logo in identifying the university and reflect our Brand Attributes. All printed materials, whether produced on coated or uncoated stock, should match color to the coated Pantone chips.

The Boise State official colors should be used on all materials produced in color and be a dominant part of any design to reinforce the Boise State brand. Please refer to Webguide for information about accessible Web Colors.

Official Colors


Pantone 286C
Hex: #0033A0
RGB: 0, 51, 160
CMYK: 100, 66, 0, 2


Pantone 172C
Hex: #D64309
RGB: 214, 67, 9
CMYK: 0, 75, 95, 0



Maderia: 1134
Robinson Anton: 2302


Maderia: 1378
Marathon: 1045
Robinson Anton: 2397

Secondary Colors: Please Follow the 20% or Less Rule!

Secondary colors, listed below, may be used in addition provided that they are used in small amounts (20% or less) as complementary accent colors. Secondary colors may not be used as alternatives to the university’s official colors.

Pantone 654CPantone 654C
HEX: #003a70
RGB: 0,58,112
CMYK: 100, 71, 10, 47
Pantone 1585CPantone 1585C
HEX: Print Only
CMYK: 0, 61, 97, 0
Pantone 307C
Pantone 307C
HEX: #006BA6
RGB: 0, 107, 166
CMYK: 100, 22, 2, 18
Pantone 151C
Pantone 151C
HEX: #Print Only
CMYK: 0, 60, 100, 0
Pantone 285C
Pantone 285C
HEX: #0072ce
RGB: 0, 114, 206
CMYK: 90, 48, 0, 0
Pantone 660CPantone 660C
HEX: #406098
RGB: 64, 96, 152
CMYK: 88, 50, 0, 0
Pantone 2995
Pantone 2995C
HEX: Print Only
CMYK: 83, 1, 0, 0


Do not rely on the output produced by a desktop color printer for matching the color attained when a project is printed on a printing press. The color calibration of desktop printers typically does not match the Pantone Matching System colors used by offset printers.

Neutral Palette Guidelines

Neutral colors provide a visual framework for Boise State Blue and Orange as well as our vibrant images and graphic elements. As the name implies, they should recede, allowing other visual elements to dominate.

Neutral colors are ideal as backgrounds behind other visual elements such as photography, graphics and typography.

Always reproduce colors using the formulas specified in this guide. Do not use the standard software translation values when converting PMS colors to CMYK, RGB or hex.

Lightest GrayLightest Gray
HEX: #f6f6f5
RGB: 246, 246, 245
CMYK: 2, 1, 2, 0
Pantone Cool Gray 1C
Pantone Cool Gray 1C
RGB: 217, 217, 214
CMYK: 4, 2, 4, 8
Pantone Cool Gray 3C
Pantone Cool Gray 3C
HEX: #c8c9c7
RGB: 200, 201, 199
CMYK: 8, 5, 7, 16
Pantone Cool Gray 7C

Pantone Cool Gray 7C
HEX: #97999b
RGB: 151, 153, 155
CMYK: 20, 14, 12, 40
Pantone Cool Gray 11C
Pantone Cool Gray 11C
HEX: #53565a
RGB: 83, 86, 90
CMYK: 44, 34, 22, 77
Pantone 446C
Pantone 446C
HEX: #3F4444
RGB: 63, 68, 68
CMYK: 54, 27, 36, 82

Tips for Using the Boise State Colors

  • Blue and orange are recognizable as Boise State brand-specific colors and should always be used in your project.
  • Consider the addition of gray and white as complimentary colors to serve as foundational color that allow the official blue and orange to stand out.
  • Consider the tone of your project when utilizing color. Color should reflect the message that you are trying to convey. Overuse of multiple bright colors can appear too primary. Too many dark colors can appear somber.
  • Light colors have a tendency to be recessive and can get lost on a white-colored background.
  • Bright colors are intended to be used as accent colors and provide contrast as needed.
  • Be careful not to try to use every color in the palette. The use of too many colors can have a negative effect.

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is the universal reference for selecting and specifying matching and controlling ink colors. It is recommended that samples be requested for every print job to ensure that the PMS colors are accurate. Slight adjustments may be required depending upon the material being produced.