Schools using Blue

Perhaps there's a reason that little boys' rooms are traditionally blue in western cultures: blue is the preferred color of most men. Or maybe it's their preferred color because parents paint their boys' rooms that color? It's a bit of a chicken or egg question, but beyond its real or imagined boyish qualities, there is some evidence that blue can increase calmness and decrease anger. It may even reduce crime: the police in Nara, Japan, set up blue streetlights in 2005, and found that in blue-illuminated neighborhoods, the number of crimes decreased by about 9%. Humans tend to associate colors with certain temperatures, and blue is preferred by those wanting to cool down. Cold people prefer "warm" colors (red and yellow) while people who are hot tend to prefer "cool" colors like blue and green.

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Blue

School Site Evaluation (blue)

Of the 16,382 colors used for evaluation, blue is the second most common color schools use on their websites. Approximately 1,439 schools around the US use blue on their websites. Of these schools, 345 use blue as the primary color on their websites, while 399 use blue as a secondary color.

Visual Preferences

Font

Nearly 43.8% of schools that use blue as the primary color on their websites use the Arial font style, including Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus, West Virginia University and Mesa Community College. The other font styles that are used by schools that use blue as the primary color include Verdana (22.6%) and Tahoma (4.9%).


Social Presence

Exactly 230 schools that use blue as a primary color on their websites have Facebook pages. These schools have an average of 4,236 "likes", and update their Facebook status, on average, 4 times a week. Of these schools, the following have the greatest number of Facebook "likes":

  1. Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus: 230,697 likes
  2. West Virginia University: 148,161 likes
  3. Georgetown University: 26,919 likes

And 164 schools that use blue as the primary color on their websites have Twitter accounts. These schools have an average Twitter following of 1,186 followers, and tweet updates, on average, 6 times a week. Of these schools, the following have the greatest number of Twitter followers:

  1. Johns Hopkins University: 14,870 followers
  2. Howard University: 11,183 followers
  3. West Virginia University: 10,568 followers

Web Metrics

The average Google Page Rank for schools that use blue as the primary color on their websites is 5. The average Google Page Rank for schools that use blue as a secondary color on their websites is 5. Interestingly enough, the average Google Page Rank for schools that do not use blue on their websites is 5.

The schools with the highest Google Page Rank, that also use blue on their websites are:

  1. University of California - Berkeley: 9 Google Page Rank
  2. Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus: 8 Google Page Rank
  3. Johns Hopkins University: 8 Google Page Rank
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