Schools using Purple

Ever wonder why purple is associated with royalty? The English word purple comes from porphura, the Greek word for a dye extracted from a mollusk found on the shores of ancient Phoenicia. Porphura was mainly harvested in the trading city of Tyre, and it was extremely difficult and laborious to produce?that's why only the very wealthy could afford to have their garments dyed this color. In the Byzantine Empire, monks penned manuscripts of the Gospels written in gold lettering on parchments that were colored Tyrian purple. Purple often represents excessive fanciness due to its association with royalty?overly embellished and pretentious literature is often described as "purple prose." It also can represent the alien or bizarre: on Star Trek, Klingons have purple blood. Perhaps because purple does not often show up in nature, it sometimes appears foreign and exotic.

360 Schools using Purple

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Purple

School Site Evaluation (purple)

Of the 16,382 colors used for evaluation, purple is the seventh most common color schools use on their websites. Approximately 360 schools around the US use purple on their websites. Of these schools, 128 use purple as the primary color on their websites, while 84 use purple as a secondary color.

Visual Preferences

Font

Nearly 35.9% of schools that use purple as the primary color on their websites use the Tahoma font style, including Irvine Valley College, Santiago Canyon College and Duquesne University. The other font styles that are used by schools that use purple as the primary color include Arial (20.3%) and Century Gothic (14.1%).


Social Presence

Exactly 62 schools that use purple as a primary color on their websites have Facebook pages. These schools have an average of 2,613 "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. University of Pennsylvania: 24,256 likes
  2. Murray State University: 13,758 likes
  3. University of New Hampshire - Main Campus: 9,983 likes

And 38 schools that use purple as the primary color on their websites have Twitter accounts. These schools have an average Twitter following of 866 followers, and tweet updates, on average, 7 times a week. Of these schools, the following have the greatest number of Twitter followers:

  1. University of Pennsylvania: 9,435 followers
  2. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus: 3,724 followers
  3. Middlebury College: 2,867 followers

Web Metrics

The average Google Page Rank for schools that use purple as the primary color on their websites is 4. The average Google Page Rank for schools that use purple as a secondary color on their websites is 4. Interestingly enough, the average Google Page Rank for schools that do not use purple on their websites is 5.

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

  1. University of Pennsylvania: 8 Google Page Rank
  2. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus: 8 Google Page Rank
  3. Minnesota State University - Mankato: 7 Google Page Rank
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