USC Sumter Official Colors


Official Colors

Garnet and white are the official colors of the University of South Carolina Sumter.  


Garnet and black are the official colors of the University of South Carolina. The first report of Gamecock fans wearing garnet and black goes back to Christmas Eve 1892 when Carolina's football team took on purple-clad Furman. Garnet and black have been associated with Carolina ever since.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, defines garnet as "a variable color averaging a dark red." Using the Pantone Matching System® as a guide, the University uses PMS 202 C as our garnet color. Use the information below to best match PMS 202 in print and electronic applications.

Inks on Paper

PMS 202 C is the official match to University of South Carolina garnet for offset printing applications on matte-, dull-, or gloss-coated paper stocks.

PMS 201 should be used when printing on uncoated paper. Ink will absorb into uncoated paper and, in many cases, dry as a darker color. The PMS 201 color on uncoated stock is actually a closer match to the color of PMS 202 on coated stock.


  • The four-color process mix that corresponds to PMS 202 (coated paper) is:

  • 0% cyan, 100% magenta, 61% yellow, and 43% black

  • The four-color process mix for PMS 201 (uncoated paper) is:

  • 0% cyan, 100% magenta, 65% yellow, and 25% black



Other Applications

For other applications such as clothing, silk screening, paint, etc., ask the vendor to match the PMS 202 C garnet. Contact the University's Trademark and Licensing Office for information on thread color and fabric swatches and using licensed vendors.

Web and Video

Web page viewing of colors varies by monitor and viewing conditions. The USC Web pages use a Web safe RGB of 990000