Are you an avid ghost hunter? If so, it is time to make a ghostly plan to explore the most haunted colleges and campuses across the nation. Each campus has a frightening story which is spoken time and time again. Entering students are told of the tales upon residence. Whether these stories bear truth, some students have even been privy to experience the haunting and are quick to add to the history of ghost tales surrounding their haunting education.
There is no shortage of campuses experiencing the spirits and their trickery. Some universities are built over ancient burial sites while others hold unexplained deaths. There are universities who actively embrace the ghost stories, letting the paranormal legends be enthusiastically passed down to the next generation of students. We have compiled the 50 most haunted colleges and campuses for your spooky reading.
1. OHIO UNIVERSITY—ATHENS, OHIO
Ohio University is reported to be one of the most haunted places on earth. Long ago, before it became an educational system it was a lunatic asylum where primitive treatments took place every day. Take a quick look at a dormitory called “Wilson Hall’s infamous room 428’, and you may be reminded of “Amityville Horror” movie set. The story goes a female student begins acting strange and speaking in tongues. She then plummeted to her death. They have actually sealed off room 428. The room has moreover since been sealed shut, amid reports of eerie phenomena like unexplained voices and flying objects due to a rowdy, unruly apparition. Not too far away, at another dorm a young woman who was a serious Bob Marley fan fell to her death and is now seen floating the halls. They say she gets upset over an obscure song by Bob Marley called “Laura”. Yet another dorm is purported to be haunted by an entire basketball team. Perhaps, this is the college to live off campus?
2. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY—NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
According to history, Keating Hall and Finlay Hall may have been constructed atop old morgue tunnels. To add to the spook factor, parts of “The Exorcist” were filmed on this campus. Interestingly, Father William O’Malley, who played Father Joe Dyer in the notorious horror movie, decided to teach theology at the campus’ Fordham Preparatory School until 2012. Sleeping students in Finlay Hall report being awoken by ice cold, unseen hands gripped tight around their throats. Then there is the story about the Queen’s Court dorm complex. A ghost priest appeared late at night to perform an exorcism to rid the building of demonic spirits. For entering freshman, their dorm is home to a blonde-haired girl who frequents the showers. It doesn’t help that Fordham’s Gothic –inspired buildings look like a safe haven for the spooky kind. Beware the chairs which seem to slam against walls for no apparent reason
3. GETTYSBURG COLLEGE --PENNSYLVANIA
With a name like Gettysburg, you have to expect some kind of wild haunting upon this sacred ground. It was during the Battle of Gettysburg in which both the Confederate and the Union Troops used Pennsylvania Hall at the college as a hospital and a signal post. Numerous ghost stories are still rising out of these grounds. The basement is said to be haunted by blood-drenched Civil War era doctors. One a particular evening in the mid-1960s, two campus staff members rode the elevator down to the building’s first level. The elevator refused to stop, taking them right down into the basement. Expecting to see a nothing more than the storage area, the personnel were instead greeted by a macabre field hospital scene Students have reported seeing apparitions like a gun-toting soldier called ‘the Lone Sentinel’ at the top of Penn Hall. Another favorite apparition is ‘the Blue Boy’, a young orphan boy who walks around with a frozen blue face. Yet, over at Stevens Hall is a female apparition who loves the fashionable clothes of female students.
4. WELLS COLLEGE-AURORA, NEW YORK
This all woman-college crawls with paranormal activity base on epidemics which played out eras ago. Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the college’s main building used to be an infirmary, when wide flu spread like wildfire through the whole campus. This main building would sport a red door to which victims of a dreadful winter flu outbreak would die. Nobody knows for sure which room has the infamous red door. The building is a dorm today which experiences ghostly nurses tending to student’s bedsides. This campus takes their ghostly history so seriously, they made certain the tales of supernatural were recorded and added to the New York school’s archives. One of these stories was about “Max,” a security guard who lost his life while saving students from a fire that destroyed the previous version of Wells’ Morgan Hall. Today, students still feel the guard’s insistent pushes when walking down the building’s stairs. Really angry ghosts are said to haunt Zabriskie Hall and called Glen Park Mansion. They are said to carry knives.
5. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY—UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania State University’s Old Botany Building may look normal but it has a sinister legend attached. It is said to harbor the ghost of Frances Atherton, the widow of former university president George W. Atherton. After his death in 1906, Atherton was buried on the side of the Schwab Auditorium, across from the Old Botany building. This was at the request of his grieving widow, so she could watch over him. She still watches over him from an upstairs window. Students get the shivers when they walk by and see the ghostly apparition standing there. He, however it is believed that Atherton himself haunts the auditorium, hopefully one day, these two lovers will find each other once again. In 1969, a student name Betsy Aardsma was stabbed to death in the basement. Her murder was never solved. Many students flee from this area after hearing screams, and being grabbed by some mysterious entity.
6. KENYON COLLEGE- GAMBIER, OHIO
It is rumored the Gothic gates of Kenyon College open to the gate of hell itself. Nine students died in 1949 in a tragic fire, and now those nine souls haunt these grounds. They cry out in bloodcurdling panic and jam furniture against dorm room doors. Sometimes they are known to flicker the lights, and flush toilets. Even random wet footprints have led to turned on showers.
7. EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY—JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE
One founding president, Sidney Gilbreath, took his dedication beyond the grave. Gilbreath passed away in 1961, but his ghost apparently still resides in the Johnson City institution’s Gilbreath Hall – not to scare students, but to switch off lights that have been left on and slams windows shut. He also loves to show up and watch rehearsals in the theater. The famous ghost, dubbed “Marble Boy” lurks around Clement Hall, and is said to appear when you hear the sound of marbles. Even creepier is the ghost of Christine Burleson who died in 1967. She was a former ETSU English teacher who now occupies a picture of her dad, David Sinclair Burleson. Her eyes track people as they walk by.
8. HUNTINGTON COLLEGE—MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Margaret never really did want to attend Montgomery’s Huntingdon College. She was a small town girl from Alabama. After enrolling at the school, the young woman quickly became known for her love of the color red. She would later be immortalized as the “Red Lady” when her death came. After remaining withdrawn and isolated, Martha slit her wrists in her dorm room. Since then many students have seen the girl’s ghost. On the anniversary of her death a vivid strange red glow appear from what was once her dorm room. There is also the ‘ghost of the green’ another suicide victim who prowls the college green at night, pulling at clothes.
9. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY- WASHINGTON SQUARE
This campus sits on the graves of approximately 20,000 people, as a cemetery until 1825. Yet it isn’t these spirits who haunt the university but a ghost who committed suicide on the campus. The tragic past of this school is the focus of novels and supernatural stories. In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire caused the death of 146 workers. The Brown Building of Science is said to be infested with ghosts. Students have spoken of hearing eerie noises and smelling smoky odors. Even with two completed gut renovations’, the building continues to house a hoard of unsettled spirits.
10. HOLLINS UNIVERSITY- ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
The frightening aspect of Hollins University is the idea of ghostly music emitting from buildings late at night. If that isn’t seemingly scary enough, consider being locked into the practice rooms at Pressor Hall. Chairs roll themselves violently across the floor. Legend has it a long-dead girl had a mad crush on her piano teacher. When she is not busy wrecking havoc, there is always a spirit nurse going around checking the foreheads of students in Swannanoa Hall when it was once a dorm.
11. UNITED STATE MILITARY ACADEMY – WEST POINT, NEW YORK
The haunting of the United States Military Academy includes at least one exorcism and one Irish cook named Miss Molly who likes to make bread right in the superintendent’s house. The most notorious spirit at West Point is said to live in Room 4714, where back in 1972 a handful of cadets swore they saw the ghost of a shimmering, white-eyed, 19th-century soldier with a handlebar mustache. Cadets also reported that the room became strikingly cold. They were told they were hallucinations due to sleep deprivation.
12. THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME- SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
The Gipper is the infamous spirit who haunts the grounds of Notre Dame. As the story goes, the gridiron legend loved to party past curfew and became locked out of his dorm. It was a frigid winter night, so he caught pneumonia and died right there on the steps of Washington Hall. The same building saw the death of a fallen construction worker. Strange sounds and unexplained events occur on a regular basis around this area. Other proposed campus ghosts include Father Sorin, Notre Dame’s founder, and Canute Lardner, a ghost with an Irish brogue
13. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-CHANNEL ISLANDS, CALIFORNIA
If you’ve ever caught the movie “Halloween,” then you know quite well how frightening insane asylums are. California’s newest public university opened in 2002, in a location that had been a mental hospital until 1997. This is not so long ago. Repurposed insane asylums are scary because they are filled with the ghosts of those deranged people. Reports of creepy occurrences are already starting. Lights go on and off, mysterious voices cry out in pain, and strange rustling sounds are being heard all over campus.
14. TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY-LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
“Transylvania” may evoke images of night-dwelling vampires and Dracula’s Castle. However, the word actually derives from the Latin for “across the woods,” which is an appropriate description of Transylvania University’s lush Lexington, Kentucky location. That said, the macabre connotations of the school’s name may also be fitting, as the institution is said to be troubled by a former professor’s dark curse. French naturalist Constantine Rafinesque taught natural history and modern languages at the school from 1819 to 1826. Sadly, he wasn’t particularly well liked by his associates and students, and when he left the institution he uttered his now infamous curse, “Damn thee and thy school as I place a curse upon you.” A year later, the university lost its state funding. Furthermore, a year after that a devastating fire engulfed the campus’ main building, destroying everything but some possessions Rafinesque left behind. Another fire broke out on campus in 1969.
15. UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINA-CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Following the death of Confederate surgeon Bennett Wood Green in 1913, the physician’s collection of books was bequeathed to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The tomes were placed in the Rotunda library, which the doctor’s ghost is then said to have haunted. Moreover, when the collection was shifted to the Alderman Library in 1938, the ghost apparently went in tow, as staff and students have recounted hearing eerie footsteps and feeling as if they are being watched while in the building. Also located within the library is the Garnett Room, named after Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett, another benefactor. This room is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Garnett’s former doctor; an admirer of his patient’s books while both men were alive, he now looks after the collection, it is said, in death.
16. THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-IOWA CITY, IOWA
Claims of ghostly experiences made by University of Iowa students hit headlines in 2012. Six members of the Iowa City school’s baseball team and a club hockey player reported that a spirit with a penchant for flicking through TV channels was haunting their shared home. And while their account was treated in jest, other more sinister tales have gone on to become urban myth – particularly an apparent suicide pact involving three female residents of the university’s Currier Hall dormitory. As the story goes, the fourth-floor occupants were discussing their new boyfriends, only to realize that they were talking about the same man. None of the girls were willing to give him – or each other – up, though, so instead they collectively ended their lives. What’s more, their ghosts, it is said, emerge whenever current residents have an argument.
17. FLAGLER COLLEGE-ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
Flagler College’s impressive centerpiece is the historic former Hotel Ponce de León building. Henry Morrison Flagler – the industrialist after whom the St. Augustine school is named – oversaw construction of the grand edifice in the late 1880s. Despite great business success, Flagler endured a thorny personal life: his first wife passed away, his second was institutionalized, and one of his mistresses, it is said, hanged herself on the fourth floor of the Florida hotel. As for the building, it became part of the university in 1968 and was renamed Ponce de Leon Hall. According to students, the fourth floor remained out of bounds for many years, and this has surely given rise to ghostly gossip. Furthermore, Flagler died in 1913 and requested that all of the exits be kept open at his funeral in the hotel’s lobby; however, the doors and other openings were shut by a janitor, and some hold that Flagler’s ghost is eternally trapped in the building.
18. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – CAMARILLO, CALIFORNIA
Opening in only 2002, Camarillo’s California State University Channel Islands makes the ghostly list due to its spooky locality, since the school’s campus was constructed on the site of the former Camarillo State Hospital – known for being on the country’s most notorious mental health facilities. Between 1936 and 1997, over 1,000 patients died at the institution whether it was from passage of age, neglecting and sickness, even shock therapy was known to take place. Investigators of the Paranormal have been visiting these haunted grounds believing them to be a supreme location for supernatural happenings. Some students have experienced the former hospitals “unique eeriness”, with one mentioning doors that have locked themselves. The campus site was also used to portray a psychiatric facility in the 2002 horror movie The Ring, also popular TV shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have filmed here.
19. NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY– FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA
It’s appropriate that North Dakota State University’s Ceres Hall should harbor a ghost, given how close it was to acquiring a rather spooky name. During the administration building’s construction near the beginning of the 20th century, they had plans to name it Jessie Slaughter, the first woman to enroll at the Fargo school. Unfortunately, in order to prevent students from renaming it “Slaughter House,” the hall’s name was chosen to honor the Roman agricultural deity. It was also believed on the building’s third floor that, during World War Two, a man is believed to have hanged himself. A number of strange appearances have been noted since, with many thinking that the man’s spirit continues to haunt where he tragically died. Such occurrences have caught the attention of the university’s Anthropology Club, which today runs an annual on-campus ghost tour that explores sites of supposed going-on.
20. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE – CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS
Located just next to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Sunset Haven, A former mental health institution and nursing home was a prime location for paranormal investigators. It was passed down to the school in 1957 and was then renamed Building 207, hosting the universities agricultural courses. Over the years you were known to hear creepy groaning noises, clanking shackles and see the occasional flickering lights, but unfortunately the two floor structure fell into disrepair and was demolished in October 2013. Researcher of the local newspaper Carbondale Times Bruce Cline believed that 87 burials occurred on the grounds around Sunset Haven for over 66 years, starting in 1877. However, in November 2013 the publication reported that the university has “no plans” to disrupt the graves.
21. SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – WINONA, MINNESOTA
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was named after its school’s creator, Bishop Patrick Richard Heffron. Here in lies the ghostly stories; The legend of the “Ghost of Heffron Hall” is said to stem from two separate incidents which had occurred at the Winona institution. The first was the failed murder of Bishop Heffron by Father Lesches, in 1915. Then a second episode occurred in 1931 concerning a different priest – the unfortunate Father Edward Lynch. According to legend, Lynch was electrocuted to death in his bed. Regular Sightings of ghost-like apparitions have been reported in the dorm, along with very strange noises being heard. Residents have said they have experienced chilly drafts.
22. SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY– SALEM MASSACHUSETTS
Most people remember the notorious 17th-century witch trials. Salem is remembered in history of these rituals. Salem State University may be seeing some truth to spirits appearing and there may be some malign forces at work in the school to this day. The Bowditch Hall residence is the campus’ most haunted building, due to the mysterious activity which has allegedly taken place in room 222. A story in 1970 was created about a triple student homicide committed in room 222. Little did anyone know that with a little push and persistence, this tale would come to life? Loud banging noises can be heard within that room, yet never resonating outside the door, no matter how loud the noises become. Even more terrifying, is room 222’s bed shaking uncontrollably. In fact, occupants sleeping in the bed have been thrown violently to the floor. The long tale of three dead has grown into a real-life mystery.
23. THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE– PORTLAND, MAINE
The University of Southern Maine’s Robie Andrews residence hall was built in two parts – the first constructed in 1897 and the second in 1916 – and soon history told stories that the building is said to have acquired a ghost. As the tale is told, it was a student, who fell pregnant and unable to live with the consequences so she killed herself on the facility’s fourth level. Students have reportedly heard eerie footsteps and felt shifting temperature changes. This may not be just the unfortunate girl, as some students believe that at least four other spirits reside in Robie Andrews. Residents have also allegedly experienced their possessions being mysteriously reshuffled plus the sensation of being grabbed.
24. HAMILTON COLLEGE– CLINTON, NEW JERSEY
As Hamilton College’s assistant director of campus safety, Wayne Gentile has taken on the role to inform incoming undergraduates about this special college’s spiritually occurrences. He believes this to becalming for them when they hear the strange noises of the night. Gentile even gives tours of the campus which always include a stop outside the institutions’ 100 College Hill Road student duplex. This building was once the home of co-founder William Anderson and his children in the 1830s. All three sisters spent most of their lives on Hamilton grounds so it is only natural they would continue to do so after death. Students have reported creepy incidents involving the Anderson sister ghosts, saying they watch over residents at night, causing the floorboards to creek when they are moving. Even the one remaining standing home available cannot get even the most brave to spend a night there.
25. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY– MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY
In 2010 Montclair State University’s Clove Road Apartments, built in the 1970s, were rebuilt and rechristened Hawk Crossings. However, according to students who have lived there, the residences potentially contain something more macabre than just new windows, kitchens and bathrooms. In a 2014 interview with website Wired Jersey, television and digital media student and Hawk Crossings resident Chelsea Hermann described disturbing conversations coming from her closet. She heard some presence in her closet, saying, “I heard something in there, like, kind of like pounding, like something making noise. And I walked by the door, and the door just started shaking back and forth.” Photography major Correy Dewindt also told the website that he once saw “a shadow” walking across his room, before the apparition paused at his roommate’s bed and then seemingly vanished. Other Hawk Crossings residents have reported phenomena such as flickering lights and even the inexplicable sound of a girl laughing in the hallway.
26. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY– WASHINGTON, D.C.
Healy Hall took 24 years to fully complete. It is recognized as the, the landmark structure of Georgetown University’s Washington, D.C. campus. Finally finished in 1901, the stage was set for some creepy and sinister events. According to the legend, the building’s fifth floor was rented to a Jesuit minister who spent time examining ancient texts which relate unorthodox ways of conquering nefarious spirits. Such literature could become dangerous in untrained hands. It was when the priest’s apprentice found the work and began reading passages out loud; all hell broke loose, literally. According to the story an evil portal to the underworld appeared right then and there. Some believe that malicious spirits have been present in the building ever since. Many people have noticed items traveling off on their own accord. There are consistent flashing lights and inexplicably changing temperatures often.
27. THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND– COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
Erected in 1898, the University of Maryland’s Morrill Hall is now considered amongst the most historic – and most haunted – structures on the College Park campus. In 2002 the Maryland Spirits and Ghosts Association reported detecting multiple benign phantoms inside the building. It wasn’t long before workers discovered cadaverous remains beneath a sink during a 2003 renovation. This could explain why people inexplicably trip over non-existent things and hear creepy sounds at night. It is also claimed that the spirit of Marie Mount is playing a piano during the storms at night. It was a paranormal investigator who ran after sensing her presence. Take a night walk in H.J. Patterson Hall to witness a wailing, creepy shadow.
28 .KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY– MANHATTAN, KANSAS
Kansas State University’s Memorial Stadium has been the place of the school’s most enduring ghostly urban legend for over half a century. It happened in the 1950s when the parents of a Kansas State student known only as “Nick” were killed in a car accident on their way to see their son play a football game in the stadium. Meanwhile, Nick was on the receiving end of a brutal tackle during the game subsequently dying from those injuries incurred at the stadium. Now the ghost of Nick still wanders the stadium looking for his mom and dad. No one has actually seen his spirit, but people have reported seeing floating fire extinguishers spurting foam and mysteriously moving wooden boxes. Also another ghost has been seen at the Purple Masque Theater in the stadium, and they believe the apparition of a Confederate soldier has reportedly been spotted on its stage.
29. THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT – BURLINGTON, VERMONT
A medical student reportedly hanged himself in the mid 20th century in a residential building close to The University of Vermont’s Burlington campus. Shortly after his death, the deceased’s roommates all reported experiencing visions of being treated by a stethoscope-wearing doctor at night. Worse, then medical recommendations allegedly began appearing beside their beds, signed by “Doctor Jack.” Joseph Citro, author of The Vermont Ghost Guide, has also reported uncovering instances of paranormal activity at a number of campus buildings which includes Converse Hall, a place believed to be frequented by the ghost of another former medical student named “Henry,” In the 1920’s he killed himself in the building . His creepy habits are way more unnerving than that of “Doctor Jack”. Apparently “Henry” enjoys playing with windows and doors. Students and staff have repeatedly told of lights unexplainably turning back on after they have already been switched off.
30. CORNELL UNIVERSITY– ITHACA, NEW YORK
Imagine a group of male ghosts dressed to the tee’s in tuxedos? At Ithaca’s Cornell University this seems to be a reoccurring theme. Another tale is wrapped around a terrible 1967 fire which claimed the lives of half of dozen undergraduates, three graduate scholars and one faculty member. Since then, witnesses have heard mysterious voices and footsteps, and some have even seen the apparitions in their bedrooms. The campus library hosts a malevolent ghost of a woman who was mangled in the mechanized shelves on the library’s lower floor.
31. IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY – AIMS, IOWA
Iowa State University’s Friley Hall is considered Ames school’s scariest building with one of the rooms nicknamed “Satan’s Legion.” In 2014 student Sterling DeLoatch told The Des Moines Register that a former resident committed suicide in the creepy room. She also stated that anybody who has moved in to that room either “dies or goes missing.” The room has since become permanently closed to any tenants. Across the campus is Gold Star Hall, which opened up in 1928 to honors the memory of more than 500 alumni killed in military conflict. There is reported a lonely solitary ghost of a woman who roams the building looking for someone to talk to.
32. UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO-TORONTO, CANADA
While it might not be in the states, this university bares notice because of the haunted lore which continues there. Multiple incidents are recorded on the campus grounds, while the creepiest story of all is that of a Russian stonemason Ivan Reznikoff. While working on the building in 1856, the project’s foreman, Paul Diablos, decided to play a joke by carving on the building a gargoyles in Reznikoff likeness. One night, Reznikoff returned to alter the gargoyle in Diablo’s image and then simply vanished. It is said Diablo killed the Russian with a knife and hid the body in a ventilation shaft. His body was recovered decades later; however his spirit is still wandering the building yielding an axe, meant for Diablo.
33. LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO- CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Loyola University began its foundation in 1870 and became known as St. Ignatius College. It also became famous for a different reason. a priest and a nun reportedly began a relationship. As the story goes, the nun fell pregnant and gave the priest an ultimatum. She would give up her position if he would do the same. The priest declined and the devastated sister reportedly hanged herself on the 14th floor of what is know now as the school’s Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts. It was the priest who found the nun’s body and he was so distraught he leapt to his death from a window. Students claim to hear sounds of a man weeping and then following it up with screaming and then a hush. Sometimes they say you can see a flickering glow coming from the window or a glimpse of a hanging human form.
34. MIAMI UNIVERSITY—OXFORD, OHIO
The former principal of the Western College for women had a reputation for being quite a strict hard woman. One of her notable gripes was when boys from neighboring Miami University were trying to get the ladies attention. She was principal at the college from 1855 to 1888. After her death in 1905, Peabody Hall was created to honor her. Eventually in 1974, Miami University merged with co-ed enrollment to the dismay of the Peabody ghost. She continues to protect the woman by haunting the men there. Her portrait now hangs in the building’s foyer and apparently blinks when people guilty of acts she would have frowned upon walk by it.
35. BOSTON UNIVERSITY- BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill is among America’s most celebrated dramatists. Sadly, O’Neill’s personal life wasn’t always so auspicious: after a series of family problems, he died in the hotel in 1953. The hotel was acquired by Boston University the following year and renamed Shelton Hall, O’Neill’s ghost was seemingly reluctant to leave. The elevator began to make unscheduled stops on the fourth level. The hall lights are notoriously darker in this hall than they are on other stories. Probably the biggest spook coming out of this is the mass of students who wish to connect to O’Neill’s spirit for a ghostly conversation.
36. INDIANA UNIVERSITY- BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA
As the legend has it, it all began when a doctor working on the current site of Indiana University’s Career Development Center was carrying out illegal abortions. The doctor started to receive audio hallucinations of crying infants. More so, so were many other people. To this day, the sounds of crying babies are still heard. Then at the school’s Read Hall dormitory, the fate of lovers ended in a scalpel being fatally shoved into her true love’s neck. She then concealed the remains in the basement. She has been known to show up in her signature yellow nightdress and flowing hair to torment the new inhabitants at Read Hall.
37. THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON—AKRON, OHIO
A prominent industrialist named John Hower built the Hower house in 1871 as a tribute to his wife Susan. Now the rumor has it that the house is so frightening that some students apparently refuse to cross its threshold in fear of seeing Susan’s enraged spirit. In life, she had discovered her husband had been unfaithful and she held onto the anger beyond life. Now she targets any male who dares steps inside the National Historic Landmark. In another part of the school at Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, there is a spirit of a girl who hung herself inside. Some have had seen her, while others describe a strange light.
38. TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
Freshmen initiation begins with the ghost tours upon arrival at Texas State University. Along with expectations of education, they are warned of the school’s spookier side. One such story focuses on the Old Main building where a student jumped to her death from the Gothic-inspired building. Some believe she is the book-wielding ghost still roaming the halls trying to find her class. Speaking of initiations, the most sinister event was said to have taken place at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. It was during the ceremony a group of new members may have been killed. A ghost-hunting group Weird U.S. and discovered the words “help me” and “I’m Sorry” scratched into the kitchen tops. They also reported seeing vanishing bloody handprints on the walls.
39. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA- GAINSVILLE, FLORIDA
Student apartments have been common at the Beaty Towers and appear to look like ordinary residences. Yet a pregnant resident leapt to her death from one of the towers. Students say her ghost can be seen and heard on a regular basis. A more tragic tale concerns James W. Norman Hall, which was the scene of a horrible elevator accident which resulted in the death of a number of children. Rather eerily, the children are said to linger around the third floor, laughing and playing in spirit form. Thomas Hall is now the former cafeteria of earlier days. But that hasn’t stopped the former refectory chef ‘Steve’ from doing his job. He constantly makes his presence known by crashing pots and pans against one another.
40. THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA- TAMPA, FLORIDA
The five-story Tampa Bay Hotel has seen guests like Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt take slumbers. It wasn’t until the 1930’s it would become Tampa’s Plant Hall. Still, a notorious visitor would come. Most students think about a “ story of the “Brown Man,”, a ghost of a red-eyed man who wears a brown suit. He is known to show up and disappear without warning. Students and professors alike have been privy to these apparitions. Other professors have witnessed two ghosts in the ballroom, while yet another has reported seeing a human-shaped presence on the school grounds.
41. UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO- MONTEVALLO, ALABAMA
Condie Cunningham’s nighttime fudge-making in the school’s Main Hall kitchen reportedly saw her come to a sticky end in 1908. While the girls tried to hurry and clean up before the lights would go out, Condie’s peers spilled a bottle of extremely flammable cleaning fluid and it poured onto the open stove. Condie died a few days later in the hospital due to the horrific burns. Now her tortured spirit lingers and students have reported hearing screaming and moaning in the hall and behind the wooden door of her dorm room. Some say they have seen Condie’s face in flames.
42. MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY- EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN
A fervent supporter of women’s education, Mary Anne Mayo was a well-known personage at Michigan’s State Agricultural College – renamed Michigan State University in 1964. Having died in 1903, Mayo never lived to see the 1931 construction of Sylvan Lodge, which was later rechristened Mayo Hall in her honor. Nevertheless, the woman’s passing apparently hasn’t prevented her from visiting the dorm at the East Lansing school. There are reports of a mysterious female figure – potentially Mary’s ghost – that moves through the corridors of Mayo Hall, not to mention of lights switching off of their own accord, while it’s also said a piano is occasionally heard playing itself. Mary’s portrait is on view on the first floor, too, and some say her eyes follow people passing by. Legend has it, meanwhile, that darker events took place in the building’s fourth-floor attic, where a “red room” was reputedly a location for séances and satanic rites. This space has since been sealed shut.
43. ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY-NORMAL, ILLINOIS
In 1890 Angeline Milner became Illinois State University’s earliest dedicated librarian. She was said to have died while sorting through a collection of scientific literature in 1928. The library was relocated three times; the second time to Williams Hall in 1940 and to then as her namesake, Milner Library, opened in 1976. People have been reporting to have spotted Milner’s ghost since the 1980s, with a ghostly figure apparently hushing library visitors, and witnessing books moving by themselves. It is said she doesn’t much cares where she haunts, as long as she stays with her books.
44. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO-GREELEY, COLORADO
At the University of Northern Colorado there is “a ghost story for almost every building.” One such tale belongs to a spirit known as “Edith”, who was a depressed resident advisor that ended up hanging herself in the attic of one of the school’s dormitories. Rumor has it, she loved marbles and sometimes you can still hear her playing with them up in the building’s loft. Then there was another legend by the name of Florence Sabin, who ranked high among the earliest professional female physicians-cum-research scientists. She hung herself as well, leaving her namesake on Sabin Hall and her ghostly spirit wandering inside. Witnesses have said paintings disappear, and doors are slammed shut.
45. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS—URBANA, ILLINOIS
This story is different in the sense it is said to harbor the ghost of a drowned young woman in the English building. Some say she went to a watery grave, while others say she was murdered. Her spirit is seen walking aimlessly down the halls and staring from a third-floor window. Next to the English Building on the Urban campus is Lincoln Hall, where students have seen a mysterious face appear in one of the top windows. Folklore professor Susan Gray Davis says “There are really scary things that happen.”
46. THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSE KNOXVILLE- KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
The McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture is located on the University of Tennessee System’s Knoxville campus. The Legend is that the museum was built above a Native American cave and the previous inhabitants still wander its halls. Something altogether more terrifying, occupies Hess Hall which was built in 1962. A student suicide in the 1970’s, has the deceased’s tormented spirit reportedly shrieking even now. In 2010 one former student also described a vision he saw from his fraternity house in the late 1970s. “I looked out the window and saw an elderly lady walking down the street,” Dr. Bill DeWees explained to university publication Torchbearer. “Suddenly, this black bull… comes charging up behind her and runs over the top of her… I called the packing house across the river and was told no bovine had escaped.”
47. THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- TAMPA, FLORIDA
Former University of South Florida librarian Paul Camp was fond of telling students about the spirit of a troubled young girl that supposedly haunts the Tampa school’s library. An English student called “Gottlieb” worked on the library’s fourth floor, but she reportedly took her own life towards the end of 1976. Now witnesses have mentioned seeing green rucksack-wearing ghost, and while sightings are few and far between, the girl’s spectral presence still seems to spook people. “You always get the eerie feeling you’re being watched and get that paranoid sense of someone behind you walking through the library,” explained then psychology major Asa Semp in 2010. Doors seem to open and shut on their own and books get shuffled around or thrown to the floor.
48. HOLLINS UNIVERSITY-ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
According to Hollins University’s 2012 guidebook, the school has its fair share of urban legends roaming the campus. Almost every building is more than a century old and is said to harbor a past student’s spirit. For instance, it was in Presser Hall, that a female student began a relationship with her piano teacher, who later murdered her during practice. Apparently her ghost still haunts the building as a dark figure visible in a window. In the school’s Main Building, is a place called the Green Drawing Room, where it is believed that a student shot herself and now her spirit continues to reside there. A number of urban legends center on the school’s Roanoke campus, the majority of them concerning ghosts. Indeed, the publication states that “almost every building” more than a century old is said to harbor a past student’s spirit. For while the Virginia institution assumed its full university identity in 1998, its roots as a coeducational college stretch back to 1842.
49. THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA