Campus Spooks: The Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges

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Maybe you didn’t think of your college as haunted when you chose it, but as Halloween nears, let’s take a look at the 10 most haunted colleges in the U.S. Hopefully yours does not make the list, but may the spooks be ever in your favor!

1. Ohio University

According to endless articles found on Google, Ohio University kills the charts. A piece of the campus is a former lunatic asylum where extremely brutal and primitive procedures were once performed. Yikes! More specifically, Wilson Hall, a dorm with its creepy picturesque appearance, is the exact place you want to avoid. Room 428 is locked shut due to repeated ghosts and spirits appearing. Other ghosts have been reported to roam the halls of other dorms within the campus.

2. Fordham University

Ironic that Fordham makes number two on the list, as it is a Jesuit University. Kating Hall and Finlay Hall were both constructed over a morgue. Finlay residents have reported being awakened by cold ghost hands choking grasping their throats. That’s enough to get anyone’s goosebumps up. More apparitions include one in Queen’s Court dormitory where a ghost priest allegedly told a Resident Assistant (R.A.) about an exorcism he performed to rid the hall of spirits. And a little fun fact: a few scenes from The Exorcist were actually filmed on the school campus. In another freshman dorm, there is an apparent infamous ghost who haunts the showers – Moaning Myrtle much?

3. Gettysburg College

The story that haunts Gettysburg College is directly related to The Battle of Gettysburg, one of the milestones in our history. Both Confederate and Union troops stayed at Pennsylvania Hall as it was a hospital and signal post. The basement is said to be haunted by blood bathed doctors while multiple residents have all reported to spot ghosts throughout the rest of the dorm. Ready to change your views on cute Smurf-resemblances? There is an apparent “Blue Boy” in Stevens Hall who is a young orphan that has a blue (frozen-like) face.

4. Wells College

Imagine having an entire dorm floor being used as an infirmary for your school? Well, that is precisely what happened. As a permeating flu epidemic infested the area, an entire dormitory floor had to be evacuated to be used as an infirmary. Today, residents state that they have witnessed ghost nurses roam the halls. In Morgan Hall, an ardent security guard strolls the dorms while in Zarbriskie Hall and Glen Park Mansion, ghosts are said to aggressively haunt the halls with palpable weapons. My advice: sleep with both eyes wide open.

5. Pennsylvania State University

Penn-Staters, or, one of every 117 Americans, your lovely campus is haunted. Betsy Aardsma, the most famous ghost on campus resides in the basement stacks as she was stabbed to death there in 1969. Students have described seeing red eyes, hearing screams, and even being gripped by a presence in the library. I would call this a valid excuse to avoid the library. Botany Building is the place where green-thumb phantoms get malicious if the plants aren’t cared for. In Brumaugh Hall, lives an ax murderer ghost – watch out, friends.

6. Kenyon College

A picturesque gothic building is just what it looks like: eerie. In 1949, nine students died in a fire causing there to be nine vexed ghosts in the dormitory halls. There are apparent unexplained toilet flushes and light flickers with screams to make the environment that much cozier. Bolton Dance Studio was once a swimming pool and in turn, students have reported sightings of mysterious wet footprints and showers turning on. In Caples Hall, there is said to be a woman who badgers residents by banging furniture against doors. Now that’s something to report to R.A’s!

7. East Tennessee State University

“The most notable ghost on campus?” Sidney Gilbreath, the first president of the university. She is said to flickers lights and slams doors and windows in Gilbreath Hall. Call her a theatre phantom since she likes to be present in rehearsals in the building’s theatre. Consider that, theatre majors! Other infamous presences include Marble Boy and Sink Girl, who roam the Clement Hall dorms. In Yoakley Hall, a long-gone girl who committed suicide jumping, haunts the halls with her shadowy silhouette.

8. Huntingdon College

In the U.S’s country, Alabama’s Huntingdon College houses the notorious Red Lady who committed suicide in Pratt Hall. She is the epitome of the object of a scary ghost book as she glows the hall with an evil red light… medieval-supernatural-scary, if you ask me. The Ghost of the Green is also the soul of a suicide victim and he tugs at clothes and is any girl’s ultimate nightmare as he tousles perfectly done hair. The last ghost is Frank the Library Ghost who roams the stacks in a towel. Sounds like a bizarre ghost story to add to the books!

9. New York University

Glamorous, respected, and haunted. Preoccupied with busy New York students, NYU also hosts homage to the spirits of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims. The building that housed the factory is now NYU’s Brown Building of Science. The 9th floor, especially, is said to be the spookiest as it is heaving with roaming spirits. Lastly, Brittany Residence Hall is also where the soul of a young girl who fell down an elevator chute resides.

10. University of Notre Dame

George Gipp has elevated Notre Dame onto this list. The Gipper was locked out of his dorm after a night of late night party endeavors. As a result, he passed out on the steps of Washington Hall and consequently caught pneumonia and died due to the frigid Midwest night. Ominous echoes stretch down the Washington Hall not by the Gipper, but by an accidental death of a construction worker or music student who had died. Although these are not the only ghosts on campus, they’re enough to keep you stray from Washington Hall this Halloween.

Hopefully this Halloween you won’t come across any of these campuses, but if you happen to, stray away from the sinister halls and libraries aforementioned, as if unnerving Halloween stories weren’t enough. Happy Halloween!

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