Ghost Stories from the Most Haunted Schools

Beware: Here lies the stories of the seven most haunted colleges in America.

Shawna Newman

October 27, 2023

Ghost Stories from the Most Haunted Schools
If you enjoy chilling tales and mind-bending paranormal happenings, read on.
There's a chill in the air and the nights have grown longer. For most students, high school or college, this can make you feel like you have far less time to get the important things done. Other students embrace this season of change and all of the bounties the autumn season has to offer. Including all things pumpkin spice, sharing a scary story (or two), ghost tours, Halloween costume parties, and watching scary movies. If you enjoy chilling, fourth-floor tales and mind-bending paranormal activity, read on. If this is not your thing, skip to the bottom for some fun scholarship ideas. It's no secret higher education in America has existed for quite some time. According to Business Insider, Harvard University was founded in 1636 making it America's oldest college. For scholarly types that enjoy the macabre and creepy stories, this is the perfect formula for spooky events and historic hexes at colleges and universities.
For many the month of October is not complete without a few terrifying tales shared amongst friends. Prepare yourself. As you read these scary stories, ask yourself...Are ghosts real? Here's our list of the seven most haunted colleges in the United States:

Ghost Stories from the Most Haunted Schools in the U.S.

  1. University of New Hampshire—Durham, NH

  2. ghost in white dress
    It's the unknown that seems to be the scariest element of hauntings. What has plagued a soul so much that it's trapped in purgatory or a constant quantum loop? According to Haunted Rooms America, dorm students living in Smith Hall and T-Hall report a female spirit haunts the halls at night. Her manifestation as a "lady in white" has been seen numerous times throughout the halls. Durham college students reported hearing footsteps followed by that eerie "I'm not alone" feeling.
  3. University of New Mexico—Albuquerque, NM

  4. theatre ghost
    An unfortunate freak accident sparked hauntings at the University of New Mexico's KiMo Theatre. According to Daily Lobo, an independent UNM student newspaper, a 12-year old boy was killed in a hot water tank explosion. A student employee claims to hear the sound of keys jingling and random door openings when no one else was present in the theatre. Given the name the, Spot Booth Ghost, theatre students honor him today with gifts via a shrine. The shrine includes a place for cast members to leave him notes. Gifts to the young Spot Booth Ghost include doughnuts and toys. Rumor has it he is a friendly ghost.
  5. University of Montevallo —Montevallo, AL

  6. girl on couch laying on skeleton
    According to the Travel Channel, in 1908 Condie Cunningham was making hot chocolate when she accidently set her nightgown on fire. Cunningham died from this incident and reportedly haunts the residence hall where this unfortunate event occurred. Students in Main Hall claim to see a ghost covered in flames running through the hallway at night.
  7. DePauw University—Greencastle, IN

  8. ghost in elevator
    Legend has it a worker died in the elevator shaft during construction of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. According The DePauw, immediately after the elevator was finished it began to move from the first floor to the basement—no one was inside. The door to this elevator has been reported to open at night, although no one is present to press any buttons. Strange noises have also been heard coming from or near this elevator too.
  9. Wichita State University —Wichita, KS

  10. empty beds at haunted infirmary
    Established in 1904 and the oldest building on campus, Fiske Hall, served as an infirmary during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. Not shocking this grim history has attracted the interest of many ghost hunters. According to Travel Channel, ghost hunters claim their electromagnetic field detectors (EMFs) go crazy in this building. EMFs are a must have tool to help locate spirits, according to professional ghost hunters.
  11. Ohio University—Athens, OH

  12. ghosts in haunted cemetery
    One of the oldest universities in America (founded in 1804) a section of the campus is home to The Ridges. Located here is a collection of cemeteries and is now home to Wilson Hall. Prior to the dormitory, university grounds housed a progressive (for the time period of 1874) mental hospital—Athens Lunatic Asylum. Considered a spirit hot spot, paranormal researchers like to visit The Ridges cemetery (this is also a place where deceased asylum patients were buried). Ideas abound these grounds are filled with unsettled spirits whose simple depressed symptoms (called Melancholy in this era) were given darker remedies than necessary in the late 1800s. It's as if they're looking to be heard today. According to College Consensus, if find yourself at The Ridges on the Ohio University's campus, "...say hi to Margaret Schilling, who died in 1979. She's still hanging around."
  13. Gettysburg College—Gettysburg, PA

  14. haunted morgue at Gettysburg college
    The Gettysburg College campus is located close to the site of the deadly 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Here more than 50,000 soldiers died. According to Insider, in the early 2000s when a students and administrators visited the basement of Penn Hall, they found themselves smack dab in the middle of a functioning Civil War operating room. Witnesses were face-to-face with bloody doctor and nurse apparitions and the horrific scene of injured patients. Upon returning to the room of the ghastly site they were shocked to discover it had disappeared as if it never occurred. Ironically, the basement did in fact serve as a soldier morgue in 1863. Is your college or do you know of a college campus that's haunted? If so, please share with us by commenting on this article. We'd love to hear your ghost stories!

    Crazy-Weird Halloween Scholarships

    If you're a fan of crazy and weird, you'll enjoy applying for a few of these Halloween-themed scholarships. From clowns and creepy crawlers (herpetology) to Outer space and mortuary science we've got just the list for you. See—working to lower the cost of college via scholarships can be fun too! Be sure to create your free Fastweb profile to be matched to scholarships that fit you and your odd interests.

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Shawna Newman

Managing Editor, Contributing Writer

Shawna Newman is the Managing Editor and a writer at Fastweb. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education. Her direct work with college admissions teams, financial aid officers, college deans, ...

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