The Craven-Wilson Dorm of Lon Morris College is believed to be haunted by a female spirit who resides with whoever is living in the dorm at the time. Her identity is believed to be former dorm director Ms. Brown who lost her life to cancer before her term was over; she is believed to haunt the place in order to complete her rightful term.
The University of Wyoming’s Knight Hall is haunted by unknown spirits who wail at night. In the southern end of the west wing, a young Native American girl has been seen sitting down, only to disappear. Ghost faces can be seen in the windows, peering out into the realm of the living. In the basement, the sound of beating drums can be heard, even though no one is there.
The Northern State University, located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has two notable haunted locations; Jerde Hall and the Johnson Fine Arts Center.
Carroll College was founded in 1909 by John Patrick Carroll, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana at the time. Originally, the school was named the Mount St. Charles in honor of St. Charles Borromeo. Initially, it served as an all-male liberal arts college, focusing on training young men for careers in medicine, law, engineering, teaching, and priesthood. Now, it is coeducational.
While the reason of University of Pancasila’s haunting is unknown, it is known that if you go into the elevator and press one of the buttons to pick one of the floors, it will almost always come out on the wrong floor. It is unknown whether this is a faulty elevator or paranormal activity.
Some of the abandoned dorms and classrooms of the Kabul University were used by the Taliban to torture and kill whoever defied them. While restoring the university, foreign aid workers said that they smelled rotting flesh, feces, and other bodily wastes. They saw the spirits of the Taliban’s victims. Sounds of screaming and crying in pain was heard by the workers as well.
The Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary is the oldest independent Catholic college in America, having been founded in 1808. The college’s former president, Reverend Simon Bruté, died in 1839. He has been seen following groups of students on the sidewalks of the campus, though they have all been dead for years.
The North Dakota State University has had many paranormal occurences on the third floor of Ceres Hall. These are believed to be caused by a man who committed suicide via hanging himself from a heating vent sometime during World War II.
The playhouse, known as Epperson Hall, of the University of Missouri in Kansas City is believed to be haunted by a manager who died in the stage manager’s arms in the lobby some time in 1957. Now, reports of hearing footsteps and feeling her presence have been shared.
Alabama State University’s Becker Hall is haunted by now-deceased basketball players. Late at night, they play their sport, and the sounds of cheering fans can be heard even when there’s no game playing. The players, which are benign spirits, linger in the area due to their love of the game.
The Athens Female Academy was built in 1822, but it was later turned into the Athens State College by the Methodist Church. Oddly, the school is both the oldest and the newest school for higher education in Alabama’s state college system, as the Athens Female Academy is the oldest, and the Athens State College is the newest, joining the system in 1975.
One of the college’s most iconic buildings is the Founders’ Hall, which has four columns named “Matthew”, “Mark”, “Luke”, and “John” holding up the structure. It is rumored that this structure was about to be completely burned down by the Union Army, but the school’s headmistress, Jane Hamilton Childs, gave the army’s commanding officer a note from President Lincoln. The group then left, leaving the school unharmed.
During the Civil War, an unknown woman wearing a long lace dress was looking out her window when the Confederate soldiers decided to bomb the place. In a state of panic, she looked at her room on the top floor, seeing her own blood spatter against the wall. Now, every Monday at exactly 9:00 AM, the scene seems to reenact itself with a cast of ghostly actors.
One of the tales of hauntings that takes place in the hall says that a young woman died there shortly after the end of the Civil War. Two young ladies tried to sneak out to meet two men. As they descended the staircase with candles in their hands to light their way, the wind swept a spark into one of the girls’ hair, igniting her and eventually killing her from her burns. Now, the sound of disembodied footsteps can be heard near the staircase where the girl caught fire, light switches will turn on and off by themselves, doors squeak, and odd knocking noises can be heard against the wall. People have reported seeing her on the third story of the building, peering out of the windows.
The most famous haunting at Athens comes from inside McCandless Hall. Abigail Burns was a beautiful young opera singer who often performed in the hall in 1914. During one of her largest and most successful performances, she had to leave, but she promised the excited audience that she’d be back. However, she would never be able to fulfill her promise.
Later that same night, an encroaching storm came to its head – it was a thunderstorm, which frightened the horses pulling her carriage. The vehicle flipped over, killing Abigail. Like she said, she did return…but from beyond the grave. Those who see her say she has blond hair and is wearing a long white gown with a bouquet of flowers in her soft, delicate hands. Sightings of her have been reported in the dressing rooms, hallways, and the main hall, and she is followed by a flowery fragrance. Similarly to the young woman who was burned, she is also seen in the third-floor windows. Luckily, she is a benign spirit and seeks no revenge on the mortals.
In 1997, Professor Mark Durm went on a quest to disprove Abigail Burns’ haunting of McCandless Hall. In this search, he couldn’t find a death record for Miss Burns, and he didn’t find any information regarding her time as a singer at the Hall. Durm’s attempts to debunk the myth did not go well, as witnesses stood their ground.
Brown Hall, built in 1912, is another supposedly haunted location on the campus. It was named for Florence Brown, one of Athens’ employees. She took care of sick students during a typhoid outbreak when most all other staff members fled in fear of their lives. She died shortly after contracting it. Everyone who stayed ended up dying. Disembodied footsteps, knocking noises, “domino-style knocking cascades”, and levitating objects are just some of the activities in the hall.
The Auburn University Chapel was built in 1851 as a Presbyterian church. During the Civil War, the building was a Confederate hospital used for healing wounded soldiers. Later, the building was temporarily divided into classrooms when the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College burned down in 1887.
The church was renovated sometime around 1900. It was eventually sold to the college in 1921, and it became the YMCA/YWCA center for a few years. Auburn Players Theater, the college’s acting troupe, was housed there from 1927 to 1973. The structure received additional renovations between 1973 and 1976 to convert it into the Auburn University Chapel.
A legend about Sydney Grimlett, the ghost of a Confederate soldier who died in the temporary war hospital, says that a man haunts the school. When the building became a theater, Grimlett began to haunt the acting troupe, and when the group moved to another part of the campus, he followed them. He is now reported to haunt the Telfair Peet Theatre. Students often leave Skittles candies to Sydney before performing in shows.