Taking in everything from possessed paintings to mischief-making poltergeists, haunted college ghost legends are as varied as they are chilling.
What’s more, while some schools seem to shrug off their allegedly haunted histories, others actively embrace the reputations they have for all things paranormal.
As for the building, it became part of the university in 1968 and was renamed Ponce de Leon Hall.
The school’s campus was constructed on the site of the former Camarillo State Hospital – regarded as among the country’s most notorious mental health facilities.
Between 19, over 1,000 patients died at the institution – some due to the passage of time, others from neglect and sickness – and shock therapy was reportedly commonplace.
By Linda Weems Some universities are said to have been built on ancient burial sites; others were apparently the scenes of tragic suicides and unexplained deaths.
It’s probably little wonder, then, that so many college campuses are supposedly haunted.
In addition, we determined, wherever possible, when and where on campus a particular sighting or other allegedly paranormal occurrence took place.
To do so, we examined reports from university and college websites, as well as articles in local and national media, before making our final selection of 50.
Paranormal investigators have visited the university’s grounds, believing them to be an active location for supernatural goings-on, while students have experienced the former hospital’s “unique eeriness” as well, with one mentioning a door that apparently locked itself.
It’s perhaps appropriate, then, that the site was used to portray a creepy psychiatric facility in 2002 horror movie It’s perhaps appropriate that North Dakota State University’s Ceres Hall should harbor a ghost, given how close it was to acquiring a rather ghoulish moniker.
During the administration building’s construction at the beginning of the 20th century, there were plans to name it for Jessie Slaughter, the first woman to enroll at the Fargo school.