Centenary College of Louisiana is a private liberal arts college in Shreveport, Louisiana. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. But this isn’t the only thing Centenary College is known for. It was also the scene of a grisly crime. In 1886, when the school was still known as Centenary Collegiate Institute, an 18-year-old kitchen maid named Tillie Smith was found murdered in a field behind the school. She, tragically, entrusted her safe entrance into a building after hours to the school’s janitor. But, he betrayed her trust and brutally attacked her.
Now, poor Tillie still haunts the school. Her murder was cruel and brutal; enough to anger her spirit and make her linger on campus for centuries to follow. Her purpose on earth seems as though it isn’t finished, since there are frequent sightings of her ghost wandering the school’s halls and fields, especially past dusk. The school even named a cafe after her in her honor. At the very least, her name lives on in the cafe (Weirdnj).
Two ghosts haunt this college in Australia. The Sisters of Notre Dame founded the college in the late 19th century. “Legend has it that one of the sisters was in love with a priest, but she was so overcome with guilt over the affair that she jumped from a balcony to her death. Some even say that the priest went on to kill himself as well, due to the overwhelming guilt and grief he felt in both his lover’s and unborn child’s death.” People see an apparition of a priest lurking around the school’s spiral stairway. They call these ghosts the Blue Nun and the Red Priest.
People hear the sounds of footsteps and see ghostly figures in the halls at night. Students also hear disembodied voices in the halls and stifled giggles. Lights and appliances turn on and off throughout the night. Objects move around on their own. Ghosts also throw textbooks across the floors of dorms. “A recent resident of St. Bernard’s had a particularly haunting experience. In her room, in the wee hours of the morning, about to fall asleep, she heard a crash. Turning her head, she saw that a cup had fallen to the ground, its plastic lid and straw separated on the floor. Too afraid to pick it up, she left the distinct pieces there. A seemingly mundane, yet inexplicable event that can only be attributed to paranormal happenings.” (NS Ghost Stories).
Bennington College in Vermont is full of ghosts. There have been reports of smoke-filled hallways. Doors lock and unlock spontaneously, and people report spooky images of strange figures in black hoods and robes. One of the most haunted locations on campus, however, is reported to be Jennings Music Building.
One student explains Jennings isn’t necessarily tortured “by a specific (ghost),” Bustell, who takes classes in the building almost every day, explained. “It’s really more things people can’t explain.” Things like creaking floors when nobody is there, random closing doors, and locked windows that fling open when there’s no wind. Many people believe that Jennings was actually used as inspiration as Netflix’s hit horror series, The Haunting of Hill House. (Only In Your State).
This university is one of the most haunted in the world, and for a reason different than you may think. “There was a male student who lived on the first floor of a certain dormitory building at CUHK’s New Asia College. His girlfriend lived on the floor above. To express her care for her boyfriend who was studying hard every day, the girl would hang a bowl of oxtail soup down from her window to her boyfriend. However, the two argued and since then, the boy rejected the soup. Feeling distraught, the girl eventually stopped sending soup to her lover.”
While this story may sound strange at first, it’s building up to something distressful. “Yet one evening, the boy saw the familiar bowl of oxtail soup again, dangling outside his window. Curious, the boy reached out to receive it. Alas, when he looked into the bowl, there was no soup – instead, it held the head of his now ex-lover. The heartbroken girl committed suicide in her dorm room when her boyfriend refused her.” This is heartbreaking and incredibly sad. Now, the ghost of the ex-lover roams the school, looking for her lost love (The Honey Combers).
This university has one of the most macabre stories out of all of them. In the 1800s, a horse-drawn carriage trampled a student. When crossing a specific portion of the bridge near the accident, people can hear a loud thud hit their vehicle. “When they stepped outside to check the damage, they never saw anything that would explain the sound.” That’s not the only creepy thing that happens on this campus. It’s also said that “a brother on campus often painted landscapes from the top floor. In a strange twist of fate, a gust of wind took his painting and thrust it out the window. The brother reached for it but fell out the open window to his death. Students report hearing strange noises coming from the top floor to this day.
You may even see the shutters opening and closing on their own. This happens without any wind.” If there’s no other explanation other than ghosts, then that’s the best explanation of them all. Even though it’s a treacherous fate, it’s creepy that those ghosts still haunt the school to this day. But it doesn’t stop there. “During arduous late-night rehearsals, students have reported some macabre incidents. A campus ghost story states that a suicide took place on the rafters of the building. The spirit still lingers in the building to this day. It often hangs nooses and ropes in unlikely places.” Alright, that’s enough. We’re going to avoid St. Edward’s University at all costs, because there’s no way we want to be anywhere near these types of ghosts (Only In Your State).
Ghost sightings have been reported at one of the University of Texas buildings. This happened after Littlefield built one of the campus buildings for his wife, Alice. She died in 1935 before it became a university. People hear unexplained sounds in the night. They also smell several different aromas and see strange figures wandering the buildings. Furthermore, “workers also say they heard Alice Littlefield playing the piano during late night hours. Others say items have been moved from one area to another without their knowledge.”
As we’ve seen numerous times on this list, there’s usually only one explanation when that happens. And that’s ghosts because these strange things never just happen. At least if their homework or textbooks go missing, they have an excuse for an extension on their assignments (Austin).
There’s a scary legend about this clock tower. Apparently, “students in the 1800s once led a cow into the tower in the night. Everything seemed to be going well for the late 19th-century students. They had stolen the cow and pulled off the prank without a hitch. But there was one problem, the students hadn’t planned how to get the cow down.” This is quite a sad story to read. Cows are innocent animals who don’t deserve this kind of treatment. It goes on to say, “unable to be coerced back down these stairs, it’s believed the cow was slaughtered inside the tower. Could these rickety boards have once supported the weight of a cow?
As the night wore on and the clock tower kept banging. The students made a choice. According to legend, they killed the cow. The students then carved up the slaughtered cow and took walked the pieces down the tower’s winding staircase one by one.” This is a horrific act that caused a ripple effect for years to come. The clock tower has hundreds of signatures. Ghosts from that time period haunt the tower. It’s a shame that the students put that cow in harm’s way and ended up hurting it (Insider).
Gettysburg College, founded before the Civil War in 1832, has stellar academics. It’s also one of the most haunted places in the world. Every student or faculty member has a ghost story involving something creepy. It was also named the sixth scariest place in the USA, rated by Fox News. Jon, a student at the university, said, “I took the elevator, and when it opened, there was a full working Civil War hospital in the basement, with, like, lights, people walking around working, soldiers. I swear to God I just looked at it like it was in a movie, and I just stared. The elevator door shut.”
The oldest building on campus served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. We can only assume a lot of horrible things going on in that place. Furthermore, it was quite gruesome, as a lot of soldiers were conscious of their operations. Jon’s story continues. He said, “I stood there for a minute and hit the âopen’ button, and when the doors opened, it was a regular basement. Nobody ever heard of anything like that or saw it too. I swear, though, that this happened.” There have also been reports from others of bloody patients in the basement. (Gettysburgian).