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    Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges trace their history back to 1822 when the Hobart College for men was founded. In 1908 the William Smith College for women was opened, and today the two schools have combined to form a single unified campus. Two of the schools’ buildings are said to be haunted, as are other spots around campus. Smith Hall is home to a ghost who likes to walk around the... Read More

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    This campus dates back to 1712 and features a three-story windmill that stands as one of Long Island's oldest. Relocated in 1890 from Southampton Town, it served as a landmark for seafaring ships, before standing at its present location, as part of the Claflin Estate. The windmill was also once used as a former cottage and housed guests like Tennessee Williams, who reportedly created... Read More

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    Cazenovia College is a small, independent college offering a liberal arts education and baccalaureate programs. Strange incidents have been reported in the campus’ Hubbard Hall, particularly on the building’s third floor. Doors open and close on their own, alarms go off at odd hours day and night for no reason, and other unusual incident have been reported. Read More

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  •   SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
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    SUNY Potsdam was founded in 1816, making it one of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States. Many have come through the university over the years, but according to local legend one person never left. Dr. Howard Satterlee, the school’s first dean, is said to haunt his namesake building, Satterlee Hall. He has been seen walking the third floor hall and will sometime turn on the clock... Read More

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  •   Hamilton College Clinton, NY
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    Three buildings are said to be haunted at Hamilton College. The Admissions Building and Alumni House, both of which were private residences a one point, are allegedly haunted by members of the families who used to live there. The ghost of a Revolutionary War messenger has been spotted in the Northern Residence Hall, where he has been known to point at people and then disappear through... Read More

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  •   Fordham University Bronx, NY
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    Fordham University has long been well known as a highly regarded institute of higher learning the Bronx, but in addition to its academic programs students have become familiar with the ghosts that haunt its campus. Dozens of ghosts have been seen at the school; some believe this is because it was built on the site of an old hospital. Keating Hall seems to be the most active building,... Read More

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  • Centereach High School Centereach, NY
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    In January of 1997, a New York City firefighter was shot in the leg and chest, which led to his death on the school track. James Halverson was running around the fifth lane with his dog when he was approached by William Sodders who shot and killed him. While Halverson's killer and his accomplice were captured and convicted, it's believed that Halverson's spirit still lives on here.... Read More

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    Founded on Houston Street in Manhattan as the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville College did not relocate to its current campus in Purchase until 1952. The new campus came with more than a few unwelcome surprises, unfortunately, as Manhattanville proved to be one of the most haunted schools in the state. Underneath the campus’ Old Chapel is a catacomb system... Read More

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  •   Elmira College Elmira, NY
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    Two buildings on the Elmira College campus are rumored to be haunted. Students in Cowles Hall have seen floating lights and heard whispering in the building’s hallways; some have even suggested that the building has a good half and an evil half. An empty room on Tompkins Hall’s fourth floor is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a nun who is waiting to surprise her sister with a... Read More

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  • Concordia College Bronxville, NY
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    Founded in 1881 as Concordia Progymnasium in Manhattan, Concordia College has seen a number of relocations and expansions in its history. It moved to its current location in Bronxville in 1910, where it has remained for over a century. In that time, reports of ghosts have popped up in four of the campus’ buildings. Feth Hall, named for Rev. Dr. Henry Feth, is said to be haunted by the... Read More

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    The College of Saint Rose was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet; at the time it was a Roman Catholic college for women, but expanded to include a broader curriculum and enroll men between the 1950s and early ‘70s. Students report that several resident halls on the campus are haunted, having seen apparitions and spirit orbs inside of them. There have also been... Read More

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  •   Brittany Hall, NYU New York, NY
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    Formerly the Brittany Hotel, Birttany Hall was built in 1929 and has housed private residents at several points in its history, including Al Pacino and journalist Walter Winchell. During Prohibition its penthouse was used as a speakeasy which students say still hosts phantom parties to this day. Witnesses have described music and disembodied footsteps coming from the upper levels of the... Read More

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    Marymount College in Tarrytown was originally an independent girl’s boarding school built in 1907 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. In 1924 it became one of the first US women’s colleges to offer a study abroad program. In 2002 the college consolidated with Fordham University, but just five years later Fordham sold it to EF Academy. Rumor has it that the campus is still... Read More

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  •   Medaille College Buffalo, NY
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    Founded in 1875 as a school specializing in the training of teachers, Medaille College has expanded in scope and size to become the liberal arts school that stands today. Not all of the campus residents are living students, however; some of them are the ghosts of students past! The ghostly images of boys in 1940’s clothing have been spotted in multiple classrooms. Read More

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  •   Sage College of Albany Albany, NY
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    Sage College of Albany was founded in 1949 and is a coed, multidisciplinary four-year college. The school was built in what was once the Albany Home for Children, and local rumors claim that during construction shallow graves were discovered. Students say the campus is haunted by orphans who died in a basement fire. Read More

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  • Sheahan Hall, Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
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    Sheahan Hall at Marist College is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who tragically died while dorming in the building. Shelly Sperling was in her freshman year at Marist when, on Febuary 18, 1975, her high school ex-boyfriend came to campus. Louis Acevedo, III, was angry that his former lover had left home to go to school and approached Shelly while she was on her way to... Read More

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  •   Holcroft House Potsdam, NY
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    The Holcroft House was built in 1822 by John Charlton Clarkson. It was originally named the Mansion House, but was renamed in honor of Elizabeth Holcroft, the mother of Matthew Clarkson who was the first member of his family to come to America. Some believe Elizabeth’s spirit traveled to her namesake house and has been haunting it ever since. Visitors report seeing furniture move by... Read More

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  •   Niagara University Niagara Univ, NY
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    When Niagara University was founded in 1856 as the College and Seminary of Our Lady of Angels, it had only six students and two faculty members. Over the years it has expanded greatly in size and scope to become a full-fledged university; it has also become home to a locally famous ghost. In 1864 a fire in Clet Hall stranded a student named Thomas Hopkins on an upper-level floor.... Read More

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  •   SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
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    SUNY Geneseo was founded in 1871 as Wasworth Normal and Training School, and did not become a liberal arts college until 1948. Three buildings on campus are rumored to be haunted by the ghost of at least one young boy. Strange noises have been heard and apparitions seen in Blake Hall and Steuben Hall, which are said to be haunted by the spirit of a boy who fell to his death while the... Read More

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  •   Academy at Ivy Ridge Ogdensburg, NY
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    Located on the former grounds of Mater Dei College, the Academy at Ivy Ridge’s history is as brief as it is turbulent. The Academy opened in 2002 as a boarding school for troubled teens, but just four years later the State denied it the right to continue issuing diplomas. Reports of rampant abuse had spring up before long, intensifying after 30 students rioted and escaped the campus in... Read More

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    The College at Brockport first opened to students in 1867 and became part of the SUNY system in 1948. The school’s Hartwell Hall is rumored to be haunted, likely by the spirit of Edward P. Rowley who was a resident on campus in 1888. Rowley fell through a few planks that had been covering a cistern and became trapped in seven feet of water; he drowned before long. Students now report... Read More

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  •   Keuka College Keuka Park, NY
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    Keuka College is a liberal arts university founded in 1890 by George Harvey Ball in 1890. Ball’s ghost is said to still roam his namesake residential building, Ball Hall, turning off the TVs of students and rocking furniture. His ghost is said to smell of cologne and will sometimes move objects; people who enter room 423 often report feeling as though they are being watched. A ghostly... Read More

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  •   West Hall, Rensselaer Troy, NY
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    Having been founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological research university. Over the course of nearly two centuries, the school has expanded both its undergraduate programs and its campus size. West Hall, for example, is currently the center of the university’s Arts department, but the building was originally the Old Troy Hospital. The ghost... Read More

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  •   SUNY Albany Albany, NY
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    Founded in 1844, SUNY Albany has been educating students in New York’s capital for well over a century. Students say that in that time the school has also accrued a few ghosts, including a young girl who has reportedly been roaming Mahican Hall since 1994. Another woman is said to haunt Pierce Hall, appearing and disappearing before residents. Read More

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  •   Erie Hall, SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
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    SUNY Geneseo’s Erie Hall, and more specifically dorm room C2D1, was the site of a famous haunting which occurred in 1985. During his stay in the room, an underclassman named Chris began hearing a voice calling out his name. At first he thought the sound was coming from outside his dorm, then that someone was playing a trick on him, but the voice persisted even after he started listening... Read More

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  •   University of Rochester Rochester, NY
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    The Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester was built in the late 1920s and named for the school’s third president, Benjamin Rush Rhees. During construction a workmen fell down the elevator shaft, losing his life in the process. His spirit is said to still haunt the library’s stacks. Read More

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  •   Alfred University Alfred, NY
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    Alfred University was founded in 1836 as a small college and has since expanded both its curriculum and campus. One of its buildings, The Brick, was used as an infirmary during the Civil War and is today rumored to be haunted by a soldier who walks its hallways. A female apparition can sometimes be seen in the CDC, and a young boy manifests on the second floor of Herrick Library. Read More

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  •   Most Holy Trinity Church Brooklyn, NY
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    Most Holy Trinity Church was built between 1882 and 1885 on land that was used as a cemetery from 1841 to 1853. According to local rumors, not all of the bodies were exhumed from the graveyards, and the spirits of those left behind still inhabit the grounds to this day. Lights in the school gym have gone off and on for no reason, and at nighttime the sounds of footsteps walking back and... Read More

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  •   Furman Hall, NYU New York, NY
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    Furman Hall stands on what was once the home of Edgar Allan Poe; most notably, it was the place he lived while revising and ultimately publishing “The Raven.” In 2001 NYU dismantled the former Poe residence to make room for Furman Hall, but it rebuilt the façade to resemble Poe’s residence, established a “Poe Room” dedicated to the author, and kept the original staircase banister.... Read More

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  •   Canisius College Buffalo, NY
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    Canisius College is a private college located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, founded in 1870 by Jesuits and named for St. Peter Canisius. Visitors to the campus’ Christ the King Chapel have heard unexplained voices coming from the confessionals and report seeing the apparition of an old man in the basement. The ghost of a student who committed suicide has been spotted on... Read More

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  •   Daemen College Amherst, NY
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    Built in 1947 as Rosary Hill College, the school was originally an all-girls school; the first male students graduated in 1968 and in 1976 the school changed its name to Daemen College. According to students, one of the buildings on campus is haunted by the ghosts of two brothers. Curtis Hall stands on what was once a residential home, and rumor has it that the siblings who once lived... Read More

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  •   Wells College Aurora, NY
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    Wells College is reportedly home to a plethora of restless spirits. A female student is said to haunt Zabriskie Hall, where she was stabbed by a professor who stole her research. Mrs. Wells haunts Pettibone House wielding a knife as she searches for her adulterous husband’s mistress. A security guard named Max roams Morgan Hall, where he died in a fire. There are also reports of several... Read More

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  •   Cunard Hall, Wagner College Staten Island, NY
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    Cunard Hall was built in 1852 in the Italianate villa style to be a three story home for the Cunard family. In 1918 the building was taken over by Wagner College which today uses it as an Administration Building, housing the Registrar as well as other offices. In 1890 a man leapt to his death from a second story window; students say that they can still see his ghostly face peering out... Read More

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  •   SUNY Purchase Purchase, NY
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    Several parts of the SUNY Purchase campus are rumored to be haunted. The Elephant tree is said to sway back and forth even when there is no wind, allegedly because someone was once hanged from its branches (accounts vary on whether that person was a slave or a girl who committed suicide). There is also a house located across from the campus Starbucks said to be haunted by the ghost of... Read More

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  •   SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
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    SUNY Cortland is reported to be haunted by several ghosts. In Brockway Hall, the ghost of a former cook has been seen standing at the top of a staircase, and a bleeding football player is said to make an annual appearance in Room 716 of Clark Hall. Degroat Hall is rumored to be haunted as well, though details are less specific. One of the more well-known ghosts on campus is Elizabeth,... Read More

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  •   Jackson's Garden Schenectady, NY
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    Jackson’s Garden at Union College is said to be haunted by the ghost of a girl named Alice Van der Veer. Local legend states that Alice fell in love with a man of which her father did not approve, and to put a stop to their relationship the father killer her young lover. When word of the murder got out, an angry mob formed, capturing Alice and her father and burning them both alive in... Read More

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    Students have reported a number of paranormal experiences in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Macdonough Hall. Incidents include faucets and lights turn off and on by themselves, doors unlocking of their own accord, toilets flushing, and radios and fire alarms turning on for no reason. Some have even heard the sounds of a screaming girl and laughing man, or seen apparitions. Read More

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  •   Blithewood Mansion Dutchess County, NY
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    Built in 1900, Blithewood Mansion was originally the home of National Guard captain and real estate mogul Andrew Zabriskie. In 1951 it was donated to Bard College, which now uses it as a library and has converted a few rooms to accommodate classes. While still in the possession of Zbriskie, four statues were commissioned for the mansion’s garden, each depicting a different one of his... Read More

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    “The Hub,” an old cottage on St. Lawrence University’s campus is rumored to be haunted. Locals claim that Florence Lee Whitman, the daughter of a former President of the college, John Stebbins Lee, has roamed the building long since passing away. Ghost investigators visited the building in the 1970s and say that they saw a ghost in the butler’s pantry. Read More

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  •   D'Youville College Buffalo, NY
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    The Koessler Administration Building at D’Youville College has long been rumored to be haunted by students and locals. Locked doors have opened by themselves while others have slammed shut, disembodied footsteps have been heard, unexplained lights have flared, and the apparitions of children have been seen by many witnesses. The third and fourth floors seem to be the center of... Read More

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  •   Igoe Hall, SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
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    Originally known as Building “E” when it opened in the 1970s, SUNY Fredonia’s Igoe Hall was renamed in honor of a student, James Robert Igoe, who drowned in Lake Eerie. Students say that the dorm has been haunted by Jimmy since his passing, causing a variety of inexplicable phenomena. Jimmy is believed to slam doors, change the channels on TVs, turn the lights and faucets on and off,... Read More

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  •   City College of New York New York, NY
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    Established in 1847, the City College of New York is the oldest of City University’s 24 institutions and was the first free public institution of higher education in the US. A number of ghosts have been spotted on campus, wearing clothing that dates from as far back as the early 20th century. A student who dies in 1918 has been spotted multiple times, and other apparitions in ‘60s and... Read More

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  •   St. Bonaventure University St Bonaventure, NY
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    Founded in 1858, St. Bonaventure University is a private Catholic university in Cattaraugus County. It is well known for its journalism, business, and education programs, as well as for being haunted. De La Roche Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a student who died in a fire; he often turns on the third floor lights late at night. Local legend claims that the student was... Read More

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