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Columbia University
Also Known as Columbia University in the City of New York [1]
Weaver Hall University
Appeared in Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters II
Address "Columbia University"
116th Street and Broadway
New York, 10027
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Founded 1754 A.D.

Columbia University (also known as Columbia University in the City of New York and Weaver Hall University) was the location where Dr. Stantz, Dr. Venkman, and Dr.Spengler worked before going into business for themselves.



In the early 1980s, Egon, Ray, and Peter worked in the Department of Psychology located at Weaver Hall on the upper west side of campus. [1] However, the Board of Regents decided to terminate their grant and had them removed in 1984.

Ghostbusters IIEdit

Egon was back on campus in 1989 working in the Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research. In late November, Dana Barrett went to see Egon at the Institute to look into the strange incident on First Avenue involving her son Oscar.


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Note: This is in canon only.

Real Life Location FactsEdit

King's College was founded in 1754 by royal charter of George II, the king of Britain at the time. After the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783, King's College briefly became a state institution and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. In 1787, a charter put Columbia under the auspices of a private board of trustees, then in 1896 it was renamed again to Columbia University. It grew into a prestigious Ivy League research private university. Eventually, the campus moved from Madison Avenue to Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood.


  • Although the University is never given a name in the film, the scenes shot at the University were filmed at Columbia University in New York.
  • Although permission was granted for the production unit to shoot on the Columbia University campus, it was with the understanding that the school not be identified as such in the film. [4]
  • There is no actual Weaver Hall at Columbia University. [5]
  • The Paranormal lab scenes were also filmed at Columbia. [6] [7]
  • In "The Ghostbusters Storybook", the narrative oddly refers to the University as Weaver Hall University. Weaver Hall is taken from the name of the building that the Paranormal Studies Laboratory occupies at the beginning of the movie. [8]
  • In the novelization, The University is known as Columbia University. [9]
  • On page 21 of Ghostbusters Issue #6, Rachel Unglighter's college I.D. card appears.
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Peter's Doctorate of Psychology is more legible and it is revealed he graduated on June 14, 1980.



  1. Final Shooting Script p.2 via Spook Central
  2. Atari: Official Character Factsheet 3/20/09 via Spook Central See: 2009 tab
  3. Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Page 18
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  5. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:40-02:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "There's no Weaver Hall but this is Columbia University. "
  6. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:45-02:47). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Even this was at Columbia, wasn't it? "
  7. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 03:39-03:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And this was actually a room at Columbia University, we should have--we were planning to shoot this on the set but were moving so fast in New York that we went to our cover sets that John De Cuir aged it but otherwise it's in the basement somewhere in Columbia. "
  8. Digby, Ann (February 1985). "The Ghostbusters Storybook", p. 2. Scholastic Inc., New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843.
  9. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). "Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular," p. 15. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.


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