List of universities in Norway

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This list of universities in Norway presents the country's universities, giving their locations, abbreviated titles (in Norwegian), and years of establishment. Most universities in Norway are state universities.

Denmark-Norway only had one university, the University of Copenhagen. In 1811 the Royal Frederick's University (now the University of Oslo) was established, based on the traditions and curriculum of the University of Copenhagen and effectively as a Norwegian successor institution. It remains the country's highest ranked university, and was Norway's only university until 1946. In the postwar era the University of Bergen, the University of Trondheim (now NTNU) and the University of Tromsø were founded. These universities are known as the "old universities".

Norway also has a number of university colleges, that are traditionally focused on vocational programs such as nursing or teacher education. Several of these colleges have received university status in recent years, and are referred to as "new universities," in contrast to the "old universities."[1][2][3][4]

Most of the university colleges were created in 1994, following the university college reform. The University of Tromsø is the world's northernmost. Schools with an asterisk (*) have been created as the result of a merger.

School Location(s) Control Type Established
Bergen National Academy of the Arts Bergen Public University college 1996*
BI Norwegian Business School Oslo Private Specialized university 1943
Harstad University College Harstad Public University college 1994*
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Hamar, Blæstad, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Lillehammer Public University college 2017*
MF Norwegian School of Theology Oslo Private Specialized university 1907
Molde University College Molde, Kristiansund Public Specialized university 1994*
Narvik University College Narvik Public University college 1984*
Noroff University College Kristiansand Private University college
Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo Public Specialized university 1973
Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy Trondheim Public (military) University college 1949
Norwegian Defence School of Engineering Lillehammer Public (military) University college 1994
Norwegian Military Academy Oslo Public University college 1750
Norwegian Naval Academy Bergen Public University college 1817
Norwegian Police University College Oslo, Bodø Public University college 1992
Norwegian School of Economics Bergen Public Specialized university 1936
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Oslo Public Specialized university 1968
NLA University College Bergen, Oslo, Kristiansand Private University college 1968
Norwegian University of Life Sciences Ås Public University 1859[note 1]
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Gjøvik, Ålesund Public University 1996*
Nord University Bodø, Levanger Public University 1994*[note 2]
Oslo National Academy of the Arts Oslo Public University college 1996
Oslo School of Architecture and Design Oslo Public Specialized university 1968
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University Oslo, Akershus Public University 2018*
Sámi University of Applied Sciences Kautokeino Public University college 1989
School of Mission and Theology Stavanger Private Specialized university
University of South-Eastern Norway Kongsberg, , Drammen, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Rauland, Ringerike, Vestfold Public University 2016*
University of Agder Kristiansand, Grimstad Public University 1994*[note 3]
University of Bergen Bergen Public University 1948
University of Oslo Oslo Public University 1811
University of Stavanger Stavanger Public University 1994*[note 4]
University of Tromsø Tromsø Public University 1972
VID Specialized University Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen Private University college
Volda University College Volda Public University college 1994*
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen Public University college 2017*
Østfold University College Halden Public University college 1994*

Private university colleges with accredited programs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Until 2005 Agricultural University College at Ås[citation needed]
  2. ^ Until 2010 Bodø University College
  3. ^ Until 2007 Agder University College
  4. ^ Until 2005 Stavanger University College


  1. ^ "Maktkamp mellom gamle og nye universiteter endte med Sunniva Whittaker som ny UHR-leder".
  2. ^ "Regjeringen svekker de nye universitetene, i strid med Stortingets pålegg".
  3. ^ "De «nye» universitetene snakker ned grunnforskningen, ifølge professor". 10 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Husebekk om nye universiteter: — et prosjekt det er vanskelig å lykkes med". 17 November 2020.

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