Record high student intake at BI

13 August 2008

Never before have so many first-year students accepted the offer of a place to study full-time at the BI Norwegian School of Management.

A full total of 3,883 freshmen – which is 9 per cent up on last year – are presently arriving at our campuses in Oslo and five other towns in Norway to take up their studies at BI. 

“This increase shows that BI Norwegian School of Management has consolidated its position. A growing number of prospective students have discovered that BI’s commitment to excellence, professional expertise and relevance leads to good jobs after graduation,” says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian School of Management.

More popular than ever

BI Norwegian School of Management has never before been as popular among the students as this year. Over the past year there has been a steady stream of good news about BI: Fully 95 per cent of the BI graduates last year obtained employment within six months; in a new, international survey this spring the school was listed among the 100 best business schools in Europe, and on 1 June BI was accredited as a specialised university institution. The figures behind the record high intake and 9 per cent increase show there is a growth in interest for all six campuses and most of the programmes of study.   

Economics and IT management up 69%

Economics and IT management has had the highest growth among the programmes and is up by 69% - and a total of 88 students. Other popular programmes that have seen high increases are:

  • International marketing  63% - 308 first-year students in all
  • Entrepreneurship   61% - 58 first-year students in all
  • Business & Economics (MSc) 38% - 329 first-year students in all
  • Finance and administration 18% - 766 first-year students in all
School/Campus NO of first year students Increase
BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo 2527 6%
BI Bergen 545 4&
BI Drammen 127 36%
BI Kristiansand 78 26%
BI Stavanger 199 5%
BI Trondheim 407 29%
Sum 3883 9%


Exchange students

In addition to the increase in degree seeking students, BI also welcoming 265 exchange students this week; 87 master and 178 bachelor from 81 partner institutions and 35 nationalities.

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