Stockholm University College Founded 1878

Stockholm University College is established. The first public lectures are held in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology, and soon after in cultural history and economics. The tradition of public lectures continues to this day.

The first professors

  • 1884 – Viktor Rydberg Stockholm University College’s first professor of cultural history is appointed.
  • 1889 – Sonja Kovalevsky Sweden’s first female professor and the world’s first female professor of mathematics is appointed.
  • 1904 – Gustav Cassel. Stockholm University College’s first professor of economics is appointed.

University and City in Collaboration

Stockholm University receives the right to award degrees. This process is driven by the city council, which would like the University College to offer legal education, as there is a shortage of lawyers. The law programme is today Sweden's largest and most applied-for study programme.

University College becomes University 1960

Stockholm University College receives university status.
The number of students increases from 300 to almost 8,000.
Student Explosion and Congestion
The sharp increase in the number of students during the 1960s makes facilities in the city overcrowded.
In 1970 the great exodus to Frescati begins, with the purpose of gathering all activities in a single location.
28,000 students enrolled.
The world’s first National City Park is established, of which the University forms an important part.
The Stockholm Institute of Education becomes part of the University.
Sweden’s Largest University
34,000 students, 1,700 doctoral students and 5,000 staff are active within Science and Human Sciences.