Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was rejected by Oslo University after applying for a place in its political science department.
The university said the Breivik, 34, lacked the qualifications to study at the institution, as he has not completed high school.
"The conclusion is that he isn't considered sufficiently qualified to start a course in political science," the rector of the university, Ole Petter Ottersen, told Agence France-Presse.
But Breivik's lawyer, Vibeke Hein Baera, said he has been studying in prison to meet the requirements to take courses at the Norwegian university.
"He's collecting points to study at university. He studied mathematics this summer and will certainly study other material to reach the required level," said Hein Baera.
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Breivik himself has claimed to have spent 16,320 hours studying, something he sees as "an informal education consisting of the equivalent of eight university years (or equivalent to two bachelor degrees and one master degree)."
News of his application to the Oslo institution sparked outrage among staff, some of who said they were opposed to any dealings with Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people.
On July 22, 2011, the convicted murderer set off a bomb in a car near government offices in Oslo, then went on to shoot at people attending a summer camp of the ruling Labor Party's youth wing on a lake island. Over 240 people were also injured in the twin attacks.
Breivik was convicted of terrorism and premeditated murder, and received the maximum sentence for his crimes.