Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila University (Filipino: Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila; Spanish: Universidad Ateneo de Manila), also known simply as the Ateneo de Manila, the Ateneo, or AdMU, is a private, research, basic and higher education institution founded and run by the Society of Jesus in Quezon City, Philippines. Founded in 1859 as Escuela Municipal de Manila, it is the second-oldest Jesuit-administered institution of higher learning in Asia-Pacific.

Ateneo de Manila University
Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila
University seal[1]
Latin: Universitas Athenaea Manilensis
Former names
  • Escuela Municipal de Manila (1859–1865)
  • Ateneo Municipal de Manila (1865–1909)
  • Ateneo de Manila
MottoLatin: Lux in Domino
Motto in English
Light in the Lord
TypePrivate, research, non-profit, coeducational basic and higher education institution
EstablishedDecember 10, 1859 (162 years and 240 days)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuits)
Academic affiliations
ChairmanBernadine T. Siy
PresidentFr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ
Academic staff
approx. 2,470[2]
Administrative staff
Students15,269 (university level)[2]
Other students
approx. 6,500 (grade school and high school)
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Grade School
  • Junior High School
  • Senior High School
  • Loyola Schools
  • School of Government

Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines Rockwell Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

  • School of Medicine and Public Health

14°38′20″N 121°4′40″E
CampusUrban (main campus) – 133 acres (53.8 ha)
ColorsBlue and White[4]
NicknameBlue Eagles
Sporting affiliations
MascotBlue Eagle[5]

The university provides primary and secondary education as well as undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and business. It offers professional degrees through the Graduate School of Business, the School of Government, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Ateneo Law School. Known for its Jesuit liberal arts tradition, the humanities are a key feature of Ateneo education at all levels of study. This is especially pronounced in the undergraduate level as the Core Curriculum.

The Ateneo is widely regarded and often cited as the highest-ranked private university and second overall in the country and admission is highly selective.[6]

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