Ateneo de Davao University

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Ateneo de Davao University
Pamantasang Ateneo de Davao

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Motto Fortes in Fide ("Strong in Faith")


Type Private, Jesuit University
President Fr. Antonio Samson, S.J
Location Davao City, Philippines

Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is a private Catholic university founded in 1948 by the Southern Mindanao chapter of the Society of Jesus. It is located in Davao City in Mindanao.

AdDU has two campuses: the Jacinto Campus, which houses the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, and College of Nursing; and the Matina Campus, which houses the High School and Grade School departments.



AdDU is one of nine Jesuit schools in the Philippines. It traces its academic tradition back 400 years to St. Ignatius de Loyola's College at Messina in 1547.

At the request of Luis del Rosario S.J., Bishop of the Diocese of Zamboanga, which included Davao at the time, Jesuit priests Fr. Theodore E. Daigler S.J., Fr. Alfredo Paguia, S.J. and Fr. Grant Quinn, S.J., and Scholastics James Donelan, S.J. and Rodolfo Malasmas, S.J., took over St. Peter's Parochial School and changed the name to Ateneo de Davao in 1948. On 20 May 1948, the institution was registered with the government under SEC No. 3467 as a non-stock, non-profit educational unit.

The school opened on 28 June 1948 in a wooden building on a six-hectare lot in Matina, offering classes in grades 5 to 6 as well as first to third year high school. There were 71 elementary pupils and 131 high school students initially enrolled.

The school expanded to the present Jacinto campus in 1951 and offered night classes for college students in liberal arts, commerce, education, associate in arts, pre-law, secretarial, and an elementary teacher’s certificate program. There were initially 130 male students starting July 1951, attending classes in the Bellarmine Hall. The school changed its name to the Ateneo de Davao College (AdDC). In 1953, the school became a co-educational institution; by that time, nine college courses were being offered.

In 1960, the school built the five-story Canisius Hall to accommodate more students. The next year, the College of Law opened. In 1968, AdDC began offering graduate courses.

In 1969, the College was accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). AdDC, together with Xavier University and the Ateneo de Zamboanga formed the Mindanao Consortium of Ateneo Schools, with the approval of the Department of Education.

In 1973, the grade school became the first PAASCU-accredited elementary school in the Visayas and Mindanao region. That same year, the College of Law partnered with St. Francis Xavier Regional Seminary to provide master’s degrees in Theology and in Theology Education.

The next year, the high school also received its PAASCU accreditation. At the same time, the Institute of Small Farms and Industries (ISFI) was established, and the school accepted students on scholarships given by the Coconut Federation (COCOFED). A five-story dormitory was constructed for the students who wished to board in the school (the present Dotterweich Hall). That same year, AdDC also opened a branch in the Valderrama lumber camp in Compostela, Davao del Norte.

AdDC, together with San Pedro College, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Hospital and the Development of Peoples’ Foundation, co-founded the Davao Medical School Foundation in 1976 as a separate institution, although with degrees granted by the Ateneo de Davao.

In 1977, the school gained university status and became the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), with Fr. Emeterio Barcelon S.J. as its first university president. That same year, the College of Agriculture and the pre-school were opened, and the high school began to enroll female students.

In 1979, in coordination with the National Science Development Board, the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC) was established at the University. AdDU also started offering engineering courses, beginning with Chemical Engineering.

In 1982, the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO) was established; in 1983, the High School was re-accredited by PAASCU for another five years.

In June 1986, Fr. Antonio S. Samson, S.J. became the second university president.

The University experienced a full reorganization in 1989 when lay persons were appointed as school heads and treasurer; Mrs. Katie Delima became the first female high school principal. The Matina campus started to serve only basic education such as pre-school, elementary and high school, while the Jacinto campus housed the tertiary education units, university support offices and services, research, extension and auxiliary units.

In 1990, the Instructional Media Center was established in the High School, housing the library, computer laboratory and the audio-visual room. Likewise, the Ateneo Computer Science Center was created to offer computer support courses both for degree and non-degree students.

In 1991, however, AdDU had to let go of its Agriculture program due to low student population and failure to meet requirements. Additionally, the University closed its Valderrama - Compostela branch.

The graduate Theology program started in 1992 and became the Ignatian Institute for Religious Education (IIRE) under the leadership of Fr. William Malley S.J.

In June 1993, Fr. Edmundo M. Martinez, S.J. became the 3rd University President.

In 1996, AdDU entered into a partnership with Mosaic Communications and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to provide Internet services and to computerize the entire school. In the same year, the University renovated the entire Matina campus.

The reorganization of the University in 1998 created the School of Business and Governance (SBG).

The next year, the College of Arts and Sciences was renamed School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). The school also implemented a College Scholarship program for promising students.

Finster Hall, a nine-story building with a ground level food court, with 110 new rooms and offices, was built in 2000.

The next year, AdDU began offering a Nursing program. On 25 September 2001, the school was given full autonomy status for a five-year period by the CHED through Memorandum Order No. 32.

In 2004, Fr. Antonio S. Samson S.J. returned to the University as its President. The Matina Sports Complex was also completed after four years of work.

AdDU celebrated its 60th year in 2008 by releasing a commemorative stamp in coordination with the Philippine Postal Corporation.

That same year, the University placed 2nd on the Top Performing Schools in Category A for the Certified Public Accountants Board examinations, and the SBG received its CHED accreditation as one of the CPA review centers in Southern Mindanao.

In January 2009, Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste and a Nobel Laureate, gave a lecture in the University on the theme "Is Long Lasting Peace an Attainable Dream?" That same year, AdDU also hosted “Conversations 2009: Setting Mindanao Afire: New Frontiers after 150 Years” at the Finster Hall, in celebration of the 150th year after the return of Jesuits in the Philippines. The event was attended by representatives from Jesuit universities and institutions in Mindanao.

In mid-December 2009, the University became the fourth higher education institution (HEI) in the country to be granted institutional accreditation by the PAASCU and Federation of Accrediting Associations of the Philippines (FAAP).


AdDU provides scholarships to promising freshmen via its college scholarship program, which is instituted by the office head of each school within the University and supervised by a committee of 13 administrators from each college.

In 1997, the university was also accredited as one of the educational institutions eligible for the Local Scholarship Program for government employees launched by the Civil Service Commission.

The university also extends scholarships for “student assistants and working students,” giving them the chance to pursue their studies in exchange for rendering a certain amount of hours working in the offices.

In the case of students who need help on partial payments, AdDU also has a Financial Aid program, similar to a percentage tuition grant and allowances.

All scholarships are reviewed by their respective committees and students who are in the program must follow certain guidelines. Scholarships may be suspended or terminated upon breach of the guidelines, but these decisions may still be appealled.

School Organizations

AdDU has several academic and non-academic club organizations.

  • Ateneo Cathechetical Instruction League (ACIL)
  • Ateneo de Davao Association of Chemistry Students (ADDACS)
  • Ateneo de Davao Mathematics Society (AdDAMS)
  • Ateneo de Davao Association of Mechanical Engineering (ADAMES)
  • Ateneo Dance Troupe (ADT)
  • L'Association Internationale Des Estudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AISEC)
  • Ateneo Marketing Club (AMARC)
  • Ateneo Muslim Youth Organization (AMYO)
  • Ateneo Photographers Society (APS)
  • Ateneans Reaching Towards Excellence (ARETE)
  • Ateneo Security Force (ASF)
  • Ateneo Society of Industrial Engineering Majors (ASIEM)
  • Ateneo Glee Club (Carillon)
  • Campus Liturgical Ministries (CLM)
  • Christian Life Community (CLC)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Democratic Students' Union (DSU)
  • Economics Society (Ecosoc)
  • Future Educators of Ateneo (FEAT)
  • Federation of United Students of Electrical Engineering (FUSEE)
  • Haribon Foundation (HARIBON)
  • Ateneo Circle of Computer Sciences Students (ACCESS)
  • Ateneo Filipino-Chinese Community (AFICC)
  • The Ateneo Biological Society (TABS)
  • Tribong Mindanaw Mountaineering Club (TRIMMOC)
  • Youth Community Service Club (YCSC)
  • Junior Ecologists' Movement (JEM)
  • Junior Finance Executive Club (JFINEX)
  • Junior Philippine Association of Management Accountants (JPAMA)
  • NSTP-CWTS Volunteers (NSTP-CWTS)
  • Pinag-Isang Lakas ng Samahan ng mga Progresibong Atenista (PIGLASAPAT)
  • Philippine Nursing Students' Association-AdDU Chapter (PNSA)
  • Red Cross Youth Club (RCYC)
  • Reacher's Club (Reachers)
  • Samahang Mag-aaral ng Sikolohiyang Filipino (SAMASIKOFIL)
  • Sandawa-Apo Mountaineering Club (Sandawa-Apo)
  • Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sining at Komunikasyon (SINIKOM)
  • Samahang Mag-aaral ng Agham Pulitika (SAMAPULA)
  • Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors (SALEM)
  • Society of Electronics and Communications Engineering Students (SELECOMES)
  • Sub-Dominant 7 (SD7)

Courses and programs

School of Arts and Science

SAS initially opened in 1951 with 130 students that took up liberal arts, education and similar courses.

  • Engineering and Architecture
    • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch)
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BS CE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BS Comp Eng)
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS ChE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS EE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BS IE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME)
  • Humanities
    • Bachelor of Arts in English (AB ENG)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Literature (AB LIT) ('currently not offered')
    • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (AB MC)
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS BIO)
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS CHEM)
    • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS MATH)
  • Philosophy
  • Social Science and Education
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics (AB ECON)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (AB POLSCI)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (AB PSYCH)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (AB SOCIO)
    • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Major in Asian Studies/American Studies (AB IS)
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General (BEED)
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Preschool Education (BEED-PS)
    • Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English, Math, Physical Sciences, Social Studies, Biological Sciences (BSED-ENGLISH, BSED-MATH, BSED-PHYS, BSED-SS, BSED-BIO)
    • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)
  • Theology
  • Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BS IS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BS IT)
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS CS)

School of Business and Governance

SBG was formerly a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. It became a separate school in April 2000.

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) (Initially, the school offered a 4-year course program and replaced by a 5-year program effective 6 April 2010.)
    • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (AcT, formerly BSC-MA: Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management (BS BM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS ENTREP)
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance (BS FIN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resources (BS HRM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing (BS MKTG)

School of Nursing

The nursing school was included in the Natural Science and Math division of the SAS before it became a separate school in 2001. Its first batch of students graduated in 2005 and immediately obtained the 1st place in the Nursing Licensure Exam in December of that same year.

College of Law

Rector Rev. Hudson Mitchell, S.J. established the College of Law in June 1961. The first graduates took the Bar examinations in 1965. One of them, Atty. Hildegardo F. Iñigo, eventually became the Dean of the College of Law.

Graduate School

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Development Studies
    • Education Administration
  • Business and Governance Programs
    • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
    • Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
    • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA) Accelerated Programs for Executives (APEX)
    • Master of Public Administration, major in Local Government Administration (MPA-LGA)
    • Doctor of Management - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts in
    • Applied Social Research (MASOR)
    • Economics
    • English
    • Guidance and Counseling
    • Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed.) major in Teaching English Language and Literature Educational Administration
  • Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis)
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Information Technology
    • Psychology
  • Nursing Graduate Programs
    • Master of Arts in Nursing
    • Master in Nursing

Student Life

Special Student Organizations

Some organizations are not course-related and are open to all students who can meet their requirements. These include:

  • Ateneo Dance Troupe (ADT)
  • Ateneo Reaching Towards Excellence (ARETE)
  • Ateneo Glee Club (Carillon)
  • Ateneo Security Force (ASF)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Teatro Ateneo (TA)
  • Atenews
  • Kalasag

Student Government

The Samahan Central Board, more commonly known to students as SAMAHAN, is the official student government of the AdDU. The organization is formed from the General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP) and the multi-group conglomeration Campus Club Organization (CCO) that governs the student body under the supervision of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

Campus Clubs Organizations (CCO) has the mandate over all student organizations within the university, except the Special Organizations created by the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Paper

The official student publication of AdDU is the Atenews, founded in the 1950s.

Additionally, the school has a University Journal, Tambara.

Radio Station

Blue Knights FM (94.7 MHz) is the official radio station of AdDU, launched in January 2008. The station serves as a training ground for Mass Communication majors and is located inside the Humanities Division. Blue Knights FM airs from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Mondays to Saturdays, using the frequency of Mellow Touch FM 94.7 MHz.

Library System

The main library is located on the 2nd up to the 5th floor of the Gisbert Hall.

It has a Circulation Counter, which processes new books and loans out books and CD-ROMs (with the Computer Laboratory). The library's contents are listed in its Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), which may be accessed through the Web.

The library has two parts: the reserved and graduate counter containing theses, dissertations and books selected by faculty members as part of the general collection of AdDU; and the General Circulation Book Stacks containing all the other books which are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System.


AdDU is accredited and associated with the following:

Notable Alumni

AdDU's notable alumni include:




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