The Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines is one of the oldest Jesuit higher learning institutions in Asia. It traces its roots to 1859 when the City of Manila entrusted the administration of the Escuela Municipal de Manila (in Intramuros) to the Jesuit Fathers. The Fathers expanded the primary school curriculum of the Escuela Municipal to include a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. In keeping with its new academic status, The school was renamed Ateneo Municipal de Manila.

20px-ATENEO-SEALThe City of Manila withdrew its subsidy to the school in 1901, and the Ateneo officially became a private institution. With this, it changed its name to Ateneo de Manila (its current name). The spirit of excellence embodied by the Ateneo’s inspiring namesake, the Atheneum in ancient Rome, is reflected in its growth into an active, fully accredited, and much-esteemed University with a grade school, high school, and undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, law, management, education, and government.

One of the largest and longest-established units in the Ateneo de Manila community is its Loyola Schools. The campus houses the undergraduate programs of the University. The Loyola schools aim to form productive citizens in both national and international contexts. This, while securely rooted in their native culture, proactive within the global culture, imbued with the scientific spirit and the values of professionalism, and strongly committed to a faith that does justice.

The Ateneo’s motto is Lux in Domino, meaning “Light in the Lord”.

The seal is defined by two semi-circular ribbons. The crown (top) ribbon contains the school motto, “Lux-in-Domino”, while the base (bottom) ribbon contains the school name, “Ateneo de Manila”. These ribbons define a circular field on which rests the shield of Loyola: a combination of the arms of the paternal and maternal sides of the family of St. Ignatius. It bears the letters IHS, the first three letters of the Holy Name of Jesus in Greek. Above the shield is a Basque sunburst, referring to the Basque roots and heritage of Ignatius.

The seal’s colors are blue, white, red, and gold. In traditional heraldry, white or silver (Argent) represents a commitment to peace and truth. Blue (Azure) represents fortitude and loyalty. Red (Gules) represents martyrdom, sacrifice, and strength. Gold (Or) represents nobility and generosity.

Ateneans value symbols of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maria Purissima, Queen of the Ateneo. Among them are the rosary in the pocket, the “October Medal” (the Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception with a blue ribbon), and the graduation hymn, “A Song for Mary.”

Type:  Private Sectarian; Co-ed

Application Period:  June to August

Application period
for Transferees:  June to December

Application Fee:  Local HS Graduates: P 500.00
Foreign Applicants: $ 50 or P 2,800.00

Campus:  Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Office to Contact:  Office of Admission and Aid

Entrance Exam:  Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET)

Examination Date:  September

Exam Coverage:  Math, English, General Intelligence

Testing Centers:  Infant Jesus Academy, Aklan
St. Agnes Academy, Albay
St. Bridget College, Batangas
Canossa academy, Batangas
Baguio City National High School, Benguet
Holy Name University, Bohol
St. Paul College of Bocaue, Bulacan
St. Paul University Philippines, Cagayan
Ateneo de Naga, Camarines Sur
Sacred Heart School-Jesuit, Cebu City
Ateneo de Davao, High School, Davao City
Holy Spirit Academy, Laoag City
St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur
Ateneo de Iloilo, Iloilo City
La Salle Academy, Lanao del Norte
Canossa College, Laguna
Holy Infant College, Leyte
Notre Dame University, Maguindanao
St. Mary’s University, Nueva Vizcaya
Holy Trinity College, Palawan
Holy Angel University, Pampanga
Ednas School, Pangasinan
Sacred Heart College, Quezon
Hope Christian School, South Cotabato
St. Paul University-Surigao del Norte
Don Bosco Technical Institute, Tarlac
Columban College, Zambales
Ateneo de Zamboanga, Zamboanga del Sur


For Freshmen Applicants:

1.  Application Form
2.  Payment of Application Fee
3.  An essay about the topic indicated in the application form
4. Those applying for scholarship must ask for a SCHOLARSHIP / FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONNAIRE.

For Transferees:

1.  Application form for Admission
2.  Two (2) Recommendation Forms
3. An Unofficial Transcript of college grades covering up to the last completed semester and a copy of grades of the current semester (may submit a photocopy of registration card and class cards). Bring original copies for verification.
4.  An essay about the topic indicated in the application form
5. Those applying for scholarship must ask for a SCHOLARSHIP / FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONNAIRE.

Note: Do not apply for Honorable Dismissal until decisions on applications have been released.

For Foreign Applicants:

1.  Application Forms
2.  Principal’s Recommendation Form and Secondary School Records
3.  Two (2) Recommendation Forms in sealed envelopes
4.  Exam Permit
5.  Personal Essay
6.  Acknowledgement Slip

Only application forms correctly and completely filled out will be accepted and processed.

Those who cannot be in the Philippines to take the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) may replace it with the Scholastic Aptitude Test I (SAT I). Applicants who will take the SAT I in lieu of the ACET must submit a photocopy of the official SAT I results together with all the other requirements.

SAT I must have been taken within the last two years prior to application.

No financial aid is granted to foreign applicants.



Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in:
Art Management
Creative Writing
Information Design
Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts (AB):
Inter-Disciplinary Studies
Literature-Filipino (Filipino-Panitikan)
Philosophy: Pre-Divinity Track


Bachelor of Arts (AB):
Chinese Studies
Economics (Standard Program)
Economics (Honors Program)
Management Economics
Political Science
AB-MA Political Science
AB-MPM Political Science-Masters in Public Management
Development Studies
European Studies

Bachelor of Science (BS):


Bachelor of Science (BS):
Chemistry/Applied Computer Systems
Chemistry/Materials and Science Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental Science
(Bachelor of Science cont.)
Health Sciences
Life Sciences
Management Information Systems
Applied Math: Mathematical Finance
Applied Physics / BS Applied Computer Systems
Physics/Materials Science and Engineering


Bachelor of Science (BS):
Communications Technology Management
Legal Management
Management (Honors)
Management Engineering
Management of Applied Chemistry



The Ateneo Freshman Merit Scholarship is an academic distinction awarded yearly to 30 outstanding incoming freshman students who have excelled in the Ateneo College Entrance Test, who have distinguished themselves in their respective high schools, and who also show great promise for the future. In recognizing their excellence, Ateneo de Manila acknowledges their potential for even greater achievement not only in academics but also in the service of God and nation. This award includes a full tuition fee grant for any undergraduate degree.


This award is given to the top ten (10) Loyola Schools freshman examinees coming from public or state-supported schools all over the Philippines. These students must have distinguished themselves in both their academics and extra-curricular involvement in their respective high schools. More importantly, these students must have shown the potential to become catalysts for national development and future leaders of our country. This award includes a full tuition and fees grant for any undergraduate degree.


Depending on the availability of funds, accepted Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Jesuit and science high schools nationwide may be granted an academic scholarship upon the presentation of an official certification from the high school principal. Valedictorians are awarded a 100% tuition and fees scholarship while Salutatorians receive a 50% tuition and fees scholarship. Those from science high schools are required to pursue an undergraduate program of study under the School of Science and Engineering.


The Athletic Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who have the potential to excel in athletics while maintaining good academic standing. Applicants must meet the following criteria: outstanding athletic ability, recipient of awards and achievements in the sport, financially-challenged.


The campus features various facilities and amenities designed to give full and value-added support to the rigorous learning environment of the Ateneo. A major facility on campus is the Rizal Library that houses an array of local and foreign books, a growing CD collection which students can use for research projects, the Japanese Language Collection, American Historical Collection (AHC), Library of Women’s Writings (ALIWW), rare Filipiniana materials and Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) microfiches, which one can browse using the electronic card catalog. There are also computer terminals, laboratory facilities in various departments, audio-visual and conference rooms, and two residence halls, Cervini Hall for male students and Eliazo Hall for female students which are located in one of the highest points on campus. They have study halls, a cafeteria, a swimming pool, a recreation area, and a chapel. Basic services are offered by two health clinics, several cafeterias and food stalls, photocopying services, numerous phone booths, and ATMs. There is also a Social Development Complex, which houses offices and organizations dedicated to cultural and community development and service.


Ateneo De Manila University maintains a vast list of international linkages. The university has partnered with other prestigious institutions in the United States, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, France, Norway, Belgium, Korea, Cyprus, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Hongkong, China and Japan.

source: www.admu.edu.ph

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