It was established in 1948 when the Jesuits took over the administration of the former diocesan school, St. Peter’s Parochial School. The Jesuits renamed the school to “Ateneo de Davao” after taking control. The Jesuits were naming all the schools that they were opening at that time as Ateneo. Ateneo de Davao is the seventh school in the country to be named as Ateneo by the Jesuits. The university has five undergraduate schools, namely the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, School of Engineering and Architecture, School of Education and the School of Nursing. The graduate programs are under these units as well. The College of Law is a separate unit within the university. The university also runs a grade school and high school, both Junior High School and Senior High School.
The University was granted “Institutional Accreditation” by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in which only six universities in the country were given such recognition, and was also granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines).
The University single-mindedly aspires to champion a strong tradition of academic excellence and of greater service. It offers a comprehensive formation underscoring the holistic development of the person as an individual (mind and heart), and as a member of the human community. It labors to realize its mission of being “stronger in faith” (fortes-in-fide) in pursuit of God’s ultimate plan. In the spirit of service, various schools, colleges, divisions and departments of the Ateneo community reach out to local communities and other institutions, living out its mission ad majorem Dei gloriam. Through its diverse formation activities and student-centered programs, the Ateneo helps form young men and women into “persons-for-others” (maging-tao-para-sa-kapwa).
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