The Ateneo de Manila University (AdeMU) began in 1859 as a primary school in Intramuros founded by Spanish priests of the Society of Jesus. In 1865 it became an institution of secondary education. American Jesuits took over its administration in 1912. In 1959, the Ateneo became a university and was registered with the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit religious institution of learning on May 31, 1963. Its main campus is located at Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
The University’s Vision is “men and women for others who see God in all things and who strive for the greater glory of God and the greater service of mankind”. The Mission is “to be Lux in Domino or Light of the Lord in the world.” Its Core Values are: “Excellence and Service”. The University’s major operations include Teaching (Basic Education, College, Graduate Programs, and Professional Degrees); Research; Outreach and Formation; Integrated Non-academic Formation, Social Involvement of Faculty and Students, and; Scholarships.
The Loyola Schools have been accorded Center of Excellence status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 11 fields. Its Ateneo Law School is recognized by as one of the top ten law schools in the country and accredited by the Supreme Court for its legal apprenticeship program. In November 2011, PAASCU granted Level IV re-accreditation to the Loyola Schools’ 21 academic programs as well as institutional accreditation to the University.