Founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus, the Ateneo is the third-oldest university in the Philippines. The undergraduate and graduate programmes are coeducational and organized into four schools, collectively known as the Loyola Schools, which are located at its main campus at Loyola Heights. Four professional schools occupy campuses in different parts of Metro Manila. Ateneo undergraduates follow a Catholic-montessori school brochure pdf liberal arts curriculum throughout their programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, or Business Management.
The Commission on Higher Education has recognized its units in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, information technology, entrepreneurship education, English literature, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and business administration as Centers of Excellence while the communication, electronics engineering, environmental science, history, Filipino literature, and political science units have been declared Centers of Development. The Ateneo offers programmes at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. As is common in the Philippines, the primary medium of instruction is English, with a few classes taught in Filipino. Aside from teaching and research, the Ateneo de Manila also engages in social outreach.
Known for its liberal arts tradition, the humanities are a key feature of Ateneo education at all levels of study. In 2015, QS Top Universities placed the university’s undergraduate programmes 461st in the world and 114th in Asia.