Ateneo de Davao University is guided by and seeks to articulate a living intellectual tradition that fosters transformative education. All our undertakings—teaching, research, and service—are infused with a conviction that upholds the sacred character of all reality, the dignity of every human person, the mutually-informing dynamic between faith and reason, and the responsibility to care for those who are suffering most in our world. 


The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Filipino University. As a university, it is a community engaged in excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service. As Catholic, it proceeds ex corde ecclesiae, from the heart of the Church. As Jesuit, it appropriates the mission of the Society of Jesus and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As Filipino, it contributes to and serves Mindanao.

Our University is a private teaching, service, and research university run by the Society of Jesus in Davao City in the Philippines. It was established in 1948, and is the seventh Ateneo opened by the Jesuits in the Philippines. 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, a junior and senior high schools. Located in the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where many of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines live, its mission include “inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues” promoting communities of peace touched and transformed by the faith. Among its outreach and engagement services are the different initiatives for peace and justice by the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, the Madaris Volunteer Program serving Islamic schools (madrasah) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the establishment of the culturally-appropriate Tboli Sbù Senior High School in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and its partnership for cultures-based curriculum with St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute for Higher Studies in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar, and Xavier Learning Community in Chiang Rai, Thailand.


In 2009, Ateneo de Davao University was granted “institutional accreditation” by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). Only six universities in the Philippines were granted and it is the only university in Mindanao to have been given such recognition.

AdDU was also given Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and is also a Center of Development for Information Technology and Teacher Education. In 2016, AdDU was granted “Autonomous and Deregulated Status” by CHED.


Based on international rankings, the Ateneo de Davao University is among Asia’s best higher education institutions in the QS World University Rankings: Asia 2021. Also based on the survey of the QS Asia University Rankings in years 2010, 2012 and 2014, AdDU placed 201st, and belonged to the 301+ bracket and 251-300 bracket of the Asian ranking respectively.

Ateneo de Davao University ranks 666th in the world and 4th in the Philippines for the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. This is the first and only university ranking system in the world that measures each participating university’s commitment and actions towards environmental sustainability.


All Ateneo de Davao University courses are offered in English and are therefore accessible to international students, while non-English speakers can avail our intensive English courses. In the spirit of transformative education, we invite young leaders from all over the world to take part in AdDU’s intellectual and living tradition of excellence. 

Borderless education in ateneo de davao


The Ateneo de Davao University is still online and on track for borderless, transformative education. 

At the Ateneo de Davao University, learners can interact directly with learning content found in multiple virtual formats (e.g. audio-visual, auditory, and other e-learning materials). Additionally, students can sequence, direct, and navigate their own learning pace. Teachers are there simply to facilitate, evaluate and mentor the process, but ultimately, the online format is more learner-centric.

The video prompts inquiries after Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)’s “preferred” future. And our response is mainly rooted in a discernment (a discerned preference if you will), towards an Ateneo de Davao that continues to be “a community engaged in excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service,” which is ultimately our enduring vision of the future.

And while the present situation with the global pandemic is disruptive and far from ideal, we stayed true to our Ignatian values of service, discernment, and a faith that does justice—which ultimately preserved our University’s identity as a community that can stand by and claims a future that is brighter and meaningfully enduring. We find hope in our future through the acts of communion and service we fostered throughout the pandemic. We looked after one another in the ADDU community by making sure that online education is accessible through Courseware along with the gadget loans to scholars and wifi provisions for its students. It served the greater community in Mindanao by installing satellites all over the region in the name of greater internet connectivity.

ADDU found its way through all the challenges and succeeded in standing together as a community be it through the online classes or the virtual celebrations of the Eucharist, through the remote graduation ceremonies, and the major migration of formation and engagement to online means…through all of these, the ADDU community stands as one and claims a future of hope and fellowship that carries on from our current proceeding and emboldens us to say we will see each other again.

Admissions for sy 2021-2022

*For non-foreigners or non-Filipinos residing abroad, kindly contact the University Contact Center (Helpdesk) for your inquiries: or

*dates may change

Enrollment for new applicants is now ongoing

Classes start on 01 July 2021

Admission Process

Admissions, Aid, and Alumni Affairs Office

Enrollment for new applicants is now ongoing

Grade 11 – Classes start on 26 July 2021

Grade 12 – Classes start on 01 July 2021

Pre-Registration Form for incoming Grade 11

Admission Process

SHS Registrar

Enrollment for incoming first year students runs until 31 July 2021

Classes for late enrollees start on 02 August 2021

Enrollment starts on May 2021

Classes start on 15 June 2021

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