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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1940
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • Ateneo Avenue, Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines, 4400
    • Phone:
    • +63548812368
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of Ateneo de Naga University

The Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) is a private research university run by the Society of Jesus in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. It was established in 1940, the fourth school named Ateneo opened in the Philippines by the Jesuits. Typical of universities in the Philippines, AdNU has primary (since 2014) and secondary levels, which are all coeducational.

Up to the year 2013, Ateneo de Naga was the only Ateneo without a grade school. On June 4, 2014, AdNU opened its grade school at the Bonoan campus in Barangay Pacol, Naga City. Grades one to three were begun at a high school building while the new grade school building was being constructed. The kindergarten facility (the Ateneo Child Learning Center) on the Pacol campus began operation in school year 2014-15.

The Ateneo de Naga University announced the opening of its law school for the First Semester of School Year 2017-2018. The Ateneo de Naga University College of Law offers a four-year law program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws.

Academic Highlights

The school motto in Latin, "Primum Regnum Dei", means "First the Kingdom of God" from Matthew 6:33: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His justice and all things shall be added unto you". 

The Ateneo de Naga is not the only Jesuit school that the Jesuits named Ateneo. The Society of Jesus in the Philippines has established 16 schools all over the Philippines since 1590 and named nine of them Ateneo. Ateneo de Naga was the fourth school named Ateneo. Over the years, the name "Ateneo" has been recognized as the official title of Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the Philippines and synonymous with academic excellence.

Life in Ateneo de Naga University

Since 2005 the Ateneo has a publishing house for university research work and for outside manuscripts. While its daily operations are managed by the university press director, all publications receive final approval of the university president, upon the recommendation of the University Press Board. The official tertiary student publication of the university is The Pillars which was founded in 1961. The senior high school student publication is Kurit Bulawan while the junior high school student publication is The Blue and Gold.

School Ranking

Ateneo de Naga University ranked 39th (out of 269) in the list of ranking of top 269 Philippine schools, according to World Ranking Web of Universities. The school earned a world ranking of 11,661.


The applicant must first take the Entrance Exam.

Notable Alumni

  • Jesse Robredo: (2010-2012) Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, (1988-2006) Mayor of the City of Naga.
  • Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo: (2010–present) congressman of Second District of Camarines Sur.
  • Bea Saw, actress and Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 grand winner.
  • Raul Roco, Lawyer, Philippine Senator, Education Secretaty, Congressman
  • Joker Arrroyo, Lawyer, Congressman, Philippine Senator
  • Jaime Frabrigas, Actor, Musical Director
  • Cristino Arroyo, Ateneo varsity basketball player

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