The History of Ateneo de Zamboanga University
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (also referred to as AdZU) is a Catholic and Jesuit university in Western Mindanao. AdZU began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits. It is the second oldest Jesuit school in the Philippines and the second Jesuit school to be named Ateneo. It initially offered primary and secondary education for boys. It became a college in 1952 and a university in August 2001. It operates on two campuses, La Purisima Street with the tertiary and senior high school divisions and Barangay Tumaga, outside Zamboanga City proper, with the junior high school and grade school divisions.
Ateneo de Zamboanga University offers academic programs at the kindergarten, elementary, junior high, senior high, undergraduate, and graduate levels. As is the norm in the Philippine education system, instruction is primarily delivered in the English language with the exception of Philippine and foreign language subjects.
Consistent with the liberal arts tradition upon which all Ateneo schools draw from, Ateneo de Zamboanga University's academic programs always have core subjects that educate students from all levels and specializations not only on the nationally mandated areas of history, social studies, and literature, but also on matters that are of importance to Atenean education such as Ignatian spirituality, Catholic theology, and Jesuit philosophy. In spite of this, AdZU welcomes students from differing faiths and traditions.
Life in Ateneo de Zamboanga University
Ateneo de Zamboanga University operates three campuses. As part of the RISE Ateneo de Zamboanga University capital campaign, the University is currently undergoing a campus revitalization and expansion program. The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Zamboanga University (SMADZU) was the College unit's student government before 2009. Currently in its place is El Consejo Atenista, which was created with the objective of being a more representative student government. The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Zamboanga University (SMADZU) was the College unit's student government before 2009. Currently in its place is El Consejo Atenista, which was created with the objective of being a more representative student government.
The Learning Resource Center was inaugurated in 1987 to accommodate the library, book center, audio-visual unit, and various offices. Fr. Carretero, S.J., obtained the PAASCU accreditation of the high school in 1975, the liberal arts and commerce in 1981, and education, nursing, and the grade school in 1982. AdZ attained Level III in the accreditation of these colleges, the highest rank given to tertiary schools in the Philippines at that time.
Ateneo de Zamboanga University operates with a selective admissions policy. All of the units of the University require, among other things, passing an entrance examination (which in the case of the Grade School is instead termed an 'assessment test'); past education records are also required for examination. The School of Medicine requires results in the National Medical Admission Test while the College of Law requires results in the PhilSAT; all other units administer their own entrance examinations.