Established in 1859, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) is one of the best universities in the Philippines.

Why should you study at the Ateneo? Here are some of the reasons.

You want to be where the best of the best come together. Competition is fierce at the Ateneo. About 20 percent of the incoming freshmen are academic achievers in their respective high schools; it’s not uncommon to see salutatorians and valedictorians walking around campus. This means you’ll be learning alongside the smartest students in the country.

You want to be a man for others. Being of service to the community is one of the values that the Ateneo instills among its students. Opportunities are given to its students to reach out to neighboring communities through extracurricular activities and immersion programs. Philosophy and theology classes help form its students’ social conscience. Various alumni have successfully translated this credo in the real world.

You want to be part of its illustrious history. In over 150 years, the Ateneo has produced exemplary graduates, the most noble being Jose Rizal. Philippine President Noynoy Aquino is an alumnus. From the world of politics, there are former health secretary Alfredo Bengzon, Mar Roxas, Teofisto Guingona, Raul Manglapus, and Edgar Jopson. Manny Pangilinan of PLDT, Eugenio Lopez of ABS-CBN, and Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation are all from the Ateneo. Media stalwarts Max Soliven and Chino Roces as well as National Artist Lamberto Avellana studied at the Loyola campus.

You want to cheer with the Ateneans. Part of a well rounded education is the development of other skills and the Ateneo has a good sports program. There is basketball, of course, but there’s also judo and swimming. If you get into the varsity team, you are eligible for an athletic scholarship.

You want a beautiful campus. Spread over 125 hectares, the Ateneo has one of the most beautiful campuses in the metropolis. Upon entering its gates, you’ll notice the tree-lined streets that lead to the main building. There are wide, open spaces and pretty pocket gardens spread throughout the Loyola campus. If you like green, open spaces, the Ateneo is for you.

The Ateneo de Manila University is one of the best educational institutions in the country; and one of only two schools given Level IV accreditation by the Department of Higher Education. If you want to have the competitive edge, be a Blue Eagle!