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Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Schools
Mga Paaralang Loyola ng
Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila
Established 2000
President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J.,S.T.B.,M.S.,Ph.D.
Vice-president John Paul C. Vergara, M.S., Ph.D.
Location Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Website http://ls.ateneo.edu

The Loyola Schools is the higher education unit of the Ateneo de Manila University that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Arts and Sciences. It operates under the statutes of the Ateneo de Manila University. It is located in the Loyola Heights campus of the Ateneo de Manila University.


The Church of the Gesù

The Loyola Schools is headed by a Vice-President, appointed by the Board of Trustees. The vice-president's term usually lasts three years. Each of the schools, in turn is headed by a dean. The current Vice-President is John Paul C. Vergara, Ph.D.


The Loyola Schools is composed of the School of Humanities, the John Gokongwei School of Management, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Social Sciences.

School of Humanities[edit]

Dean: Ma. Luz C. Vilches, Ph.D.

The building housing the School of Humanities was named after the eminent Filipino Jesuit Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J.

Official Website: http://soh.ateneo.edu/

  • Department of English
  • Department of Filipino / Kagawarán ng Filipino
  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Department of Modern Languages
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Theology
  • Fine Arts Program

John Gokongwei School of Management[edit]

Dean: Rodolfo P. Ang, MBA

The John Gokongwei School of Management building

Official Website: http://ls.ateneo.edu/jgsom

  • Department of Finance and Accounting
  • Department of Leadership and Strategy
  • Department of Marketing and Law
  • Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology

School of Science and Engineering[edit]

Dean: Fabian M. Dayrit, Ph.D.

The Science Education Complex

Official Website: http://sose.ateneo.edu/

  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Environmental Science
  • Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Electronics, Computer, and Communications Engineering
  • Health Sciences Program

School of Social Sciences[edit]

Dean: Fr. José M. Cruz, S.J.

The Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall

Official Website: http://socsci.ateneo.edu/

  • Chinese Studies Program
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Education
  • Department of History
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Development Studies Program
  • European Studies Program
  • Japanese Studies Program

Academic Programs[edit]

The Ateneo Loyola Schools confer the following degrees: Forty-eight Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees at the undergraduate level, forty-four Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degrees, and twelve Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees at the graduate level. Concentrations vary and are offered as different degree programs.

Aside from the degree programs, the Loyola Schools also offer minor concentration programs in different fields. These are meant to allow students to pursue studies in other fields of their interest, as well as provide a wider range of career options.

A focus on student-centered development[edit]

The Ateneo de Manila's teaching methods are geared toward student-centered learning. Faculty undergo training by the Loyola Schools' Teacher Formation Institute. Teaching materials and methods are planned with under a student-centered framework, with participation, individual and group projects, individual and group mentoring by faculty and selected individuals, and other similar elements given a premium over other coursework.

Students are also encouraged to work with their professors, especially in areas of their interest. All faculty are evaluated by students each semester, and there are annual faculty activity reports and faculty peer evaluations.

Facilities are also developed with this mindset. In 2004, the Matteo Ricci Study Hall was completed. In 2006, the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership was completed. The Center for Student Leadership houses student organizations as well as numerous student services units.

Core Curriculum[edit]

Aside from their major concentration subjects, all undergraduate students are required to take up subjects that form a multidisciplinary core curriculum. This curriculum is split across the four or five year-long programs, and consists of classes in English and Filipino language and literature, foreign language (Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Latin, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese are currently offered), mathematics, natural sciences, sociology and psychology, political science, and history. Classes in philosophy and theology are billed as the centerpiece of the core curriculum.

Centers of Excellence and Development for Excellence[edit]

Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) are institutions which, as identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), have demonstrated the highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research and extension. They provide institutional leadership in all aspects of development in specific areas of discipline in the various regions by providing networking arrangements to help ensure the accelerated development of HEIs in their respective service areas.

COEs/CODs in the different disciplines were identified and carefully selected for funding assistance. Funds released to these centers were utilized for student scholarships, faculty development, library and laboratory upgrading, research and extension services, instructional materials development, and networking of existing COEs and CODs.

The following is a list as of December 2007.[1][2][3]

Centers of Excellence

  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Centers of Development

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science

CHED-FAPE Evaluation of Graduate Programs[edit]

In 2003-2004, the CHED and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) conducted a nationwide survey and evaluation of graduate programs focusing on teacher education, covering the eares of curriculum, instruction, faculty, students, institutional support, physical facilities, learning centers, and research and extension services. The Loyola Schools emerged as the top-ranked institution for graduate programs in teacher education.


Aside from teaching, the Loyola Schools engages in research work through various research units within the Loyola Schools and with other units of the Ateneo de Manila University. Faculty are given incentives by the Loyola Schools and other grant-giving organizations.

Scholarly publications[edit]

Among the scholarly publications published by the Loyola Schools are:

  • The Loyola Schools Review - with four books for every volume, one for each of the four schools: Loyola Schools Review: School of Humanities, Loyola Schools Review: John Gokongwei School of Management, Loyola Schools Review: School of Science and Engineering, Loyola Schools Review: School of Social Sciences. It is distributed in the Philippines, Asia, Europe, and America. (Published by the Office of Research and Publications.)
  • Budhi - the Loyola Schools interdisciplinary journal of ideas and culture focusing especially on the humanities and social sciences. It is distributed worldwide. (Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.)
  • Kritika Kultura - an electroic journal of language, literary, and cultural studies published by the Department of English, School of Humanities, which focuses on issues relevant to the 21st century.
  • Philippine Studies - technically not published by the Loyola Schools, but by the whole university, this periodical is an internationally refereed journal that publishes a wide variety of scholarly and original articles by younger as well as established scholars. Past editors-in-chief include Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J. and Fr. Roque Ferriols, S.J.. (Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.)

Student research and creative work[edit]

Students also engage in research and creative work as part of their academic formation and extracurricular development.

Student research publications include:

  • The Ateneo Student Business Review - A research journal published by students of the John Gokongwei School of Management, focusing on the local and international business environment, entrepreneurship, as well as business research and business plans by students of the JGSOM.
  • The Ateneo Student Review for the Social Sciences - A research journal published by students of the School of Social Sciences, focusing on social, political, and economic issues.
  • Pilosopo Tasyo - The official scholarly publication of the Samahan ng Pilosopiya ng Ateneo de Manila, focusing on student work in philosophy.

The School of Science and Engineering also awards outstanding student research, as well as outstanding science writing, photography, and science-related creative work.

Student news and creative publications are organized into the Council of Publications and include:

  • The GUIDON, the monthly newspaper in English, covering both Ateneo news and issues outside the campus
  • Matanglawin, the quarterly magazine in Filipino, featuring investigative journalism about Ateneo and national issues
  • Heights, the official literary publication, published in both English and Filipino
  • Aegis, the senior yearbook, released every March.

The Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts gives recognition to outstanding work by graduating students in the following categories: creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, essay), dance, graphic design, music, photography, screen arts, theater arts, and visual arts. There is also a Fine Arts Festival held by the students in the Fine Arts Program, featuring original plays, multimedia exhibits, and readings of literary works. Outstanding work in student journalism is also recognized by the Raul Locsin Awards for Student Journalism.

Research centers and facilities[edit]

  • Ateneo Center for Asian Studies
  • Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development
  • Ateneo Center for English Language Training
  • Ateneo Center for Organization Research and Development
  • Ateneo Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment
  • Ateneo Information Design Studio
  • Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices
  • Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center
  • Ateneo Language Learning Center
  • Ateneo Macroeconomic Research Unit
  • Ateneo-PLDT Advanced Network Testbed
  • Ateneo Research Network for Development
  • Ateneo Teacher Center
  • Center for Communication Research and Technology
  • Institute of Philippine Culture
  • John Gokongwei School of Management Business Accelerator (SOMBA)
  • John Gokongwei School of Management Business Resource Center
  • Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ)
  • National Chemistry Instrumentation Center
  • Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies

Student Services and Units[edit]

In 2006, the Commission on Higher Education cited the Loyola Schools for having the most comprehensive student services program in the Philippines.[4]

  • Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Loyola Schools Guidance Office
  • Office of Social Concern and Involvement
  • Office of Student Activities
  • Campus Ministry Office
  • College Athletics Office
  • Cervini and Eliazo Residence Halls
  • Ateneo Placement Office
  • Office of Admission and Aid
  • Office of International Programs
  • Office of Administrative Services


View of the Loyola Schools from above.

The Loyola Schools still clings to its past as a single College of Arts and Sciences, and this is no more evident than in the arrangement of its academic buildings.

College Quad[edit]

The Loyola Schools campus is organized around what is commonly called the "College Quad", a square which is bounded by the first academic buildings to rise in the Loyola Heights campus: Kostka Hall, Gonzaga Hall, and Berchmans Hall. Kostka Hall houses the Office of Admission and Aid; Gonzaga Hall is home to the College Cafeteria, the Fine Arts Program, and the Immaculate Conception Chapel; Berchmans Hall hosts the Placement Office and the College Guidance Office. Both Kostka and Berchmans halls hold classrooms that are shared by the schools of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The EDSA Walk starts in front of the College Cafeteria at Gonzaga Hall, passing through the entrances to Berchmans and Kostka, and ends in Xavier Hall, which is home to the Office of the University President and the cashiers.

College Lane[edit]

Other buildings in what used to be the central campus include the old Rizal Library building, with the special collections and Ateneo Art Gallery, and the Rizal Library Annex, housing the University Archives and Rizal Mini-Theater; Schmitt Hall, home to the Department of Chemistry; the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership (built on the site of the old Colayco Hall), which houses offices of student organizations and the University Bookstore, and Colayco Pavilion. All of these buildings are located along College Lane, on which also stand the Social Sciences Building, home of the University Registrar and the Psychology and Communication departments; De La Costa Hall, the home of the School of Humanities; Faura Hall, which houses the departments of physics, computer science, and engineering, and the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The portion of College Lane stretching from the entrance at University Avenue until just after Faura Hall is paved with brick and is off-limits to vehicles. From Schmitt Hall to the exit at Father Masterson Drive, the road is asphalted; part of it serves as a parking area for faculty and student carpoolers.

Science Education Complex, PLDT Convergent Technologies Center, and John Gokongwei School of Management[edit]

Beyond College Lane is the Science Education Complex, composed of three buildings, each housing classrooms, plenary lecture halls, and science laboratories. The SEC is also home to the office of the dean of the School of Science and Engineering, the departments of Mathematics and Biology, and the Health Sciences program. Specialized facilities include a small collection of stuffed, preserved animals and a greenhouse. The SEC was built in 1997 as part of an aggressive expansion program. The buildings' architecture were inspired by the old Ateneo Municipal in Intramuros.

Joining the SEC via a covered walk are the PLDT Convergent Technologies Center and the John Gokongwei School of Management. The PLDT Convergent Technologies Center houses classrooms, lecture rooms, and laboratories for engineering students. The JGSOM building, on the other hand, hosts the Ching Tan Lecture Room and the faculty offices of the JGSOM. While the Rizal Library was being renovated in the middle of the 2000s, the Circulation Section was transferred to the JGSOM classrooms. Both the PLDT-CTC and JGSOM buildings were finished in 2002 and follow almost the same template as the SEC buildings.

Between and behind SEC buildings B and C is the Matteo Ricci Study Hall, and behind the PLDT CTC is the JGSOM Student Enterprise Center. Behind the JGSOM and PLDT CTC buildings are Eagles' Park, a mini-arboretum, and a walk leading to Leong Hall.

The quadrangle formed by the SEC covered walk and College Lane is often used for food sales and student fundraisers. In recent years, it has been host to sportsfests and cultural activities.

Father Masterson Drive[edit]

Along Father Masterson Drive, the road linking the Blue Eagle Gym, Grade School, Loyola Schools, and the High School, lie the Manila Observatory, which hosts the Department of Environmental Science; the former Communications Department building, located on Seminary Road, is noted for the mural painted across its facade. Across the Communications Department building are the offices of the Physical Education Department, the tennis courts, the shooting range, and the College Covered Courts.

Residence Hall Area and Church of the Gesu[edit]

John Pollock Renewal Center

Further down Father Masterson Drive are Alingal Hall, the Cervini-Eliazo Residence Halls (dormitories for men and women), the Church of the Gesu, the John Pollock Renewal Center, and the University Dormitory. The Church of the Gesu holds 1,000 people and features a nineteen-bell carillon. Behind the Church of the Gesu are the Cervini-Eliazo Residence Halls and University Dormitory that have a combined capacity of more than 800 beds. The John Pollock Renewal Center is used for retreats and workshops.

All the residence halls have a commanding view of the Marikina Valley and the Sierra Madre.

University Avenue[edit]

University Avenue starts between the Church of the Gesu and the Cervini-Eliazo Field. Xavier Hall and the Rizal Library Annex are also located along University Avenue, as well as the Social Science Building, Leong Hall (faculty center of the School of Social Sciences), and the new Rizal Library building. The avenue ends at Gate 3, which opens to Katipunan Avenue.

Two hundred meters across Xavier Hall is Bellarmine Hall, which used to be the dormitory before the Cervini and Eliazo Halls were built. Bellarmine Hall now houses classrooms and the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Between Xavier and Bellarmine halls is Bellarmine Field, used for ROTC drills and university-wide celebrations such as UAAP championship bonfires.

Also accessible from University Avenue are the Social Development Complex and the Institute for Social Order.

Athletic Facilities[edit]

The Loyola Schools (College) Covered Courts have seven regulation-sized basketball courts which have concrete-floors that can be converted to futsal, a volleyball court, a bodybuilding gym, shower rooms, and a half-Olympic swimming pool that is used by both swimming classes and the varsity swimming teams for training and dual meets. Also in the same complex are the tennis courts, the offices of the physical education department, and a shooting range used by the rifle and pistol varsity team, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Across Father Masterson Drive are a concrete squash court and the Moro Lorenzo and Ocampo football fields. These football fields are used by the Ateneo soccer varsity teams for training/practice and to host the UAAP soccer tournament. Across the soccer fields near Gate 2 is the Blue Eagle Gym.

The softball field is located along University Avenue, just after entering Gate 3, in front of the new Rizal Library building and Leong Hall.


Ateneo freshmen in a campus tour stop during the Freshman Orientation Seminar, or OrSem. The Church of the Gesù is in the background.

The Ateneo has one of the most robust student organizations network in the Philippines. The latest figures show that almost 80% of the entire student population is enrolled in one organization or another.

A Magna Carta for Students[edit]

The Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools is among the first universities in the Philippines to adopt a Magna Carta of Undergraduate Rights. The Loyola Schools, according to the Magna Carta, "upholds the rights of students as one of its foundational principles." Ateneo students are given leverage with regard to their rights as students, consistent with the University's commitment to student-centeredness. Students are granted rights with regard to academics, access to information, freedom of expression, participation in school policy-making, organization, security, and due process (especially in disciplinary proceedings).

The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila[edit]

The Loyola Schools' student council is officially named the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila.

The Loyola Schools Student Council, the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo, is known for its moderate policies and adaptability. The Sanggunian has a history of active and committed social involvement, and brands itself "left-leaning", because of some of its actions and associations. However, the Ateneo's Sanggunian fosters much more moderate ideals than most other Filipino student councils, leading some to criticize it for being too passive in recent years.

Council of Organizations of the Ateneo[edit]

Business Cluster

  • Ateneo Lex (LEX)
  • Ateneo Association of Communications Technology Management (ACTM)
  • Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA)
  • Ateneo Management Association (AMA)
  • Management Engineering Association (MEA)
  • Management Economics Organization (MEcO)
  • Management of Applied Chemistry Association (MACA)

Faith Formation Cluster

  • Ateneo Catechetical Instructional League (ACIL)
  • Ateneo Christian Life Community (ACLC)
  • Ateneo Student Catholic Action (AtSCA)
  • Ateneo Youth for Christ (YFC)

Health and Environment Cluster

  • Environmental Science Society (ESS)
  • Loyola Mountaineers (LM)
  • Pre-Med Society of the Ateneo (PMSA)
  • Ateneo Peers

Intercultural Relations Cluster

  • Ateneo Lingua Ars Cultura (ALAC)
  • Ateneo Student Exchange (ASEC)
  • Ateneo CELADON

Analysis and Discourse Cluster

  • Ateneo Debate Society (ADS)
  • Ateneo Economics Association (AEA)
  • Ateneo Statistics Circle (A-Stat)
  • Enterteynment para sa Tao, Bayan, Lansangan at Diyos (ENTABLADO)
  • Ateneo Project for Asian and International Relations (APAIR)
  • The Assembly
  • Development Society (DevSoc)

Media and the Creative Arts Cluster

  • Association of Communication Majors (ACOMM)
  • Ateneo Musicians Pool (AMP)
  • Collegiate Society of Advertising (COSA)
  • Loyola Film Circle (LFC)

Performing Arts Cluster

  • The Ateneo Blue Symphony (Blue Symph)
  • Ateneo College Glee Club (ACGC)
  • Blue Repertory (BlueRep)
  • Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADS)
  • Tanghalang Ateneo (TA)

Sector Based Cluster

  • Ateneo Gabay
  • Ateneo Kaingin
  • Kythe Ateneo
  • Ateneo Musmos
  • Ateneo Special Education Society (SPEED)
  • Ateneo CODE
  • Ateneo Tugon

Science and Technology Cluster

  • Ateneo Chemistry Society (ACheS)
  • Ateneo Electronics and Computer Engineering Society (AECES)
  • Ateneo Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Ateneo Biological Organization (BOx)
  • Computer Society of the Ateneo (CompSAt)
  • League of Ateneo Physicists (LeAPs)
  • Management Information Systems Association (MISA)
  • Ateneo Psyche

Environmental Initiatives[edit]

Recently, the Loyola Schools, as a community, have started major efforts in environmental impact reduction. These come under the banner of the Ateneo Environmental Management Coalition, a synergistic consortium of student organizations, administrative units, academic departments and external partners who share the common goal of fostering environmental sustainability as a common value for the community. The coalition takes pride in the diversity of approaches available to the body in fostering green efforts - allowing a healthy combination of the scientific and the systemic and, at the same time, ensuring maximal impact and participation from the community.

The initiatives have mostly been focused on solid waste management and water and energy resource management though parallel initiatives have been consistent in other areas - green architecture and design is being incorporated into new buildings on campus and major changes on student lifestyles through campaigns and participative exercises are also on the fore.

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