Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) was registered with the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit educational institution on May 1948. It is one of nine (9) schools in the Philippines owned and operated by the Society of Jesus. The school tradition at Ateneo de Davao University is the product of over four centuries of educational experience of the Society. It is located at Jacinto Street, Davao City. The University has 1,085 teaching staff and academic heads; 130 non-academic staff; 216 outsourced manpower services; and 41 outsourced security services. The University has 15 members of the Board of Trustees, 7 of which are lay people and 8 are from the Society of Jesus.
The Ateneo de Davao University 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 prepares students to benefit from, contribute to and engage the global world.
The Ateneo de Davao excels in the formation of leaders for the Philippine Church and society, especially for Mindanao. It excels further in the promotion of the faith that does justice in cultural sensitivity and transformation, and in inter-religious dialogue, particularly with the Muslim and Lumad communities of Mindanao. It promotes communities touched and transformed by the faith, communities of peace and human well-being, culturally resilient yet able to adapt to the modern world. It promotes social justice, gender equality, good governance, the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution. It engages vigorously in environmental protection, the preservation of bio-diversity, and the promotion of renewable energy. It leads in Philippine educational reform, especially for the peoples of Southern Philippines
It was first given a five-year PCNC certification on April 10, 2006 which ended on April 9, 2011. On its renewal, it was again certified for another 5 years on March 29, 2012 which ended on March 5, 2017.
Its sources of income include: tuition and other school fees, grants, and donations from corporations and individuals.