Alberto Hurtado University is a Jesuit university located in downtown Santiago. Established in 1997, the university was created from the merger of three separate institutes,Instituto Latinoamericano de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales (ILADES), the Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo de la Educación (CIDE), and the Fundación Educacional Roberto Bellarmino. The university is named after a famous Chilean Jesuit Saint, Father Alberto Hurtado.
The school is located in downtown Santiago, one subway stop west from the Presidential Palace. As the school has grown since its inception it has bought several of the larger homes in the area to create class space and faculty offices. One of the buildings the university bought was the former headquarters of the soccer team Club Deportivo y Social Colo Colo.