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Academic and Athletic Excellence at Villanova University

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As an undergraduate at Villanova University in the Philadelphia suburbs, Richie Kratz played on the school’s varsity lacrosse team, one of the top 20 teams in the country. He was captain of the team his senior year, and he earned Academic All-America honors that same season. He belonged to the Penn Rho chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and he headed the chapter’s recruitment efforts his junior year. He graduated in 2004 with a BS in business administration and joined HSBC Securities, Inc., working as an operations specialist in the firm’s New York City offices. Richie Kratz became a member of the Villanova Financial Club, an alumni organization that mentors recent graduates who take Wall Street jobs.

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Academic and Athletic Excellence at Villanova University

  1. 1. Academic and Athletic Excellence at Villanova University By Richie Kratz
  2. 2. Introduction  As an undergraduate at Villanova University in the Philadelphia suburbs, Richie Kratz played on the school’s varsity lacrosse team, one of the top 20 teams in the country. He was captain of the team his senior year, and he earned Academic All-America honors that same season. He belonged to the Penn Rho chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and he headed the chapter’s recruitment efforts his junior year. He graduated in 2004 with a BS in business administration and joined HSBC Securities, Inc., working as an operations specialist in the firm’s New York City offices. Richie Kratz became a member of the Villanova Financial Club, an alumni organization that mentors recent graduates who take Wall Street jobs.
  3. 3. About Villanova University  The oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania, Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine and named for Saint Thomas of Villanova. Its five schools–liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, nursing, and law–serve more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Ranked the No. 1 regional university in the North by US News & World Report, it reports that within six months of graduation, 97% of the class of 2012 was employed or in graduate school.
  4. 4. Conclusion  In addition to its superior academic reputation, Villanova has a robust athletic tradition, with more than 500 student athletes representing the school in 24 varsity sports. Villanova has won 19 NCAA team national championships and 82 conference championships, and nearly 60 Villanova students have represented the USA in every Summer Olympics since 1948. In addition, the mean grade point average of Villanova’s student athletes consistently has equaled or exceeded 3.0 for nearly 10 years.

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