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UK named a 2023 'Best Employer for New Grads' by Forbes

Students in the Medical School rooftop vegetable garden.
Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2023) — The University of Kentucky has been named to Forbes' 2023 "Best Employers for New Graduates" list.

According to Forbes, “The Best Employers for New Graduates” were identified in an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 20,000 U.S. young professionals (employees who have less than 10 years of work experience) working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the U.S.

Survey participants assessed their employers in the following categories: atmosphere and development, image, working conditions, salary and wage, workplace and diversity. They were also asked about the likelihood of recommending their employer to others. Additionally, they were asked to identify other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively.

“As we continue to expand the ways we serve the Commonwealth, we will need to recruit talented people to help us meet our goals,” said Melissa Frederick, currently an associate vice president who will assume the role of Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer on June 1. “This is validation that our university is a great place to start and build a career full of passion and purpose.”

Being recognized for these efforts is especially rewarding as we continue to build and empower future leaders, taking the required steps to be a company where people choose to work. As the University of and for Kentucky, we’re focused on recruiting the best talent for our university and ensuring our teammates are engaged, feel valued and can do their very best work while providing ongoing opportunities for growth and continued learning.

Earlier this year, UK was named on Forbes’ America’s Best Large Employers list – ranking sixth out of 500 total U.S. employers honored. UK has also recently been named a best in-state employer by Forbes and – for the fifth consecutive year – a best employer for diversity.

Forbes' list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates includes a diverse array of employment sectors, including health care, government, higher education, finance, service industries and information technology, and many others. Learn more about the list here. For information on employment opportunities and benefits, visit UK Human Resources.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.