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UK Named a 2022 'Best Employer for New Graduates' by Forbes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2022) — The University of Kentucky has been named one of Forbes' "Best Employers for New Graduates" for 2022, ranking fifth among the 25 higher education institutions included in the overall list.

“As a higher education institution, we are in a unique position to recruit our talented graduates,” Gina Dugas, acting vice president for UK Human Resources, said. “Employment opportunities while they are in school are a key part of the college experience for many of our students. It is a great way for them to see all the benefits UK has to offer as an employer as they begin their full-time careers.”

Statista surveyed 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years of professional experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees to determine the list. All surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. 

Respondents were asked to rate their employers on a variety of criteria, including the safety of their work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement, effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts and company image. Statista then asked respondents how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others and to nominate organizations outside of their own. 

UK provides various professional development programs for college students and recent grads, offering knowledge, training and access to leaders, aimed at empowering employers to be the creators and innovators of tomorrow. 

One program, in particular, is the Employee Education Program (EEP). Through this program, employees are eligible for a tuition waiver for classes taken at the university. Through supplemental educational courses and programs of study, the university hopes to encourage self-improvement and career growth.

“This program gives UK a recruiting and retention edge,” Richard Amos, chief benefits officer, said. “For millennial new graduates, professional development opportunities are highly valued, such as pursuing a master’s degree, tuition free. For Gen X, free tuition and UK’s provisions to manage undergraduate student debt is highly valued.”        

UK prides itself in being a workplace where new graduates can learn, develop and grow, while making a lasting positive impact on the world. This recognition is a testament to the invaluable work of so many staff, faculty and students who reach across disciplines and units to collaborate and improve the workplace at UK. 

To view the full list of employers who made the list, click here. For more information on the university’s employment opportunities, visit the HR website here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.