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Auburn tops Forbes’ ‘America’s Best Employers for New Grads’ ranking for universities

Auburn University was selected as the premier university on Forbes magazine’s 2022 list of “America’s Best Employers for New Grads.”

This accomplishment sees the university finish ahead of Yale, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and approximately 20 other colleges on Forbes’ list.

Auburn president Christopher B. Roberts said in a statement, “We work hard to meaningfully invest in our faculty and staff, and that includes our newest employees.”

This is the third time in recent years Auburn has been recognized by Forbes as a top employer. In 2021, Auburn was named one of the Best Employers in Alabama, and in 2017, it was named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers.

Auburn finished 15th out of 300 on this list, placing them ahead of not only all other universities but also many well-known worldwide corporations.

Full-time employees at Auburn enjoy an array of benefits. The benefits include health care and retirement benefits, while full-time employees receive four weeks of paid vacation each year, paid parental leave, 11 paid holidays, a full tuition waiver for undergraduate and graduate course work, a 50% tuition waiver for spouses and dependents who take undergraduate courses, a zero-dollar co-pay for most generic medications, and discounted season tickets for athletics events, among others.

Associate vice president for Human Resources Karla McCormick stated, “Auburn is a great place to work, and this ranking serves as confirmation of that. Our employees value Auburn’s commitment to offering competitive pay and benefits, career development opportunities and the ability to positively impact our campus, our state and the world.”

This ranking was based on market research done by Statista to identify the 300 companies most liked by new workforce entrants. For the study, 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years of professional experience and who work for businesses with at least 1,000 employees were surveyed.