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OSU named one of America’s Best Employers in 2024

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Media Contact: Sydney Trainor | Communications and Media Relations Specialist | 405-744-9782 |

Forbes names state's preeminent land-grant institution the No. 1 midsized educational employer in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma State University was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsized Employers 2024 at No. 103 out of 400. 

OSU also ranked No. 23 among educational institutions on the list.  

Forbes and Statista Inc. presented the prestigious award based on evaluations from over 170,000 U.S. employees. The survey encompassed companies with at least 1,000 employees, categorizing those with 1,000 to 5,000 workers as midsize employers. 

“I am proud of the university's place on Forbes' list of America's Best Midsize Employers," OSU President Kayse Shrum said. "Thanks to the dedication and expertise of our OSU faculty, staff and researchers, OSU is on the path to becoming the nation's preeminent land-grant institution." 

The OSU Department of Human Resources is committed to fostering an environment conducive to employee success. Embracing the Cowboy Code, university employees draw upon the distinctive Cowboy culture to cultivate servant leaders who contribute positively to society. 

“It’s truly an honor to learn Oklahoma State University has been named to Forbes America’s Best Employers 2024 list,” said Christa Louthan, OSU assistant vice president, chief human resources officer. “OSU has a tradition of excellence because of our committed staff and faculty. Our state-of-the-art facilities and beautiful campus — combined with our talented, friendly Cowboy family — make OSU a great place to work.” 

Survey respondents rated their employer across several criteria, including working hours, gender pay equity, training and promotion opportunities, workload expectations, parental leave benefits, and management team diversity. They also indicated their likelihood to recommend their employer and evaluated other companies in their industry.  

Responses came from current and former employees and individuals familiar with the company through their networks. The analysis covered data from the past three years, giving more weight to recent responses and those from current employees.

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