Employers are gearing up to take on new college graduates this summer, and for the right candidate with the right background, that first job could be a real launchpad.

CareerBuilder used data from a Harris poll of more than 2,000 hiring professionals to prepare a report on the prospects for the Class of 2015. It appears to be a very good year for those leaving the campus and entering the workforce.

Of those surveyed, 65 percent said they plan to add recent grads to their workforce this year. That's up from 57 percent last year, which was considered a very good year for hiring new grads. Plus, one third will offer higher pay than last year, and 1 in 4 will pay $50,000 or more.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.