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Merit Pages Celebrate Student Success

  • Published: August 16, 2013

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Merit Pages Celebrate Student Success

Nazareth College is proud of its students and their successes, and we are now using Merit to publicize student achievements both in and out of the classroom. Students receive recognition when they are named to an academic or leadership position, join a team, make the dean's list, earn a scholarship, earn an athletic award and many more. This allows students to get credit for their achievements and activities, and creates an online profile - a Merit page - that they can use to help boost their professional online profile for jobs, internships, and references after graduation. Students can also share their accolades with their friends and family to generate more interest and involvement in the opportunities Nazareth offers.

See Nazareth's Merit page for a collection of student success stories.

How does it work?

Participating departments and organizations provide Nazareth's Public Relations Office with a brief story about the item they would like to recognize students for, along with a list of students who have earned the accomplishment. A personalized story is created about these student accomplishments and a specialized badge is awarded (depending on the type of achievement), and both are published on each student's profile on Merit. Stories can also be sent to each student's hometown newspaper for publication.

How is Merit important for students?

  • Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school, and jobs view student's achievements, and recognizes their accomplishments with official college "badges" that show that they're authentic.
  • A Merit page creates a positive online identity for post-graduation success. Many companies now research applicants online, and some have rejected applicants based on what they found there. A student's Merit page is a way for them to shine online.
  • Students who are featured are informed of the announcement through their college e-mail address and encouraged to share their accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook. This reinforces the positive accomplishment and reflects positively on the institution as a whole.

Student's Merit pages show how Nazareth College prepares students for a career, and makes them valuable members of society and more attractive to employers. The profiles connect what students do in the classroom to the exceptional career-building opportunities students gain at Nazareth.

How students can claim their profiles

  1. Go to and search for your name.
  2. Next to your name, find the option that says "Is this you?" Click on that and it will ask you to claim your Merit page.
  3. Enter your Nazareth e-mail address (ending with and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation e-mail.
  4. Claim your Merit page by clicking on the "connect with Facebook" button in the e-mail you receive.

Follow the Facebook prompts for logging in and connecting to your Facebook account. By doing this, you've claimed your Merit page.

Students, how to opt out

To opt out of the program, simply reply to the e-mail you receive from Merit and ask to be removed.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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