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Claim Your Merit Page and Celebrate Your Achievements

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Simon’s Rock uses Merit from Merit Pages, Inc. to celebrate and publicize your achievements inside and outside of the classroom. Merit is a network that students, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and other organizations use to collaboratively showcase and share student accomplishments.

Hundreds of colleges in the U.S. use Merit to promote their student’s success through personalized profile pages. During your time at Simon’s Rock, your accomplishments are highlighted on a verified online profile – a Merit page. By claiming your Merit page profile—which is available to all College students—you’ll receive recognition when you make the dean's list, study abroad, engage in volunteer activities, and much more. Announcements will be sent to your hometown newspaper for publication.

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Best part? Your Merit page is created and updated automatically – you don’t have to maintain it; the College does it for you. Updates to Merit pages are shared with a network of stakeholders who are invested in your achievements and success: family and friends; employers; former teachers, coaches and schools; volunteer organizations and more. Your Merit page is also social, so sharing news with your inner circle on Facebook and Twitter is easy. In addition to keeping achievements and activities in one virtual place, Merit pages build your online profile to help you secure jobs, get internships, and collect references.

You can also update your Merit page with activities and work experience, and customize your profile by adding a photo, bio, and videos. Organizations in the Merit network, like national honor societies and service groups, can also add achievements to your profile page.

See Simon’s Rock Merit Page to find out what other Rockers are doing on campus and beyond.

How does it work?
Campus departments, clubs and organizations provide the Marketing and Communications Department with information about student achievements and recognition. Based upon that data, we’ll create a personalized press release that explains your achievement, and send it to your hometown papers (U.S. residents only). Also, an award badge will be added to your Merit profile page. A month into your first semester at Simon’s Rock, we’ll send out a short article through Merit announcing your enrollment here. In all probability, this will mark your first Merit page achievement.

e2What is a Merit badge?
A badge appears on your Merit page as recognition for your achievement, activity or event. For instance, if you make the dean’s list for four semesters, you’ll receive a badge on your page each time you receive the honor.

What if I’m an international student?
We don’t send press releases to foreign newspapers, but every other Merit feature remains the same.

Why is Merit important for students?

  • For decision-makers choosing students for internships, grad school, and employment, the information on Merit helps them through the selection process. And since the site showcases student accomplishments with official college badges – authentic verification and credibility are built-into student profiles.
  • Many companies research applicants online, and some have rejected applicants based upon what they’ve discovered. Merit pages provide a platform for you to shine by creating a positive online identity geared to post-grad success.
  • In addition to enhancing your Merit page and connecting it to social networks, you can include your Merit page URL on your resume, and share it with potential employers or graduate admissions counselors.
  • When you’re recognized for an accomplishment, you’re notified of the announcement through your Simon’s Rock email address. We encourage you to share your accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Your parents also receive an email allowing them to share your achievements through their social channels.

How does Merit enhance the Rocker experience?
Merit pages demonstrate how Simon’s Rock prepares you for a career, and details how you contribute to the community – making you more attractive to employers. Your profile translates what you do in the classroom, on campus, and beyond into career-building opportunities.

How do I claim my Merit page? 

  1. You’ll get an email invitation from us with a link to Simon’s Rock Merit Page.
  2. Search for your name: next to your name you'll find the option to claim your profile.
  3. Enter your Simon’s Rock email address and submit the form.
  4. Merit will send you an email confirmation.
  5. In the email you receive, claim your Merit page by clicking on the "connect with Facebook" button.
  6. Follow the Facebook prompts for logging in and connecting to your Facebook account.
  7. By following these steps, you've claimed your Merit page.

How do I disconnect or opt-out of Merit?
After you sign into Merit, you can manipulate your privacy settings under Privacy – which includes the option to delete your page. Socially, you can disconnect Merit from your Facebook and Twitter accounts by following instructions on the Merit Student Knowledge Base page.

To opt out of Merit, simply reply to the email you receive from Merit and ask to be removed. You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories. Opting out of Merit will delete your profile page, and you will no longer receive email notifications when your Merit Page is updated. You can opt back in to Merit at anytime. Contact us to opt back in to Merit.

What if I have a question or concern?
If you or your parents have any questions or concerns about Merit, you can find general information on Merit’s Help Page. You may also email Karen Anderson at kanderson@simons-rock.edu or Monica Bossinger at mbossinger@simons-rock.edu.