UAlbany Launches Merit Pages to Celebrate Student Success

Purple and gold confetti fills the air as students dressed in commencement gowns celebrate graduation on Collins Circle at the University at Albany.
UAlbany's Merit Pages platform recognizes student achievements, such as making the Dean's List or celebrating graduation. (Photo by Patrick Dodson)

By Michael Parker

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2024) —The University at Albany has launched Merit Pages, a single unified platform that allows the University to celebrate student accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

Used by more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Merit allows institutions to recognize and promote accomplishments, and connect those achievements back to targeted audiences, including students, parents and family, local media, high schools and elected officials. It provides each student with an individual landing page that documents academic honors, clubs and volunteer activities. Students can personalize their pages to include photos and other information to help build a resume for future career success.

Merit further allows students to easily share stories within their social networks to dramatically increase audience awareness.

UAlbany plans to utilize Merit to recognize student achievements such as dean’s lists and dean’s commendations, graduation, community volunteerism, participation in UAlbany Showcase Day and numerous other milestones.

“Our students at UAlbany excel academically every day. I’m proud that the university is providing students with a dynamic new platform that lets them share their academic accomplishments, engage with others, and build a profile that will serve them professionally,” said Carol H. Kim, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. 

“Merit provides a powerful tool to highlight and showcase the co-curricular involvement of our UAlbany students,” said Mike Christakis, vice president for student affairs. “We know that students’ involvement and leadership of our campuses 300 student clubs and organizations positively contributes to a vibrant, rich and diverse student experience on campus. I’m thrilled that we will be able to recognize our students contributions through Merit.”

Notices of achievements and student success can be shared with news outlets in the student’s hometown, legislators in the student’s home district, parents and high schools. Stories are also easily shareable with Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn.

Not only can Merit help celebrate student success but its increased distribution is known for its high engagement numbers and open rate. Merit emails have an average of 75% open rate, well above industry benchmarks, increasing awareness, engagement, and earned media for all UAlbany students.

Learn more about UAlbany Merit Pages. For more information, students can also contact [email protected].