University News is introducing a new way for RIT students to share their academic and extracurricular achievements. Merit lets students share their successes — such as making the Dean’s List, joining a club or fraternity, studying abroad, getting a job and even graduating — with their friends and family through their social media networks and their hometown newspapers. Each RIT student also gets a Merit profile page. Students will get an email from Merit in the next few days with instructions on how to claim their profile page.
Once students claim their profile page, they can upload photos and post activities such as joining a club or starting a co-op. University News writes stories about specific achievements, such as making the Dean’s List or joining the Honors Program. These stories are posted to the students’ profiles and sent to the students’ hometown newspapers and state representatives, based on their ZIP code. Students can also share their achievements through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr.
Merit also lets students keep their friends, parents, and others updated with the “follow” feature. Much like Facebook and Twitter, students can let others follow their achievements, as well as follow fellow Merit users.