Belmont’s ‘Merit’ Program

Belmont uses a media tool called Merit to publicize undergraduate students’ achievements both in and out of the classroom, over social media, in hometown newspapers and online. Students can receive recognition when they are named to an academic honor society, study abroad, volunteer on a mission trip, perform in a major showcase or make the Dean’s List, for example. Merit, which is a free service to students, also automatically creates a personal, verified online profile for each student, which can be used for internship or employment referrals.

Merit allows us to organize major achievements online at where students can view and claim personalized stories, adding their own accomplishments to their page to in essence create an online resume. Students can even share these positive stories about their accomplishments with family and friends through social media networks.

How does Merit work?

Faculty and staff members notify the Office of Communications of exceptional student achievements and a list of those who have earned the accomplishment. We write a brief article and awardsa “badge,” which is published on the student’s Merit profile. In many cases, the information is also sent to the student’s hometown newspaper. Watch the video.

Why is it important?

  • Merit creates a positive, institution-verified online identity—a visual resume that showcases a student’s achievements from enrollment through graduation.
  • Your online reputation matters. Many companies now research applicants online. Merit gives Belmont students a professional looking web profile to which people who make decisions about internships, graduate school and jobs may refer.
  • Merit makes it easy to share good news with family and friends over email or social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn.

How to claim your Merit profile

  1. 1. Go to and type your name in the search bar beneath the Belmont logo.
  2. Select your profile, and beneath your name on the next screen, click on “Is this you?”
  3. Enter your Belmont email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.
  4. “Claim” your Merit page by signing into e-mail, Facebook or Twitter and following the prompts. When you claim your profile, you have several opportunities to select your own privacy settings and permissions. You may also opt out at any time.
  5. After you claim your page, you can add a photo and list other activities and work experience to your profile.

Have questions?

Contact Belmont’s Office of Communications at any time for assistance with Merit.