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CSU introduces Merit program to students

August 26, 2013

The University is rolling out its Merit program with the first badge distribution occurring via email on Sept. 2.

CSU's first Merit badge is set to release in September.Colorado State University is joining 450 universities in participating in Merit, a social media program that allows students to share their academic and extracurricular successes with friends and family. The program will send students graphic awards, called badges, with a description of their achievement. First-year students will receive their first badge “Proud to be a CSU Ram” on Sept. 2 and returning students will receive their first badge in waves throughout September.

How Merit works

Merit is an automated email system managed by the Division of External Relations.

  • You’ll receive an email from
  • After opening the message, click “view my achievement.”
  • Claim your Merit page by connecting through Facebook, Twitter, or email. Your Merit page will showcase your college career achievements.
  • Customize your page with a photo, personal activities, and privacy settings.
  • Share your badge via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or email.
  • Look out for future emails with badges for student activities and leadership, dean’s list, athletic participation, volunteerism, and graduation.
  • View Colorado State University’s Merit profile page.
  • Students wishing to opt out can submit a request via email.

Creating an online identity for future success

Students participating in the Merit program will be able to share their achievements with friends and family, but there are more long-lasting benefits to using Merit. Seventy-five percent of employers report conducting online searches of job candidates before making a hiring decision; students’ Merit pages will contribute to a positive online presence.