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UNG students have Merit

The University of North Georgia uses Merit to celebrate student accomplishments and turn those achievements into a verified online profile – a Merit page – for our students. 

Check out our UNG page at to see what our students are accomplishing!

These pages are automatically updated by UNG when students make the dean’s list, study abroad, earn academic awards, and more.

Updates can also be shared with a network of stakeholders that care deeply about each student’s success: their high school, their hometown media outlets, their parents and friends via social networks. Updating these important audiences with personalized stories of success helps UNG demonstrate the plentiful opportunities available across our five campuses.

How does it work?

Faculty and staff members or organizations notify University Relations of exceptional student achievement or news, and a list of those who have earned the accomplishment.

NEW: Now faculty and staff at UNG can use this online submission form to suggest a Merit update for a student or group of students; submissions go to UNG's Office of University Relations for consideration.

When an achievement is recognized, a brief article is written and a “badge” is awarded, which is published on the student’s Merit profile. In many cases, the information is also sent to the student’s hometown newspaper and to the state legislators who represent the student's hometown.

University Relations only accepts Merit achievements from faculty and staff members, so if you have a UNG accomplishment you think should be recognized, contact your academic or student support department and tell them about Merit! Or use our online submission form.
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Achievements Feed

April 13, 2021
Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotio...
March 30, 2021
Brooklyn Herrera and Ashlee Pollard, both pursuing the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in higher...
March 30, 2021
Six students teams at the University of North Georgia shared their innovations and received ...
March 23, 2021
"Driven," holistic," "model," "servant," "action oriented," "champion of diversity," "dedica...
March 23, 2021
Elizabeth "Liza" Greenberg won the title of 2021 Miss Georgia Teen USA in February. She is a...

FAQs for students

Why does UNG use Merit?

We are committed to your success and sharing it with those who care about you. We use Merit to tell the story of your experience at UNG via a personalized Merit page that we update with your accomplishments. Merit helps our institution connect with stakeholders to show off great students like you, and it helps you by enhancing your reputation online with a positive, professional online profile filled with achievements verified by UNG.

How does Merit benefit me?

Your Merit page helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school and jobs find the "good stuff" about you and get a better picture of what you've done and the recognition you've earned. Because your Merit page is updated by UNG, it's got credibility that a resume along can't match. And better yet, it's updated for you! It's like a resume or LinkedIn profile that builds itself and that you don't have to remember to update.

Is Merit easy to use?

Yes! It's very easy. If you receive a Merit achievement, you will be notified by an e-mail from You can claim your Merit page two ways after being notified: Either follow the directions in your email or...

  1. Go to and type your name in the search bar.
  2. Next to your name, click on “Is this you?”  (If you do not find your name, please email
  3. Enter your UNG email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.
  4. “Claim” your Merit page by signing into email, Facebook or Twitter and following the prompts. If you do not use Facebook or Twitter, you can still view and claim your profile and share your achievements; however, you won’t be able to customize it with a photo, additional activities or work experience. 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.


Can I manage privacy settings?

If your directory information is unrestricted you can participate in Merit. Learn more about directory information.

You can also opt-out of Merit at any time, or customize your privacy settings such as who can follow you. To opt out of this program, simply reply to the e-mail you receive from Merit and asked to be removed. You will also be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories in the initial e-mail received from Merit. Or email to opt out.

How does Merit differ from LinkedIn?

Merit is a great complement to LinkedIn. You can even connect your Merit page to your LinkedIn profile, if you have one. A key difference is that UNG can update your Merit page for you, removing the burden of needing to keep it current and remember what you've done. When you want to share your Merit page with potential employers and others, it's already there and built for you. Plus, your Merit page achievements are verified by UNG and carry our brand of approval.


Can I add to my Merit page?

You can, and you should. You can update your Merit page with additional education, activities, awards, and work experiences to complement the verified updates that UNG publishes. You can even add more detail to your updates by including photos or videos that demonstrate your involvement. The more you update your Merit page, the more compelling it becomes. It's a way for you and UNG to collaboratively build a record of your success and share it with people who matter. To learn more about how to customize and update your Merit page, visit 

I have other questions. How can I get more information?

Keep in mind that Merit is not a mandatory program. It's up to you to decide if you want to participate or not and whether you want to customize your page. Merit is just an opportunity for you to receive the attention you deserve.

Students and parents can find more information, including how to personalize pages or follow your student. Questions also can sent to

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