Merit pages

The College of Human Sciences is among those at Iowa State University who have invested in the Merit Pages program to recognize its students for their many achievements. Students can receive recognition for academic honors, leadership roles, awards for research projects or competitions, student teaching, internships and many other achievements while enjoying their adventure at Iowa State University. 

These achievements not only appear on the Iowa State University Merit Page, but also appear on the student's own Merit Page which can be claimed and enhanced by the student by adding additional campus activities and work experience. These pages are excellent references for the student during job or internship application processes. Merit Pages achievements are built with the intention that can be shared with family and friends through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter or emailed to followers and hometown newspapers.

How it works

CHS departments, clubs and organizations provide Communications with information about the organization giving the honor, parameters of the award/achievement, the name(s) of student(s) who earned the accomplishment, and any other pertinent details. CHS Communications will create a news story about the students and their accomplishments and award a badge, which will then be published to Iowa State University's Merit Page and on the student's profile. Stories will then be sent to each student's hometown (United States only) newspaper for publication.


A branded badge carries a compelling, visual seal of approval that connects students' achievements with Iowa State University. These provide verification of those achievements with stories written by the College of Human Sciences on students' profiles for potential employers.

Why it's important

It is critical to have a positive online presence especially in regards to searching for future employment. More companies are searching for and researching potential hires online and making decisions based on their online findings before setting up interviews. Merit helps students highlight their successes in one place and allows them to expand their profile beyond their verified Collegiate achievements with a profile photo, short biography, work experience, and other campus activities.

How your Iowa State adventure increases your Merit

Students' experiences in classrooms and research labs, student teaching or internships prepare them for their careers. College of Human Sciences experiences also encourage leadership, teamwork and cultivate helpful, socially responsible students. The Merit program is a great social media outlet for Iowa State University to recognize and promote its students as they learn, grow and succeed. 

Claiming your page

  • Go to and search for your name. Click on your name to view your profile.
  • Next to your name, find the "Is this you?" to claim your profile.
  • Enter your ISU email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email from
  • Claim your Merit page by clicking on the "Claim your Merit page" button in the email you receive.
  • Follow the prompts and decide to connect with Facebook or LinkedIn. By doing this, you've claimed your Merit page.
  • Let family and friends know about your page. When they visit your page, they can choose to follow you allowing Merit to email them whenever you receive recognition for a new achievement.

Opting out

To opt out of the program, simply reply to an email you receive from Merit and ask to be removed. 

If you have questions or run into difficulties claiming your page, please email