Adding students to an achievement

This article covers the various ways that you can add students to a Merit story. For more about how to publish a Merit achievement, go here

There are four ways to add students to a story:

Add students by spreadsheet

Spreadsheets are the best way to add large lists of students to an achievement. To add a spreadsheet of students, click the Upload Spreadsheet button:

You will then be able to choose the spreadsheet you'd like to import:  

After selecting your file and clicking Upload, you will see the list of students inside the workflow:  

You will then need to map your students' attributes. Fields like first name, last name, hometown, zip code and email address are all required but all other fields are optional:

Upon mapping the "Student Email Address" field, you will see a new box that will allow you to supplement your spreadsheet with any student data that is already saved inside Merit:

Merit will add these new columns to your spreadsheet with the prefix "merit_". They will be automatically mapped in the "Tell us about your spreadsheet" section, but you can change them if needed:  

You will see two sample students beneath the dropdown boxes: 

Lastly, you may choose to any number of parent email columns: 

Clicking Save & Continue will prompt you to begin writing your Merit story. If there were any problems validating your students, you will be alerted to them at this time. Go here for help or more information about spreadsheet validation. 

Add students through a Merit search 

When adding smaller groups of students to an achievement, it will sometimes be easier to simply search for a person by either their name or email address. These students must already have an existing Merit page. Simply choose the Add Students button to get started.

You will then be able to search Merit for students:  

Note: You can add new columns for personalized student data if needed. Just enter a name into the box and click Add Column to create a new custom field that you can insert into your story.

If you choose the Search by email option, you'll open up an interface for adding students quickly:

Add students manually 

If you're trying to create a story for a student who does not already have a Merit page, you are able to add them on the fly. Just click the  Add Students button to get started:

You will then see a +Add Students option:  

This will create a new blank row in the list above:  

Note: You can add new columns for personalized student data if needed. Just enter a name into the box and click Add Column to create a new custom field that you can insert into your story.


Add a roster of students 

When adding students who are part of the same team, club or group, you can use the add by roster option. These students must already be part of an existing Co-Curricular inside your Merit account. Learn more about Co-Curriculars here. To add student by roster, simply choose the  Add Students button to get started: 

You will then see an Add Roster option:  

Search for the appropriate team, club or group:

You will then see a list of the students who are part of this roster:  

The students who were part of this group will then appear in the workflow:

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