“We exist solely for the benefit of our community and are dedicated to their success.”
Merit is a non-profit, Member-Owned organization, formed in 1966 by public universities in Michigan. We provide affordable network, IT, and cybersecurity services to higher education, K-12 education, libraries, government, health care, and other non-profits.

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    A Non-Profit, Serving Our Community

    Merit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission of strengthening its Membership through collaboration, innovation, information technology and Member service.

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    Supporting the Education Community for 50 Years

    Formed in 1966, Merit connects organizations and helps to build strong peer relationships, enabling educational institutions to achieve far more together than they can alone.

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    A Catalyst for Collaboration

    Merit strives to build a robust Member community. Merit Members can get involved and learn new ways of using technology through our communities of practice, technology forums, and Member conferences.

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Merit Helps You Accomplish More Together

Merit Members accomplish more together.


Merit operates America’s longest-running regional network and is a trusted network provider in Michigan since 1966. We provide service to 100% of the public universities in Michigan, a majority of community colleges, private colleges and universities, as well as a large number of K-12 districts, public libraries, government agencies, health care and other non-profit institutions.

The network is designed to support cloud services and Internet-based applications for organizations of any size.


The Merit backbone features over 3,800 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure that stretches across both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Merit, the longest-running regional network in America, is also the best connected.

Our network has the capacity and engineering performance to support high-bandwidth applications, such as distance learning, large-scale data transfers, videoconferencing, virtual laboratories, remote instrumentation and digital libraries.

Internet2 is a consortium of nearly 300 universities, formed to develop and deploy the advanced network applications and technologies required for tomorrow’s education and research institutions. Merit is the only Michigan provider with access to Internet2’s national high-speed research and education network backbone.


Merit was one of the first state education networks to receive designation as an Internet2 Sponsored Educational Group Participant (SEGP), now known as U.S. UCAN. Through this program, Merit serves as a conduit to Internet2’s many working groups and initiatives for Michigan institutions. Merit provides access to its eligible Member institutions via the U.S. UCAN program.

Merit Members accomplish more together.

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Hear What Our Members Have to Say
Central Michigan University's Roger Rehm speaks about the value of Merit.
Roger Rehm
CIO, Central Michigan University

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    24 x 7 x 365 Live Support

    The Michigan-based Merit Support Center (MSC), located in Ann Arbor, MI, is operated by highly trained staff who continuously monitor the backbone and fiber connections, ensuring network and service availability for every Member.

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    Discounted Professional Development Courses

    Merit Professional Development conferences and training courses are tailored to the needs of our community. Members may attend all of the events and register at a reduced rate.

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    Access to Merit's Wealth of Experience

    Founded in 1966, Members receive direct access to Merit’s wealth of knowledge. Merit engineers and Member Relations Managers works closely with Members to create custom solutions and trouble-shoot problems.

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    Leverage Economies of Scale

    Joining the Merit Community translates to real savings on everything from bandwidth and services, to software licensing.

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    Consolidate & Share Services

    Merit’s network is built for Collaboration. Cut costs and share IT with an organization just like yours, right here in Michigan.

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    Connect with Peer Organizations

    As part of our mission, Merit provides numerous opportunities for discussion and learning with like-minded organizations.

“It is the people that make the biggest difference and contribute the most to our quality of service.”
John Cargo
Iosco-Arenac District Library
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