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A preferred name is the name a person wishes to be known as, especially if this name is different than their legal name. NDSU students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to set a preferred name that best matches their self-identity.

Preferred names can be set for first and/or last names. For example, this could include a nickname based off a legal first or middle name, or a chosen name that best matches a person's gender self-identity. Individuals who are in the process of changing their gender and/or marital status may also change their preferred last names while legal name changes are in process. Individuals with names that include letters outside of the English alphabet can use those letters in their preferred names.  

Preferred names appear in the many of the electronic systems students, faculty and staff use, including:
- Email display name
- Blackboard Learning Management System
- Online Directory

  1. Log in to Campus Connection

  2. In your Student Center under the "Personal Information" heading, click 'Demographic Data'

    Preferred Name Change Screen View 1

  3. Select "Names"

    • click "edit" button shown next to "Preferred Name"

    Preferred Name Change Screen View 2

  4. Update Preferred name, click "save"
    Preferred Name Change Screen View 3
Legal Name Changes

If you wish to change your 'Legal' name in Campus Connection, you must complete a Name Change Request Form (available on the Forms page) and provide official documentation to the Office of Registration and Records, 110 Ceres Hall.


Contact the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Help Desk at: 1-866-457-6387 (toll free) or Submit a Help Desk Ticket

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