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 first name that best matches their self-identity.
Preferred first names can be set independently by the student (see instructions below). 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 with names that include letters outside of the English alphabet can use those letters in their preferred names. If there is a desire to change a preferred last name, students need to contact Registration and Records.
Preferred names appear in many of the electronic systems students, faculty and staff use, including:
- Blackboard Learning Management System
- Online Directory
- Class Roster/Grade Roster
- Advisement Report
- Email display name*
- Log in to Campus Connection
- Click on the Profile tile
- Select Personal Details
- Click on the name with the Preferred type
- Update Preferred name, click "save"
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.