Name Changing on Campus
Primary (Legal) Name vs Preferred/Chosen/Common Name
A campus "Preferred" name is the name a student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from their legal first name. The "Preferred" name will be used on class rosters.
Your Primary or Legal name will continue to be the your legal name and will be used on official university documentation:
- Official and Unofficial Transcripts
- Any documentation involving financial aid or student accounts
For additional information please see SJSU's Preferred Name Policy.
Using a Preferred/Chosen/Common Name at SJSU
Please see the following guides to update your name on following SJSU systems:
Changing Primary (Legal) Name through SJSU
- Once you have finalized your official legal name change, submit the Change of Name [pdf] form.
- If you need help with figuring out the process of getting your name changed legally please see Changing Your Legal Name.