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Preferred Name Procedure

**If you have requested a preferred name change or made one previously, your name may not be appearing correctly in Cougar Courses; this is a known issue and the campus is working to resolve it quickly. If you need immediate assistance in getting this corrected in Cougar Courses, please contact (Updated January 29, 2021)**

CSUSM recognizes students may identify themselves by a name other than their legal name. Acknowledging this, students may have their first name changed to a preferred name that better reflects their identity. To register your preferred name, submit a request on MyCSUSM in your Student Center, in the “Personal Information” section, by clicking on the “Names” link. It can take up to 3 business days for the request to be reviewed and approved, and 5 business days after approval for the preferred name to be reflected in the various third party platforms utilized by the campus community.

Where Will Your Preferred First Name Appear?

Legal Name

  • Transcripts
  • Enrollment Verification
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Documents
  • Payroll (student employees)
  • Any legal documnet produced by the University

Preferred Name


* These items are not automatically updated and require student action, follow the hyperlinks for more information.

University offices are only able to look up student records by student ID or legal name. It is recommended you bring your student ID card with you when requesting assistance from any department on campus. Your preferred name will be displayed.

If you are changing your name mid-semester, please notify your instructors to avoid grading discrepancies.