File a Name Change

Current Student (except NU Law and SCS students; see below)

Policy

University policy states that a student's name in the student database must be identical to the name on his or her Social Security card.  The Office of the Registrar will process a request for name change for students who are US citizens or permanent residents and who provide the appropriate documentation. Students who hold an F1 or J1 visa must contact the International Office to request a name change.

Filing Steps

Present the following information to the Office of the Registrar:

Once this documentation has been presented at the Office of the Registrar, please allow a minimum of 48 hours for the change to take effect.

Current Student, NU Law and SCS

University policy states that a student's name in the student database must be identical to the name on his or her Social Security card. NU Law and SCS students who are US citizens or permanent residents must contact their school registrar to request a name change:

Northwestern University School of Law, Registration and Records
Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies, Office of the Registrar

NU Law and SCS students who hold an F1 or J1 visa must contact the International Office to request a name change.

Former Students

Policy

The name under which you were enrolled must remain on your transcript, unless you re-enroll. Your official name at the time you left will always appear on your transcript.

Preferred Name

Current students (except for those in the Kellogg School of Management) can indicate a “preferred” first name, which is a name the student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from his or her legal first name. A student may change his or her preferred first and/or middle names using CAESAR. The student's preferred name will only be seen on Class Rosters, Grade Rosters, Course Management System (Blackboard), and the Online Directory.

Please note: the “primary” name will continue to be the student's legal name and will continue to appear on transcript, the Wildcard, and any documentation involving financial aid or student accounts. Students must continue to use their primary names when conducting official University business. In addition, indicating a preferred name will not change a student's e-mail address that appears in the NU Online Directory. It is important to know that the primary name can only be changed by visiting the Office of the Registrar and requesting a formal name change (see above).

For assistance with the preferred name, see the Maintaining your Preferred Name in CAESAR tip sheet, or contact the NUIT Support Center at 847-491-HELP (4357).

Maintaining your Preferred Name in CAESAR tip sheet