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MyUW Madison - Update Student Personal Information

Students can use the MyUW Student Personal Information portlet to enter, update, or delete their preferred name.

Current students at UW-Madison are eligible to use the Student Personal Information app. Employees (including student employees) can update their information following MyUW Madison - Update Employee Personal Information, and any user with a NetID can update their preferred name following MyUW Madison - Update Preferred Name

Update Preferred Name

  1. Log in to MyUW at and locate the Student Personal Information app. If needed, search for the app at the top of your homepage. 

  2. Click Launch full app.

    Student Personal Information app in MyUW

  3. Click Change to enter or update your Preferred Name.  If you already have a Preferred Name and wish to delete it, click Delete. Your Preferred Name will no longer appear in campus systems once the deletion is processed. 

    Legal name

  4. After clicking Change, you can update your Preferred Name in the appropriate text fields.

      Preferred first name

      Note: When updating your preferred last name, only changes to the capitalization, spacing, apostrophes, or hyphens are allowed. Any other changes will result in an error message.
      Students can update their legal name in the Student Center. If you experience an error when changing your preferred name after updating your legal name, see MyUW Madison - Bug - Updating Preferred Name After Legal Name Change.

    • Click "Save" when completed.

    A "Change Pending" message will appear on the screen until any changes or deletions have been completed. It may take up to 2 hours for your preferred name to appear across campus systems and up to 48 hours for your preferred name to appear in the campus directory.

    If active, email addresses will automatically update to reflect your name changes. You can confirm changes or request activation via Wisc Account Administration

    Preferred Name Exceptions and Policies

    Your primary/legal name may still appear alongside your preferred name in some places, such as transcripts or diplomas. If you have any concerns about your primary/legal name appearing or would like to hide your legal name from the campus directory, please contact

    Any preferred name that would be generally considered to be an attempt at misrepresentation or fraud, or interpreted as offensive, will be removed by the Office of the Registrar. The student’s displayed name will revert to their default legal name within campus systems. 

    For more details regarding student Preferred Names on campus, please visit the Preferred Name FAQ or contact the Office of the Registrar.

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    Keywords:services tab preferred name change modify delete first last middle remove hide legal primary capitalization caps capitals pending directory policy restrictions email save   Doc ID:32695
    Owner:Laura S.Group:My UW-Madison Portal
    Created:2013-08-12 13:05 CDTUpdated:2022-04-07 13:54 CDT
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, My UW-Madison Portal, Office of the Registrar
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