MyUW - Preferred Name

An overview and step-by-step guide to viewing and editing your preferred name in MyUW.


Overview

You can identify yourself within the University, including in some official records, with a preferred first and/or middle name (not last name) that differs from your legal name.
Examples of when students might choose to use a preferred name include: As long as your preferred name is not used for misrepresentation or inappropriateness, it will appear instead of your legal name in many university systems and documents—except where your legal name is required for a business or legal need.
For more information about legal and preferred name, please see read more here.


Step-by-Step

  1. Login to My-UW.
  2. Click on the Student Personal Information tile.

    Student Personal Information tile

    Note: If you don't see this tile on your home MyUW page, use the search bar at the top the find the correct page.

  3. If you have not previously added a preferred name, you will be informed no name has been set up yet.
    Click Change to add a preferred name.

    Name not set

  4. You may edit the first name field, and edit/add/remove in the middle name field.
    Your last name will auto-populate. Changes for your last name are limited to the following: capitalization, spacing, apostrophes and hyphens.
    Click the Save button when done.

    Edit name screen

  5. The change is now pending and will refresh overnight.

    Change pending