As a student, you will be able to designate a preferred name, which is:

  • A name that you can designate to be used on certain University-related records or documents in place of your legal name.
  • A name that you wish to be known or identified by in the classroom (and elsewhere on campus).
  • Different from your legal name. See “How do I use a preferred name” section below for more information.

As long as the use of this preferred name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, UC Berkeley acknowledges that a “preferred name” may be used where possible on certain University records.

If you have other questions about the policy, or would like to talk with someone to find out if designating a preferred name would meet your needs, please Open a Case at Cal Student Central.

How Do I…?