Student names

Your name is important, let's make sure we get this right.

People on campus can have two types of name, a legal primary name, and a preferred name. Changing either of these requires different steps and have different effects.

Legal or official names

Your legal name is the one that is printed on a Driver's License, Passport, or other government-issued ID. If you change your name through the courts, including through marriage, you should let the campus know.

Legal names are used on official documents issued by the campus, like paychecks and transcripts.

To update your legal name, complete a Student Personal Information Change form and turn it into the Campus Service Center in person with your new government-issued ID.

Preferred names

Your preferred name is used on any online system including the campus website and iLearn. You can change your preferred name at any time in CMS, but these changes can take a few days to show up everywhere on campus. To change your preferred name:

  • Log into CMS
  • Click on Self Service
  • Under Personal information, click Names
  • You should have a Preferred name in the list of names, click Edit next to it.
  • Edit your name information and click Save

Changing your name in campus email

Your campus email name (your full name, not your email address) will be updated two days after it is changed in CMS.

Your email address (i.e. jotter@csumb.edu) and CSUMB username (i.e. ottr1234) cannot be changed.

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Screenshot showing a full name versus an email address. Includes a silly email example.

Your full name always appears in emails.