Preferred Name

Preferred Name LogoStockton University recognizes that some of its students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves. To encourage a more open and inclusive campus environment, Stockton allows students to use a first name different than their legal first name on certain university records. The goal of this service is a consistent preferred name experience across University systems and use of a preferred name wherever a legal name is not absolutely necessary.

Click here to request to complete a preferred first name change within specific university records. Please note that changing your preferred name for certain records does not change your legal first name with Stockton University.

Below is a listing of all the areas in which your preferred name will appear (once changed) and areas in which your legal first name will still appear. *There are certain self-select registration systems on campus in which a student would need to personally update their preferred name.

Preferred First Name Will Appear

  • Alumni records
  • Athletic team lists
  • Blackboard
  • Class rosters
  • Commencement programs
  • Dean’s list
  • Degree Audit
  • Diploma
  • Emergency contact lists
  • Faculty advisee lists
  • GoPortal online directory
  • Library records
  • Residence life rosters
  • Student ID card (provided you request one from student records)

Legal First Name Will Appear

  • Financial aid & billing records, including communication
  • Official transcripts
  • Paychecks and paystubs
  • Registrar’s office records
  • Study Abroad – travel forms
  • Time entry system
  • Transfer credit evaluation
  • Tax records


Stockton reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it contains inappropriate or offensive language, or if the name is being used for misrepresentation. Any review would be conducted by the Office of Student Right’s and Responsibilities.  

For questions, please contact Laurie Dutton at