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 Care & Community Standards Office.

For questions, please contact Laurie Dutton at