The "Preferred Name" app provides a central location to update your preferred name. Previously, a preferred name could only be updated in the "Personal Information" or "Student Personal Information" apps. Those apps can still be used to set a preferred name, but the "Preferred Name" can be used by any UW-Madison NetID holder.
Before you enter a preferred name please read this note first: Your
primary/legal name may still appear alongside your preferred name in
some places. If you have any concern about your primary/legal name
appearing, please contact PreferredName@studentlife.wisc.edu before entering a preferred name. Please also visit the Preferred Name FAQ site for the most up to date information about the use of preferred name.
Click Change in the preferred name field. Alternatively, If you already have a preferred name and wish to delete it, click Delete.
Please note that the following restrictions apply if updating your middle or last name:
A "change pending" message will appear on the screen until it has been
completed. It may take up to 2 hours for your preferred name to appear
in the Student Center and My UW and up to 48 hours for your preferred
name to appear in the White Pages (campus directory).
For additional information see FAQ's at http://registrar.wisc.edu/preferred_name.htm.