Students may request that a preferred first name be used on certain student records. Use the Settings tool in MyUCLA to start the process.
Once the request has been approved by the Registrar’s Office (which may take up to three business days, or longer during high-volume periods), the preferred name is viewable across different campus applications after departments determine best practices to adapt their use of it.
The preferred first name is used in certain MyUCLA features, class rosters, grade rosters, the campus directory, and unofficial transcripts. A student’s legal name continues to be used for certain University records, documents, and business processes where deemed necessary or required (e.g., financial services, official transcript, diploma, and official verifications).
The University reserves the right to remove or deny the preferred first name request if used inappropriately. This includes, but is not limited to, names using foul or inappropriate language or names submitted to avoid a legal obligation or to create misrepresentation.
An approved preferred name does not change a student’s legal name. Students who wish to change their legal name must use the Legal Name Change or Correction form.