What you need to know

Students have the ability to change their preferred name or their legal name.

Students can change their preferred name – sometimes referred to as your administrative name – in WebSIS. Your preferred name is used on class lists, on your status of registration and grade reports, and in your student account and the MIT Directory.

If your legal name changes while you are a student at MIT, you will need to update your student record. You must supply us with legal documentation of your old and new names, such as a certified copy of a court order, a marriage certificate, or a dissolution decree.

Some key points to remember:

  • Once you graduate, your record is frozen and we cannot make name changes except in very limited circumstances, such as a gender change.
  • Any currently enrolled student can update their administrative (or preferred) first name in the “Biographic Information” section on WebSIS.
  • The MIT Card Office policy is to publish your preferred name as listed in WebSIS on your MIT ID card. If you would like your legal first name on your MIT ID card, you must specifically request this at the Atlas Center.

What you need to do

Preferred Name Change

  • Go to WebSIS.
  • Click “For Students” followed by “Biographic and Emergency Records,” and “Name(s), Last School Attended, Birthdate, SSN, Citizenship.”
  • You may change your first or middle name. If you need to change your last name, please follow the Legal Name Change instructions listed below.
  • Click Submit.
  • Your change request will be reviewed by the Registrar’s Office before your student record is updated.

Legal Name Change