Name Changes (Preferred and Legal Names)

PREFERRED NAME CHANGES ON RAMWEB

The CSU Admissions application allows students to indicate their preferred first name before they even come to campus. If you filled that out, that is the name that will appear in the system. Enrolled students can manage their preferred first names through RAMWeb, on the Manage Student Record menu. Once a change is requested, it will begin to appear in all University records. Preferred first names may not be obscene, offensive or disruptive, or contain punctuation or special characters. The University reserves the right to remove any name containing such language. For more information, visit the Registrar’s Office website at registrar.colostate.edu.

You can add a preferred name in RamWeb by completing the following steps:

Visit Ramweb

  • Sign in with your EID and password.
  • Click on “Records” on the right hand side, near the bottom.
  • Select “Change My Preferred First Name”
  • Enter your preferred name and save.

Please know your birth name will still appear on university websites and university documents. Your preferred name will appear in parentheses – e.g., Jackson (Ariana) Hale

LEGAL NAME OR GENDER CHANGES ON RAMWEB

For folks who have gone through legal processes to update their legal name or gender marker on documents like drivers licenses or passports, you are able to update CSU records with these changes. 

To change your legal gender marker or legal name, follow the directions below.

Visit Ramweb
  • Sign in with your EID and password.
  • Click on Menu, select Records, and then Manage Student Records.
  • Select the item you would like to update, such as “Gender”.
  • Your current record will display on the screen. Click the “Edit” button in the top right corner. 
  • Edit your information.
  • Upload a copy of your new documentation. This upload is a secure uploading site. This copy will remain in your student records.
  • Hit submit.

The Office of the Registrar will process these changes. It is not an automatic change, so there may be some rollover time. This update should permeate through all student records. 

For questions or further instructions, contact the Registrar at (970) 491-4860.

RAMCARD

RamCards default to your legal name. After you enter your preferred first name in RAMWeb, wait three business days for it to take effect, then visit the RamCard office in Room 271 of the Lory Student Center to request that it be added. If you want to change your email name, you must log in to the Electronic Identity system at eid.colostate.edu*; changes require confirmation and verification and may take a while to update.

COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA

Commencement Program

For a student’s name to appear differently in the commencement program, the student is to submit an email to degreeoffice@colostate.edu stating exactly how they wish their name to appear in the program. This should include any special accent marks, special capitalization or spacing, etc.

  • Such notification must be received by the Registrar’s Office eight weeks prior to the end of the student’s intended term of graduation.
  • Any requests after the designated date will not be acknowledged and there will be no exceptions.
Diploma

For a student’s name to be printed differently on their diploma, the student is to submit an email to degreeoffice@colostate.edu stating exactly how they wish their name to appear. This should include any special accent marks, specific spacing, capitalization, etc.

  • Such notification must be received 4 weeks prior to the end of the student’s intended term of graduation.
  • Any requests after the designated date will not be acknowledged and there will be no exceptions.