A student may choose a name other than their legal name to identify themselves at Missouri State University. A chosen name is different than the student’s legal name. Refer to the Chosen Name policy for more information.
Students can provide their chosen first and middle names in the Student tab of My Missouri State.
Adding a chosen name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. A student’s official name is their legal name. Use the Change of Student Information form to update your legal name.
Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Chosen Name
Under FERPA, a student’s name, including chosen name, may be disclosed to the public as directory information unless the student opts not to permit such disclosure (i.e., FERPA Hold). To revoke the disclosure of directory information or learn more about FERPA, visit the FERPA website and policy.