Carnegie Mellon University

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January 11, 2024

Improvements to Preferred Name

In response to student feedback, we are pleased to announce that, effective January 11, 2024, the preferred name you have on file is now be visible by default in the CMU Directory and Google Mail.

Designating a preferred name allows you to display a different name from your legal one in university systems, so advisors, administrators, and instructors can address you with this option.


To learn how to change the preferred name you have set, especially if your middle or last name appears twice, visit The HUB's Preferred Name webpage. 

As a reminder, you can choose to have directory information restricted by completing a Directory Information Restriction form and submitting it to The HUB.

Please reach out to our team at or 412-268-8186 if you have questions or concerns.