Preferred Name Change


Creating an inclusive environment is part of Kent State University’s mission statement, and we recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves. Kent State University has established a process for identifying a ''preferred name''.

The preferred name will be used where possible in the course of university business. There are places where the legal name will continue to be used for University business or legal needs. Students who are utilizing the preferred name should always be prepared to reference their legal name as well as provide their university identification when necessary.

You may request a preferred name through FlashLine under Student Resources. There is an approval process. The preferred name is not intended to be used for purposes of fraud or misrepresentation. The Registrar’s Office has the authority to deny any request or remove a preferred name.

This process is not intended to entertain repeated requests for a preferred name change. Selecting a preferred name does not change your legal name within Kent State’s records. For more information about the process for changing your legal name please visit the Office of the University Registrar''s Website:

How to Request or Access This Service

  1. Login to FlashLine
  2. Click "Student" in the left hand navigation pane
  3. Click "Resources"
  4. Click "Requests and Authorizations"
  5. Select "Preferred Name Request" and then complete the process as the page outlines

Technical Support

If you are experiencing issues related to this service, call the Help Desk at 330-672-4357.

For further information regarding preferred name changes, please see the linked articles below:

Preferred name change

Registrar's Preferred Name Information

Flashline Legal Name Change

How can I change my Flashline user name and email address?


There is no cost associated with this service.

Who May Request This Service




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