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Preferred Name/NameCoach

Preferred Name

You may indicate the name that you would like the community to use when addressing you in most instances by designating a preferred first name; this designation does not alter your legal name in University records or elsewhere. The preferred name is used on class and advising rosters, in University directories, communications, and in most University information systems. We encourage you to review the policy (below) before adding a preferred name. Directions for submitting a preferred name follow the policy statement.

Preferred Name Policy

Princeton recognizes that many students prefer to use first names other than their legal ones to identify themselves. As long as the use of this preferred name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a “preferred name” can and should be used where possible in the course of University business and education.

Therefore, any student may choose to identify a preferred first name in addition to their legal name. The student’s preferred name will be used in the university directory, in many communications, on class rosters, and in reporting, except where the use of the legal name is required. For example, some records, such as paychecks, require use of a legal name; in such circumstances, the University will not be able to use the preferred name. However, whenever reasonably possible, “preferred name” will be used.

Inappropriate use of the preferred name, including but not limited to misrepresentation or attempting to avoid a legal obligation, may be cause for denying the request.

To indicate a preferred first name:

  • Log into TigerHub
  • Click on the TigerHub/Personal Information tile on the top left
  • Click on Add/Update Preferred Name
  • Then let the system guide you through the process.


To help us to pronounce your name correctly, we are pleased to introduce NameCoach, a software service that enables you to record the pronunciation of your name and to indicate its phonetic spelling. The voice recording and phonetic spelling that you provide is available to your advisers, instructors, and administrative staff.  Faculty and administrative staff access your recorded name from advisee and class rosters and other PeopleSoft Student Records pages.

To record your name:

  • Log into TigerHub
  • Click on the TigerHub/Personal Information tile on the top left
  • Select the Record Your Name link. (Be sure that your pop-up blocker is disabled.) Graduate students can also link to NameCoach from the Advanced Degree Application.
  • Then follow the prompts. You will need to have your phone available for the automated call to hear and confirm your recording.

If you need assistance submitting a preferred name or recording your name using NameCoach, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 258-4357 (258-HELP).  

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