Use of Preferred First Name

A preferred first name is a name that you commonly use that is different from your legal first name. Students who wish to use a preferred first name can enter this information into goSFU.

The preferred first name will appear in parenthesis on the following unofficial internal university documents:

  • Class lists
  • Student advising transcripts
The student's legal name will appear on official university documents:
  • Official university transcripts
  • Reports to government
  • Letters of attestation
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Tuition fee invoices and/or receipts
If you wish to have your SFU ID card with your preferred first name, you can request this in person at the Registrar and Information Services counter at any of the three campuses along with a completed Use of Preferred First Name application  . A replacement fee will be charged.
It is important to note that making a request to use a preferred first name at SFU does not change a student's legal name in the SFU student record or records with government authorities.