- Preferred First Name (PFN)
- Legal Name
Your preferred first name is the first name you commonly go by, and differs from your legal first name.
Carleton University requires that individuals use their legal name on all legal records and official documents (e.g. transcripts and diplomas). However, the University is an inclusive community and acknowledges that a Preferred First Name (PFN) can and should be used whenever possible in the course of University business and education.
The PFN is fully supported in the following systems:
- Campus Card / U-Pass
- CU email address
- MyCarletonOne (MC1) account
- Class lists and grading
- myAudit results
This video will walk you through the process of changing your preferred first name.
Your legal name is the name you were given at birth. Non-Canadian students can find their legal names on their immigration documents or passport. This name is used on all official documentation and records (diploma, transcripts, etc.) at Carleton University.
Your legal name forms the basis for all of your academic accomplishments. As such, it is expected that students will provide a complete and accurate legal name upon application for admission and maintain and update this name if circumstances change.