Name and Address Changes

Legal Name

A Legal Name is the name that appears on your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, or U.S. Social Security Card.

Your name of record is the name listed in the Columbia University Student Information System. If you are no longer a current student at the University and would like to change your name of record, you must mail a notarized Name Change Affidavit along with photocopies of the required forms of ID to the Office of the Registrar to the address below.

You should send copies of the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Another form of ID
  • Proof of use of the old name (credit card, University ID Card, marriage certificate, bank statement, etc.)

Office of the Registrar – Student Service Center
Columbia University
205 Kent Hall, MC 9202
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


Registration & Financial Services @ CUMC
Columbia University
650 W. 168th Street
Unit 45, Black Building Room 141
New York, NY 10032


Preferred Name

Columbia University recognizes that some students prefer to identify themselves by a First Name and/or Middle Name other than their Legal Name. For this reason, beginning in the Spring 2016 semester, the University will enable students to use a “Preferred Name” where possible in the course of University business and education.

Under Columbia’s “Preferred Name” policy, any current student may choose to identify a Preferred First and/or Middle Name in addition to the Legal Name. Students may request this service via a link on SSOL. All requests are reviewed by the University Registrar’s Office.

To learn more about Columbia’s “Preferred Name” Policy, read our Frequently Asked Questions.