When will my preferred first name appear in the university system?
Once a student has updated their preferred first name in ESTHER, that preferred first name will be reflected immediately in ESTHER reports such as course rosters, grade rosters, etc. Updates to the campus directory require a 24-hour period.
Who can choose or change a preferred first name?
Only you as a Rice student can choose or change your own preferred first name on your ESTHER account.
Can I change my email address to better match my preferred first name?
Yes. You can update your email alias to include your preferred first name. More information on updating your email alias can be found at Creating an Email Alias (also known as Vanity Email).
May I specify a preferred middle or last name?
Preferred names pertain to your preferred first name only.
Can I put anything as my preferred first name?
Your preferred name should be the name that you use in social interactions. It should be a name that you want your professors and fellow students to call you. Please note that the university reserves the right to remove any preferred first name that is deemed to be inappropriate, derogatory or misrepresentative.
Can I change the preferred first name I’ve chosen?
Yes. You can change or delete your preferred first name at any time. Step by step instructions on how to change your preferred first name can be found at Updating Personal information.
Will my preferred first name appear on all Rice records?
Not all. The preferred first name will appear on Class Rosters, Grade Rosters, Unofficial Academic Transcripts, Canvas, Online Directory Listings, Rice University Diplomas, and Rice University ID Cards (if specified).
Does a preferred first name affect my legal name?
No, electing to use a preferred first name will not change your legal name.
What if I already have a Rice ID Card?
If you would like a new Rice ID with your preferred first name on the front, you will have to stop by RUPD and pay the $10 card replacement fee.
Do I have to have my preferred first name on my Rice ID Card?
Yes. If you indicated a preferred first name, that is the name that will appear on the front of your Rice ID card.
Will my legal name also appear on my Rice ID Card?
Your legal name will be printed on the reverse side of the Rice ID card.
Is choosing a preferred name the same as legally changing my name?
No. In order to legally change your name, students will have to supply supporting legal documentation of their name change and complete the Biographical and Demographical Update Form.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org