Adding or Changing Preferred First Name

Issue / Question
Faculty, Staff and Students can request a name change or nickname for their first name that is not legal and they can use a preferred name in many ISU systems. This name will be used on class rosters and other places where their name is accessible to the public. 
  • How do I update my preferred first name?
  • How can I change my preferred name in Bengalweb?
  • Can I change my name in Bengalweb?
  • Platform
    • Bengalweb
  • Audience Affected
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Students
Log into BengalWeb
  1. Go to BengalWeb
  2. Type your ISU Username (Ex: JohnSmith)
  3. Type your ISU Password 
  4. Click LOGIN
Adding or Changing Preferred First Name
  1. Select Academic Tools (left side-bar)
  2. Scroll to the Student Records section
    • Employees: Select Employees (left), Action & Information, go to Employment Details section, click Personal Information Self Service
  3. In the Personal Details section, click  Edit (right)
  4. Type your Preferred First Name
  5. Click Update
Note: To request a new email address that reflects your preferred name, complete the Email Address Update Request form.   
Requesting Preferred Name Update to ISU systems 
  1. Send an email to
  2. Include a short description of the change needed
The preferred name must follow the Preferred Name Data Standards, and all preferred names will be checked for compliance before being used to create an email address or entered into our Caller ID system. 

Please get in touch with the IT Service Desk for additional assistance.
 (208) 282-4357 or Go to chat


Article ID: 98762
Wed 2/19/20 10:21 AM
Wed 6/1/22 11:34 AM