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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Preferred Name at MSU Mankato!

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You have the option of using a preferred name (like your nickname) at the university. Your preferred name will appear in D2L Brightspace, MavMail, class rosters, MavCard and other university systems. A preferred name can replace your first, middle, and/or last name. You can even choose one name if you like (e.g., Adele, Ludacris, Bono, Sting, Prince, Elvis, Madonna, Oprah, Cher). The university can deny a first name if inappropriate. Your legal name will still appear where required by university policy, or state or federal law. Your regular mavmail address will still work. Both the regular mavmail and your new preferred-name address will send mail to the same account.

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Review and Decision Timeline

Preferred name requests submitted through the online form are normally reviewed in 2-3 business days and the hardcopy form take 3-5 business days. If approved, please allow another 8-10 business days for changes to be updated in the Minnesota State student information system (e.g., MavMAIL, D2L, e-services).

The full Preferred Name policy is online at