Managing your @u.northwestern.edu (or other G Suite) account after a name change
If your name changes due to gender transitioning or legal name change, you have multiple options to manage your G Suite account. This article applies to @u.northwestern.edu, @nlaw.northwestern.edu, @alum.northwestern.edu, @kelloggalumni.northwestern.edu, and @fsm.northwestern.edu accounts.
Changing your official email address
Your official student email address must reflect your official name as listed in CAESAR, typically formatted as FirstnameLastnameYear@u.northwestern.edu. Therefore, outside of an official name change, it is not possible to change your official student email address.
There is an exception if your name has changed due to gender transitioning. Contact email@example.com
and we can assist with a transition-related name change, regardless of your official name status.
If you have filed a name change with the Office of the Registrar due to marital status or other legal name change, you can update your official email address at http://umail.northwestern.edu/manage
by using the Update Name
option, then using the Change Graduation Year
option to “change” your graduation year to the same year.
Setting up nicknames
You can add up to two nicknames, or email aliases, on your email account using the Account Management Page
. A nickname is an additional email address. For example, a nickname for JoeWildcat2008@alum.northwestern.edu could be firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send and receive mail sent to your assigned account name or any of your account nicknames.
Once you have set up a nickname, you can modify your email settings
to send email from your nickname. Email sent to your nickname will automatically come to your email account with no need for additional setup.
Note that creating a nickname does not change your official email address. You will still need to log in using your official email address.
Changing your display name
Even if you cannot change your official email address, you can change your display name
, the name that appears to recipients when you send email. If you are an alum, you can also change your display name using the Alumni Management Page
If you have filed a name change with the Office of the Registrar due to marital status or other legal name change, you can update the display name for your G Suite account at http://umail.northwestern.edu/manage
, using the Update Name option.
Updating your graduation year
If your anticipated graduation year changes, you can update the year in your email address using the Change Graduation Year option at the Account Management Page
If you accidentally set up your email address to use a random string of alphanumeric characters (a “FERPA email address”) upon activating your account, you can also use this option to switch to a FirstnameLastnameYear formatted email address.