Changing Your First Name in Canvas


Because Canvas uses data from Path@Penn, students who wish to change their first name in Canvas must edit their Preferred First Name through Path@Penn. These changes will then carry over to Canvas and other Penn systems.

Before updating your preferred name, learn more about which Penn systems will default to your preferred name from the Student Registration & Financial Services website.

The Student Registration & Financial Services page also contains information about how to change your legal name in Penn’s student systems.

Change Your Preferred First Name in Path@Penn

  1. Vist Path@Penn.
  2. Under My Profile, select Update my personal information.
  3. Select Edit and update the Preferred First Name field.
  4. Select Update.

If it has been more than 24 hours since you edited your Preferred First Name in Path@Penn and it has not updated in Canvas, contact Canvas Support.

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2022