While most student information changes can be made through Penn State Account Management, there are some items, including name, Social Security number, gender, ethnicity and race, that can only be changed by request through the Office of the University Registrar.
Name change requests must be in writing and will not be accepted via the telephone.
Diploma name changes for students from other countries that require the mother's maiden name to appear as the last name on the diploma, are permitted when adding to, but not substituting for, the student's legal name on the academic record. Requests for this action must be made in writing, but the requirement for two proofs of identification is waived.
Students who are receiving any form of federal or state student aid are required to change their name with the Social Security Administration before changing their name with Penn State.
Citizenship change requests must be in writing and will not be accepted via the telephone. Students who have a change of citizenship may request an update to their status on their official Penn State academic record by completing the process below.
Students should contact their campus Registrar's office with the correct Social Security number information. Please note, students must provide a copy of their social security identification card.
Gender change requests must be in writing and will not be accepted via telephone. Requests are initiated by the student (in person at the Registrar's Office, via mail or fax).
Students may log into LionPATH to change the ethnicity and race information the University has recorded in their academic record. Changes can be made on the Ethnicity page in the "My Information" section of the LionPATH Student Home Base.
Students who do not have access to LionPATH may request a change to the ethnicity and race information the University has recorded in their academic record by completing the Ethnic Background Change Form and submitting it to the Office of the University Registrar.