Name and Address Changes

It is important for students' names and addresses to be kept accurate and up-to-date in their records while they are attending Simmons. Please see the options below to learn how to update these pieces of information on your record.

Official Name Changes for Current Students

A student's name of record is defined as the legal name under which the student was admitted to Simmons College. Legal name is that name, verified by a birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security card, passport, or court order.

Your legal name appears on all Simmons records, including transcripts, verifications, and diplomas. Current Simmons students who have legally changed their names since the time of admission may request that this change be made on their official records. Former students and alumnae/i who have changed their names since the time of attendance may not have their names updated on their official Simmons records.

Students wishing to change their name from the name of record at the time of admission must provide the Office of the Registrar with legal documentation reflecting their new legal name, such as a marriage license or government-issued ID, as well as a Name Change Form. Forms may be faxed or emailed along with a scanned copy of legal documentation to registrar@simmons.edu or brought to the office with legal documentation in person, in room C-116 in the Main College Building. Name changes are typically processed within one business day of receiving a student's form and documentation.

Preferred Name Changes for Current Students

Your legal name as maintained in the College's database will be the name that appears on any Simmons College transcript, diploma, or financial aid document. Official Simmons name changes require legal documentation, but some students may wish to go by a name that is not their legal name.

You can updated your Preferred Name on AARC at any time if you wish to use a name other than your legal name, and want that name to be used by the Simmons Community. Legal documentation is not required to change your Preferred Name.

  • Log into Simmons Connection with your Simmons username and password and select AARC on the top menu bar.
  • From the Student menu on the left-hand sidebar, select "Manage Student Personal Info."
  • In the box labeled "Roster Name," type the name you would like your professors to call you (first name only).
  • This name will be used in conjunction with your last name on class rosters.

Diplomas must show a student's legal name at the time of graduation, but students may choose to include or leave off their middle name or middle initial on their diploma, as indicated on their Senior Audit (for undergraduates) or Petition to Graduate (for graduate students) form.

Please note: Legal Names are required by the College Health Center and Student Financial Services.

Preferred Pronouns

Simmons students identify with a wide variety of genders, or no gender. The College supports this self-identification, and current students may update their Preferred Pronouns on AARC at any time.

  • Log into Simmons Connection with your Simmons username and password and select AARC on the top menu bar.
  • From the Student menu on the left-hand sidebar, select "Manage Student Personal Info."
  • In the box labeled "Preferred Pronouns," type the pronouns you would like others to use for you.
  • These pronouns will appear on class rosters and will be stored in some administrative systems.
Address Changes for Current Students

Current students can change their addresses at any time on AARC. To change your address:

  • Log into Simmons Connection with your Simmons username and password and select AARC on the top menu bar.
  • From the Student menu on the left-hand sidebar, select "Manage Contact/Emergency Info."
  • Under Addresses, you can edit or remove an existing address by clicking Edit next to that address.
  • To remove the address, be sure to add an Effective End Date and click Submit at the bottom of the screen.
  • To add a new address, click Add a new Address on the Manage Contact/Emergency Info page.
  • Enter in the address information and any landline phone numbers (not cell numbers) associated with the address.
  • Select whether the address is a permanent/home address, temporary/local address, or business address.
  • If you would like to receive your Simmons mail at this address, check the "I prefer to receive my mail at this address" box.
  • Click Submit to save the new address in the system.

If you are having any difficulty updating your address, feel free to contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@simmons.edu for assistance in updating your record.

Name & Address Changes for Former Students

Once a student has graduated or withdrawn from Simmons, the Office of the Registrar no longer updates their record unless they enroll in a new program. All former students wishing to update name or address information with Simmons should contact Alumnae/i Relations.

College Policy states that a student's name on their official college records (transcript, diploma, verifications) remains their name during attendance. Any exceptions to this policy due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the College Registrar.