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Cougar Card ID

The Cougar Card system now pulls your name from the preferred name section in the myUH System. As long as you have your preferred name entered into your myUH account, it will appear on your Cougar Card ID. See below for instructions.

Preferred Name

The preferred name is now the default name on the class roster, grade roster, student milestones, transcript notes, grade change requests, Teams, and any printer friendly documents (self-service only). If there is not a preferred name listed then the primary name is displayed. If students experience any issues with their preferred name not showing properly, they should contact the LGBTQ Resource Center at

Since the preferred name is on the class roster, class technology such as Zoom should also be set to the preferred name.

Here is how students can enter a preferred name

  1. Log in to AccessUH
  2. Click "Main Menu" dropdown list
  3. Select "Campus Personal Information"
  4. Select "Names"
  5. Click on the edit button next to "Preferred"
  6. Change and click save button

At this time, the student's “legal” gender is still what is listed on their school record, but under most circumstances, gender is not indicated on the screen of UH employees.

Note about Get Involved: On the Get Involved pages, you will be able to still see your legal name, However, no one else can. Your preferred name will be the only name appearing to other Get Involved users.