Personal Directory Information

Students are responsible for providing an up-to-date and accurate record of personal information to the University. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining this information for the University.

Whenever you move or change telephone numbers, you must notify the Office of the Registrar by using myPurdue or by visiting our office in Room 45, Hovde Hall.

Changing Personal Information

If your local, permanent, or parent address and/or phone number should change during the academic year, either make the update on myPurdue yourself or contact the Office of the Registrar in Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, Suite 176.

Local addresses and/or phone numbers of students who live in contracted University housing (residence halls, Purdue Village, etc.) are supplied on a daily basis from the Housing System. Consequently, such addresses and phone numbers cannot be changed by the student. Talk to the Account Clerk or Hall Manager of the unit you are living in to update your address and phone number.

To change your name in official university records, it is necessary to bring one of the following official forms of identification with the new name to the Office of the Registrar, Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, Suite 176:

  • Marriage license
  • Driver's license or state issued photo ID
  • Social Security card (or Social Security print out)
  • Permanent Resident card (Green card)
  • Passport
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order

Students have the ability to add their Preferred Name to their personal information in their myPurdue portal. They also may choose to have it appear on the front of their Purdue ID card. Their legal name will still be printed on the back of their PUID. New or replacement IDs can be printed for a $25 fee through Card Services.

If you do not want your name/address/phone number to appear in the Student and Staff Telephone Directory, contact the Office of the Registrar, Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, Suite 176, prior to the end of the first week of the fall semester.

Information contained in an Education Record of a Student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed is called Directory Information. The University is permitted to release Directory Information without the written consent of the student.  The University considers the following listed items to be Directory Information: Student's name; local and home addresses; local and home telephone listings; email address; major field of study; enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time) and credit hour load; classification; Dates of Attendance; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; position, weight, height, and photograph of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors and awards received. The University reserves the right to amend this listing consistent with federal law and regulations and will publish any amendments.

Institutions may disclose students’ “Directory Information” without their consent, and without violating FERPA if the student has not restricted their personal information. To initiate a formal request to restrict directory information, please complete the Request to Restrict Directory Information and return it to the Office of the Registrar.  Should the student graduate or otherwise leave the University, this restriction will remain in place until the student requests to remove it. 

Note:  Once a student’s record has been made confidential, no information can be shared about the individual without the student’s written consent. The Office of the Registrar will give the following response to all inquiries: "We have no information on this individual." In such a case, problems may occur thereafter when potential employers or other parties make inquiries about the student.

For additional help concerning student personal information, call the Office of the Registrar at (765) 494-6165, come to Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, Suite 176, or send an inquiry via e-mail to


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