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Using "Personal Information"

Privacy Information (FERPA)

FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, will allow you to restrict the release of certain personal information. For more information regarding FERPA, click on the “Privacy Information” link under the Personal Information section; this will redirect you to the CSULB FERPA informational website. You have the ability to restrict all categories defined on the page, restrict specific categories, or select individual items.

  1. Step 1 Select “Privacy Settings” from the “other personal…” dropdown menu under the Personal Information section in the Student Center. Click the >> button.

  2. Screen shot of Personal Information section with other personal dropdown menu

  3. Step 2 This page will display your current FERPA settings. Click on the “Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions” button to make updates.

  4. Screen shot of FERPA Restrictions Summary page

  5. Step 3 Click on the checkbox(s) to restrict individual items. You may also restrict items by category by clicking on the “Restrict All” button within a category. Click “Save.”

  6. Step 4 To release restrictions, you may uncheck individual items or click the “Release All” button for an entire category. Click “Save.”

For more information regarding your rights and responsibilities as a CSULB student please see Releasing Student Information.

Official University Notifications via Email

CSULB uses Email for official University notifications. As a result, all enrolled students are required to maintain an Email account and check it regularly. You may either use a University Email account or one from your own provider. In either case, you must input your Email account information on MyCSULB under "Personal Information." If you have more than one Email account, you must select which account is your "preferred" account. Official notifications will be sent to the account you select as preferred on MyCSULB. You are responsible for insuring this information is accurate and up-to-date. Failure to do so may result in missing important information!

If you do not have a current email account, please visit the Campus Technology Help Desk website or call them at (562) 985-4959.

Change My Address

Addresses are categorized by type. Some examples of address types are home, mailing, and dormitory.

  1. Step 1 Locate the address that you would like to update and click on the blue link indicating the address type (i.e., Mailing Address, Home Address) within Contact Information in your Student Center.

  2. Screen shot of Personal Information menu

  3. Step 2 Select the address that you would like to update and click the “edit” button.  You also have the option of adding a new address by clicking on the “Add A New Address” button.

  4. Screen shot of Addresses menu with details

  5. Step 3 Update the information on the proceeding page and click “OK.”  Review your changes and click “Save.”  In addition, you have the ability to enter an address change that will take effect in the future; do so by entering the date that you would like the change to be effective and click “Save.”

  6. Screen shot of Addresses edit page

Change of Email Address

Email addresses are categorized by type. Some examples of address types are home, on-campus, and other. You have the ability to add a new email address or update an existing address.

  1. Step 1 Click the “Preferred email” link within Contact Information in your Student Center. 

  2. Screen shot of Personal Information menu

  3. Step 2 Select the desired email type, enter the new email address, check the “Preferred” checkbox, and click save. Official notifications for students will be sent to the account checked as “Preferred.”

  4. Screen shot of Email Addresses edit page

User Preferences

User Preferences are established to assist you with navigation through your MyCSULB pages. The values that you can set are Institution, Academic Career, Term, and Aid Year.  Institution was established at the time your MyCSULB account was created.  By updating your Career, Term, and Aid Year, you will not have to enter the data each time you display a new menu. Remember to update these values when a new term is in session or a new Financial Aid Year has begun.

  1. Step 1 Click on the blue “User Preferences” link under the Personal Information section in the Student Center.

  2. Screen shot of Personal Information section of MyCSULB with User Preferences link selected

  3. Step 2 Select the parameters for your User Preferences and click “Save.”

  4. Screen shot of User Preferences options