I'm wondering if anyone has experience using their chosen name when applying to school? I'm interested in going to graduate school this fall, and I'd like to start the program having socially transitioned. I have settled on a chosen name that I use with those I'm out to, but I haven't changed my legal name. The deadline for the application is April 1st, which I don't think leaves me enough time to change my legal name, and even if it did, I imagine changing my legal name would require me to come out at my current job, which I'd rather not do. So, is it possible for me to apply to this university using my chosen name, without having changed my legal name? I already looked on the application, and there are no separate spots for legal/preferred names, just a spot for first name. To possibly complicate matters further, I'm applying to a graduate program at the same university where I completed my undergraduate education. My undergraduate transcripts would also have my legal name, and unless I ask my references to use my chosen name, which I could, all of my letters of recommendation from previous professors/employers would have my legal name. I'm fine with putting down my legal name if I have to, I just don't want a situation where I'm unable to clarify my gender identity going into the program. And I guess even If I could clarify it, there is still a section of the application that asks for my sex, and I'm assuming I have to use the one that was assigned to me at birth unless I can somehow legally change it. If it's helpful, the application is GradCAS, which seems to be kind of like the common app but for grad schools, so the application itself isn't specific to the university I'm applying to, it's just a general form that is submitted to any university I choose. Anywho, any and all advice would be appreciated.