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Who's Who in the Post Office

Student Information

Transaction Times and Route Schedule

Preparation for Departmental Pick-Up

Personal Mail Policy

Intra-Campus Mail

Metered Mail

What Are You Mailing

Choosing a Service for Mailing

Adding Extra Services

Addressing Your Mailing

Service Endorsements Reference Chart

Preparing Packages for Mailing

Correct State Abbreviations for Mailing

US Postal Service Rates Chart for Postage

Standard Mailing Preparation

Preparing Packages for Mailing

Postal employee separating mailCareful preparation of your package helps to ensure safe delivery

The Box – Choose a box with enough room for cushioning material around the contents. Sturdy paperboard or corrugated fiberboard boxes are best for weights up to 10 pounds. If you are reusing a box, cover all previous labels and markings with heavy black marker or adhesive labels.

Where to find boxes –
If you need to obtain containers for your package mail, used empty boxes can sometimes be obtained through your campus post office. Express Mail and Priority Mail boxes and tubes are available for free they must be used for their appropriate service and charges.

Cushioning –
Cushion items you are mailing enough so when shaken the item cannot be heard shifting about. You can use newspaper, Styrofoam “peanuts”, bubble wrap or shredded paper for cushioning. Place an extra address label inside the package so if the outside label is destroyed or falls off the package can be opened by the Post Office and still be deliverable.

Mailing Fragile Items –
Use foamed plastic or padding to protect your items, placing the cushioning inside hollow items as well. Careful packaging is the best way to safeguard your valuable items against damage.

Mailing Heavy Items –
If you are mailing a very heavy or very dense item, start with a sturdy box, Pack the contents securely with string material for bracing to prevent shifting and tape all edges with reinforced tape. Packages heavier than 70 pounds cannot be mailed. Packages over 25 pounds must be brought to the University Post Office for mailing



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