Mail & Shipping/ Receiving Overview

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Public Mail Services

Packaging Material
Packaging Service

Student Mail

Postage Prices
First Class Mail

Student Receiving

Overview on Public Mail Services

CSU Stanislaus Mail Services is authorized as a "USPS Approved Shipping Center" to provide services to the public. This commercial authorization allows Mail Services to purchase postage at a discount and obtain specialized mailing supplies. Mail Services is then able to provide postage and specialized mailing for private mailings-at the same rates as other retail mail centers. Any profits from the public operations go into the fund for replacing Mail Services equipment and covering overhead.

Mail Services available for the public are:

  • Stamps: Individual stamps, books of Forever stamps, some holiday and commemorative stamp offerings, and Forever stamps for international postage rates. Mail Services does not sell any stamps that are a set postage amount ($1.00, $0.49, $0.2, etc.)
  • Packaging Material: Flat rate boxes for priority mailing, other types of boxes for shipping, and bubble wrap for filler.
  • Packaging Service: Staff can prepare packages for mailing.

UPS service is also available for the public.  Daily services include ground, 2nd day, and overnight delivery.  Parcel tracking is available. The cutoff time for outgoing UPS is 2:30 PM.

Payment for private mailings or UPS service can be made by cash, check, credit card, or Warrior Cash at the front desk in Mail Services.

Overview on Student Mail

Incoming Mail

Student residing on campus receive their mail at Residential Life Village (Student Housing). Mail Services staff pick up the student mail along with the other campus mail each morning at the Turlock Post Office. The student mail is delivered to Residential Life Village, where their staff sort and place in mail slots appropriately.

Outgoing Mail

Outgoing mail should be placed in the appropriate collection boxes at assigned campus mail locations, or it can be delivered to the Mail Room located in MSR basement. To be included in the daily delivery to the post office, outgoing must be at the Mail Room by 3:30 PM. Staff will then process the mail.

Postage Prices

USPS postage prices can be based on a number of factors. To learn more about each class of mail – including what can be mailed, the minimum and maximum weights and sizes, and the number of pieces needed for commercial prices, go to USPS Business Mail 101.

Postage can be paid for at the Mail Services counter in MSR010 using cash, check, credit card, or Warrior Cash.

First Class Mail

All mailable matter can be mailed as First-Class Mail. First-Class Mail includes:

  • Cards: To qualify as a "postcard" it must be:
    • Rectangular
    • At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
    • No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inch thick
  • Letters: To be eligible for mailing at the price for letters, a piece must be:
    • Rectangular
    • At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
    • No more than 6-1/8 inches high x 11-1/2 inches long x ¼ inch thick
      Folded self-mailers must be sealed or they will be subject to the nonmachinable surcharge. Greeting cards require extra postage because they are rigid, square, or unusually shaped.
  • Flats: The USPS uses the word "flats" to refer to large envelopes, newsletters, and magazines. Flats must:
    • Have one dimension that is greater than 6-1/8 inches high OR 11-1/2 inches long OR ¼ inch thick.
    • Be no more than 12 inches high x 15 inches long x ¾ inch thick.
    • Keep in mind that weight also affects the price; the higher the weight the higher the postage.
  • Parcels: If your mailpiece is not a postcard, letter, or a flat (large envelope), then it is a parcel.

For more details on what pricing to expect on your mailpieces contact the Mail Services staff. See USPS price list

About Student Receiving Services Location

UPS, FedEx, and other types of package and large freight deliveries are received throughout the day at the Shipping & Receiving office located in the Corporation Yard. See the campus map, building 4.

Packages for students are delivered to Residential Life Village (Student Housing).