Mail & Shipping/ Receiving Overview

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Overview on University USPS Approved Shipping Center

Stanislaus State Mail Services is authorized as a “USPS Approved Shipping Center” to provide services to the public. The Mail Services office is located in the basement of the Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway building (MSR 010).

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, or credit card at the front desk in Mail Services.

Overview on Outgoing Mail

Outgoing mail should be placed in the outgoing mail slot in 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.

Overview on 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.

Overview on 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 mail pieces contact the Mail Services staff. View USPS price list