Seattle University Mailing Services

United States Postal Service (USPS) on the Seattle Universtiy Campus

Mailing Services acts as the University's liaison to the USPS and guides you through the maze of regulations. For more information, or to report a problem with your USPS service, call Mailing Services at 206-296-6199.

Speed, cost, content, weight, and quantity are criteria used to determine the best method of mailing. Choosing the right service class can save money while meeting your objectives. The following descriptions highlight key services for each Domestic Mail service class.

Incoming Mail | Outgoing Mail | First Class Mail | Priority Mail | Express Mail | Media Mail | Library Rate | Certified Mail | Return Reciept | Delivery Confimation

Remember, label mail with the appropriate service class before sending to Mailing Services, with the exception of #10 or smaller First-Class letters and postcards.

Incoming Mail

USPS letter mail and parcels are picked up daily from the East Union Post Office and delivered to your office with your daily campus mail. All incoming mail received at the University should contain a complete and correct business address, including street address and ZIP+4.
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Outgoing Mail

Mailing Services provides ChargeBack metering services for all outgoing USPS mail at no cost except postage. Consult our Metering area for full details about this service. Outgoing mail metered by the University must have a complete return address and contain the words Seattle University. This is a Federal regulation identifying the owner of the postage meter.
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First Class Mail

is the basic postal service mail class for business mail. Items normally mailed First-Class include postcards, letters, and non-letter mail that are personal in nature. This includes bills, invoices, checks, letters containing personalized information, and anything sealed against postal inspection. It is not necessary to identify service class on the piece. Delivery ranges from one to seven days depending on travel distance. Maximum weight is 13 oz. Minimum postage fee is $0.28 for postcards, and $0.44 for letters up to 1 oz.
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Priority Mail

is First-Class Mail weighing over 13 ounces. At your option, any mail weighing less than 13 ounces may also be mailed Priority. Priority Mail offers two or three day service to most locations. Special Priority Envelopes are available or Priority Labels may be used on your own envelope or package in conjunction with your own address label. Maximum weight is 70 lbs. Delivery zones and shipping weights determine the postage price. Minimum postage fee is $4.95 for up to 1 lb., and zone increases apply after 1 lb.
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Express Mail

is a guaranteed expedited postal service for shipping. It offers next-day delivery by 12 noon to most destinations and second-day delivery to remote areas. Express mail is delivered 365 days per year with no additional cost for weekend or holiday deliveries (if a business is closed, mail will be delivered the following business day). An Express Address Label is required. Special Express Envelopes are available, or an Express Address Label may be used on your own envelope or package. Maximum weight is 70 lbs. Postage rate is determined by item weight. Minimum postage fee is $17.50.
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Media Mail

is generally used for books, films, printed music, printed test materials, sound recordings, manuscripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting of medical information, and computer readable media. Advertising restrictions apply. Minimum weight is 1 lb., maximum weight is 70 lbs. The maximum dimension is 108 inches in length and girth combined. Delivery ranges from several days to two weeks depending on distance. There is no delivery zone up-charge. Shipping weights determine the price. Please label items "Media Mail."
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Library Rate

is a special Class rate, mailed between libraries, schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, and museums. Items that can be mailed at this rate include books, recordings, educational, and museum materials. This rate may be used when mailing from Seattle University to an individual who has no financial interest in the sale, promotion, or distribution of the materials. Advertising restrictions apply. Minimum weight is 1 lb., maximum weight is 70 lbs. The maximum dimension is 108 inches in length and girth combined. Delivery ranges from several days to two weeks depending on travel distance and there is no delivery zone up-charge. Shipping weights determine the price. Please label items "Library Rate."
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Certified Mail

is a service that provides a level of security on non-valuable items. Items generally sent Certified Mail include notices, important letters, legal documents, and non-negotiable items. Items sent Certified Mail must have a receipt for Certified Mail form completed and attached to the mail piece. Mail Services recommends the use of a return receipt with all Certified Mail. Certified Mail is only available to domestic addresses. The cost is $2.80 plus normal postage.
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Return Reciept

is a form used to verify delivery where a receipt is signed and returned to you. The return receipt then serves as legal proof of delivery. Return receipts should be used on all Registered, Certified, and Insured Mail articles. There are two different return receipt forms, one used for Domestic Return Receipt the other for international return receipt mail. Use of a return receipt avoids additional tracing fees. The return receipt fee is $2.30 plus normal postage.
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Delivery Confirmation

verifies the date, time, and ZIP Code your article was delivered. This service is available at an extra low cost of $0.70 on Priority packages ($0.80 on Parcel Post delivery). If delivery was attempted, you will get the date and time of attempted delivery. You can easily access this information with our Track & Confirm tool.
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