The University Mail Room is the main liaison to the United States Postal Service and provides consultation and resources to the UMass Dartmouth community.
The Mail Room is a full service mail operation located in the basement of CVPA. The Mail Room provides delivery of U.S. Mail, campus mail, University courier system mail (serves the Lowell, Boston, Worcester, Amherst, and Dartmouth campuses), the President's Office mail, and mail sent to designated state office buildings.
Daily pickup from the USPS North Dartmouth location is at 8:30am and 3:30pm.
Daily dropoff at the USPS North Dartmouth location is at 3:30pm.
Express Mail pickup is at 3:30pm Monday through Friday. All Express mail should be at the Mail Room by 3:30pm.
Mailroom Hours are from 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Bulk Mail Qualifications and Procedures
Any single mailing minimum of 200 pieces qualifies for a C.A.S.S. certified mailing. Addresses must be submitted in a spreadsheet saved as a comma delimited column width 50. In order to receive special rate, envelopes are addressed and barcoded by certifying software.
For further questions, please contact Derek Costa by phone 508-910-6440 (x6440), or email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes & Forms
Beginning May 14, 2007 the US Postal Service will move to shape-based rate schedules for postage. Postage will no longer be determined by weight alone. The length, width and thickness will need to be evaluated when determining the correct postage amount. Each mail piece will now need to be measured and a determination be made about whether it is a letter, flat or a parcel. For example, a number 10 envelope over 1/4 inches thick will no longer be rated as a piece of letter mail at the new rate of .41 cents. This piece will be classified as a flat and the postage rate is .80 cents. This is an additional .39 cents charge for postage. The mail room has added a sensor to the mail processing equipment which will accurately determine the required postage.
A great way to save on postage is to fold letters having over five 20-pound bond sheets of paper in half and use a 6" x 9" envelope. Letters folded in half instead of in thirds are processed at a letter rate because they are not greater than 1/4 inch thick. If this same multi-page letter is folded into thirds, the letter becomes greater than 1/4 of an inch thick and is charged as a flat. Postage for the 6" x 9" letter is .58 cents vs. .97 cents for the thicker number 10 envelope. Use the 6" x 9" envelope and save .39 cents in postage.
For more information, please access the following links:
- USPS Shape-Based Rating Flow Chart [PDF]
- USPS Shape Requirements [PDF]
- USPS Rate Change Highlights [PDF]
Mail Room Staff