Standard Mail Center
Location: Warehouse (Lionfish Drive)
Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone (910) 962-3734
For a quote or consultation.
E-mail (for submitting mailing lists):
Every day UNCW processes large quantities of outgoing mail. Much of this mail is sent out under the university's non-profit mailing permit as standard mail.
What Is Standard Mail?
Standard mail is a term referring to a large mailing of identical material. Commonly, these mailings are classified as Standard A mail (formerly 3rd Class) by the USPS.
Standard Mail Discounted Postage Rates
Standard mailings are an effective means to reach a large audience at discounted postage rates. The postage costs are discounted because the sender provides the labor required to prepare the mail for entry into the USPS system. In order to take advantage of the university’s non-profit mailing status at a lower cost to departments, mail must be prepared according to strict USPS guidelines (see www.usps.com).
Criteria for Standard Mail
- A minimum of 200 pieces or 50 lbs. of identical mail is required.
- All mail must be destined for a U.S. address. No foreign mail may be sent in a standard mailing.
- The pieces must be of identical size, weight and content, no exceptions made.
- Each piece must weigh less than 16 oz.
- The mailing piece must be printed or duplicated material.
- Standard mail cannot contain bills, statements, or personal messages.
- Mail pieces must be rectangle in shape. The address must be placed parallel to the longer side of the mailing piece.
Printable Standard Mail Resources For Departments
- Standard Mail Tips & Rules (PDF)
- Standard Mail File Specifications Checklist (PDF)
- Seahawk Mail Center Work Request Form (PDF
How Seahawk Mail Can Help
Although there are many “rules” to follow, here is the good news! UNCW Seahawk Mail, which is the permit holder for the university's standard mail, has the knowledge and the proper equipment to provide you with a turnkey mailing service to get your standard mailing into the USPS mail stream at the lowest possible prices. Our automated processes can save you both time and money.
Our Standard Mail Services