The Goucher College Post Office is a contract substation of the United States Postal Service (USPS). It is not a full-service U. S. Post Office. First class, Priority, Express, registered, insured, and certified mail can be sent from the campus Post Office to any United States address, and including U.S. territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Additional services include: certified, return receipt, packing materials, MTA monthly transit pass, and stamps.

Counter Service hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Post Office is open year round except for campus-wide closures. Outgoing mail is picked up by the USPS at 2:30 p.m. Methods of payment for postal products and services, are either cash or OneCard. Credit cards, debit cards, or checks are not accepted.

If you have any questions, call the Goucher College Campus Post Office at (410) 337-6129 or send an e-mail to packages@goucher.edu.


Student Incoming Mail & Packages

  • The campus Post Office receives all mail/packages from any carrier for Goucher Undergraduate Students.
  • Students are notified by e-mail when mail/packages arrive for them. The Goucher One Card is required for pickup. Students have 72 hours to retrieve their mail/packages from our electronic locker system. The electronic locker system is available between 7am and 10:30pm seven days a week.
  • We strongly encourage pickup of packages/mail within the 72-hour window after the campus email notification. This helps ensure the lockers are replenished in the most expedient manner.
  • As a courtesy, the campus Post Office will recycle all junk mail for you.
  • Extremely large packages that that will not fit inside a locker will be available for pickup at the service counter. The email notification will notate if the package is available at the service counter during normal business hours.
  • USPS tracking will show delivered when it arrives to our host Post Office. We typically receive USPS packages the next business day after delivery. For example: If your USPS tracking number shows delivered on Tuesday, we physically receive it Wednesday. If it shows delivered Saturday (we are closed), we physically receive it Monday.
  • We advise that you do not send overnight delivery for Saturday and Sunday, because the campus Post Office is closed on these days. Please use caution when sending overnight (Priority Express) delivery via USPS on Thursday because it may not arrive until the next business day after delivery (Monday).
  • If you have a tracking number that shows delivered, but you have not received an email from the Campus Post Office after 2 business days, please email packages@goucher.edu with the tracking number for assistance.
  • We advise that you do not change your address through USPS to Goucher. Because Goucher is listed as a business, you will be unable to change your address from Goucher College.
  • Mail/Packages should be addressed with the student’s FULL LEGAL NAME. Please do not use nicknames, a shortened version, or parent’s name in the address. Mail will be returned to the sender if the campus Post Office is unable to identify the proper name.

Packages should be addressed as:

First Name    Last Name
Goucher College - STUDENT
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794


Forwarding Mail

  • During summer and winter breaks, any student desiring USPS first class, priority, and express mail forwarding must request the service from the campus Post Office. An e-mail with the requesting address must be sent to packages@goucher.edu. Any USPS mail the campus Post Office receives without a forwarding address email from the student, will be returned to sender during summer breaks.
  • Forwarding will stop at the end of summer and winter break. Exact dates will be emailed to students each year. During the summer break, packages delivered by UPS, Fedex, DHL, and Lasership, will only be accepted for summer residents. If you are not a summer resident, please change the address during the shipping process. Any packages received from these carriers from non-summer residents will be rejected and returned to sender.
  • During Thanksgiving and Spring breaks, student mail/packages will be held at the campus Post Office.
  • Immediately notify all correspondents of your change of address upon graduation or withdrawal.

Faculty/Staff Incoming & Packages

  • The Goucher College campus Post Office receives all incoming mail and packages from the United States Post Office for students, faculty, and staff.
  • USPS packages for faculty/ staff members will be delivered with the normal delivery route. If a faculty or staff member’s location is not part of the normal delivery route, he/she is responsible for picking up their package from the campus Post Office.
  • Faculty/ staff members may request email notifications for incoming packages.
  • Facilities Management Services will deliver faculty/ staff packages by all non-USPS carriers.

Faculty/Staff packages should be addressed as:

First Name   Last Name
Department - Building
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204-2794


Campus Mail

  • Use interoffice envelopes for campus mail. Call the campus Post Office for a free supply of interoffice envelopes.
  • The green envelopes (4" x 9-1/2") that are also used for campus mail can be purchased from the Controller's Office.
  • Interoffice envelopes that have addressee spaces that are not completely filled in can be returned to the campus Post Office and will be reused.
  • When sending campus mail, write the addressee's full name and the department on the front of the interoffice envelope. Example: John Smith/Admissions. If the addressee is a student, write "student" on the envelope next to the name.
  • When choosing to use an envelope other than an interoffice or green envelope, write on the envelope that the mail is Campus Mail, so that it is immediately recognizable. This will eliminate the possibility of campus mail being metered as U.S. mail.
  • Please ensure that your full name or department is in the top left-hand corner of the envelope, so that if there are any problems, the campus Post Office staff will know who to contact or return it to. If the campus Post Office staff cannot determine who the sender is, it will be sent to the Legal Counsel office for identification purposes.

Outgoing Mail and Packages

The campus Post Office provides packaging materials for an additional cost when shipping via USPS. The campus Post Office does have an assortment of Priority and Express boxes provided at no charge to the customer.

Envelopes, boxes, and packaging supplies are available to purchase at the service counter.

First Class Mail

  • College employees may send #10 envelopes to the campus Post Office either sealed or unsealed for metering. The flaps on unsealed envelopes may be either up or down. Please do not tuck flaps into envelopes.
  • For large mailings, all envelopes should be banded together and arranged facing the same way with the address side facing up.
  • Any mail sent to the campus Post Office with protruding materials may be sent back to the originating department to prepare the mail in the proper format.
  • All envelopes larger than #10 must be sealed prior to sending to the campus Post Office.
  • Postcards must not to be smaller than 3 ½" x 5"; postcards larger than 4 ½" X 6" are mailed at the same postal rate as a letter.
  • All metered mail should have a return address in the upper left-hand corner.

Priortiy Mail

  • This service permits delivery in 2-3 days; including Saturday. Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are available for use.
  • To secure this service, you must arrive at the campus Post Office before 2 p.m., to ensure it is processed prior to the USPS pick-up time.
  • Includes tracking and $50 insurance at no extra cost.

Express Mail

  • This service permits delivery Overnight; including Saturday. (Delivery for Sunday and Holidays will be an additional fee.) Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are available for use.
  • To secure this service, you must arrive at the campus Post Office before 2 p.m., to ensure it is processed prior to the USPS pick-up time.
  • Includes tracking and $100 insurance at no extra cost.

Tracking

  • The USPS provides tracking service, is included First Class mail for an additional fee. It is automatically included with Priority and Express Mail.

Registered Mail

  • The safest way to send important or valuable mail, registered mail is sorted in special secured rooms and dispatched in locked pouches
  • Registered mail cannot be mailed in a padded envelope.
  • To secure this service, you must arrive at the campus Post Office before 2 p.m., to ensure it is processed prior to the USPS pick-up time.

Insured Mail

  • This service provides protection by ensuring payment for loss of mail or damage. The more the insured value the higher the cost will be.

Certified Mail

  • The sender is given a receipt and proof of mailing for First Class or Priority mail. The USPS keeps a record of delivery for 2 years.

Return Receipt

  • With this proof of delivery method, the person who is sent a return receipt parcel signs the green return receipt card at its destination; however, any person at the destination address can sign for receipt of the item. The green signed return receipt card is then returned to the mailer as proof of delivery.
  • Must be used in conjunction with Certified Mail when sending First Class or Priority, at an additional fee.

Restricted Delivery

  • Only the addressee who is 21 years of age or older, can sign for restricted delivery mail.

International Mail

  • This is mail that is being sent outside the United States and US territories that requires special handling. Packages must be checked for the restrictions for each country and Custom forms filled out to accompany it.

    Please visit: https://cns.usps.com/cfo/ShippingInformationAction
  • Mail being delivered outside the United should be marked "airmail." Do not abbreviate the name of a country. It must be spelled out completely; otherwise your mail may be returned to you.
  • Airmail letters sent to the campus Post Office for metering must be banded together to make them easily distinguishable from domestic mail. This will prevent mixing the airmail with the domestic mail and having the incorrect postage affixed.

Media Mail

  • This service is for mailing educational material such as books and cds. Delivery time is estimated between 3-8 days, depending on location.

Unidentifiable/Suspicious Mail

  • Mail that arrives addressed to a name that we cannot identify as a staff member, faculty, or student will be returned to sender. Mail addressed to Goucher College only will be sent to Legal Counsel for identification purposes.
  • Mail that is suspected of containing hazardous materials or controlled substances will not to be opened by the campus Post Office staff. The campus Post Office supervisor will give the package to the campus Public Safety Office for disposition. Contact the Public Safety Office for more information on the protocol for handling suspicious mail.