Q. Can I send packages through Airborne, UPS, FexEx or other service through you?

A. We will accept prepaid UPS. There may be a delay. Packages accepted before 12 noon will not be picked up by UPS until the following business day.

If you have packages that you need to send through other services you must make arrangements with their service to pick up directly from you. 

There is a Mailboxes Etc. Located at 1043 Grand Avenue just past Lexington on Grand Avenue. Mailboxes Etc. are qualified to ship through a variety of different shipping companies.

There is also a Fed Ex/ Kinko’s located at 58 Snelling Avenue South, across from the Campus Center.

Q. What about packages that are being shipped through UPS or FedEx to the college?

A. We do receive those packages. They are received at Shipping and Receiving by the guarantee times then are brought down to us at about 2:00 pm. We then mark them in like any other package and a slip for pick-up is put in the Student, Faculty or Staff member's box. If you have a special need, i.e. the package is medication that is needed right away, you can make arrangements with Brian Harrison in Central Stores at extension x6364 to pick up the package from him between the hours of 8:00 am and 12:00 Noon.

Q. What happens to my mail when I go on an Off Campus Program (OCP), on a Leave of Absence (LOA), or Withdrawn(WD)?

A. If we are not given an address to send mail to from the student, we will forward your mail to the permanent address that you have listed with the Registrar's Office.

Q. What kind of Postal Services can I get at the Mailing Services office?

A. Mailing Services operates a Contract Postal Unit (CPU) for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and offers many of the same services as a regular post office.

Postal Services Domestic
Purchase Postage Stamps
Certified Mail
Certified Mail with Return Receipt
Registered mail
Priority (2 to 3 day delivery)
Priority with Delivery Confirmation
Priority with Signature Confirmation
Insured Mail
Express Mail (guaranteed overnight service in service area),
Express mail must be in our office by no later than 1:30 pm for next day service.
Money Orders

Postal Services International
Purchase International Postage Stamps
First Class Airmail
Global Priority (to selected countries only)

Q. How do I address an envelope to my son/daughter who attends the college?

A. Please put the middle initial of the student that you sending to as we sometimes have more than one student with the same name. Example:
Jane/Joe Q. Student
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-1899

Q. How do I address an envelope to a Faculty or Staff member at the college?

A. Examples:
For Faculty:
Professor Jane/Joe Employee
Department (if known)
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-1899

For Staff:
Jane/Joe Employee
Department or Office (if known)
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 -1899