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Faculty & Staff Mail

Campus Mail Guidelines

In March 2001, UNCW implemented the campus zip + 4 codes to improve mail services and provide a more effective and efficient way to process mail for our UNCW community. All university departments will share the main zip code 28403, but the "plus-4" is a specific and unique four-digit number assigned to each department.

The campus zip +4 codes will accompany the address on all envelopes, letterhead, business cards, incoming mail and intra-campus correspondence identifying that specific department. This eliminates confusing abbreviations and improves speed and accuracy in sorting. Encourage your correspondents to send their replies to your full address.

Building and room numbers should not be used in campus addresses, with the following exception:

Special note for non-USPS shipments: Since private carriers such as UPS and Fed Ex deliver directly to university departments, these shipments must include the department street address, room number and contact name.

Formats for Addressing U.S. Mail and Intra-Campus Mail

For automation purposes, the U.S. Postal Service prefers black ink, block form addresses with a uniform left-hand margin, and no punctuation except for the dash between the zip code and the "plus-4."

Intra-Campus Mail:

Department Name
# _ _ _ _ ( Zip +4)

U.S. Mail:

Department Name
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Rd
Wilmington NC 28403-####(mail code)


Mr. John Doe
Seahawk Mail
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Rd
Wilmington NC 28403-5608

Campus box rentals are available only to permanent employees of UNCW. If you would like to sign up for one, stop on by with your UNCW Onecard to Seahawk Mail, located in the Fisher University Union.

Campus boxes are accessible at these times:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday (close at 11:30am Friday during Summer Hours)
  • If mail/packages are put in the smart package lockers, they will be accessible during the Fisher University Union hours

Rental Rates

Rental Rates for Faculty and Staff Campus Boxes are $20 for 6 months or $40 for 12 months.

The campus zip +4 code assigned to each department will not change, even if a department moves to another building or to an off-campus location.

Notify Seahawk Mail of Changes

An e-mail from a department official is required to notify Seahawk Mail at of any department changes. These changes would include:

  • An employee transfer to another department
  • Temporary or permanent department moves
  • Department or employee name changes

The university campus is, and will be, experiencing many renovations and department moves that may be either temporary or permanent. Your notifications will enable Seahawk Mail to continue precise mail service without any delays or interruptions.

Mailings to Specific Students

  • Must be addressed with each student's name and campus box number.
  • Must display a UNCW department return address.
  • Must be presented to Seahawk Mail in campus box number order.

Unclaimed mail is returned to departments after each semester. Mail is also returned to departments if the student is not currently enrolled, or another specific reason may be given.

Mailings Distributed to All Students

For mailings being distributed to all students (such as information flyers):

  • Individual addresses should not be used.
  • Seahawk Mail should be notified three days in advance if a department has a mail stuffing for student campus boxes.
  • Departments must identify fund numbers to be charged for postage. This can be done by filling out this form, and including it with the mailing. Mailings may be left in your departmental mailbox, or dropped off at our retail counter, Seahawk Mail, in the Fisher University Union.
  • All postal charges will appear on your departmental account screens with a 926500 account code.
  • The following are examples of postal charges.
    • Postage
    • Business reply
    • Address corrections
    • Postage due
    • Courier mail
    • Envelope charges
  • All USPS mail items will include an additional $0.04 handling charge per item to offset the cost of consumables (e.g., labels, ink).

Mail Types

Business Reply Mail® (BRM) uses preprinted first-class mail pieces for which you, not your customer, pay the return postage. BRM enables a permit holder to receive first-class mail back from customers and pay postage and a per-piece charge only for the pieces returned.

Special services (e.g., certified, COD, insurance, registration, return receipt) are not permitted with BRM, nor is domestic BRM to be distributed to foreign countries.

For advice on printing the special BRM envelopes necessary to use this BRM service, contact Printing Services at 910.962.3289.

Please contact Sam Nevarez at Seahawk Mail, phone 910.962.2210, at least two weeks before mailing.

The State Courier Service services almost all city, county, and state agencies.

Courier mail is delivered to UNCW once daily at 7:30 a.m. every morning and is distributed to departments on the morning scheduled mail route. Outgoing courier mail is picked up once daily after regular business hours, and deliveries are made in two days to most locations.

The following procedures should be employed to use State Courier Service.

  • Address mail using the addressee's name, agency, or department name, city, and the proper courier box number. State Courier Service Directories are available upon request from Seahawk Mail.
  • Return addresses must include the department name and UNCW's courier box number, 04-15-26.
  • The destination "Courier Mail" or "State Courier" should be written or rubber stamped in large bold letters - preferably in red - on the lower left side of the envelope.
  • Bundle and place courier mail in your campus mail pouch for pickup on regularly scheduled mail routes.

Intra-campus mail is delivered daily, on normal university workdays. Intra-campus mail is always sorted upon return to Seahawk Mail and will reach the department of destination on the next scheduled mail route.

  • Mail can be sent via campus mail from one department to another free of charge.
  • Large-volume campus mailings must be separated and banded according to department.
  • Recycled envelopes can be used for intra-campus correspondence if the new destination is clear and easy to read (be sure to follow addressing guidelines). Departments may request recycled envelopes from Seahawk Mail, or departments may request that Seahawk Mail pick up their envelopes if the department has too many.
  • All department mailings must display a UNCW department return address.
  • Seahawk Mail can seal #10 business size envelopes ONLY along with applying the postage if all unsealed envelopes are banded together and uniformly faced. Flaps may be in open or closed position, as long as they are all the same.
  • Envelopes that are already sealed should be uniformly bundled as well. Separating international, state courier, student, or intra-campus mail will ensure proper postage and faster delivery.

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.

Our Standard Mail Services

  • Consultation: Seahawk Mail can help you with every detail of preparing a mailing, including mail preparation, postage and delivery. We have the information and experience you need to do it right the first time.
  • Labeling: When you send us the electronic data, we can certify your mailing list with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure the maximum deliverable addresses on your list. A delivery point barcode is placed on your mail to speed your mail to its delivery point, and we will send you a list of all undeliverable addresses to allow you to correct your mailing list.
  • Sorting: Once the mail is addressed and in zip code order, it must be sorted by specific USPS criteria. We have the trained staff to sort according to USPS rules.
  • Automated Sorting: Departments that provide their mailing list in an electronic format will have their mailing sorted by specialty software. This software is compliant with all USPS postal regulations, and since it's much faster than a manual process, it saves you time and money.
  • Tabbing: The USPS now requires tabbing for self-mailing pieces. If your mail is not tabbed, the USPS charges an extra fee and, in some cases, they may refuse to accept your un-tabbed mail.

What Is Standard Mail?

Standard mail is a term referring to a large mailing of identical material. Commonly, these mailings are classified as USPS Marketing Mail 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 Standard Mail Guidelines.

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.

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.

  • Employees may place outgoing personal mail in departmental mail pouches. Prior to placing in the department mail pouch, all personal mail must be stamped, sealed, and banded. Seahawk Mail cannot apply postage to personal mail. Personal mail is turned over to the U.S. Postal Service as it is received by Seahawk Mail.
  • Outgoing personal mail is collected, along with campus mail, on regularly scheduled mail routes.
  • Please note that no personal mail or packages should be addressed to campus offices. Campus boxes are available for rental by faculty and staff.

Campus ZIP + 4 Codes

table of the mail codes for UNCW departments
Department ZIP + 4 Code
Academics Affairs (VCAA) 28403- 5900
Academics Affairs Planning & Outreach 28403- 5948
Accountancy & Business Law 28403- 5901
Accounts Payable - Accounting 28403- 5903
Admissions 28403- 5904
Advancement Services 28403- 5905
Alumni Relations / Wise House 28403- 5906
Annual Giving 28403- 5628
Anthropology 28403- 5907
Application Services 28403- 5908
Aramark 28403- 5909
Art & Art History 28403- 5911
Athletics 28403- 5913
Auxiliary Services 28403- 5914
Biology & Marine Biology 28403- 5915
Bookstore 28403- 5916
Budget Office 28403- 5917
Business Affairs (VCBA) 28403- 5918
Business Affairs Support Services 28403- 5996
Business Applications 28403- 5919
Cameron School of Business 28403- 5920
Cameron School of Business Grad Program 28403- 5680
Campus Activities 28403- 5922
Campus Diversity 28403- 5674
Campus Recreation 28403- 5923
Career Services 28403- 5924
Carriage House 28403- 5925
Cashier - Student Accounts 28403- 5926
Center for Business & Economic Services (CBES) 28403- 5678
Center for Leadership Education & Service 28403- 5967
Center for Marine Science / Myrtle Grove 28403- 5928
Center for Marine Science Research 28403- 5927
Center for Teaching Excellence 28403- 5930
Center for Undersea Research (NURC) 28403- 5929
Centro Hispano 28403- 5682
Chancellor 28403- 5931
Chancellor Emeritus 28403- 5634
Chemistry 28403- 5932
Communication Studies 28403- 5933
Computer Science 28403- 5935
Computing - Client Services 28403- 5619
Controller 28403- 5934
Counseling Center 28403- 5937
Creative Writing 28403- 5938
Crossroads 28403- 5939
Curricular Studies 28403- 5940
Curriculum Materials 28403- 5681
Dean of Students 28403- 5941
Disability Services 28403- 5942
Discover Outdoor Programs 28403- 5943
Dittos - The Copy Spot 28403- 5936
Earth Sciences 28403- 5944
Economics & Finance 28403- 5945
Ecoteal 28403- 5936
Education Lab 28403- 5946
E-learning 28403- 5684
English 28403- 5947
Environmental Health & Safety 28403- 5974
Environmental Studies 28403- 5949
External Donor Relations 28403- 5628
Facilities, Office Of 28403- 5910
Facilities Scheduling 28403- 5622
Facilities Stores 28403- 5633
Film Studies 28403- 5950
Financial Accounting 28403- 5902
Financial Aid 28403- 5951
Financial Services 28403- 5952
Financial Systems 28403- 5953
Fixed Assets 28403- 5640
Foreign Language & Literature 28403- 5954
General College 28403- 5981
Gerontology 28403- 5625
Graduate School 28403- 5955
Graduate of Arts in Liberal Studies 28403- 5673
Health and Applied Human Sciences 28403- 5956
Health and Human Services, College Of 28403- 5685
History 28403- 5957
Honors Program 28403- 5958
Housing & Residence Life 28403- 5959
Human Resources 28403- 5960
Human Resources Benefits Office 28403- 5627
College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (CHSSA) 28403- 5912
Information Systems & Operations Management 28403- 5611
Information Technology Systems (VCIT) 28403- 5961
Institutional Research 28403- 5963
Institutional Risk Management 28403- 5683
Internal Audit 28403- 5964
International Programs 28403- 5965
Issac Bear Early College High School 28403- 5679
IT Client Technology Services 28403- 5636
IT Integrated Enterprise Solutions 28403- 5619
IT Network & Communications 28403- 5987
IT Operations & System Administration 28403- 5619
IT Resource Management 28403- 5908
IT Security 28403- 5908
IT Technology Assessment & Development 28403- 5908
IT Technology Enhanced Learning 28403- 6544
IT Technology Research & Development 28403- 5908
Kenan Auditorium 28403- 5966
Learning Center 28403- 5968
Legal 28403- 5662
Management 28403- 5664
Mathematics & Statistics 28403- 5970
Museum of World Cultures 28403- 5972
Music 28403- 5975
Nursing 28403- 5995
Parking 28403- 5999
Payroll 28403- 5998
Pharmacy 28403- 5600
Philosophy & Religion 28403- 5601
Physical Plant Administration 28403- 5602
Physical Plant Housekeeping 28403- 5603
Physical Plant Landscaping 28403- 5604
Physical Plant Maintenance 28403- 5605
Physics & Physical Oceanography 28403- 5606
Pre-engineering 28403- 5609
Printing Services 28403- 5610
Project Management 28403- 5620
Psychology 28403- 5612
Public & International Affairs (Political Science) 28403- 5607
Public Service & Continuing Studies 28403- 5614
Public Service 28403- 5613
Purchasing 28403- 5615
Randall Library 28403- 5616
Reading Recovery 28403- 5617
Registrar 28403- 5618
Resource Management 28403- 5675
Science & Math Education Center 28403- 5976
Seahawk Mail (Postal Services) 28403- 5608
Seahawk Perch 28403- 5652
Small Business & Technology Development Center 28403- 5977
Social Work 28403- 5979
Sociology & Criminology 28403- 5978
Specialty Studies 28403- 5980
Sponsored Programs 28403- 5973
Staff Senate 28403- 5664
Student Affairs (VCSA) 28403- 5982
Student Development Services 28403- 5983
Student Government 28403- 5984
Student Health Center 28403- 5985
Student Media 28403- 5624
Summer School 28403- 5623
Teaching Fellows 28403- 5986
Telecommunications 28403- 5987
Theatre 28403- 5671
Transition Programs 28403- 5997
Travel 28403- 5660
UNCW Presents 28403- 5672
UNCW TV 28403- 5661
University Advancement 28403- 5990
University Police 28403- 5989
University Relations 28403- 5993
University Testing 28403- 5650
University Union Administration 28403- 5988
Upperman Cultural Center 28403- 5971
Warehouse 28403- 5648
Watson School of Education 28403- 5991
Wellness Services 28403- 5992
Women’s Resource Center 28403- 5665
Writing Place/Reading Place 28403- 5994
WSE/PDS Outreach 28403- 5667
WSE 28403- 5666


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