Shipping/Receiving

Incoming Packages

All packages are received in Shipping & Receiving.  Regular shipments come from USPS (United States Postal Service), FedEx, UPS, Amazon or couriers.

Students
Will receive an email notifying them that they have received a package and can come to pick it up in Shipping & Receiving during open hours.  They must show a picture ID and will be asked to sign for the package(s). Student packages will be held for up to two weeks unless other arrangements are made. If a package is not picked up, or arrangements aren’t made, the package will be returned to the sender.

Faculty and Staff
Will receive an email notifying them that they have received a package and it will be delivered to them the same day, or to a different location if special arrangements have been made.  All packages must be signed for by you, or someone in your area; they will not be left without a signature.  Call 612-330-1750 or x1750 if you expect a shipment that will require unusual handling.

Outgoing Packages

Packages can be shipped via USPS, UPS, FedEx or courier.  If you have a package with a prepaid shipping label, you are welcome to drop it off in Shipping & Receiving; we have daily pickups from USPS, FedEx, and UPS. FedEx Express and UPS Air will pick-up same day (if completed before 2pm), USPS picks up at 3pm, FedEx and UPS Ground picks up when incoming packages are dropped off, usually around 10am.

Outgoing packages must be prepared by the sending department to include wrapping the item sufficiently for shipping and securing a box.  Shipping & Receiving might have extra boxes, packing materials, bubble-wrap and tape on hand for your use.  Depending on the shipping method, the address label may be system-generated, or you may have to write one.  Bring your package to Shipping & Receiving for comparison of shipping methods and costs.  Be prepared with a complete shipping address and cost center number to charge.  Remember, if you have only a PO BOX number for an address, you will need to ship via the United States Postal Service.

International packages (larger than a flat envelope) Must Have completed customs forms. Customs forms can be found on the websites of the various carriers (USPS, FedEx, etc).

The shipping receiving staff can always help find the most cost effective method to ship your package.