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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is Drake Postal Operations located?

Our office is in the lower level of the Olmsted Center, across from Sussman Theater. For our mailing address and additional contact information, visit the Contact Us page.

How should incoming mail be addressed?

Your UPS/FedEx deliveries should have your actual building address listed, and will generally be delivered directly from UPS/FedEx.

Please see the University Shipping Addresses page to find your building's address.

Your incoming USPS mail can either be addressed to your building address, or the main University address - when possible, please use your building address to ensure accurate delivery.  If mail is first routed to the mailroom,  we will deliver to your buidling during our next mail route.

The main University address is listed below.  If you are unsure of what address to use, this is the default address that will be routed to the mailroom.  Please provide as much information as possible on the label, to assist with mail sorting. 

Drake University

2507 University Ave.
(Your Name, Your Department and/or Building)
Des Moines, IA 50311

When is the latest I can send outgoing mail each day?

Drake Postal Operations must receive your outgoing mail no later than 2:45 p.m. each day. Outgoing USPS mail leaves campus at 3:00 p.m.

How much does a stamp cost?

The current price of a USPS First Class postage stamp is $0.55.

Where can I drop off UPS, FedEx, and USPS packages or mail?

UPS, FedEx and USPS packages can all be dropped off at Drake Postal Operations located in the lower level of Olmsted before 3:00 p.m. each weekday. We will get the packages to the correct drivers as quickly as possible, however, same day pickup is not guaranteed.  If you are neeing to get your package sent out quickly, we advise the following:

  • For UPS, we advise using the drop box outside the entrance of Olmsted Center or the UPS Store in Beaverdale.
  • For FedEx we advise going to the Walgreens photo counter at 3030 University Ave, right across from Drake University or a nearby Fedex store.
  • For USPS we advise going to the nearest post office at 2323 Forest Ave.



If you have additional questions not covered here, contact Drake Postal Operations at or call us at 515-271-3162.

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