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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.

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 building during our next mail route.

For residential students we recommend sending all of your mail to the following address:

2875 University Ave.

(Your name and resident hall) 

Des Moines IA 50311

For Faculty/Staff we recommend using your building/department's physical address for all mail. As an example if you were working in Meredith hall you would use the following address. 

Drake University

2805 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 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. FedEx packages will need to be brought to the nearest FedEx OnSite drop off. We will get the packages to the correct drivers as quickly as possible, however, same day pickup is not guaranteed.  If you are needing 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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