Receiving Mail

Administrative Mail delivers incoming USPS mail and intercampus mail to the Morningside Heights campus, Columbia University Medical Center, and satellite locations. Most departments receive at least one mail delivery each business day.

Address Format

Morningside Heights Campus

Incoming University mail destined to the Morningside Heights campus should be addressed in the following format. The complete street address of the applicable campus building must be included. Address listings can be found in the University directory.

Columbia University
Personal Name
Program, Title, or Department
Mail Code
Street Address, Room Number
New York, NY Zip Code

Mail Codes

Only Morningside Heights campus locations have mail codes. A mail code must be included on all incoming USPS mail. If not included, mail may be delayed or not delivered. The mail code must be written above the street address; including it elsewhere in the address may result in a misread by USPS scanning equipment and possible delays in delivery.

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Administrative Mail delivers packages sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS); certified and registered mail requires a signature. Outside couriers such as FedEx and UPS deliver directly to offices.

A delivery confirmation from the USPS only confirms delivery to the post office of the applicable zip code (i.e. the Manhattanville branch post office, for 10027); it does not confirm delivery to the University. From the date of confirmed delivery to the post office, please anticipate an additional 1-3 business days for Administrative Mail to receive and process the package.

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Delivery and Usage Protocols

Incoming mail that is too large to fit inside a departmental mailbox is delivered directly to the department, when necessary. Certified mail and mail that requires a delivery signature is also delivered directly to the department.

Misdirected mail should be placed in a campus or departmental mailbox.

Personal items should not be sent to one’s departmental address. Administrative Mail is not responsible for items that do not pertain to official University business.

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Administrative Mail Hours and Location

Administrative Mail operates from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays.

The Administrative Mail office is located in the Service Building, Room 101. To get there, enter the Schermerhorn Building (see map) and take the elevator to 2nd floor. Follow the corridor to your right, all the way to the end. You can also enter via the Engineering Terrace parking entrance at 119th Street and Amsterdam (see map).

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Address Format Tip

It's not necessary to include a building name, but if you do, add it above the street address. The room number must be placed on the same line as the street address.