Hours of Operation
Receiving Mail & Packages
Advantages of Renting a Mailbox
Rent a Mailbox
Students Who Do Not Rent Mailboxes
What Address do I use to receive mail and packages?
Mail and Packages for Greek Housing
How to Receive An Absentee Ballot
Sending Outbound US Post Office Mail
Shipping Outbound UPS and/or FedEx
The Ferguson Mail Center is located on the first floor of the Ferguson Center, across from the University Supply Store (SUPe Store) and next door to Starbucks.
Customer Service Window
Fall and Spring semesters
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (closed the day of home football games)
The mail center is open extended hours during Move-In and the beginning of the semester.
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving (Thursday – Sunday)
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Fourth of July
Outbound items are dispatched to the University's main mail center at 3:00 PM each day. Items that are brought to the Ferguson Mail Center after 3:00 PM are not entered into the outbound mail stream until the following business day.
For the safety and security of our students, mail and packages are not delivered directly to the residence halls. All deliveries are made to the Ferguson Mail Center. Two options are available for students to receive mail and packages:
Trackable Packages Only Option
All students are able to receive inbound UPS/FedEx/DHL items, as well as trackable items sent via the United States Postal Service without renting a mailbox. Every student actively enrolled and taking classes at UA are automatically assigned a 6-digit “non-boxholder” mailstop code (MSC#). This mailstop code (MSC#) is permanently-assigned and allows every student the opportunity to receive any trackable item at the mail center without renting a mailbox. A student will not be able to receive letters, cards, magazines, newspapers, etc. with this option unless the item has a unique tracking number. Non-trackable items for students that do not have a mailbox rental are returned to the sender, as the student does not have a mail receptacle to receive the item. A “non-boxholder” mailstop code will always start with the last two digits of the year that the student became actively enrolled in classes at UA. (i.e. if a student became actively enrolled in the year 2014, their permanently-assigned MSC # would begin with “14”.) Students can find their mailstop code (MSC#) by clicking on the Ferguson Mail Center icon behind the Student tab on the myBama web portal.
All Mail and Packages Option (Best Option)
Students who wish to receive letters, cards, magazines, newspapers, etc. in addition to receiving trackable items must rent a mailbox. When a student rents a mailbox, their 6-digit mailstop code temporarily changes for the duration of the mailbox rental to reflect the number of the mailbox the student has rented. These mailstop codes will always begin with “871, 872, 873, 874, or 875”. Students who choose to rent a mailbox are able to receive post office mail as well as any incoming UPS/FedEx items using the same address. Incoming mail and packages must be addressed with the student's unique 6 digit Mail Stop Code (MSC). Incoming mail (including items without a tracking number) addressed to a student without an active mailbox rental will be returned to the sender. Mailboxes are rented on a "first-come, first served" basis and may be rented for various terms. Mailbox rental rates are as follows:
$60 per semester (Fall semester or Spring semester)
$120 per year (includes Fall, Spring, and Summer semester)
The Ferguson Mail Center mailboxes are horizontal in shape rather than square to accommodate larger-sized mailpieces and helps to insure your mail is not bent or folded. Some of the benefits of renting a mailbox through the Ferguson Mail Center include extended hours and the convenience of having all your mail and packages delivered to one location.
Here is what else you receive with a mailbox rental through the Ferguson Mail Center:
One address for all your mail and packages - One address for receiving all of your items, regardless of carrier. Receive inbound mail and packages sent via the United States Postal Service, as well as items sent via UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground, DHL, etc.
Package acceptance from all carriers - We accept mail and packages from all carriers, so you will never miss a delivery.
Notification you have mail or a package - Our system will send an e-mail notification to our official UA e-mail address anytime you have mail in your mailbox or when you have a package ready for pick-up.
Mail forwarding - Going home for the summer? No problem! You can have your mail and packages forwarded to your home address while you are away from UA. Students can submit a mail forward online by clicking on the Ferguson Mail Center icon behind the Student tab on the myBama web portal.
24-hour Access - Pick-up mail from your mailbox when it is convenient for you by using our 24-hour entrance.
Students who choose not to rent a mailbox must follow these guidelines for receiving packages:
Students who do not rent a mailbox will not be able to receive letters, cards, and small mail items sent via the United States Postal Service unless the item has a unique tracking number.
All students are able to receive inbound UPS/FedEx/DHL items, as well as trackable items sent via the United States Postal Service without renting a mailbox. Each student is automatically issued a unique 6-digit mailstop code (MSC#) by the Ferguson Mail Center when they become actively enrolled in classes held at the UA campus. The student's mailstop code (MSC#) must be included in the address on all incoming packages. Non-trackable items for students that do not have a mailbox rental are returned to the sender, as the student does not have a mail receptacle to receive the item.
Use the same address regardless of carrier. Use this address structure exactly:
STUDENT'S FULL NAME
MSC # __ __ __ __ __ __
1831 UNIVERSITY STATION
TUSCALOOSA, AL 35487
Use the student’s full name. Many students have the same first and last name.
Use the correct MSC#. This ensures items are routed to the correct student. Students can access their unique MSC# by clicking here.
DO NOT address items to the student’s residence hall or to a University department.
For safety and security reasons, students may not receive personal mail and packages at a Greek house. All students are required to use their personal mailstop code (MSC#) for receiving mail/packages at either the Ferguson Mail Center or at the Tutwiler Package Center.
All Greek houses use the same address format along with the 6-digit mailstop code (MSC#) assigned to the house. DO NOT USE THE PHYSICAL STREET ADDRESS FOR THE HOUSE.
NAME OF SORORITY/FRATERNITY
MSC# __ __ __ __ __ __
1831 UNIVERSITY STATION
TUSCALOOSA AL 35487
Mailstop codes (MSC#) for Greek houses should only be used for the “business operations” of the house. Personal mail and packages addressed to a student at a Greek house are held at the Ferguson Mail Center for a maximum of 5 days. Unclaimed packages are returned to the sender.
Many students living on campus are registered to vote outside of Tuscaloosa County. To assist students living on campus in voting by absentee ballot, students may have their ballot sent to the Ferguson Mail Center (even if the student has not rented a post office box) by following the steps found below:
1. Request an absentee ballot from your local election authority in the state in which you are registered. If you need assistance in requesting a ballot, you can use this Absentee Ballot Tool: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/
2. Once your absentee request is approved by the local elections officer, the election office sends an absentee ballot to you. Please note that the ballot must be sent from an official elections official for it to be processed at the Ferguson Mail Center if you do not have a post office box. Mail not easily identifiable as official election materials will not be processed. If you elect to have your ballot sent to the Ferguson Mail Center, please use the following recipient address structure to ensure that your ballot is managed properly:
Your Full Name
Six-Digit MSC# (All students are assigned a unique Mailstop Code (MSC), which is a six-digit number that allows you to receive any trackable item at the Ferguson Mail Center. You may locate your MSC number by clicking here.)
1831 University Station
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
3. Once your absentee ballot is received by Campus Mail Service, you will receive an email notification at your Crimson Mail account. This email will notify you about where and how you may pick-up your absentee ballot.
4. To receive your absentee ballot from the Ferguson Mail Center, you must present your Action Card to the service counter attendant and provide your electronic signature for receipt of the ballot.
5. Once you have picked-up your absentee ballot, you then complete and return your voted absentee ballot to your election office by your State's specific deadline.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors may send outbound mail/packages by visiting one of our customer service windows at the Ferguson Mail Center. The center sells postage, including rolls/books of stamps, as well as envelopes and packaging items. Outbound mail is transferred daily from the Ferguson Mail Center to the University's main mail center operation for entry into the United States Postal Service mail stream. Outbound items that are brought to the Ferguson Mail Center after 3:00 PM will not be entered into the mailstream until the following business day.
The Ferguson Mail Center does not offer processing of personal outbound UPS and FedEx shipments at this time. However, as a courtesy, students, faculty, and staff who wish to ship personal UPS and FedEx packages may drop-off their prepaid shipments to a customer service associate at the Ferguson Mail Center.
All packages are transferred daily from the Ferguson Mail Center to the University's main mail center operation and then picked-up by the appropriate carrier. Outbound items that are brought to the Ferguson Mail Center after 3:00 PM will not be entered into the package stream until the following business day.
NOTE: This service is for packages being sent to domestic destinations only. International shipments require that you visit an authorized UPS or FedEx shipping outlet, such as The UPS Store or a FedEx Office location.
To ship a UPS or FedEx package, click on the appropriate link below:
Ship a UPS Package
Ship a FedEx Package
Once the shipment is prepared and the shipping label is attached, the package may be brought to the Ferguson Mail Center.