Post Office

The HWS Post Office offers a wide range of services including Express Mail, Priority, 1st class, certified, insured, and delivery confirmation. It also offers the sale of postage stamps, stamped envelopes, and various padded envelopes.

USPS Mail Delivery

Mail is generally delivered to all HWS mailboxes by noon Monday through Friday. Deliveries to offices on campus are completed by approximately 1:30 p.m.

The College Post Office is not responsible for the delivery of personal packages that may be delivered to the Post Office’s Scandling Center location. People receiving such packages are responsible for picking them up themselves at the Scandling Center.

Intra-Campus Mail

Intra-campus mail is distributed after all of the USPS mail is done, and is ongoing throughout the day. Intra-campus mailings to students should be arranged in numerical order and bound. All intra-campus mailings must be items pertaining to or sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Examples would be lecture notices, class schedules, faculty meetings, etc. Student PO boxes are color coded according to school and class; therefore mailings for a particular class or school do not need to be labeled.

Don't know how many you need for your mailing? Please call the Post Office at ext. 3504 and the Post Office staff will be happy to help. If you have a large student mailing it is helpful to send a student worker to distribute it, to expedite delivery. It is always a good idea to give the Post Office a heads-up if you are planning a large mailing.

The Post Office does not distribute party invitations, valentines, etc. Students are allowed to distribute such mailings Monday through Friday after 11:30 a.m. and after acquiring permission from the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

Distribution of mail through the Colleges mail system by private mailers is prohibited. Distribution of mailings by students running a business through their mailbox is also prohibited. Political advertisements are not allowed except for student organizations, e.g. College Democrats, College Republicans.

Metered Mail

Staff and faculty are asked to put their department postage account number on all of their outgoing mail, preferably under the return address. It is advised that all outgoing mail have your name and/or department name included in the return address.


If you have a mailbox at the Post Office in the Scandling Center then your address should read 

Your Name
Your Box #  Scandling Center
Geneva , N.Y 14456

Only use your 4-digit box number, not PO box or box.

All other offices should use 300 Pulteney St, Geneva, NY 14456 as that is the address for the Post Office. Ahead of 300 Pulteney St., please also indicate the department or office to which the mail should be distributed. Faculty and staff members who do not have a PO box in Scandling and are already using the street address for the building where you work may continue to do so.

All students should use their Scandling Center address, as not using the proper address will cause a delay in the delivery of the mail.


Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year, and from 9 a.m.-noon and 1- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the summer.