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Pre-semester Testing
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Pre-semester Testing Information

Testing Options for Students

Walk-up Testing 

No appointment is necessary for walk-up testing and testing is provided at no cost for students. Do not use walk-up testing if you are feeling ill.

Walk-up Testing

Campus Location Days of Week Hours
University Park Hintz Alumni Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University Health Services/Campus Health Center Testing

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, contact University Health Services or your campus health center for testing. The cost of the test will be billed to a student's insurance, unles the student opts to pay out-of-pocket. Learn more about University Health Services testing and testing days/times.

Vault Health at-Home Test Kits

Students from all campuses are required to participate in COVID-19 testing and have a negative COVID test result on file prior to their return to their campus community. Self-test kits will be provided by Vault Health to students at no cost. Learn more about how to order your at-home test kit

Understanding your testing options 

Following is information on what action you should take based on your symptoms or contact with the virus. Use this information to help you determine if you should be tested and, if so, where/how you should be tested. 

I have COVID-19 symptoms and/or am feeling ill

Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact University Health Services, their campus health center, or their primary care provider. University Health Services has two testing options. Learn more about the different tests and testing days/times

To schedule an appointment for a test with University Health Services visit myUHS. For after-hours advice, students should begin the screening process for coronavirus over the phone by calling the 24/7 UHS Advice Nurse at 814-863-4463.

If you are showing any of these signs or other signs or symptoms which are concerning to you, seek emergency medical care immediately. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Purple/blue discoloration of one or more toes 

Call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care and may have COVID-19.

I do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but wish to have a test

Students at University Park who are asymptomatic of COVID-19 but want to be tested because of possible virus exposure or other reasons may access the walk-up testing site. Walk-up testing locations are subject to change. Please reference the chart on this page for locations and hours. Registration is not required, but students will need to bring their Penn State ID and smartphone and refrain from eating, drinking, chewing, or smoking 30 minutes before arriving for their tests. Testing is free.

I have been in close contact with or live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including your roommate or housemate, or if you have been notified of the need to test by a University or Health Department official, contact University Health Services or your campus health center to schedule a test. To schedule an appointment for a test with University Health Services visit myUHS

In addition, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with your roommate/close contact, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Even if you receive a negative test result, you must still complete 14 days of quarantine. 

I have been contacted to complete surveillance testing

If you receive an email about surveillance testing, please follow the instructions in the email. Students are required to visit specific testing sites for surveillance testing. More information about surveillance testing can also be found on the virus info website

I tested positive for COVID-19 and have finished quarantine/isolation. Should I retest?

No. Data to date shows that a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after diagnosis. This means that if the person who has recovered from COVID-19 is retested within 3 months of initial infection, they may continue to have a positive test result, even though they are not spreading COVID-19.

Following quarantine/isolation, continue to monitor your health and track your symptoms. If you develop new symptoms, contact University Health Services, your campus health center, or your primary care provider.  

Generally, you should not be tested for COVID-19 in the following circumstances. 

I tested positive for COVID-19 and have finished quarantine/isolation. Should I retest?

No. Data to date shows that a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after diagnosis. This means that if the person who has recovered from COVID-19 is retested within 3 months of initial infection, they may continue to have a positive test result, even though they are not spreading COVID-19.

Following quarantine/isolation, continue to monitor your health and track your symptoms. If you develop new symptoms, contact University Health Services, your campus health center, or your primary care provider.  

I tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 not be retested within 3 months. A person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are retested within 3 months of initial infection, you may continue to have a positive test result, even though you are not spreading COVID-19.

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*For December and January, the walk-up testing location at University Park is Hintz Alumni Center.