On-Campus Asymptomatic Testing Protocol

Updated October 26, 2020

The University is providing an asymptomatic COVID-19 saliva testing protocol for required undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty/staff/researchers that is separate from symptomatic testing. Testing will be provided at no cost. 

Communication Regarding Eligibility Status 

Test-eligible participants began to receive personalized emails on August 19 from covidtests@princeton.edu with specific details and clear instructions for preparing for the test, and other information related to the testing process. 

If you did not receive the personalized emails, you are not currently listed as being eligible for testing. For additional questions about your eligibility for testing, please contact your supervisor. 

If you were not deemed eligible for on-campus asymptomatic testing, but are interested in asymptomatic testing options, review community-based testing sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and VitalCheck, offered through Human Resources.

Keep reading for more on eligibility and the testing process. This information will be updated frequently, so please check back. 

For symptomatic testing

If you are experiencing symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19 infection (a fever greater than 100F or 37.8C, new cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell) please do not participate in asymptomatic testing protocol, and instead follow procedures for symptomatic testing

If you are tested for COVID-19 anywhere other than on campus, no matter where you live, email communityhealth@princeton.edu

Eligibility Status and Testing Process

Eligibility chart

Undergraduate Students 

Asymptomatic testing is required for and includes only undergraduates who are:

  • approved to live on campus this fall,
  • approved to engage in research on campus this fall, and/or
  • a member of ROTC.

Testing Process

  • Testing is required twice weekly.
  • Testing procedures for undergraduate students are sent weekly via email from covidtests@princeton.edu.

Testing Results 

Participants will receive their test results and, if applicable, instructions regarding further steps within a few business days.

If you have not received your results, please check your email spam/junk folders, and email covidtests@princeton.edu if you still have not received them.

Graduate Students 

Asymptomatic testing is required for and includes only graduate students who: 

  • attend an in-person class of any duration, 
  • are approved to be physically on campus this fall for at least eight hours or more on a weekly basis, and/or 
  • live in University housing.  

Graduate dependents who live in dormitory style University-housing (i.e., within the residential colleges) and who are over the age of 18 are also eligible for testing.

Not included in this testing protocol are graduate students who are working remotely but may come to campus on an occasional or intermittent basis only. 

Testing Process

  • Testing is required once weekly for most graduate students
    • Testing is required twice weekly for those who live in congregate/dorm-style housing (New Graduate College, Old Graduate College, and Any of the Annexes [11, 15, 16, and 24 Dickinson Street, 35 and 45 University Place, 31 Edwards Place], and any residential college)
  • Testing procedures for graduate students are sent weekly via email from covidtests@princeton.edu.

Testing Results

Participants will receive their test results and, if applicable, instructions regarding further steps within a few business days. If you have not received your results, please check your email spam/junk folders, and email covidtests@princeton.edu if you still have not received them.

Faculty/Staff/Researchers 

Asymptomatic testing is required for and includes only faculty, staff or researchers who are:

  • approved to be physically on campus this fall for at least eight hours or more on a weekly basis, and/or
  • teaching an in-person class of any duration.

Not included in this testing protocol are staff, faculty or researchers who are working remotely but may come to campus on an occasional or intermittent basis only. 

Testing Process

  • Testing is required once weekly. (Some staff may be required to participate in testing more frequently. Supervisors will notify these departments.)
  • Testing will be administered by a trained staff member who can answer questions.  
  • Time spent at the testing clinics will be considered paid time. 

Testing Results

Participants will receive their test results and, if applicable, instructions regarding further steps within a few business days. If you have not received your results, please check your email spam/junk folders, and email covidtests@princeton.edu if you still have not received them.

Contacts for Questions 

To request accommodations during the testing clinics at the Stadium, email uhsfrontdesk@princeton.edu

For other questions related to the asymptomatic testing protocol, email covidtests@princeton.edu