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Student COVID-19 Testing

In accordance with Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the Utah System of Higher Education COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan, Brigham Young University students 18 years or older who live in on-campus housing or attend at least one in-person or blended class are asked to take a COVID-19 screening test during the first ten days of winter semester. These students may also be invited to participate in focused and random testing throughout the semester if selected to do so.

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Similar to the voluntary testing in November and December, BYU will be administering these COVID-19 entry screening tests free of charge to students who are not experiencing any symptoms and haven’t tested positive in the last 90 days.

Testing will run Jan. 8–20 (excluding Sundays and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court and the Richards Building.

BYU non-student employees will not be part of the COVID-19 screening tests. Faculty and staff who wish to be tested can visit for information on state testing locations.

Before Getting Tested

Students must pre-register on the BYU COVID-19 Support webpage, using the link below, before arriving for testing.

Testing will take place on campus in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court and in the Richards Building.

Students must arrive for testing within the time slot they select during pre-registration. This will help to limit the number of people in the testing area. Students who arrive outside of their designated time slot will not be received for testing.

Register for a Test


What to Expect During the Test

  • Distancing and masking will be enforced.
  • You will be asked to show your BYU ID and confirm that you are symptom-free by showing a green screen on your Healthy Together Passport (or by completing the online passport form or printing and completing a blank form).
  • Trained testing staff will swab 1 inch within each nostril.
  • You will be able to review your test results on the BYU COVID-19 Support webpage shortly after completing your test.
  • If your test is negative, no further action is required. You should continue to follow state guidance for staying safe.
  • If your test is positive, you should immediately begin isolation. You will also receive a phone call from BYU’s COVID Case Management team with additional instructions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which test is being used? 
  • How accurate is this rapid test? 
    • The test is among the most accurate of available rapid tests with a sensitivity of 97.1% and a specificity of 98.5%; however, false positives can and do occur with antigen testing. If you test positive, we encourage you to seek a follow-up PCR test through the BYU Student Health Center or another healthcare provider to confirm your positive result.
  • Is there a cost for me to take this test? 
    • No.
  • What if my insurance doesn't cover a COVID-19 test?
    • Current BYU students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, whose insurance doesn't cover a COVID-19 test, can contact the BYU Student Health Center (801-422-2771) to receive a test at no additional charge.
  • Where can I self-isolate if I test positive?
    • Students who live on campus should isolate in a designated isolation residence. Students who live off campus should self-isolate at their off-campus residence until the virus has run its course.
  • What if I have already tested positive for COVID-19? 
    • Students who tested positive for COVID-19 between Oct. 10, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021, will need to verify their test result with BYU’s COVID-19 Hotline (801-422-7662) to waive the initial testing requirement.
  • What if I don’t have the Healthy Together app? 
  • What if I need to re-schedule my appointment? 
  • Is this test mandatory? 
    • Yes, Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the USHE Intensive Testing Plan asks university students 18 years or older who live in on-campus housing or attend at least one in-person or blended class to take a COVID-19 screening test during the first ten days of winter semester. BYU strongly encourages students to take the test as a member of our BYU community and as a member of a greater society.
  • Who will have access to my test results besides me?
    • BYU is required by law to report your test results along with certain personal information (i.e., name, address, phone, email, birthdate, sex, ethnicity, and race) to the Utah Department of Health. Otherwise, only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will be informed of your test results. BYU is committed to protecting your privacy and will use your test results only for approved efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.
  • Who can I contact with additional questions?
    • The BYU COVID-19 Hotline (801-422-7662) will be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email By choosing to email your question, you authorize BYU to communicate any of your personal information necessary to respond to your question through email, which can be a less secure means of communication.