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Student COVID-19 Testing

In addition to other statewide restrictions and requirements defined in state public health order 2020-25, the order requires COVID-19 testing at least once every 14 days for college students who either live on campus or attend at least one in-person class per week. Each university campus is required to have a testing process in place by January 1, 2021.

In an effort to rapidly implement large-scale COVID-19 screening testing for students on campus, BYU has adopted the following plan for the remainder of fall semester:

  • BYU will continue student COVID-19 screening tests December 7 through December 11. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for testing before leaving for the holidays.
  • COVID-19 screening tests are only for current students in the area (spouses and children do not qualify) who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Students who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested at the BYU Student Health Center or through another healthcare provider.
  • 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.

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?
    • You should isolate on campus or at home until the virus has run its course. Self-isolation reduces risk to families and the greater community.

  • What if I have already tested positive for COVID-19? 
    • There is no need to come in for this testing if you have tested positive in the last 90 days.  
  • What if I don’t have the Healthy Together app? 
  • What if I need to re-schedule my appointment? 
  • Is this test mandatory? 
    • No, but BYU strongly encourages students to take the test as a member of our BYU community and as a member of a greater society. This information will give students the opportunity to make compassionate decisions that are best for themselves, their family, and their friends during the holiday season.
  • 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.