COVID-19 tests

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A central part of ASU’s return-to-campus plan for students and employees, as well as the university’s commitment to be of service to the community, is access to COVID-19 testing. ASU is pleased to offer this service at no cost to students and all employees; at this time, we cannot extend this offer to their dependents. Community testing is also provided at no cost.

The ASU Biodesign Institute has developed a saliva-based COVID-19 test, which will be used for these tests. Test results usually are available 24 to 48 hours after providing a sample.

ASU will follow Maricopa County Public Health Department protocols related to isolation and treatment of individuals who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or test positive. These guidelines are subject to change; visit for current protocols. We ask that you avoid contact with others, except to get medical care. Do not go to class, work or public areas or use public transportation. 

Saliva test questions:

 ASU students 

Any student living in university housing will be required to be tested — and cleared — for COVID-19 with a PCR test before moving into their campus housing. If you are a student returning to campus but not living in university housing, we strongly recommend that you get tested prior to your arrival on campus. ASU offers a saliva-based COVID-19 test at no cost for students. Results are usually available within 24-48 hours.

Maricopa County residents may drop off their belongings during their currently scheduled appointments between Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 without having a test result in the system, as they will not be staying in the residence halls at that point. They will need to have their test results submitted before their return to campus to pick up keys on Aug. 17.

Testing locations for students

Students can schedule a test through the ASU Health Services Patient Portal.

Student sample drop-off locations

Students can also schedule a test at one of the free testing sites around the state of Arizona.

If you live out of state, please visit your state or local health department website for testing information and locations.

While there is an increasing number of asymptomatic cases, COVID-19 symptoms may include difficulty breathing, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue and headaches, and loss of taste or smell. Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or want to talk to a medical provider about their health may schedule a telemedicine appointment or call 480-965-3349.   

Students who test positive are expected to follow local health department protocols related to isolation. Maricopa County Public Health Department protocols related to isolation can be found at These guidelines are subject to change; please check for current protocols if you become ill.

As a reminder, ASU student health and counseling services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and other languages as needed.


  • Submit your negative test result at least 48 hours prior to move-in to the ASU Health Services Patient Portal. Come to campus on your assigned move-in day.

  • Prior to move-in day, if you receive a negative PCR test result but are feeling ill, please do not come to campus until your symptoms are gone, your isolation period is over, or you have been cleared by a healthcare provider. (In this case please contact University Housing to let them know about your delayed arrival.) If you continue to feel ill through the start of classes, you can start your classes via ASU Sync.


  • Do not come to campus.

  • Let university housing know immediately so we can hold your fall semester residence hall assignment.

  • You must stay home and isolate until you have met the CDC criteria for release and submit a negative test result or submit a clearance letter from your healthcare provider. Test results or medical clearance must be submitted to the ASU Health Services Patient Portal in order to be cleared for move-in.

  • If you test positive, you can start your classes via ASU Sync.


  • You will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall room.

  • You will need to find alternative accommodations until you can provide proof of a negative test.

 ASU Employees 

COVID-19 testing is available now to employees who are symptomatic or asymptomatic. Schedule a test, or for more information, please visit the ASU Employee COVID-19 testing webpage.

In order to meet the demand for testing as effectively and efficiently as possible, please be mindful of the following points:

  • Schedule a COVID-19 test only if you are already on campus, or as you receive a return-to-campus date from your supervisor. 

  • Testing is only offered to employees returning to campus at this time. Employee dependents should contact their primary care health providers for COVID-19 testing.

  • COVID-19 testing will be extended to employees working remotely after meeting the initial testing demand for employees returning to campus.

Employees who test positive must contact their supervisor immediately and are expected to follow Maricopa County Public Health Department protocols related to isolation. These guidelines are subject to change; visit for current protocols.

Positive COVID-19 test results will be shared only with appropriate ASU medical professionals for follow-up medical instructions, counseling and contact-tracing efforts. This process will help ensure that we maintain a safe, healthy university community.

Appointments are required for testing.

Please do not bring children or spouses to the testing site. Only ASU employees are eligible for testing. You MUST bring your ASU ID card and the QR code you received after setting up your test appointment.

 The Public 

Working in concert with the Arizona Department of Health Services and local officials across the state, ASU will be providing saliva-based testing for members of the public in high-need underserved communities around the state. 

These tests are offered free of charge for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. 

Tests are by appointment only and can be scheduled by visiting — walk-in appointments are not available.