Reentry Testing for Students

Reentry Testing for Students

Testing will be required before the spring semester to detect and limit the spread of COVID-19 upon your return to campus. As of Jan. 4, 2021, UNCSA will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for students, faculty and staff for campus access. Students will be able to submit proof of their negative test online.


Testing deadlines and details:

  • All residential students living in residence halls and on-campus apartments will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 to 4 days (72 to 96 hours) before moving into your spring housing assignment. Note: Move-in begins Feb. 1, so if you plan to come to campus on Feb. 1, you would need to be tested on Jan. 28 or 29.
  • All students who live off campus and are enrolled in in-person courses must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 to 4 days (72 to 96 hours) before your first class.
    Note: Classes begin Feb. 8, so if you plan to come to campus on Feb. 8, you would need to be tested on Feb. 4 or 5.
  • All students who are returning to campus before the start of classes to work on preapproved projects must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 to 4 days (72 to 96 hours) before the first day you will be on campus.
  • Students currently living in on-campus housing during the extended winter break must submit a negative test by Feb. 1.

Not sure when to get tested?

Use this calculator to determine when you should get tested based on when you will return to campus.

Planned return date:

COVID-19 test date no later than:

Students will not be permitted on campus without providing a negative test result. Failure to test before returning to campus will result in the removal of One Card building access.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve; please check your UNCSA email and this website for the latest information. If there are significant changes to our hybrid instructional model for the spring semester, the earliest they will be communicated is Jan. 18, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

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PCR Molecular Tests (either rapid or non-rapid PCR test) will be accepted and is the test that most COVID-19 testing centers, urgent care centers and pharmacies are using. Antigen tests will not be accepted due to a higher chance of missing an active COVID-19 infection than a molecular test. Be sure to inquire and confirm the type of test before you are tested.

You should be tested 3 to 4 days (72 to 96 hours) before arrival on campus to ensure you get test results back in time for clearance to move in. If you have permission to return to campus before move in, you must submit a negative test result taken 3 to 4 days (72 to 96 hours) before you arrive on campus.

In the Winston-Salem area, no-cost, drive-through asymptomatic testing is offered by StarMed. We recommend you use StarMed testing as there are no out-of-pocket expenses. You will not be reimbursed for any costs billed if you use other testing sites. Please note that Forsyth County locations in January will be added later, so check back. Please consult your supervisor if you have difficulty accessing no-cost testing.

StarMed Testing Times and Locations

For those outside of the Winston-Salem area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend visiting your state or local health department’s website for the latest local information about testing. You can also look for a community testing site in your state by visiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or by calling your health care provider.

You should get tested in your home community unless you are currently living in the Winston-Salem area.

Most testing sites have an appointment or preregistration process accessible online. These appointments get filled several days in advance, so do not wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment.  

You will submit your results using the secure form below. Please make sure that when you upload your results they include your name, test date and the test result. Please note that incomplete information will cause a delay in your ability to return to campus.


If you test positive:

  • Do not report to campus.
  • Report your positive test here.
  • A member of our Health Services staff will follow up with you and provide you with further instructions about when you will be permitted to return to campus.

Yes, your information will be kept private and is being submitted through a secure server. The only individuals who will receive the copy of your results are your supervisor and the employees involved in the campus testing requirement.

Failure to test before returning to campus will result in the removal of One Card building access.

This testing is intended  to help make our campus as safe as possible for all who are learning, working and living on it.

Most insurance plans are covering asymptomatic testing. If you are tested at a recommended no-cost community drive-through site such as those run by StarMed, you should not have to pay.  If you have a question, please contact your insurance company or physician’s office directly.

Once in the United States, students will need to be retested and submit a negative test within the three to four-day (72 to 96-hour) window before arriving on campus.