Student Coronavirus Testing

Thank you for helping to keep our campus and our community safer by participating in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
The test is free to you as a student and results will be available in the NAVICA app within 1-2 hours of providing the specimen.

Message from senior leadership about student testing plan


** Please note that there is only one test per student prior for this pre-Thanksgiving testing period **

Before Getting Tested

  1. Download the NAVICA app (iTunes, Google Play) and create an account prior to arriving at the testing site. The app requires the following information:
    • Depending on your phone, you may be prompted to allow the NAVICA app to receive push notifications.
      Please ALLOW push notifications so we can notify you as soon as possible via the app.
    • Account creation (your email address and a strong password)
    • First name, last name, date of birth. (The app has a feature to scan your license to extract this information. We recommend you choose to provide the data by selecting “Enter Manually”)
    • Mobile phone number
    • Address, city, state, zip code
    • Gender, ethnicity, race (you may specify or choose “other/prefer not to answer”)
    • Participant type: please select “Education: University or College”
  2. Schedule a time to be tested in a University-licensed Qualtrics survey. Within the survey you will be asked to provide:
    • Your University Network ID (uNID)
    • Sign the consent form
    • Select a testing site (If you cannot go to a site, you will be prompted to provide a reason and the survey will end)
    • Select a testing date
    • Select a testing time
    • If there are no testing times available, go back and select another day
    • Once the scheduling process is complete you will receive an email reminder of your appointment.
  3. Bring your U Card with you to the testing location 

Do NOT come to one of these testing sites if you are experiencing any of these COVID-19 symptoms: 

  • Cough, Shortness of Breath, or Difficulty Breathing 
  • Fever or Chills 
  • Muscle or Body Aches 
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell 

 If you ARE experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call 801-587-0712 to schedule a time to be tested at an appropriate location throughout the community. 

What to Expect During the Test

  • You will be asked to confirm that you have downloaded the NAVICA app and to show your U card  
  • Distancing and masking will be enforced for all on site 
  • You will be observed by testing staff as you swab 1” within your nose
  • If your test is negative, you will receive a notification in the NAVICA app within 1-2 hours. No further action is required.
  • If your test is positive, you will receive a notification in the NAVICA app within 1-2 hours. You will also receive a phone call and be asked to return to the testing site where a saliva-based PCR test (i.e. spit in a tube) will be administered to confirm the self-swab results. Until the results of the PCR test are provided, you are expected to immediately begin self-isolation at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which test is being used?
    • The BinaxNOW rapid antigen test.
  • 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%.
  • Is there a cost for me to take this test?
    • No, the University is providing this free for students.
  • 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. However, we do ask that you complete the above scheduling survey – you will be able to indicate that you have already tested positive when asked for your reason for not being tested.
  • What if I don’t have an ID Card?
    • Bring another form of photo ID and we will work with you on site.
  • What if I don’t have a smart phone?
    • Please indicate this to a testing staff member and we’ll provide accommodations to get you tested on site.
  • What if I need to re-schedule my appointment?
  • Where do I park?
    • At the Stadium and Officer’s Club locations, there will be a moratorium on ticketing during testing hours. At the Farmington, Redwood, and South Jordan locations, you will drive up to the testing booth in the parking lot.
  • Is this test mandatory?
    • No, though it is strongly encouraged in light of recent COVID-19 spread and the importance of keeping campus activities running.

Testing Locations

Questions / Concerns

If you have questions or concerns after reading the above details and visiting the scheduling link, we invite you to ask a staff member at one of our testing sites or e-mail campuscovidtesting@utah.edu