How to get tested:
For pre-arrival testing
See Pre-Arrival Testing.
If you have no exposure and no symptoms
Test through Community Sampling and Tracking Program, a free, opt-in, voluntary surveillance testing program.
If you have exposure and/or mild symptoms
Schedule a Testing-Only Appointment through UHS.
This may be appropriate if you have mild symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and/or mild cough.
Note: When you schedule a Testing-Only Appointment, we cannot evaluate or manage moderate or urgent symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, or diarrhea. If you need more than just testing, see “If you have moderate or urgent symptoms” below.
RECOMMENDED: SELF-SCHEDULE through the PATIENT PORTAL - This is the easiest and fastest way.
- You have exposure and/or mild symptoms AND
- You are a currently enrolled U-M student, or if you graduated from U-M within the past year, AND
- You have a Patient Portal account
- Login to your portal account at myuofmhealth.org
- Select “Visit”
- Select “U-M Student Health Service (UHS) COVID Testing” and answer questions
- Self-schedule your appointment if eligible
OR COMPLETE the UHS ONLINE ASSESSMENT:
Available if you have U-M login
- Go to the Online Assessment for Upper Respiratory Infection and COVID-19, login with U-M credentials and complete the assessment
- UHS will normally contact you to schedule as follows:
- Same day, if you submit your assessment Mon-Fri before noon
- Within 24 hours and no later than the next business day if you submit your assessment Mon-Fri afternoons, on weekends, or during holiday closures
- You will receive a response via:
- A message via your patient portal account, if you have one OR
- A phone call - please keep your phone on and make sure voicemail is set up and not full
OR CALL UHS at 734-764-8320 during open hours. When you call, you may be sent an assessment to complete.
If you have moderate or urgent symptoms
Schedule a Testing-Plus Appointment at UHS.
A Testing-Plus Appointment includes symptom evaluation and management. It would be appropriate if you have symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, diarrhea or symptoms of strep throat, mono, or pneumonia.
You will talk by phone with a COVID team member, who will discuss your symptoms. If an urgent appointment is needed, you will be scheduled to meet with a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, who will test you and evaluate your symptoms.
To schedule, call UHS at 734-764-8320. Also Nurse advice is available day or night.
In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
For urgent concerns when UHS is closed, you may wish to:
- Call for nurse advice, day or night
- Go to a local urgent care - see Emergency / After-hours for options (any costs would be your responsibility)
For other local test sites, see Washtenaw County list.
FAQs about testing:
Who can be tested through UHS?
The following groups are eligible to use UHS clinical services, including testing for COVID-19 infection:
- U-M students
- Established UHS patients
- Others who are eligible for our services -- see Who Can Use UHS?
Testing is recommended if you have symptoms (not all symptoms are listed): Please call UHS at 734-764-8320 for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Testing is recommended if you've had an exposure - for accuracy, it's recommended to test 8-10 days after exposure. Exposures include:
- Close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, which is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes), starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (source: CDC)
- Casual contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
I've had COVID - should I get tested?
See Past COVID-19 Infection for recommendations.
Can I get tested to meet a requirement e.g. for travel?
Testing is available to meet requirements such as:
- Travel requirement -- See COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers
- Public health or university requirement
- Employment / occupational requirement
- Pre-procedure requirement e.g. prior to medical or dental procedure
- Program requirement e.g. academic program
Students in quarantine in U-M Quarantine and Isolation Housing can be tested 8-10 days after your exposure. By request, a test kit can be delivered to you. To request a kit, complete the Online Assessment (see above at "If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms").
If you are quarantining privately, you can request a test through processes listed above.
You may be asked to collect your sample using a deep nasal swab. Please review this video to learn how you to perform this collection.
When will I get my test result?
Results are typically available within two days.
Where are UHS testing locations?
What are fees and insurance for testing?
Is antibody testing available?
Yes, antibody testing to detect past infection is available through UHS. See Past COVID-19 Infection.
How can I share a test result from elsewhere?
Where are other test sites?
- COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers
- COVID-19 from UHS
- Campus Maize and BluePrint
- Vaccination for COVID-19
Students, here is all-in-one guidance for what to do, depending on where you live, for:
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- A positive test result
- Close contact with someone with COVID-19
- Concern about a possible exposure