University Health Service

coronavirus

How to get tested:

Mandatory Weekly Testing for Students

If you have no symptoms or exposure, follow instructions at Mandatory Testing for Students.

If you have symptoms or exposure, test at UHS. See instructions below on this page. Your test result will be recorded for mandatory testing and your ResponsiBLUE app will be updated. 

See also ResponsiBLUE and Mandatory Testing FAQs or email COVID19TestingCompliance@umich.edu

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.

A Testing-Only Appointment through UHS is not be appropriate for:

  • Mandatory Testing for Undergraduates (instead see link above)
  • If you have moderate or urgent symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, or diarrhea. We cannot evaluate or manage when you schedule a Testing-Only Appointment. 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.

Available if: 

  • 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 

Here’s how:

  1. Login to your portal account at myuofmhealth.org
  2. Select “Visit”
  3. Select “U-M Student Health Service (UHS) COVID Testing” and answer questions
  4. Self-schedule your appointment if eligible

OR CALL UHS at 734-764-8320 during open hours.

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:

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?

Who should get tested? Symptoms, close contact, exposure

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

How can I get tested while in quarantine?

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.

How can I collect my sample with a deep nasal swab?

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?

Testing is by appointment:

  • At UHS, 207 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor

What are fees and insurance for testing?

  • For currently enrolled U-M students and UHS Prepaid Plan members, there are no fees for COVID-19 testing
  • For other patients, there are fees for clinic visits and lab testing, and we can bill insurance -- see How UHS Works with Insurance
  • For questions, please contact the Patient Billing Office

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?

You can find other test sites:

More information

See:

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

For Students Living in On-Campus Housing (PDF)

For Students Living in Off-Campus Housing(PDF)