Will COVID-19 testing still be required/available in the summer and fall semesters?
On campuses that have more than 25 students living in residence halls, students living on campus who are not fully vaccinated will be required to complete a COVID-19 test weekly starting after summer session begins and continuing through the summer. These students will receive a weekly reminder to complete the test at a designated site on their campus. There will be no required testing for employees at any campus over the summer.
Unless they have been vaccinated, regular use of voluntary testing is strongly encouraged for any student living near any Penn State campus or employees that are working on campus in May and throughout the summer. Information about the summer drop-in testing schedule at University Park is available here. At all Commonwealth Campuses, student tests will be distributed by the student health center or designated office, or ordered through the mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit. Students should contact their campus student health center or office of student affairs for more information. Employees who are working on campus may order a Vault Health mail-in test kit. Employees working on campus at University Park also may utilize the drop-in testing available on campus. However, they are strongly encouraged to use the at-home Vault Health mail-in test kit as the best test option.
University Park students living on campus or in the local community who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to schedule testing appointments with University Health Services via MyUHS. Students living on or near other Penn State campuses should seek symptomatic testing via their campus health center or a local provider. Employees who are symptomatic are advised to schedule an appointment with their local health care provider.
More information on the testing strategy for the summer is available on the Testing and Support page. Information about fall 2021 testing will be communicated broadly as plans are finalized.