Testing and Support

Last updated May 18, 2022

What you need to know about testing


  • The University Park employee and student COVID-19 testing center located at 101 North Atherton St. has paused operations effective Friday, May 13.

  • Testing continues to be available to students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Free at-home rapid tests provided by the U.S. government are available to be ordered online at covidtests.gov. Additionally, individuals with private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are eligible to have up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests covered by their insurance provider per month.

The health and safety of Penn State students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities are the University's top priorities.

TESTING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SYMPTOMS //

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should seek out symptomatic testing through a University or local health care provider. Although more protected from serious illness, if at any time vaccinated individuals experience COVID-19 symptoms, they should still seek testing to minimize spread of the virus.

Visit the Health Guidelines page to learn more about steps you should take if you feel sick, or if think you may have been exposed to the virus.

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QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION TESTING //

Information on testing out of quarantine and isolation can be found on the Quarantine and Isolation guidance page.

Instructions for testing will be communicated directly to quarantined students.

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GETTING A COVID-19 AT-HOME TEST //

There are options available for individuals to obtain at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost, including:

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Testing and support

The federal government is providing four free COVID-19 test kits to every U.S. residential address that requests them at covidtests.gov and at 1-800-232-0233 for those without internet access. This program is designed to offer broad access to tests for individuals and families across various living arrangements.

Residential addresses known to have multiple unrelated families can order multiple tests. Students with shared housing addresses (residence halls, apartment buildings, etc.) should each enter their unique room or apartment number, and/or letter (A, B, C, D, etc.) along with their street address on the ordering form.

In some cases, addresses in multi-unit buildings where the units are not registered as separate addresses may not be recognized by the system. This might result in an issue placing an order. Individual units in these cases can still order four at-home tests. If you believe you are running into this multi-unit address issue, you can file a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get the issue fixed.

Employees can find detailed information and guidance on the Health Guidelines, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation pages.

Faculty, staff members, students and families across all Penn State campuses can call the Penn State COVID-19 Call Center at 814-865-2121 or submit an online contact form.

The Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The Call Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Before calling, individuals are encouraged to review the University’s official coronavirus information website to see if their questions are answered there. The site includes links to Penn State COVID-19 resources, as well as a comprehensive list of COVID-19 FAQs for students and families, faculty and staff, and members of campus communities.

Click here for more information about the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center.

Students can find detailed information and guidance on the Health Guidelines, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation pages.

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