Changes to Spring COVID-19 Testing Requirements

NC State Community,

The university continues to closely monitor COVID-19 conditions and follow the guidance of healthcare officials. The omicron variant of COVID-19 has spread across the country, including in North Carolina. 

NC State is implementing return-to-campus testing requirements for the spring 2022 semester for all unvaccinated faculty, students and staff, as well as for all those living in University Housing or Greek Village.

In addition to the testing requirements, we will also continue all COVID-19 safety measures currently in place throughout at least the first few weeks of the spring semester. 

Please review the following important updates and information.

Return-to-campus testing 

Results of a negative PCR test, or as an alternative two negative antigen tests (including home tests), taken within 72 hours of returning to campus (before or after) must be provided to NC State for the following groups.

  • All those living in University Housing and Greek Village regardless of vaccination or booster status.
  • All faculty, students and staff who have not previously provided proof of vaccination. 

If you receive a test(s) at an off-campus location, you must upload your results in the HealthyPack Portal, NC State’s online medical portal. Acceptable uploads include: a screenshot or pdf of a single PCR result; or a photo of two negative antigen tests. If you receive a test on campus, your results will automatically be uploaded. 

If you get tested before you return to campus and it is positive, do not come to campus. Immediately upload your positive test results in the Healthypack Portal.

Faculty, staff and students who do not live in University Housing or Greek Village and who have previously provided proof of vaccination documentation are not required to participate in return-to-campus testing. However, all campus community members are encouraged to get tested within 72 hours of returning to campus, especially if they have traveled or attended gatherings over winter break.

Continuing COVID-19 safety measures

Together, each doing our part, we have demonstrated that NC State’s pandemic-related safety measures are effective. All COVID-19 safety measures in place in the fall 2021 semester will remain in effect throughout at least the first few weeks of the spring 2022 semester, as we closely monitor COVID-19 rates when our community returns to campus following winter break. In particular:

  • Face coverings will be required indoors unless a student is in their own residence hall room alone or with their roommates; a faculty or staff member is alone in their enclosed, private office; or an individual is actively eating or drinking.
  • Students, faculty and staff on campus or on university property must either be vaccinated or be tested weekly.

Please see the full list of NC State’s required COVID-19 community standards.

Vaccines and Providing Vaccination Records

The best defense against COVID-19, including the omicron variant, is to get vaccinated and then get your booster shot. We strongly recommend getting vaccinated or getting your booster before returning to campus. The vaccines have been extremely effective at preventing death and hospitalization from COVID-19, including the new variant.

Appointments are available for vaccinations, including boosters, on campus for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their immediate families. 

If you receive your vaccination off campus, please upload your records into the HealthyPack Portal. If you receive your vaccine on campus, you do not need to upload your records.  


On-campus COVID-19 testing remains available for the NC State community. Please check for an updated list of testing locations and hours

Moving Forward

As always, please check for updates and information on the Protect the Pack website. Members of the university community can also email with any COVID-related questions. 

Thank you for continuing to do your part to protect the Pack.