Testing Protocols

This page presents NC State's COVID-19 testing protocols, which are helping to limit the spread of the coronavirus while also facilitating early diagnosis and rapid treatment.

Outdoor covid testing station

Guarding the Health of the Wolfpack

On-campus testing will also remain available for the NC State community throughout the fall. COVID-19 tests on campus are free and available to all NC State students, faculty and staff. More information on testing locations and hours is listed below. To help ensure a safe and healthy fall semester, NC State is implementing the following measures around testing beginning Monday, Aug. 16:

  • Residents living in university-owned housing (including Greek Village) who have not provided proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus.
  • Students who have any on-campus classes and/or campus activities who have not provided proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus.
  • Designated employees working in front-line and face-to-face roles who have not provided proof of vaccination will continue to be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus.

If you get tested off campus and the results are positive, self-isolate, do not come to campus and self-report here for students and here for faculty and staff. The university will conduct contact tracing and follow you for symptoms. If the results are negative and you are required to participate in a testing program, you can upload your results into the HealthyPack portal.

NC State will also continue its voluntary surveillance testing program with student, faculty and staff participants to broadly monitor COVID-19 presence and spread on campus. More information on how to sign up for the program will be shared with the community once available.

The Testing Process

The testing process on campus can be completed in five minutes or less, which we hope helps members of the community incorporate testing into their weekly routine. Following are the steps for the testing process:

Step 1: Required testing participants and voluntary surveillance participants will receive an email with details to conduct a test on specific days.

Step 2: On the day of the test, participants should visit one of the campus collection locations (information below).

Step 3: Participants should arrive at the test site with their NC State ID and phone. Participant ID information is required for check-in.

Daily Symptom Monitoring

All community members who access campus must conduct daily symptom checks regardless of whether they participate in testing, as part of NC State’s community standards. If you are feeling unwell, stay home.

Surveillance Testing Locations and Hours

  • Witherspoon Student Center, room 126: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • 313 Research II (Centennial Campus): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Magnolia Cottage at the Avent Ferry Complex: Tuesday only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • ES King Village Community Center: Thursday only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (CVM employees and students only)


COVID-19 testing is a requirement of the campus community standards. Participants who miss more than two cycles of required testing without an approved exemption can be subject to disciplinary action. To request a testing exemption, click here.

Students are required to complete surveillance testing on assigned days. Students who do not comply will be referred to University Housing or Fraternity and Sorority Life if they live on campus and to their supervisor if they are employed on campus.

Employees are required to complete surveillance testing on the dates when they are requested to do so. If an employee does not complete this requirement, their supervisor will be notified, and the matter may be escalated to University Human Resources for disciplinary action. Supervisors can monitor their employee’s COVID-related information in MyPack Portal. For supervisor guidance on how to access this information, read more here.

For more information on COVID-19 testing at NC State, please review the FAQs on the Protect the Pack and Student Health Services websites.

More Information

Can anyone who wants a COVID-19 test get tested on campus?
Any NC State student, faculty member or staff member with a valid NC State ID can get tested on campus. All testing is provided free of charge. For the latest updated information on testing locations and hours of operation, see the information above. 

What happens when I get a test on campus?
The test that will be used is a nasal swab of the inside front of both the left and right nostrils. You will perform your own swabbing and place the cotton swab in a tube. Staff will be available to assist. View this short video on testing for a demonstration.

Do I need to upload my test results each time I am tested?
If you receive a test at an off-campus location, you must upload your results each time you are tested. If you receive a test on campus, your results will automatically be uploaded into HealthyPack Portal, NC State’s online medical portal.

What type of test is required?
Tests must be PCR (molecular) tests. All tests provided on campus at NC State are PCR tests. If you receive a test off campus as part of surveillance testing, please check with the testing service you use to ensure the test is a molecular or PCR test.

Are faculty, staff and students in face-to-face classes part of the required weekly surveillance testing program?
Yes, unless participants provide proof of vaccination.

I tested positive as part of the surveillance program. Am I now excluded from surveillance testing?
Yes, for a limited period of time. Following a positive test result and an isolation period, surveillance testing is not required for 90 days. 

I have been in contact with someone who has recently tested positive. What do I do?
As of June 1, 2021, if you received a vaccine on campus or if you provided proof of vaccination status through the HealthyPack Portal, you are exempt from mandatory quarantine, in most cases, as part of the contact tracing program. Otherwise, if you were in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with an individual who has tested positive, please self-report and begin a quarantine period. Get tested three to five days after your initial exposure and continue to quarantine until you receive your results. Getting tested before the three-day window may result in inaccurate test results. If you were not within 6 feet of the COVID-positive person for longer than 15 minutes, you are probably not at risk and should wait to hear from the contact tracing program for more guidance.

Where can students, faculty and staff go for surveillance testing off campus?
Testing locations are available across North Carolina. To find testing centers throughout the state, visit the NC DHHS Find My Testing Place resource page

Testing may also be available at local pharmacies, as well as urgent care centers or your doctor’s office. There may be a fee for testing or an office visit at these locations, and proof of insurance may be required. Testing on NC State’s campus is free for students, faculty and staff, and results are automatically uploaded into HealthyPack Portal, NC State’s online medical portal. 

If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to a campus testing location.
For students experiencing symptoms or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19:

  • Do not go to a campus testing location.
  • Immediately:
  • Isolate.
  • Self-report.
  • Contact Student Health for an appointment.

For employees who are experiencing symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19, immediately:

  • Isolate.
  • Self-report.
  • Get tested and/or contact your physician as appropriate.

What is HealthyPack Portal?
HealthyPack Portal is an online medical portal for campus students and employees that will be used for uploading COVID‑19 test results.

HealthyPack Portal complies with HIPAA and FERPA information privacy requirements. The system uses the latest industry-standard security protocol and protects patient data through ongoing security checks and audits of the system.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: Aug. 3, 2021.