Return-to-Campus Testing

Following winter break NC State will require proof of a COVID‑19 PCR test for students, faculty and staff returning to live or work on campus, and for students living within a 1-mile radius of campus. Tests must be completed no more than five days before returning.

No-cost COVID‑19 testing will be available for students, faculty and staff at NC State in multiple locations across campus during the first three weeks in January. Students, faculty and staff can also get tested at community locations in Raleigh and across the state.

Below are important specifics about who is required to get tested, where and when testing will be available on campus, how to locate off-campus testing locations, details about the testing process, how to submit test results and other important information.

As detailed below, faculty, staff and students living off campus can schedule an on-campus testing appointment online here. Students living on campus or in Greek Village do not need to schedule an appointment; NC State will offer conveniently located testing options at check-in for students moving into residence halls, on-campus apartments and Greek Village.

Student Groups Required to Be Tested

  • All students living in residence halls, on-campus apartments and Greek Village.
  • All students who are enrolled in face-to-face (in-person or hybrid) courses, or who need to be on campus for laboratory work (including research) or exams.
  • All students who work on campus.
  • All students who live adjacent to or within an approximate 1-mile radius of campus. Other than on-campus residents, these are the students who are most likely to regularly use campus resources or to come into contact with members of the campus community.
  • Student-athletes.
  • For students in these groups who do not get a test off campus, testing will be available on campus.

Employee Groups Required to Be Tested

  • All faculty and teaching assistants who are leading face-to-face (in-person or hybrid) on-campus courses, labs or other activities.
  • As determined by supervisors, all employees in critical service roles on campus, and employees who interact with the public in person. This includes but is not limited to staff who interact with members of the university community in residence halls and Greek housing, dining operations and housekeeping, as well as staff who support COVID‑19 operations, testing and emergency response.
  • All researchers (faculty, staff and students) who conduct research on and off campus (e.g., in field labs and research stations, in clinics and at human-subjects locations such as schools).
  • Other employees that units/colleges have identified as Group One on the Pack Planning Spring Operations and Staff Review.
  • Athletics staff.
  • For employees in these groups who do not get a test off campus, testing will be available on campus.

Students, faculty and staff who are not able to get a COVID‑19 PCR test completed within five days before returning to campus can be tested on the day they return. All campus community members will be asked to strictly limit their social interactions until test results are received. All campus community members are always required to follow the university’s Community Standards.

Regardless of where completed, tests must be provided to NC State for review. Visit the HealthyPack website for full details on how to upload test results and complete a COVID-19 Attestation. Information will also be provided for students at on-campus testing locations. Your documentation will be reviewed by a Student Health staff member. If your documentation cannot be verified, you will receive a secure message from Student Health Services with further instructions.

What type of test is required?
Tests must be PCR (molecular) tests. Antigen test results will not be accepted. Samples can be nasal or saliva. Check with the testing service you use to ensure the test is a molecular or PCR test.

Where can students, faculty and staff go for re-entry 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. Students, faculty and staff who choose to get tested out of state can check local listings for other locations.

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.

Where do faculty, staff and students living off campus go for re-entry testing?
NC State will offer COVID‑19 testing for faculty, students and staff at the following three locations across campus beginning on Jan. 2, 2021. Staff will be available at all sites to help answer any questions.  A valid NC State ID is required for all on-campus testing.

Jan. 2, 2021 – Jan. 22, 2021

  • Clark Dining Hall (map) on East Campus at 221 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. 
    • Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • This is a walk-up testing site. Wear your mask, come alone and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.
    • Parking is limited to the Coliseum Deck for the duration of your test only.

Jan. 6, 2021 – Jan. 19, 2021 

  • Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126 (map) on Central Campus at 2810 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607. 
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • This is a walk-up testing site. Wear your mask, come alone and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.

Jan. 12, 2021 – Jan. 19, 2021

  • Dan Allen Parking Deck (map) on North Campus at 110 Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607.
    • Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • This is a drive-up testing site. Walk-up options are also available at this site.
    • Follow all traffic signs and postings for directions.

Where do students living on campus or in Greek Village go for re-entry testing on campus?
NC State will offer testing at different locations conveniently located for students moving into residence halls, on-campus apartments and Greek Village. Staff will be available at all of the sites to help answer questions about testing. Information about testing dates, locations and times for students living on campus or in Greek Village is presented below.

Jan. 11, 2021 – Jan. 18, 2021 (Greek Village move-in)

  • Greek Village (map) at  2313 Fraternity Court, Raleigh, NC 27606.
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • This is a walk-up testing site for the Greek community only.
    • Remember to wear your mask, come alone and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.

Jan. 16, 2021 – Jan. 18, 2021 (Residence hall and apartment move-in)

  • Residence Hall and apartment check-in locations in University Towers Lobby, Wolf Village Gray Hall lobby, Wolf Ridge Tower Hall lobby, ES King Village community service desk, Avent Ferry Complex community service desk, Holmes Hall first floor, Bowen Hall lounge, Sullivan Hall lobby, Lee Hall lobby, Wood Hall community service desk, Quad Area Commons Building and Bragaw Hall activity room.
    • Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • These locations will be available for resident check-in only.
  • If you completed your test before moving in, make sure the results are uploaded in HealthyPack Portal at least a day in advance.  For upload directions, visit the Student Health Services website.
  • Remember to wear your mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.

If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to a campus re-entry testing location.

For students experiencing symptoms or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19:

  • Do not go to a campus re-entry testing location.
  • Do not move into on-campus or Greek housing.
  • Immediately:

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.

How do I prepare for a test?
We want any wait you experience to be as short as possible. Before coming for your test:

  • Schedule your testing time as appropriate. This will secure a time to be tested.
    • Beginning Monday, Dec. 21, faculty, staff and students living off-campus can schedule an appointment online here.
    • Students living in residence halls, apartments or Greek Village will receive move-in scheduling information directly from University Housing or Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Bring your NC State ID card and smartphone with you. If you don’t have a smartphone, paper forms will be available at each testing site. For new incoming students who are living on campus, you will pick up your NC State ID card upon arrival at your check-in location.
  • Wear your mask and practice physical distancing while going to the test site and for the entire time you are present there. The only time you will not need your mask is when you are collecting your specimen.

You will get your test results as soon as possible. Information about how to submit your results for review is presented below. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by NC State Student Health Services or the Wake County Health Department. Please make sure to answer the phone when they call, since the caller’s number may be unfamiliar to you.

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.

How do I submit test results?
Regardless of where tests are completed, students, faculty and staff returning to campus must submit results to NC State for review. Visit the HealthyPack website for full details on how to upload your results and complete your COVID-19 attestation. Your documentation will be reviewed by a Student Health Services staff member. If your documentation cannot be verified, you will receive a secure message from Student Health with further instructions.

What is HealthyPack Portal?

  • HealthyPack Portal is a 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.
  • If we identify positive cases through any of the testing steps outlined above, NC State will conduct contact tracing and testing for all those potentially exposed, including students, faculty and staff.

Do I have to be tested for return to campus if I tested positive in the last three months?

  • If you tested positive within the last 90 days, you do not have to be retested. You are required to upload your positive test results in HealthyPack Portal.
  • If you are not sure whether your test was in the last 90 days, visit this chart for more information. If the appropriate documentation is not provided, testing will be required.

Ongoing Health Surveillance Testing After Re-entry Testing

In addition to re-entry testing at the beginning of the spring semester, NC State will conduct ongoing surveillance testing for the campus community. Additional details about spring surveillance testing are forthcoming.

Please continue to check the Protect the Pack site for updates regarding testing and other important information for the spring semester.