Jan. 11, 2023, update: Testing remains strongly recommended upon or prior to returning to campus. Beginning Jan. 13, the campus will be consolidating a small number of test drop-off locations and vending machines due to low use. Distribution and drop-off services will no longer be available at the following locations: University Apartments–South, Ackerman Union’s A level, the Gayley Center front desk and the Hammer Museum front desk. Vending machines will no longer be available at the Facilities Management NW area (employee only), the courtyard of the Anderson School of Management and Ackerman Union’s A level.
This page covers the following topics:
- Testing through UCLA’s campus program
- Testing outside of campus
- What to do if you test positive
- Additional testing exemptions
Testing through UCLA’s campus program
Currently: Surveillance testing is no longer required for students, faculty and staff on campus. However, if you have symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you may continue to test through the campus program up to three times a week. It is also strongly recommended that fully remote students or employees coming to campus for a one-time meeting test prior to their in-person engagement. In addition, you may be directed to test as part of UCLA’s isolation and quarantine protocols, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.
Note: As of Sept. 12, 2022, campus testing is only available to currently enrolled students, current employees and non–UCLA affiliates who have been approved to test. Individuals must have a valid university ID (UID) or have been provided a testing ID number by their program or department. Those who are not eligible can use other available testing resources.
Having trouble logging onto the new roster-based testing system?
If you have a valid UID and are experiencing issues registering for testing, contact email@example.com for assistance. Please include the following information in your message to expedite your inquiry:
(1) UCLA ID
(2) phone number (preferably cellphone)
(3) email address
(4) legal first and last name
(5) preferred/lived first and last name
How to test
UCLA’s self-administered saliva-swab (PCR) tests kits are available from vending machines and distribution centers throughout campus, as well as at residential housing front desks. Anyone with a BruinCard can obtain up to three free tests per week. (A smartphone or tablet that receives SMS texts is also required.)
Within an hour of taking the test, deposit your sample in a collection bin next to the vending machines — make sure to deposit it between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday–Friday (excluding holidays).
Results for samples received before 11 a.m. will be available within 24 to 36 hours; those received after 11 a.m. will have results within 48 hours.
If you can’t obtain a test from a vending machine or require in-person testing for any reason, visit the in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall.
For more information on testing, visit the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing site.
Testing outside of campus
- PCR tests (currently the most accurate)
Returns results in 1–2 days.
- Rapid antigen tests
Can be given at a testing site or self-administered at home; returns results in 30 minutes or less.
Positive results from both types of tests can be uploaded to the UCLA COVID-19 Action Center (formerly the Symptom Monitoring Survey), and a negative rapid antigen test is required to test out of isolation (per UCLA isolation and quarantine protocols).
If you test positive
If you test positive through UCLA’s campus testing program, you’ll be contacted by campus health officials with instructions on isolation. Your “close contacts” — those who have been within 6 feet of you in an indoor setting for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period — will be notified by contact tracers, who will provide them with instructions on testing and possible quarantine.
If you test positive outside of UCLA — or if you are experiencing COVID-19–related symptoms and have been in contact with an infected person — you should upload the results of your positive test, whether PCR or rapid antigen, to the UCLA COVID-19 Action Center (formerly the Symptom Monitoring Survey) and contact:
Ashe COVID Hotline
For faculty and staff
UCLA COVID Call Center
You tested positive: 90-day exemption from PCR testing
If you test positive and complete your period of isolation, you should avoid PCR testing until 90 days have elapsed since your positive test (if you were asymptomatic) or the onset of symptoms (if you were symptomatic).
You may, however, test during this period using a rapid antigen test.
Note: Those who work in UCLA Health clinical areas must follow the COVID-19 protocols for healthcare settings. However, those who work in both clinical and non-clinical settings must also comply with these campus protocols when outside of the healthcare environment.
For more information on testing at UCLA, see the following resources: