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Announcement: Test Kits Available at Campus Vending Machines

Students and campus employees may now pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test kit at one of numerous vending machines across campus. Samples should be returned within 72 hoursfrom the time the kit is picked upat drop boxes next to vending machines. See vending machine locations »

COVID-19 Testing Options

Students and campus employees have several options to fulfill required COVID-19 testing, including self-administered tests—picking up a testing kit on campus and returning the sample within 72 hours of pick up (no appointment needed); or drive-up/walk-through provider-administered testing (appointment needed). For self-administered testing, you must have your Active Directory (AD) credentials and the most updated version of the UC San Diego app on your smartphone or mobile device when you arrive.

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Quick Guides


Find key information about screening and testing, campus safety, quarantine and isolation housing, student life, dining and more.

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Find key information about screening and testing, campus safety, paid leave options, parent resources, remote work support and more.

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Winter 2021 Plan

Winter quarter courses are offered remotely as well as taught in-person in outdoor classrooms. On-site students (including residents) and employees are expected to conduct a symptom and exposure screening daily and participate in no-cost asymptomatic testing weekly. On-campus undergraduate housing will remain at single occupancy for winter quarter. For the majority of campus staff employees who are currently working remotely, they will continue to do so at least through May 31, 2021.

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Testing and Screening

All who are living, working and attending classes on campus are required to complete a daily symptom and exposure screening; those who report symptoms will be offered a test promptly. Student and employee asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 is offered on a weekly basis at no cost through UC San Diego Health.

Learn About Testing & Screening

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Campus Safety

Public health is a collective effort. The entire campus community is expected to follow campus safety requirements to help prevent infection. Please review UC San Diego’s safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, completing the daily symptom and exposure screening and maintaining physical distance.

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Town Halls

In an effort to provide regular updates and answer your questions about the fall plan, UC San Diego will host monthly town halls about the Return to Learn program and campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not able to catch the live event, all of the webinars are archived on our Town Hall page.

Tune in to a Town Hall

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Return to Learn: Data and Privacy

Testing Dashboard

Find more information about COVID-19 testing and prevalence in the UC San Diego community. This dashboard is updated each weekday with numbers based on tests conducted by UC San Diego Health and UC San Diego Student Health Services.

View the testing dashboard


Your privacy is important to you, and it is important to us. UC San Diego is committed to treating all medical information generated as a result of the Return to Learn program with a high level of privacy and security protections. Learn more about the information we process, how it is used and how we protect it.

Learn more about privacy

Questions and Answers

We have conferred with our campus experts to bring you the latest information in response to your most urgent questions.

Find answers about Return to Learn

Join the Fight: COVID-19 Fund

Make a gift to the UC San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help ensure our response to the global pandemic remains agile. Your support expands clinical testing, accelerates research on virus transmission and assists university community members impacted by the disease.

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