UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.


Section 1

At-home COVID-19 antigen tests is available free of charge to students, staff, and faculty.

PCR testing may be available to you through your primary care provider or from local clinics and pharmacies. 

Students and employees who are experiencing symptoms may also follow instructions on the UCI Forward Symptom Check page and if you meet criteria will be able to schedule a PCR test.

Required Testing

Required weekly COVID-19 testing for students and employees not compliant with the UC Vaccine Policy or who have an approved exception or deferral is no longer required on campus.

Section 2

Free At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests

Students, faculty, and staff can pick up rapid antigen at-home test kits free of charge at the following locations.


UCI Student Center (Building 113 on campus map)

Information Center

Hours: Monday-Friday. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Science Library (Building 520 on campus map)

Front Desk

Hours: See UCI Libraries webpage


Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services (building 232 on campus map)

Continuing Education 4, Room 112-113

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Environmental Health and Safety (Building 41 on campus map)

4600 Health Sciences Rd.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Campus Housing Communities

For students in campus housing, these kits are available in your housing community.

Information on at-home COVID-19 tests, such as a list of authorized diagnostic tests and expiration dates, is available on the FDA’s website.

UCI students and employees are encouraged to test frequently using at home tests. Consider testing 24 to 48 hours prior to travel or attending an event, testing three to five days after travel or attending an event, after a known exposure, or if you have symptoms.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please isolate and report your case to campus or by calling Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services at 949-824-2300 or via email at contacttracing@uci.edu. Contact your primary healthcare provider if you require a medical evaluation and for treatment recommendations.