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

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 terminate effective Sept. 26, and individuals with an approved exception, exemption or deferral are being noticed directly. However, students and employees are encouraged to continue to test before and after travel and attending large events and social gatherings. PRC testing will remain available at the Student Center through Oct. 28. Antigen tests will continue to remain available on campus to both students and employees. Remember that if you test positive for COVID-19 to report it.

Drop/In and Appointment Testing for Any Reason

PCR testing at the Student Center Test Site is also available to students, staff, and faculty for any reason at no cost.

Students, faculty and staff may schedule a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site. Log into the Student Health Patient Portal to make an appointment or to check your results. View the testing location and schedule.

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.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 to 48 hours.

Section 2

At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests

Rapid antigen at-home test kits are available for pick up at the Student Center test site. For students in campus housing, these kits are available from your housing community office. 

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.

Student testing

Fall 2022 Return to Campus Student Testing

Prior to Returning to Campus: All students are recommended to complete a PCR or home antigen test 24 to 48 hours before returning to campus. If you test positive, please stay home and delay your return to campus until you meet criteria for release from isolation.  

Upon Arrival:  All students are required to complete home antigen testing upon return to campus provided for free by the campus. Those who test positive must isolate and report their case to campus or by calling Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services, 949-824-2300 or via email at contacttracing@uci.edu.  Residential Students are required to test twice - once upon return to campus and again five days later. Commuter students are required to test upon their first day back on campus. 

Home antigen tests are available from the Student Center Testing Site and for those who live in Campus Housing, from your housing community. Watch for announcements of additional pickup locations. 

Testing location

Testing Hours
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Student Center Closed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The Student Center testing location will be open from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays 9/17 and 9/24. 

Scheduling Testing

How to Schedule a Test

While walk-ins are available, students, faculty and staff are advised to schedule appointments by logging in to the Student Health Patient Portal. Once in the portal,

  • Select “Appointments” on the left navigation sidebar

  • Click on “Schedule an Appointment”

  • Select “COVID-19 Testing” – click “Continue”

  • Select “Student COVID Testing” – click “Continue”

  • Confirm contact information (email address, local telephone, local address) – click “Continue”. 

  • Enter callback number (required in case Testing site staff or Student Health Center staff need to contact you regarding the appointment you are scheduling) – click “Continue”.

  • Schedule appointment and select testing location.

  • Confirm selected appointment

Individuals having difficulty accessing the patient portal to schedule their appointment can contact the COVID-19 Response Center at 949-824-9918 or covid19@uci.edu for assistance.

Student Health Patient Portal

What to Expect

On the day of your testing appointment,

  1. Complete your Daily Symptom Check. Whether or not you are showing symptoms, keep your appointment and proceed to your testing location.
  2. Know where you are going and give yourself enough time to get there.
    • Confirm the location of your appointment and locate it on the map.
    • Plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  3. Don’t leave home without these items:
    • Face covering (and a spare face covering)
    • For students, a student ID card or student ID number and another form of picture ID if you do not have your student ID card.

Please do NOT bring anyone with you unless absolutely necessary.