COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Spring 2021

As we plan for the spring semester, we know that a robust testing strategy is essential to detecting and limiting the spread of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff. Heading into spring, NC State is adding capacity to significantly increase testing and expand our successful surveillance programs.

Ongoing Health Surveillance Testing

NC State is expanding its robust surveillance testing programs. For complete information, see the Protect the Pack Testing webpage.

  • NC State will testing for students living in residence halls, on-campus apartments and Greek Village, and for other students who regularly use campus facilities. We anticipate several thousand students, faculty and staff will be tested weekly.
  • NC State Athletics will continue to test student-athletes in accordance with ACC and NCAA requirements.
  • Designated employees in colleges and units across campus will participate in weekly testing. 

Routine Testing

  • NC State’s Student Health Services will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students (symptomatic or asymptomatic) who request a test.
  • In the event that we identify positive cases through any of the steps outlined above, NC State will conduct contact tracing and testing for all those potentially exposed, including students, faculty and staff.
  • All travelers on approved university travel to out-of-state or international locations must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus. For employees who cannot get a test elsewhere, testing will be available on campus to fulfill this requirement.

More detailed guidance on specific testing requirements, timelines, how to obtain a test and how to submit test results will be forthcoming to students, faculty and staff. Updated information about NC State’s testing and surveillance plan will continue to be added to our Protect the Pack website, so check back often. We’ll also continue to share more about our plans for spring with our community via email and social media. Please stay informed and stay well.