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December 23, 2020
The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide the campus community with important updates and recent news related to the Return to Learn program. If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the program, please email

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Campus Employees

Options for students and employees to fulfill required COVID-19 testing:

  • Participate in self-administered testing on campus. Pick up a testing kit on campus and return the sample within 72 hours (no appointment needed). 
  • Receive a drive-up, provider-administered test (appointment needed, limited availability).

Option 1: Self-administered testing

Individual self-administered tests are identified by using a barcode that is scanned at the time of sampling and links to your campus credentials. This identification step is critical to ensure accurate and timely results.
Before you arrive please prepare:
  1. A smartphone or mobile device*
  2. Know your Active Directory (AD) username and password
  3. Download the free UC San Diego app. For those who already have it, please be sure it is updated. You will need the updated app to scan the test kit.
  4. Download the MyChart app. Students should select Student Health and Well-Being as the provider for MyStudentChart. Employees should select UCSDHealth as the provider for MyUCSDChart. This will allow you to see your results directly.
*For those who prefer an alternative, iPads are available at the Price Center location.

Self-administered testing locations

Students and employees may conduct a self-administered test as well as pick-up and drop-off a test kit at the following locations.* Please see adjusted holiday hours here.
  • Muir College | Mariposa Room (map)
  • Seventh College | Parcel Center (map)
  • Nuevo East | Fitness Center (map)
  • Price Center | Ballroom B (map)
*More locations coming in winter 2021.

Option 2: Provider-administered testing

Provider-administered testing requires an appointment. For those who would like to schedule a drive-up or walk-in COVID test, please use the links below. Note that drive-up appointments are currently in very high demand and may have limited appointments available.

Self-Administered Testing Instructions

Video with instructions on how to complete a self-administered COVID test
For those who have questions over winter break, please reach out to us at and we will respond as soon as possible. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!
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