Testing Overview

  • UMBC provides free on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing for asymptomatic community members.
  • Testing is unsupervised and requires use of a mobile application. Make sure to review the instructions BEFORE you come to campus to test.
  • Do not come to campus if you are sick. This will potentially expose other community members. Please seek testing with your healthcare provider. Learn more about reporting your result and our response here.
  • Free rapid tests are also available for pick up at the Police Station and Commons Information Center (while supplies last)
  • Residential students must test on campus. Commuters and employees are strongly encouraged to test on campus as it is free and easy. They may test off-campus and report results to us here.

Who Should Test on Campus

Testing is primarily for individuals who have been directed to complete testing, whether for health and safety compliance or for surveillance testing.

  • In order to know whether or not you need to complete testing, and for additional instructions, please check your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile.
  • At this time, fully vaccinated and verified community members do not need to submit regular COVID-19 tests. They may be asked periodically to do entry testing after a break or surveillance testing.
  • Community members who have medical or religious exemptions, are partially vaccinated, or are unvaccinated for any other reason must complete regular testing as a part of their health and safety requirements.

Surveillance Testing

  • UMBC periodically conducts COVID-19 surveillance testing. This testing will help us understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, identify potential cases, and guide additional action. It is one of many safety measures we are taking including masking and distancing. Periodically, members of our community will be randomly selected to complete mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  • Given the possibility of breakthrough infection, each group may include fully vaccinated individuals.
  • If you are selected for testing, you will receive an email. For the week you are selected, please follow the instructions on this page. You only need to test once.
  • If you are unable to participate in testing because you will not be on campus during the days you are selected, you should not come to campus just to test. Faculty and staff can notify their supervisors and students can email covid19@umbc.edu