COVID-19 Testing On-campus

Who Should Test on Campus

  • UMBC provides free on-campus COVID-19 testing for individuals. It should be used by individuals who have been directed to complete testing, whether for health and safety compliance or for surveillance testing.
    • At this time, fully vaccinated and verified community members do not need to submit regular COVID-19 tests.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Responding to Cases

  • Please review this information on how UMBC responds to cases of COVID-19 on campus.
  • If the university believes you have been in close contact with an individual that has tested positive, you will be notified and directed when and how to test.
  • If you believe you may have COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician. Students may also make an appointment with University Health Services. If you have symptoms, do not come to campus just to test as you may potentially expose others.

Community Testing

  • Testing is now also available for fully vaccinated and asymptomatic community members who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Please know that:
    • Instructions for how to access testing are available on this page. Follow the instructions for Surveillance Testing.
    • Testing is unsupervised and requires you to download and use the Maryland Genomics application. Please review the instructions and enroll in the application before you test.
    • Community members who have not been directed to test regularly are limited to ten tests per semester.
    • Do not come to campus to test if you are sick.

Surveillance Testing

  • With the fall semester underway, UMBC is conducting ongoing 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 pageYou 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


  • Testing results from on-campus tests will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It generally takes 72 hours to receive your results. Please contact if you have not received your results after 72 hours
  • If your result is positive, or if you receive a positive result from an off-campus test, please submit this COVID-19 Case Report Form as soon as possible to initiate UMBC’s support protocols. Please also follow up with your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact Retriever Integrated Health, University Health Services at (410) 455-2542.
  • UMBC is unable to provide official copies of test results for events or travel. Testing is designed for internal use only.

Off-Campus Testing Resources