FitzRandolph gate at the main entrance to campus

General information for students arriving at Princeton University

COVID Testing Upon Arrival or Return to Campus

Graduate and undergraduate students:

  • If you have received an official exemption from participation in testing for 90 days because of a positive COVID diagnosis, do not submit an arrival test, and a negative result is not required before you can attend in-person events. Resume testing once your 90 day exemption expires. 
  • If you are not exempt from testing due to a prior diagnosis, on the day of your arrival on campus or to the local area (or first thing in the morning on the next open clinic day if you arrive after the testing clinic has closed for the day), University Health Services will require you to take part in COVID testing on campus. The test will be a PCR test using a saliva sample. Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to giving your saliva sample. 
    • If it is your first time taking part in testing, you will need to come in person to the testing clinic to be walked through the process.
    • Guests helping you with move-in will not be allowed to accompany you to the testing clinic.
  • Please submit a second sample during the same week, within 3-4 days of your arrival. 
  • Students should wear a face covering indoors until they receive their first negative COVID-19 test result from the on-campus testing process and should not attend any in-person gatherings, whether formal activities or informal social gatherings.

Regular COVID Testing After Arrival

As of February 8, 2022, all students, graduate and undergraduate, are required to test once weekly, unless they have received an official 90 day testing exemption due to already testing positive for COVID. The University may, at its discretion, adjust testing frequency in response to public health conditions on campus or in the local area.  

Undergraduates are asked to submit tests based on the residential college they were assigned to when they arrived at Princeton, regardless of where they currently live. Graduate students should look to the Graduate Students Testing table, which has assigned testing days based on last name. 

For twice weekly testing, you should submit samples with at least 3 days between; do not submit on back-to-back days. 

If you have questions about the process of testing, please read the Taking the Test webpage or email  

Travel-related Quarantine

Travel-related quarantine will not be required, with the exception of unvaccinated students arriving from international locations. If you are unvaccinated and arriving from an international location, you will need to complete the COVID Risk Assessment Form 3-7 business days before you return to campus so that Global and Community Health at UHS can advise you whether travel-related quarantine is required. 

Vaccination Booster Requirement

All students, along with employees, will be required to receive a vaccination booster unless they have received an official exemption. For deadlines and more information about uploading your booster records, see the Student Vaccination Requirement page.