Dropping Off Your Sample

COVID-19 test drop box in Frick chemistry building

Where and when to drop off your sample

The daily deadline for dropping off your saliva sample to a drop box is 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Samples dropped Sunday will be picked up Monday. Samples submitted after that time will not be picked up and taken to the Lab that day. 

If you miss the 10:00 a.m. drop box deadline on Friday, you can bring your sample in person to the testing clinic until 12pm. However, if you drop a sample after 12pm on Friday, even in person at the testing clinic, it will not be processed until the following Monday. 

Required testing frequency has changed as of July 6, 2021. Please see this page for definitions of "fully vaccinated" and "unvaccinated." 

  • Students, employees, and affiliates who are fully vaccinated drop one sample per week.
  • Students, employees, and affiliates who are not vaccinated drop two samples per week. 

To jump to frequency for graduate students, employees, eligible dependents, and affiliates, click here

To jump to frequency for all those required to test twice weekly, click here

Undergraduates

After completing testing upon arrival to campus, undergraduates are asked to drop off their regular samples based on the residential colleges they were assigned to when they joined Princeton (regardless of where they currently live). 

If you will miss one of your designated testing dates because you are ill or are on travel away from campus, please use the Testing Absence Form.

If you miss your designated day, please drop a sample on the next testing day. Samples can be dropped in drop boxes from Sunday at 10a.m. through Friday at 10a.m. Samples dropped at the testing clinic after 12pm on Friday will not be processed until the following Monday. 

Undergraduates Testing Once Weekly
Butler College and Forbes College Rockefeller College Whitman College Mathey College First College

Sunday (any time on Sunday until midnight)

Monday (before 10am)

Tuesday (before 10am)

Wednesday (before 10am)

Thursday (before 10am)

If you are an undergraduate who will be testing twice weekly, see the table below. 

Graduate Students, Employees, Eligible Dependents, Affiliates

If you have been participating in testing over the last year, please feel free to continue the day(s) that work for you. If you are new to testing, we ask that you follow this schedule so that we can spread testing out across the week. As noted below, if you are only on campus intermittently, drop your sample on the day(s) you are usually on campus. For everyone else, we'd appreciate it if you could drop samples on the days assigned to you by last name. 

If you will miss one of your designated testing dates for any reason (vacation, illness, not being on campus, etc.), please use the Testing Absence Form.

Graduate Students, Employees, Affiliates, Eligible Dependents Testing Once Weekly
Last names A - E Last names F - K Last names L - R Last names S - Z

Monday (before 10am)

Tuesday (before 10am)

Wednesday (before 10am)

Thursday (before 10am)

If Friday is the only day you can supply a sample, and you miss the 10am courier pickup, you can bring your sample in person to the testing clinic until 12pm. However, if you drop a sample after 12pm on Friday, even in person at the testing clinic, it will not be processed until the following Monday. 

Anyone Testing Twice Weekly
If you submitted your first test of the week on:  Then submit your second/next test on the following: 
Sunday Wednesday
Monday  Thursday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday  Friday
Thursday Monday
*Friday (if you missed your assigned day or this is the only day you are on campus; please note below about Friday drop-offs) Tuesday

*If Friday is the only day you can supply a sample, and you miss the 10am courier pickup from drop boxes, you can bring your sample in person to the testing clinic until 12pm. However, if you drop a sample after 12pm on Friday, even in person at the testing clinic, it will not be processed until the following Monday. 

If You Are On Campus Intermittently 

Many faculty, staff, researchers, and affiliates that are eligible for testing are not on campus every week. If your presence on campus varies from week to week, only come for testing during the weeks when you will already be on campus.

You can also time your testing for when you will already be on campus. If your schedule is that you are on campus on Mondays, you can come for testing on Mondays. 

For more information on if you should be tested during a week you are on campus, see this Eligibility Guide

Students Residing Off Campus — Parking Guide

Students residing off campus do not need a permit for the drop-and-go parking locations listed below. Parking in any numbered lot or garage on campus, including visitor Lot 23, is restricted, and will result in a parking citation. In addition to free short term parking (note time restrictions per lot) for students residing off campus, there are also metered spaces on University Place and Prospect Ave that students may utilize for testing drop off.

For drop-off at these locations, use free 1-hour spaces in Lot 8 or metered parking on University Place

  • Dod Hall, Entry 2 – lobby 
  • Little Hall, Entry 17 near the circle 
  • U-Store, vestibule
  • Blair Hall, Entry A inside archway 
  • Mathey Hall, vestibule to Common Room - Entry 5 of Hamilton Hall

For drop-off at these locations, use free College Road 2-hour spaces or metered parking on University Place

  • Bloomberg Hall, lobby entry 170W 
  • Class of 1981 Hall, lobby near Community Hall entrance 
  • Yoseloff Hall, Entry 2
  • Henry Hall, Entry 1
  • Wilcox Hall, 2nd Floor lobby near Julian Street Library

228 Alexander, rear entrance. Pull around to rear of building for drop-and-go only, no parking

Drop Box Locations

Below are the drop box locations for Fall 2021, updated as of 9/10/21.

Drop Box Map September 2021

Building 

Drop Box Location 

Blair Hall Entry A inside archway
Bloomberg Hall Lobby entry 170W
Class of 1981 Hall Lobby Near Community Hall Entrance
Dillon Gym Main Lobby
Dod Hall Entry 2 — Lobby
East Pyne/Chancellor Green Lobby
E-Quad Joint Entry to A,C,E
Firestone Library B-floor by Core Bathrooms and Elevator (for PUL staff only)
Fisher Hall Prospect Street Entrance
Forbes College Main Lobby entry 109
Frick Chemistry Building Atrium
Friend Center Lobby by Olden St. Entrance 

Frist Campus Center

100 Level, by ATMs

Graduate College Old Grad Common Room
Henry Hall Entry 1
Jadwin Gym Lobby
Lawrence Apartments Building 1 Lobby
Lewis Thomas Lab North Entrance
Little Hall  Entry 17 near the circle
MacMillan Building South Entrance Near Garage
Mathey Hall Vestibule to Common Room — Entry 5 of Hamilton Hall
McCosh Health Center Foyer (Available 24 hours a day/7 days per week)
Princeton Neuroscience Institute South entrance near Lot 15
ReCAP (400 Forrestal Road) Entry vestibule
Stadium, Northeast Corner, Booth 4 Testing Clinic (as of 9/13/21)
U-Store Vestibule (Available 24 hours a day/7 days per week)
Wilcox Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, Near Julian Street Library

Yoseloff Hall 

Inside Entry #2 (For Undergraduates Only)

200 Elm Drive

Lobby (For Staff and Faculty Use Only)

200 Lakeside Apartments

Administrative Office

228 Alexander Rear Entrance
300 Washington Construction Trailer

693 Alexander St.

1st Floor Elevator Lobby 

701 Carnegie Lobby