Dropping Off Your Sample

COVID-19 test drop box in Frick chemistry building

Testing Timelines: Update as of November 27

The regular testing schedule resumes as of Sunday, Nov. 28, with one significant change: all undergraduate students must test twice per week regardless of vaccination status. Students who participate in varsity or recreational sports competitions or practices will need to test three times weekly. Click here to see the assigned dates that undergraduates will submit tests, based on their residential college. 

Graduate students, employees, affiliates, and dependents who are fully vaccinated continue to test once per week and those who are not fully vaccinated must test twice per week.

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 off on Sunday will be picked up Monday (exception: samples dropped off by 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov 27,will be taken to the Lab that day). Samples submitted after 10 a.m will not be picked up and taken to the Lab on the same 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 is based on vaccination status ("fully vaccinated" or "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. 

Details on testing frequency for:

Undergraduates

All undergraduates, regardless of vaccination status, should submit twice weekly tests as of Sunday, November 28. Students who participate in varsity or recreational sports competitions or practices will test three times weekly. Assigned days of the week are below. 

Undergraduates testing twice weekly 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 or more 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. 

As of Sunday, November 27, 2021:

Undergraduate Students Testing Days
Butler College, Forbes College, Rockefeller College First College, Mathey College, and Whitman College
Test 1: Sunday Morning through 10am Monday Test 1: Between 10:30am Monday and before 10am Tuesday
Test 2: Wednesday before 10am Test 2: Thursday before 10am

If you are an undergraduate participating in varsity, intramural, or club sports practices and competitions OR students participating in unmasked technical rehearsals or performances (e.g., music and singing groups), you must test three times per week: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 

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.

 

As of Sunday, October 24, 2021:

Graduate Students Testing Once Weekly
Last name starts with A through K Last name starts with L through Z
Sunday Morning through 10am Monday Between 10:30am Monday and before 10am Tuesday

If Friday is the only day you can supply a sample, and you miss the 10am 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.  

If you are not on campus on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, please submit your sample on a day when you are on campus. We do ask that if you are on campus during Sunday-Tuesday that you do your best to submit a sample on one of these days.

 

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 you are a graduate student, employee, affiliate, or Eligible Dependent who will be testing twice weekly, see the table below. 

 

If Friday is the only day you can supply a sample, and you miss the 10am 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 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 who are eligible for testing are not on campus every week. If your presence on campus varies from week to week, only submit sample(s) during the weeks when you will already be on campus; however, you must complete a Testing Absence Form for the days you are not scheduled to work

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 submit a sample on Mondays. 

For more information on if you should submit a sample during a week you are on campus, see the 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 — available during open clinic hours)
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 (via main and west side entrances during business hours)

701 Carnegie Lobby