Eligibility and Frequency
All Princeton University faculty, staff, students and affiliates returning to the campus are required to participate in the COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program. More information about eligibility by status is below.
- To learn more about the testing process, read through the “Taking the Test” webpage.
- For symptomatic testing (if you have symptoms of COVID and need a test), please visit the UHS website for your options.
- See the Testing Guide below for more guidance on when you should be tested, based on who you will be coming into contact with when on campus.
- If you are getting an "Action Needed" message in the testing app, please see "How to Request An Update to Your Testing Status" below for instructions. You can still submit tests in the meantime while your status is being updated.
Who is Eligible for the Asymptomatic Testing Program
|Eligible for Testing Program Participation||Not Eligible for Testing Program Participation|
*Congregate housing includes: New Graduate College, Old Graduate College, any residential college/Residential Graduate Students, and the Annexes: 11, 15, 16, and 24 Dickinson Street; 35 and 45 University Place; 31 Edwards Place.
These requirements are current as of July 6, 2021. We are reviewing new guideline from both state and federal public health authorities, and will notify campus community members if testing frequency or requirements change based on this guidance.
Those who have already received a COVID-19 vaccine are still expected to participate in the asymptomatic testing protocol.
Fully Vaccinated Employees,
Fully vaccinated means:
|Frequency of Testing||
Required once weekly
Required twice weekly
Undergraduate students: you will submit tests based on the residential college that you were assigned to when you came to Princeton, regardless of where you currently live. For those assigned days, see the Dropping Off Your Sample page. here: https://covid.princeton.edu/testing/dropping-your-sample#UGTesting
Graduate students, employees, eligible dependents, and affiliates, click here to find information on when you should drop off samples.
Here are some examples of situations where testing would and would not be required.
YES, testing needed during these weeks on campus:
- On campus interacting in person with others (students, staff or faculty) for any length of time.
- On campus once a month for a few days at a time.
NO, testing not required during these weeks on campus (fill out a Testing Absence Form for the entire time you will not be taking part in testing)
- On campus to pick up items from the office and then depart campus.
- On campus a few times a week when there is no one else around.
- On campus once a week, but in a private office with no personal interactions.
If you are not sure, participate in the asymptomatic testing program. If you are on campus regularly but believe you should not be in the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request exemption.
If you are receiving an "Action Needed" message in the testing app, that means that you are able to test, but we still need to update your testing status in our files. Here are the contacts to follow up with to make sure your testing status is correct. Once your status is updated, the "Action Needed" message will disappear in the app.
- Undergraduate students: email your Director of Student Life
- Graduate students: email Associate Dean Lisa Schreyer at email@example.com
- Graduate dependents over the age of 18 living in congregate housing: email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty, staff, researchers, and affiliates: email your departmental manager or supervisor to ensure that your name is included in your department’s Resumption of Operations Plan, or alternately, if your name should be removed from your department’s plan if you no longer meet eligibility criteria. Updates to departmental Resumption of Operations Plans can be sent to the Office of the Executive Vice President by email at email@example.com.