Ongoing Campus Testing
Ongoing Testing Program
Cal Poly is now providing free COVID-19 screening to campus community members as a preventative measure to more quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. This comprehensive ongoing testing initiative is one of several initiatives in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
This type of testing is for asymptomatic individuals (i.e. no symptoms) only.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not go to your Ongoing Testing appointment. Students should contact Campus Health and Wellbeing for further evaluation by calling 805-756-1211. Similarly, employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider for further assistance.
If you are a student who has been directed to quarantine in place, do not schedule an appointment.
Saliva-Based COVID Surveillance Testing
Cal Poly has transitioned to a new method of testing using saliva samples. Saliva-based COVID surveillance testing has replaced the nasal swab testing for students and employees and offers faster, more convenient testing. Check the Saliva Testing webpage for more details.
Health Center Testing
Cal Poly's Health Center (Bldg. 27) offers onsite testing for symptomatic students during normal business hours.
Health Center Testing is available for enrolled Cal Poly students only.
If you need any type of disability accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access, deaf/hard of hearing services or adapted materials, contact the Disability Resource Center between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 805-756-1395 in advance of your participation or visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Cal Poly offering ongoing testing?
Cal Poly is providing free COVID-19 testing to campus community members to more quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. The goal of testing those without symptoms is to identify those who are infected and their close contacts for isolation and quarantine, respectively, and mitigate the spread of coronavirus. This comprehensive ongoing testing initiative is one of several prevention initiatives in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
The university has implemented a saliva-based COVID surveillance testing program because it is faster, more efficient and easier than nasal swab testing and will allow Cal Poly to administer significantly more asymptomatic tests — strengthening our ongoing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our campus and local communities. It will yield a quicker turnaround than the nasal swab testing because the saliva samples are processed in our on-campus lab.
How do I make an appointment for on-campus testing through the university's ongoing testing program?
Visit the student or employee testing webpages to find a link to make an appointment. You will need to make an appointment for each saliva-based COVID surveillance test.
Students and employees must also get a new six-digit Registration ID number at least an hour before each test. You need a new Registration ID for each test, and you can only obtain one Registration ID at a time.