New process for COVID-19 testing on campus starting tomorrow

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 20, there will be a new process for obtaining a COVID-19 test on campus.

Test Iowa self-administered saliva PCR test kits will be available at the Student Services Center in the Olmsted Center. Students, faculty, and staff can pick up a test kit at no cost, and no reason is needed to receive a test kit.

Students with COVID-19 like symptoms are asked to notify the Student Health Center before administering a test so they can help determine if a provider visit is needed.

To take the test, follow the instructions included in the test kit. Please remember to record the test’s bar code number, which is needed to look up test results. Upon completion, return the test kit to the Student Services Center. Important: Student Services will only accept returned test kits between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Public Safety will collect returned test kits every weekday at 2:30 p.m. and deliver the samples to Polk County Health Department for testing. Results will be available through Test Iowa within 24 hours after the test kit is received. 

If you have a positive test result, please email the Contact Tracing Team immediately at