Updated August 18, 2022.

Here are the latest details on Pitt's testing services for fall 2022:

1. Fall 2022 arrival testing

Pre-travel testing within 48 hours of arrival is strongly recommended for all students returning to campus. You can get free, at-home COVID tests from the Federal Government, or pick one up from your local pharmacy. Insurance companies and many health plans are required to cover the costs of eight home antigen tests per person, per month. Do not travel if you test positive. Follow the CDC’s guidance for calculating isolation and isolate at home. Contact Student Health Services on your campus for additional guidance.

WHY: Pre-arrival testing can reduce the volume of a potential influx of positive cases.

All students living in residence halls are required to test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status. There will be a test kit waiting for each student in their room. Please follow the instructions on the kit. Students should refer to their Pitt emails for detailed instructions from Panther Central on how, where and when to return test kits upon arrival. It’s important to activate, swab and return the test kit all on the same day.

WHY: Residence halls are congregate living spaces where it can be harder to stop viral spread. Everyone living in a residence hall is responsible for the safety of the group.

2. Do you have symptoms?

The CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker may be a useful tool. If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing, please get tested through Student Health Services on your campus or MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949 to rule out a possible COVID-19 infection.

  • Bradford: 814-362-5272
  • Greensburg: 724-836-9947
  • Johnstown: 814-269-7110 
  • Pittsburgh: 412-383-1800
  • Titusville: 814-362-5272

Testing for symptomatic faculty and staff is available on the Pittsburgh campus at the O'Hara Student Center.

If you test positive, begin isolating as soon as possible and let your close contacts know about potential exposure. Student Health Services or MyHealth@Work will also conduct contact tracing. If you test negative for COVID, you may be infected with another respiratory virus, so it is wise to wear a mask indoors with others to mitigate the risk of spreading something else.  

Pitt will continue to offer symptomatic testing and close contact/focused testing for faculty, staff, and students throughout the fall term as needed.

3. No symptoms, but a close contact OR concerned about a potential COVID-19 exposure?

Onsite testing – Pittsburgh campus

All Pitt faculty, staff and students are welcome to utilize asymptomatic testing at the O’Hara Student Center throughout the term. Learn more about the on-campus process. Clinic hours are Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This site is also open for symptomatic employee testing.

Pitt will continue to offer close contact/focused testing throughout fall term as needed. Close contacts of people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 should get tested to make sure they did not also get infected—or to begin isolating if they did.

Pitt is now partnering with ColorHealth and ThermoFisher Scientific for its testing program.

  • Community members will be able to pick up an unobserved, self-swab test kit at a designated place on their campus, enter the barcode on the test kit and log in to the testing application through Pitt Passport. 
  • It’s important to use your official Pitt email address and not your Pitt email alias (e.g., jxd123@pitt.edu, not jane.doe@pitt.edu) to activate your test kit. When prompted to "Enter the email or ID that's associated with the program," enter your Pitt username (e.g. jxd123).
  • Test kit activation should be completed and returned on the same day. 
  • Collection tube caps must be tightly screwed back on before returning your sample. 
  • If you need help activating a test, tablets will be set up at the O’Hara Student Center during clinic hours to offer assistance with testing. 
  • If you cannot access the instructions from your Pitt Passport profile, please use the ColorHealth sign on page at home.color.com/sso


Test kit pick-up and drop-off locations

Frame-Westerberg Commons information desk – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kiosk outside Health Services – after hours

Chambers Hall Information Desk – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. starting August 29. For early arrival, tests will be collected from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the following days: August 14, 17, 22, 24, 27, 28.

Health Services Office, G4 Student Union – Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sutherland Hall – 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M-F (drop off only)
O’Hara Student Center – 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M-F. (pick-up and drop off)
Towers – 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F (drop off only)
Panther Central – after hours (i.e. 4 p.m. - 9:30 a.m. M-F) (drop off only)