COVID-19 Testing Information

Daily Symptom Screening

The daily symptom screening survey is no longer required for students, unless they are student employees.

All UCSC employees who work on-site at a UCSC property (owned or leased) must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom check questionnaire before reporting for work.

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Testing Requirements for Students, Staff and Faculty

UC Santa Cruz requires that all students attending classes in-person participate in the asymptomatic testing program. Prior to each quarter, the campus releases a protocol with testing requirements based on the individual's vaccination status and relationship to campus (students, staff or faculty).

  • View the Testing Protocol for information about how often you should be participating in the asymptomatic testing program.
  • On-campus tests are free to UCSC students, staff and faculty including those without UC SHIP. Off-campus tests may have a cost depending on your insurance.
  • The options below are for asymptomatic testing appointments. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, don't go to the testing sites! Call SHS Nurse Advice line at (831) 459-2591 for instructions about where to get your test.

Department Request for Multiple Rapid Antigen Tests
Departments can request multiple rapid antigen test kits for their office. Please complete the Department Rapid Antigen Test Pick Up Form on the Risk Services Website. 

COVID-19 Testing

Step One: Set up Health e-Messenger

Newly admitted students may not be able to schedule with Health e-Messenger yet. Instead, you should call the Student Health Center appointment line at (831) 459-2500. All other students, staff and faculty please continue to the instructions below. 

Log into Health e-Messenger with your CruzID and gold password.


Once logged in:

  • Go to Medical Clearances. Complete the Notice of Privacy Practices, General Consent, and Assignment of Benefits.
  • Go to Profile in the left menu. Enter your Santa Cruz address and mobile phone number and carrier. 

Important: let us know of your new address immediately after arriving on campus or in Santa Cruz County. Make sure you use your Santa Cruz address, not your permanent address back home.  

Step Two: Get your COVID-19 Test

Testing site hours will vary during holidays and quarter breaks. Please refer to the COVID Testing Hours and Locations Calendar for current hours.

Nasal Swab Testing 

Appointments are not needed for the self-registered PCR Fulgent Picture kits and will be self-administered on site. Drop-ins are welcome with hours and locations listed on the calendar. We also provide rapid antigen testing kits at the testing site per request. 

  • Prepare for the test: Set up your account with Fulgent Picture Genetics. You also have the opportunity to register after you receive your kit.
  • Learn more about the Fulgent Picture Kit process. Please note: You do not need to order a kit online, the testing kits will be provided to you at no cost.
  • Results for Fulgent Picture will be uploaded to your Health e-messenger in 2-3 business days. 

Accessibility: If you will be unable to swab yourself or deposit saliva into the testing tube due to a disability, please make an appointment with the Student Health Center by calling (831) 459-2500. We will assist you with the process.

Please contact Student Health Services with any questions about COVID-19 testing. Go to Health e-Messenger: Messages/New Messages/COVID 19 Questions



Sammy the Slug checks in at a campus COVID-19 Kiosk and shows his Clearance Badge on his mobile phone


Important note: If you feel sick , DO NOT come to the testing site! Instead, stay home and call the free Nurse Advice line at (831) 459-2591. 

Instructor Notification 

If your results are positive, your instructors will receive a message that you're unable to attend class. We also encourage you to communicate directly with your instructor in order to discuss continuation of learning, if you are able, during the time you are not able to attend class in-person.

Nasal Swab Testing 

  • Check in and swab: Staff will give you a swab to collect a nasal sample. You will swab yourself at the kiosk. It is easy to do, doesn't hurt, and the swab doesn't go far into your nose.
  • Wait for results: Fulgent Picture will message you with results. If your results are positive, please do not wait to isolate and refer to the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Instructions for more information. 
  • Results will be uploaded to your Health e-messenger in 2-3 business days. 

More information about Nasal Swab Testing  

How Swabbing Works