Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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COVID-19 Testing


Testing is an important tactic that the university is utilizing, along with numerous mitigation strategies, to combat the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

We are closely tracking the course of the pandemic and continue to study the best options to serve our community, regularly incorporating new information into our strategy and plans as the evidence base grows on best-in-class standards of testing and new options become available to us.

Symptomatic Testing


University Health Services (UHS) staff routinely processes clinical tests in their on-site laboratory and are trained and certified by the federal government through CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) to conduct in-house COVID-19 testing for students. 

Call UHS to schedule test 412-268-2157

For students with any symptoms that suggest a COVID infection or students who are not up-to-date on vaccinations and are close contacts of known positive or probable cases, UHS will administer the appropriate test.

All students with positive test results, as well as those waiting for confirmatory results, will be provided care and guidance. 

Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing access to symptomatic and close contact testing with no barrier to care. The cost for UHS COVID-19 symptomatic testing is $105, and is fully covered for students enrolled in CMU’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). For students on other health plans who are not able to secure reimbursement through their insurance plan, the university will cover the cost of testing. 

Faculty & Staff 
Faculty or staff who are in need of symptomatic testing should contact their health care provider. Additional info for faculty/staff with symptoms

Asymptomatic Testing

Tartan Testing Program

The Tartan COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program, or Tartan Testing for short, is Carnegie Mellon University’s program for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and is an important element of CMU’s ongoing strategy to detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tartan Testing Instructions

Tartan Testing remains available to all students, faculty and staff who seek an asymptomatic COVID-19 test. The test takes less than 15 minutes and same-day appointments are often available. 

View the results of CMU's past asymptomatic testing

Asymptomatic Testing U.S. Locations Outside of Pittsburgh

Students, faculty and staff at our U.S.-based academic programs and campuses outside of Pittsburgh may receive free weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 test kits from Quest Diagnostics.

Quest Diagnostics Test Kits

Symptomatic students and students who are not up-to-date on vaccinations and were in close contact of known positive or probable cases should receive COVID-19 tests from University Health Services. Students, faculty and staff who are up-to-date on vaccinations with no symptoms, but were in close contact of known positive or probable cases may participate in Tartan Testing. Symptomatic faculty and staff should consult their health care provider. Read more information on symptomatic testing.