Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Scotty with mask and vaccination bandaid
September 07, 2020

Update: CMU COVID-19 Arrival Testing

Dear Carnegie Mellon University Students:

Our arrival testing designed to detect COVID-19 occurrences and prevent community spread is in progress. As a reminder, an arrival test is available to any CMU student in the Pittsburgh region and the university will pay for the cost of this testing. All students who intend to participate in any on-campus or CMU-related activities such as in-person instruction, research and campus life are expected to participate in arrival testing. Students who are residing in the Pittsburgh area but plan to solely engage through remote means are not required to participate in our arrival testing protocol.

Thank you to the nearly 4,000 students who have already completed their arrival tests. Of the 1,813 test results received thus far, only 8 students — 0.44% — came back positive for COVID-19. The university is providing support to the students who have tested positive and has initiated isolation and contact tracing protocols. Data on reported positive cases (updated daily each business day) and the aggregate results of our asymptomatic screening tests (updated weekly) is available on our CMU case data webpage.

The COVID-19 asymptomatic testing webpage includes detailed instructions on the testing process and has been updated to address common questions we have received, such as how we are protecting your privacy and data, and strategies in place to support your health and safety during the test pickup process.

If you have not yet registered to pick up your test, visit today to secure an appointment for this week. If you have concerns about picking up your test or need accommodation due to a medical condition, please contact and we will work with you to identify a solution.

We appreciate your participation in supporting our community’s health and well-being.


Gina Casalegno, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students