Testing for Fall 2021
Who is required to test?
Students, faculty and staff living in on-campus housing who do not meet Boise State’s testing exemption criteria will be required to obtain a PCR COVID-19 saliva test upon returning to campus. Please make plans to test 3-5 days following your arrival on campus. We recommend the COVID Testing Center located on campus for your convenience. As long as you are (and remain) asymptomatic, you may go about your normal campus activities (i.e. moving into the residence hall, attending classes, dining at the University Dining Services, going to the REC Center, etc.) while awaiting your test results. Please observe all health and safety protocols during this time.
What type of COVID testing is offered at Boise State?
The Boise State COVID Testing Center administers a saliva based RT-PCR diagnostic COVID-19 test that will show if you have an active coronavirus infection and need to isolate yourself from others. In order to prevent an inconclusive test result, do NOT eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to testing.
How soon will I receive my test results? Is my information secure?
After testing at the COVID Testing Center, you will receive an email 1-3 business days later letting you know when your test result is ready. Results are accessible from your secure patient portal. Boise State follows all state and federal privacy requirements in maintaining and processing your information.
What is the cost of a COVID test at Boise State?
If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. The COVID Testing Center will bill your insurance, and you will not be charged a copay or other out-of-pocket fees.
Boise State students and employees who do not have insurance but are required to test by the university will never be charged a fee for testing services. Additionally, those under 18 will not be turned away regardless of ability to pay.
All other individuals without insurance may pay, with check or credit card, to be tested by Boise State, or can request a Vault mail-in test at no cost.
Where can I get a COVID test on campus?
Testing is fast and easy at Boise State!
Campus School is located between the Brady Street Garage, Interactive Learning Center and the Mathematics Building. To access the testing center, enter using the northeast entrance from the parking lot located between Campus School and the Interactive Learning Center.
Limited complimentary parking is available in the lot located northeast of Campus School, or in the Brady Street Garage during your appointment. Additional pay-to-park options are available in the Brady Street Garage.
Regular hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. by appointment only. Mobile testing kit pickup and dropoff is also available to individuals without an appointment. Kits are available outside of Campus School.
Operating days and hours are subject to change.
How do I schedule my COVID Testing Center appointment?
Please visit the COVID Testing Appointment page for detailed instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment.
If I am part of another group on campus that is required to test in this timeframe (i.e. example Athletics or Club Sports), do I also have to test upon my return to campus?
If you are part of an ongoing testing pool such as Athletics or Club Sports and are regularly testing as part of that pool before arriving on campus, you may not have to test as part of the Residence Hall testing group. Please email email@example.com if you have questions concerning testing.
What happens if I don’t test 3-5 days following my arrival to campus?
As part of your Housing Agreement with Boise State University and in compliance with Boise State’s Communicable Disease Policy (Policy 9270), you are required to comply with all Boise State COVID testing requirements. At any time, the university may request information or documentation from an individual supporting the reason for a missed test to determine whether administrative or disciplinary action is warranted. Upon request by the university, you are expected to provide honest and accurate information.
Providing false or misleading information to avoid testing requirements may result in restriction on access to or use of university facilities, loss of funding, restrictions on activities and/or suspension or loss of university privileges. The university may also pursue additional disciplinary action in accordance with relevant university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct.