Pop 3.0 Testing Hours and Locations

Pop Testing is the COVID-19 testing program for USC faculty, staff, students and approved campus residents and contractors.

Log in using your USC NetID and password to make appointments.

  • Schedule your test through the secure health records portal, MySHR.
  • For users new to the portal, please see the Quick Guide for MySHR.

Nasal swab (anterior nasal swab) collection is available—appointments must be scheduled, with on-time arrival for your scheduled time.

Saliva collection appointments are also available—appointments should be scheduled to generate the scannable QR code for faster processing. Drop-offs may be made any time on the day of your appointment, regardless of your scheduled time.

Saliva tests typically returns in 24 hours; Keck Medicine of USC Clinical Laboratories is providing the laboratory services for the saliva testing program. Nasal swab testing is through external labs services supervised through Keck Clinical Labs. Both are PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests.

Saliva testing kits are available to “take home”

Pick up convenient home kits to provide saliva samples in the privacy of your home (one kit per person max).

  • Kits can be picked up and dropped off at all of the testing locations during regular business hours (HSC and UPC locations: Jefferson Lot, Pardee Marks, Pappas Quad, and Eric Cohen Health Center, no appointment is necessary for pick up.)
  • Appointments to drop off kits—within 12 hours of sample collection—may be made in MySHR. You may drop off at any time on the day of your appointment.
  • You may ONLY produce your saliva sample at a designated testing area or your private residence/car – not on campus.

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Preparing for saliva sample collection:

  • Please wait at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth, eating, drinking (including water) or smoking/vaping before collecting a saliva sample.
  • Liquid saliva needed. Kit includes a polyester straw, a tube and a funnel. Please avoid coughing up mucus or phlegm into the container.
  • Please chew on the polyester swab to help generate saliva.
  • Place the funnel into the tube to collect your sample.


Reminder: All testing sites are closed on Sundays and USC Observed Holidays.

HSC CAMPUS: Pappas Quad tents or Eric Cohen (see map)

[This sites closes for a lunch period from 1 PM – 1:40 PM.]

*Nasal swab tests are available on-site only and close at 2 PM.

UPC CAMPUS: Jefferson Lot (see map) [adjacent to Engemann Building Plaza]: 

**Nasal swab tests are available on-site only and close at 3 PM Mon-Th and at 2 PM on Fridays.

UPC CAMPUS: Pardee Marks (see map) This site is currently closed.

NOTE: The USC COVID-19 Pop Testing program is for eligible USC students, faculty, staff, approved contractors, and approved campus residents only. Results are associated with your medical record; positive case information is required to be reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Do not use this program to let others screen/test using your identity as this constitutes identity fraud, delays contact tracing, and may lead to university disciplinary action and civil/criminal charges.