Pop 3.0 Testing Hours and Locations

Pop Testing 3.0, expanded in Spring 2021, is the COVID-19 testing program for USC faculty, staff, students and approved campus residents and contractors.

Saliva collection will be used for specimen analysis. See the Pop Testing 3.0 Quick Guide. Anterior nasal swab may be requested by submitting a doctor’s note for medical reasons.

Tests are PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and resulting typically returns in 24 hours; Keck Medicine of USC Clinical Laboratories is providing the laboratory services for this program, replacing the Color testing program for most individuals. Log in using your USC NetID and password.

  • Schedule your test through the secure health records portal, MySHR.
  • For users new to the portal, please see the Quick Guide for MySHR.
  • Only off-site programs/departments are eligible for Color unmonitored testing (“unobserved self-collection” group through Color)

Take home kits are now available!

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

  • Kits can be picked up and dropped off at all of the testing locations during regular business hours (HSC and UPC locations)
  • Appointments to drop off kits—within 12 hours of sample collection—may be made in MySHR.

Encountering problems?

Preparing for 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.

Who Should Test, and How Frequently

Vaccinated students, faculty and staff are not required to complete Covid-19 Pop Testing.

Unvaccinated undergraduate students are required to test twice a week.

Unvaccinated graduate and professional students, and faculty and staff are required to test once a week.

Q and A for unvaccinated individuals required to participate in COVID testing:

Q: Should I test even if I don’t come to campus every day, and only come to campus once or twice a week?


Q: Should I test if I’ve already been positive for COVID-19? 

A: No, not for 90 days since your positive test. If you have tested with USC Student Health, you will automatically be exempted from a regular testing requirement for this period of time. If you have tested outside of USC Student Health, upload your results in MySHR (https://usc.edu/myshr)

Q: Will my Trojan Check be affected if I do not keep up with the testing requirements?


Reminder: Trojan Check will be “turned off ” for individuals who do not meet vaccination completion or testing completion requirements. Non-compliance with the testing requirements will deactivate Trojan Check, removing access to the UPC campus, and removing access to academic buildings at the Health Sciences Campus (see HSC building list). Scheduling a same-day test or uploading test results will temporarily restore Trojan Check access.

[Have additional questions? See the FAQ for additional answers.]

Call 213-740-6291, or email covid19@usc.edu with questions or for additional information.



Pop Testing operating schedule appears below:

HSC Campus: Pappas Quad tents (see map)

Through May 23

  • M-Thurs: 7 AM – 4:30 PM
  • F: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Beginning May 24 

  • Mon & Tues: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wed*: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Kit drop off only)
  • Thurs*: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Kit drop off only)
  • Fri*: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Kit drop off only)

Beginning June 1

  • Fridays*: this site will close at 2:30 PM

*Wed-Fri, drop off services are at Eric Cohen, not Pappas Quad.

UPC Campus: Jefferson Lot (adjacent to Engemann Building Plaza):

  • Mon-Thurs: 7 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Fri: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Beginning May 17

  • This location will be closed on Saturdays.

Beginning June 1

  • Fridays: this site will close at 2:30 PM

UPC Campus: Pardee Marks will be closed for summer effective May 24.

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Fri: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Outside UPC Perimeter: The Lab/Figueroa

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Fri: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Beginning June 1

  • Fridays: this site will close at 2:30 PM

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.