Pop 3.0 Testing Hours and Locations

Pop Testing 3.0, launched for Spring 2021, is the expanded COVID-19 testing program for USC faculty, staff, students and approved campus residents and contractors. Saliva collection will be used for specimen analysis; anterior nasal swab will be added at a later date. See the Pop Testing 3.0 Quick Guide.

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.
  • If you are an HSC degree program student or off-site program previously moved to the unmonitored program (“unobserved self-collection” group through Color), your testing will currently continue with this service.

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 are available in Pappas Quad (HSC) and Lab/Figueroa (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

Undergraduate students are required to test twice a week.

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

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?


Beginning January 19, Trojan Check will be “turned off ” for individuals who do not meet flu vaccination completion or testing completion requirements. Non-compliance with the testing requirements will deactivate Trojan Check for 3 days, 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 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)

  • M-Th: 7 am – 4:30 pm
  • F: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

  • M-Th: 7 am – 4:30 pm
  • F: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sat: 9 am – 1 pm

UPC Campus: Pardee Marks

  • M-Th: 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • F: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Outside UPC Perimeter: The Lab/Figueroa

  • M-Th: 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • F: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Street accessible, parking available. As the only location outside of the UPC campus perimeter, The Lab/Figueroa is accessible without prior activation of Trojan Check, the daily symptom check system; The Lab also has adjacent parking for students/ employees who are screening in advance of working on campus.

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.